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building a $20,000 project Studio in the USA. what are y

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Alécio Costa - Brazil, May 3, 2003.

  1. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Let us start a thread on here of what would you consider the essential gear for a nice small project studio, limited to a $20k budget.

    I start with:

    * 2 Sebatron 4 channel Mic pres
    * 2 RNC´s
    * 1 used PT TDM Mix with an adat bridge or 888/24
    * 1 used G4 733/800/933 with a 1t" ordinary screen
    * 1 pair of Dynaudio BM6´s
    * Mics: 2 AT4050, 2 Sm81, 2 Beta57, 2 GT55, 1 SM91
    * 4 Senheiser/Sony/AKG headphones
    * 1 Furman Headphone Amp
    * XLR cables
    *plug-ins Waves Gold Bundle, Amp Farm, Autotune

    So.. what are your thoughts? :)
  2. lowdbrent

    lowdbrent Guest

    Forget the 888.
  3. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    I prefer the adat bridge.
  4. golli

    golli Active Member

  5. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Look up tghere. At´s, Beta´s, etc.

    Hey, Kurt - what about ya?
  6. golli

    golli Active Member

    There was something in my eye :D :p
  7. golli

    golli Active Member

    SM91 I have one and love it.
  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    me too. but hasn´t yours started to get fragmeted on teh back?
    I dunno why, mine is like tat and it did not fell down or so.
  9. golli

    golli Active Member

    No, mine is allmost new. I bought it with a heavy discount because the store was getting in the new version Beta91. But when I was playing in a touring band few years back I was supplied with the SM91 and that one was heavily used, lots of scratches etc. I allways liked the sound of that mic in my monitor Psm600. And when we jumped into studios, allways D112(in bassdrum). It's not exactly the sound of the SM91 I prefer, more the touch/feel of it from foot to ears, hard to explane in English.
    Any way, what I would like to hear from you is, have you, ACB, experimented with the SM91 on anything else than bassdrum, acustic guitar, piano, whatever. And if so how was the outcome??
  10. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    I tried the Sm91 with some choir/vocals, strings and as a center channel of a tri-mike technique of a piano.

    Some people use it as a room condenser.
    I did not enjoy it very much.
    Maybe have to test more.
  11. golli

    golli Active Member

    C'mon guys 20,000$ to spend. Lets hear it???
  12. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I would spend $5k on a DAW (Pro Tools... NOT) and a few mics and pres and then put the rest of the money in the bank or some good investments. Perhaps a down payment on a house ??? .....
  13. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Kurt, If I win the lotery someday, I will send a PT HD right to your door.
    And please, do not thank me with pork chops oka?
    Please, a lasagna shall do fine.
  14. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    ACB, Heeheehee what this thing with pork chops? I never eat them ... too lean. I like BACON ... mmmm BACON!!!
    Grease, Fat, Shortening & Lard, Sugar, Salt & Starch. Mmmmmm a 6 pound bucket!!
  15. MindMeld

    MindMeld Guest

    A DAW (nuendo, sequoia)

    8in, 4 out good converter set-- (mytek, benchmark)

    and a few high quaility mic staples

    pair of small diagphragm condensers (schoeps, DPA, joesophson)
    pair of dynamics (57's, 421's ect ect)
    one good large diagphragm (insert fav here)

    one clean and two coloured pres- stereo
    (rnp,millennia, grace, great rivers, phoenix)

    one good compressor, one good eq
    (rnc, speck eq)

    Do the rest in the box

    You could stay under 20k that way easily and work on your room which is the most important part

  16. I will second Marshall on that- spend money to get the room right. If there is one thing that makes my place stand out it is that I can cut track live drums without scaring any neighbours (I am in an industrial building). Most people come to me because they can't cut drums in their apartment (then they stay because they love the sound). Also, always plenty of hookers strolling in front of the studio. Clients love it (I never said it was a good neighbourhood). Doc
  17. MindMeld

    MindMeld Guest

    my best investment so far has been my schoeps pair and my R84 ribbon mic... it has changed the way i think about recordings.

    I'm now working on my preamps
    i have a ward beck 460 pre by dave thomas
    and i'm lookinf for another couple of pre's to compliment

    I've found that i can get 99% of all my recordings done with those three mics..
    I have a matched pair of ksm32's but i don't use them much anymore.

    The ribbon sounds great for vocals in the mids, but i don't like the fact that i have to add alot of eq to the high end (5db @ 12k ish)
    I'm going to try the schoeps on vocals on my next tracking session (thanks nika)

    but yea, keep it simple and high quality

  18. golli

    golli Active Member

    ACB, that tri-mic technique, can you elaborate on that setup. And how did you like the result of it?
  19. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Hi Golli. A few times, I used 2 At4050´s capturing Left and Right and used an SM91 a little further, as a center channel capturing a little of the piano´s wood and ambience. It sounded fine.
  20. golli

    golli Active Member

    WOW!! ACB, what a comeback, I see your name on all the threads, lightspeed fingers :D

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