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Discussion in 'Recording' started by explosionsinthesky, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Very soon i will be purchasing some microphones (i have been looking around at what works best for the past few years) and some software (what to get is still confusing me)

    butttt anyway, the microphones being:

    3 sm 57's (for snare, and two toms, also guitar and piano)

    1 d6 (for kick and bass guitar)

    as for the overhead i'm not sure what to get (any suggestions?)

    For the software im thinking of just going with cubase, but how exactly do you make each microphone have its own seperate track (this confuses the hell out of me, and i still dont get it) and i suppose i can always go with the standard firepod

    if someone has any other suggestions as to what i should get please let me know, im going to be recording instrumental music, nothing to heavy with a lot of layers, so i also need to know about mixing and whatnot


    thx

    -d
     
  2. i also forget to mention monitors, i would probably be getting the krk rockets
     
  3. backinthelab

    backinthelab Guest

    Need more info such as:
    1. Purpose
    2. Budget

    Also, try searching these forums, I think you'll find what you're looking for.
     
  4. budget: 3000$

    purpose: to record my 6 piece epic instrumental band

    and i have searched quite a bit of stuff but i just need to know all of the soundcard/how you get mics on there independent channels, i havent seen a definitive anwswer on that really
     
  5. Nirvalica

    Nirvalica Guest

    I got the M-audio Delta 1010LT soundcard that has 10 inputs (2 mic preamps that double as line ins, as well as 6 rca line inputs, and I think two channels in spdi/f). You'd just need a mic preamp for each mic (and something that has spdi/f outputs) and it will record 10 tracks at a time. It works great with cubase (I'm using SX3). i haven't been able to record more than two tracks at a time (mainly because I only have two mics), so I can't really speak of how well it handles 10 tracks at once.

    Anyways, thats one option, but there are plenty more. That is just the cheapest if you have preamps, and its easily upgradable because you can upgrade pre's and not be stuck with built in pre's. It also has a built in mixer with 8 or 10 rca outputs, which makes it very versatile)
     
  6. VonRocK

    VonRocK Active Member

    This is topic most likely should be in the budget gear section.

    There are many, many ways to achieve what you want to do. Perhaps a few more years of reading might help. Nonetheless, here's a beginners set up that I would recommend.

    Apple Intel iMac 17' 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. $1000
    http://

    Get an external firewire hard drive or two down the road.



    Add 1 GB of Ram from OWC for around $140
    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/iMac_Core_2_Duo/DDR2


    Presonus Firepod $500
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Firepod/

    That leaves you well over a grand for for mics. Your mic choices seem sound to me.

    Apples OSx is a great operating system. The hardware is topnotch. You will not have to worry about your computer getting in the way of your art. It also comes with Garageband. It is an excellent beginner level multitrack recording tool with many features. You can buy Garageband for Dummies or other learning tools if you need to. It's easy to use, and allows you to start recording right away. As you start recording you will gain a better understanding of what you need as far as recording software goes and be able to start trying out some of them.

    The Presonus Firepod (amongst many other choices) is what you use to hook your microphones up to your computer. It uses the firewire protocol to transfer data, and is an excellent value for it's price.

    It sounds like you may not have a very good grasp of what you need to do. Before you go and drop $3000, you should take some trips to local music stores, tell them what you want to do, and what options they have to do that. Get a demonstration. Keep in mind that they will be trying to sell you stuff, and may not always give you the best advice. Thats why you go to multiple shops. Also, don't walk in there pretending that you are cool and know what you are talking about. Just be honest with them, and hopefully you will gain a little more insight as to your options.

    There are a lot of them.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Nirvalica

    Nirvalica Guest

    I think we need to know what kind of computer he has now, because he might be able to use it as it is or with some upgrades. I don't think he even is looking to buy a new computer. He wanted to know what mics, software, and interface to buy....
     
  8. Nirvalica

    Nirvalica Guest

    I think we need to know what kind of computer he has now, because he might be able to use it as it is or with some upgrades. I don't think he even is looking to buy a new computer. He wanted to know what mics, software, and interface to buy....
     
  9. ahhh thanks for your help guys! that clarified some stuff for me, as for my computer i just have a ...gosh idk an 800$ standard computer you get for those dell computer deals it has windows xp and a pentium 4, as for soundcards and sound devices, i'm sure its bottom of the line (the only mic input it has is a pitiful little 1/8" input)
     

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