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Having trouble deciding...

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Art Houston, Jul 28, 2003.

  1. Art Houston

    Art Houston Active Member

    ...deciding what I should do for the signal chain of my home studio.

    Purpose: voiceover demos/auditions

    Budget: Up to $600 for a versatile piece of equipment

    Idea: a single box that will preamp the mic, apply adjustable compression, and have an EQ capability

    One possibility is the Focusrite "Penta" at $399 (samash)

    Do you more experienced guys have other recommendations, or comments on the above piece that I found online this afternoon?
  2. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    I would get a good mic and a good an OK pre, and compress and EQ in a DAW.

    There is no need for external compression using 24 bit recorders except as an effect. If you are a beginner you are better off compressing inside the dAW so you can undo what you mess up.

    I never use external compressors anymore.


  3. Art Houston

    Art Houston Active Member

    I see.

    Is this possible with other software besides ProTools? I may use Cool Edit 2000, because there is only one track (me) and it's capable of making a digital recording for under $50. Can I do the EQ and compression on this software?

    I DO need to make sure that the signal going in is a good one, and I want a little compression to give the copy a little punch, as if it had gone through a broadcast chain.

    What do you recommend as the mic pre?

    If the software (not purchased yet) won't do the compression and EQ like I want, would I be better off with a quality voice strip or spending a little less on discrete components?

    Any ideas?
  4. emedley

    emedley Guest

    Isn't there still a free version of Pro Tools at their site? I'm a long time Pro tools user and I just hate getting into these Pro Tools vs. (name yer poison editor) arguments. Having said that...
    you might be able to do more with the PT free version than Cool Edit in the long haul.
    Please don't attack...
  5. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Hey TSeve, which are your recent choices for single and multiband compressors? Compressor banks, Sony?
  6. I use a Penta, it sounds great on most stuff, including vocal. No EQ, though.
  7. Art Houston

    Art Houston Active Member

    Any recommendations on a good stand-alone mic pre? If I don't find a Symetrix 528, and I don't cough up the $600 for the Focusrite, what do you recommend? Is the Really Nice Pre the best bet, or is there a better choice?

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