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Budget Recording Gear for use in Campervan

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dundan, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. dundan

    dundan Guest

    Hello & Thanks for reading this post

    I am a recording newbe and I'm having some problems deciding what gear to start with.

    I've got a windows/hopefully soon Linux Laptop without firewire
    Have a Clavinova MIDI Keyboard and MidiSport UNO MIDI device

    I am planning on travelling around in camper van and would like to be able to record sound on the way.

    I would like to be able to record local bands - so I need a few inputs & mics - or a mic that everbody can group around.

    I live in Switzerland and gear here costs a little bit more (that Brick thing costs aroung 600 $)

    I am currently saving up for the camper van, so I don't have heaps to invest. All in all the system shouldn't cost more than 500 $.

    I would be grateful of a list of must-haves.
     
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Definitely save up for the laptop with FireWire, that is a must. Few SM57's cover a lot of ground and shouldn't cost you too much. You could use an SM58 or cheap condenser on vox, doesn't really matter. You are going to need stands and cables and enough space in the van to store them. You also need a DAC unit, which is going to process the mic signals and send them to the computer to be recorded using software. This is your biggest hurdle.

    Mics:
    Drums: 3x SM57
    Guitars: 2x SM57 (assuming there are two guitarists, if not you could use the other mic on the drumset)
    Bass: 1xSM57
    Vox: 1xSM58 or AT2020

    Total Mics: $700

    DAC: PreSonus Digimax D8

    Total Mics and DAC: $1100 USD

    Then you factor in stands and cables and you are coming out around $1300 USD.

    Remember, this is a very basic setup. It comes down to what you want to do, recording a band is no easy feat, and it's not a cheap one either. If you are not looking for a quality recording with part separation that is editable and mixable but are just looking to hear it on tape then forget everything I said and buy a single Omnidirectional mic and two channel interface, that should run you to just about the $400 mark.
     
  3. dundan

    dundan Guest

    Thanks for the quick reply

    The PreSouns Digimax does't seem to have a usb or firewire out - how can it be hooked to a pc?

    What direction would you go with the Omnidirectional mic and two channel interface?
     
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Oops, sorry. This is the one that I usually recommend and it does have FireWire out. Hey, at least I was trying to save you some money :D

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FireStuProj/

    I would go with the isolated channel method, although it is more expensive, there is more opportunity for revenue so you will make back what you invested over time. Unless I am misunderstanding your question.
     
  5. dundan

    dundan Guest

    Been looking around and come across this

    Zoom R16 - iStyle4 GmbH

    its got usb, so I wouldn't have to get a new laptop. have you heard anything about it?
     
  6. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    USB will always be slower and few audio interfaces, and even fewer laptops, have decent chipsets that will enable it to perform. If you are looking to reliably record 8 tracks or more then you really need to beg, borrow or otherwise procure Firewire.
     

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