There is no doubt that professional recording equipment can be very expensive. However, there are certain ways to get a hold of good quality recording and mixing equipment for a reasonable price and even free sometimes. One of the first places to check for used microphones is on eBay, Amazon and Craigslist. These are all websites that have many different kinds of products available, sometimes even with a little used microphone thrown in for free! However, you should never buy used microphones or mixers from an individual seller without checking them out first.
Second-hand studio equipment is also another great place to check out for professional recording equipment. Often, professional recording studios use very expensive recording and mixing consoles, so if they are being used by a friend who is just getting started, then this equipment may not be in very good condition, but it will still likely be much cheaper than buying a new one. You can also find used drum machines, racks, monitors and speakers for very cheap as well. Another way to get very cheap studio equipment is to try to borrow it from friends, family members, recording students and so on.
A great example of an inexpensive piece of equipment for the home is a mini-computer-based audio editing and recording device such as the Minidisc recorders. These miniature computers are used to capture, edit, compress and mix audio, and can be plugged right into your computer via a USB port. This makes it possible to take advantage of professional sound recording capabilities without having to spend the hundreds of dollars required for a high-end digital audio workstation. The Minidisc recorders are also small enough that they can be placed on a shelf or hung on a wall, which means that the user does not need to go out and purchase a new type of studio to get the same sound quality as someone who has a large, professional-quality mixing console or mic.