N.B. All listed prices below are approximate. With any tech purchase, you get what you pay for. If you see similar gear listed at three radically different price points (e.g. $20, $150, $750) the middle one is probably the best option (unless your budget is unlimited.) Always read customer reviews and compare multiple products.
1. Video Camera
a. I use a rather old Canon XA-10 because that's what I have. There are many out there at different price points, and while you get what you pay for, it's hard to see the difference between a $1000 and a $8000 camera. Avoid DSLRs unless you consistently have another person to operate the camera for you for every shoot.
b. A high-quality digital video camera is a sizable investment, not to be taken lightly. If a digital video camera exceeds your budget for video production, it is possible to make high-quality video with only a smartphone or tablet camera, BUT only if all other parts of your setup (especially lighting!) are high-quality.
1. Lighting equipment
a. If filming on digital video camera: Softbox ($30-60) with light stand
b. If filming on phone or tablet: LED Ring Light ($15-40) with light stand
2. Audio Interface
a. Focusrite 2i2 for solo or duo playing ($100 used-$170 new)
b. Two ¼” cables (if connecting to speakers) (>$20)
a. Superlux ORTF Stereo Condenser Mic ($150-230)
b. Two XLR cables (>$20)
i. Long enough to reach from the interface to the mic with slack
4. Audio/Video Recording Software
a. Interface Driver: Search Google to see if your interface requires driver download, most do. (Free)
b. Digital Audio Workstation
i. Mac: Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 10, Reaper
ii. PC: Ableton Live 10, Reaper
c. Adobe Creative Suite ***$20/mo. subscription if you have a .edu email address, or access to a friend's
i. Premiere Pro
a. If you have a digital video camera: Elgato CamLink 4K ($150)
b. Otherwise, Webcam ($20-70) or smartphone
c. OBS Software
Photo: © Margot Schulman 2019