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Help in expanding studio

Discussion in 'Recording' started by hero12300, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. hero12300

    hero12300 Guest

    Hello everyone! I am currently trying to get things into my studio to take my recording to the next level. I would be recording drums, bass, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar.

    My current setup is almost solely the Digidesign Digi-002. I have some nice mics for recording, but I know there are many more things I need besides mics to enhance the sound I am getting. Lately I have started to look at preamps and compressors thinking that this is the way to go.

    What would anyone suggest for the next step to creating great recordings? Also, if products are mentioned, I want mid- level/ upper end products.

    Thanks everyone and I am excited about the boards!
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The pre's in the 002 are usable but not the greatest. An easy quick upgrade is to get an Onyx 800R or Presonus Digimax D8, RME Octomic II, or other 8 pack preamp with ADAT output. This expands your 002 capabilities quite a bit and is still PT compatible.

    Most folk don't know how to use compressors correctly so I would recommend upgrading the preamps first and maybe you won't need the compressors as much.
  3. hero12300

    hero12300 Guest

    I appreciate it. So you would suggest upgrading preamps over everything first?

    Would you suggest getting one extremely good channel or upgrading to obtain 8 inputs. I wouldnt need more than 4 inputs at one time unless i used over 4 mics on drums. I had seen a good deal on an avalon 737 on ebay. Would that be worth the money invested. Also... which focusrite preamps do people recommend.

    Again, thanks!
  4. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Getting an Avalon now would be like buying a Ferrari before you learn how to drive a stick. It's good, but you need a multichannel interface. You will be sorry if you don't. You need to learn how to use the equipment right before you get better equipment unfortunately. It's the circle of life!
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    He has a multi channel interface. He just can't get into it without ADAT. The stock converters on the 002 are not up to the quality of the preamps I listed. They also aren't worthy of running an Avalon into IMO. Reread my post. I was pretty plain about the preamps I recommended and why.

    If you have the Black Lion mod done on your 002 then perhaps the Avalon would be a worthy addition as a specialty strip. It is however a single channel and there isn't a single instrument you listed you wouldn't want multiple microphones while tracking.
  6. hero12300

    hero12300 Guest

    I appreciate you guys helping me out here. Just to clarify guitar freak, I do know quite a bit about working the system, I just am not certain what hardware would help me get there.

    I really appreciate all of the help.
  7. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    My bad dude, it's hard to judge through a paragraph of type what experience a person has. I didn't mean anything by it.
  8. hero12300

    hero12300 Guest

    you're fine man! No worries, I appreciate you helping me out!

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