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Another newb: Presonus and Pod XT?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by atmidd, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. atmidd

    atmidd Guest

    Hello, I'm new to both this forum and recording. I'm not looking to get very serious with recording, but would like to know a few opinions. I'm thinking about purchasing the presonus firebox interface. I live in an apartment and neighbors wouldn't like the high volumes of my tube amp, so I was thinking about also buying a POD xt.

    I would just use the cubase software that comes with it for recording. I just want to be able to jot ideas down, but also want me to be able to actually stand listening to them.

    Bash me all you want for the products I have listed, but I don't want to spend more than $650. My question is if this is the way to go (product wise) for what I am looking to do?

    Any help and/or opinions would be greatly appreciated!

    oh and other than my soundcard, my computer is definitely not an issue. Thanks!

  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Your computer could still be an issue - when you go to record, just close down unnecessary crap (and if possible, disconnect from the internet).

    Would a pair of headphones suit you at all?
  3. atmidd

    atmidd Guest

    I guess the question(s) I am asking mainly is:

    a) Would the POD xt give me okay tones for recording?

    b) Is the firebox a good entry level product?
  4. atmidd

    atmidd Guest

    But thank you for your input! and yes, I will be purchasing a nice set of headphones. Still need to shop around for that though.
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    "b) Is the firebox a good entry level product?"

    Yes. Unless you've spent 20 years working with live sound and wish to enter at a higher level, but that would be entry-level professional gear.
    From an entry level recording standpoint, it's a great start.

    If you want headphones with good isolation I would get a pair of (closed back) Sennheiser HD280s ($90, if that).
    These will, however, hurt a little after wearing them for several hours.

    An open back pair won't hurt but will leak sound out more - not to a degree that your neighbours will care, but if you've got microphones or other people in the same room...

    Also, closed back will reject outside noise. If your room is noisy, open back will do you almost no good.
  6. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    If you are good at dialing in sounds the Pod XT will serve you ok for basic recording, jotting down ideas. I have heard them used by a couple of guys that use them instead of amps at jam sessions through a PA and get reasonable results. When I spoke with them about it they had made their own user presets and said that the presets that came with it were not their cup of tea.

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