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Big DAW, small DAW...can they really talk?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by SteveTyler, Jan 17, 2001.

  1. SteveTyler

    SteveTyler Guest

    Hello All,

    I've been reading everyone's comments with regard to various different audio tools, learning about different capabilities from the web/magazines etc, and I have come to the following conclusions:

    1) Decide on my requirements before worrying about any product, such as how many simultaneous record tracks I want, use of midi or not, and probably the most frustrating budget.

    2) There's definitely more than one way to skin a cat, a large part of which involves an individual's personal preference.

    3) I've got no idea where to start!!

    Here's what I need to do:

    Original band (http://www.mimiburns.com, you can check out our first CD...in RealAudio only unfortunately...sorry), need to get the second CD finished before commencing a Tour in Italy in July. We're not exactly made of money, but through blood, sweat and sponsers, can get about $5000 to $10,000 together for the project.

    I have been considering the possibilities of going to a commercial room to record vocal's, drums and acoustic guitars and then doing Eletric guitar's and keyboards with a small DAW at home that supports the big studio DAW (a la Pro Tools I s'pose) in order to save much money and to gain much needed time to relax during the creative process.

    Do any of you have suggestions on a good way to go about this or even, do you think this is feasible?

    Thanks for your time.

    Steve

    By the way, want to sponser the band?
     
  2. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    It certainly could be feasible, but without knowing more specifics it's hard to say whether you're approaching this the best way.

    BTW, your link doesn't seem to work. Maybe it's just net congestion, but I couldn't even find the server.



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  3. SteveTyler

    SteveTyler Guest

    Thanks for the tip about the site, it's fixed now...

    More specific's, that's a good idea:

    Band consists of Lead Vocal, 3 backup vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Bass & Drums.

    Music style is folk rock a la Sheryl Crow.

    Considering going to a 'Big' studio to record initial tracks, such as Vocal, Drums, Bass and Rythym Guitar on Pro Tools and then take home a copy of the project files (on a tape or disk or similar) and then do remaining parts such as Guitar Solos, keyboards, etc on Pro Tools LE with a Digi 001.

    The system used (for PT LE) would be a 450Mhz PIII on an Intel 440BX2 MB with 256MB of RAM running whatever OS is best..probably WIN98SE according to Digidesign last time a looked...

    Does that provide enough detail?

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve
     
  4. SteveTyler

    SteveTyler Guest

    Thanks for the tip about the site, it's fixed now...

    More specific's, that's a good idea:

    Band consists of Lead Vocal, 3 backup vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Bass & Drums.

    Music style is folk rock a la Sheryl Crow.

    Considering going to a 'Big' studio to record initial tracks, such as Vocal, Drums, Bass and Rythym Guitar on Pro Tools and then take home a copy of the project files (on a tape or disk or similar) and then do remaining parts such as Guitar Solos, keyboards, etc on Pro Tools LE with a Digi 001.

    The system used (for PT LE) would be a 450Mhz PIII on an Intel 440BX2 MB with 256MB of RAM running whatever OS is best..probably WIN98SE according to Digidesign last time a looked...

    Does that provide enough detail?

    Thanks in advance.

    Steve
     
  5. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    Sounds good enough, as long as you don't mind the sound of the 001 on those instruments. If you were talking drums, bass, etc I would say no, but for just the few tracks that will be back in the mix somewhat it can be dealt with. You may find the 001 sluggish compared to the mix+. It's easy to get spoiled.

    Bear in mind that most studios are running PT on mac, not Windows. Make sure you have all the neccesary translation software before you dig in. From 001-mac to mix+mac is no problem, but I don't know of anyone specifically who is doing this across opposing OS's. Maybe a better place for the question would be the DUC, troubleshooting win98 forum.

    Also bear in mind that this process might slow you down rather than help you get work done. If you are doing the engineering yourself it's easy to lose sight of creativity in the techno-labrynth. In that respect, having someone to press the buttons for you is a worthwile expense, not just a luxury. Also you could end up playing your rythum gtr to death, or die trying to find that "perfect" pad patch instead of just getting the parts right in the studio while you're still on the clock. But these are production issues, so I'll leave it at that.

    Whatever you decide to go with (sounds like you've already made up your mind anyway), best of luck!
     
  6. Soundscape

    Soundscape Guest

    For $4000 US you can get 24 tracks of Audio with a R.Ed. 24 add about $600 and you get OMF import/export (Ala Pro Tools Compatible)
    Leaves you with a much better sounding solution and far more reliable. And from our users, it even sounds better and works better then Pro Tools.
    Thats my 2 cents
     

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