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Help with mixer and mic selection with recording program?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ThirdBird, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    I have recently acquired the now discontinued SeaSound Soloist and rigged it up with XP drivers.

    One problem is that it only has one XLR input and one Direct, and I want to mic some drums up using 2 overheads a kick and maybe a room. Obviously this is not enough inputs. When I do finally hook the mixer up, would I try to hook it up to the low level isntrument inputs, or would I hook it up to the line level inputs?

    Also, the phantom power switch is physically broken, so I would need to either open it up and sodder in a new one or just use a separate mixer. Now I am in search of this mixer.

    I think I only really need 4 inputs, not really looking to record more then that, just basic things like guitar, voice, bass, keys, and drums. I don't want to spend the money on being able to record more then 4 tracks at a time anyway.

    My search has led me to the Behringer EURORACK UB1202. It seems to fit my needs and price range, but it doesn't seem to be the most popular piece of equipment on this forum. Will this do the trick or is there another budget option that is in a similar price range and can achieve the same function?

    Second question: the Soloist came with Cubase VXT, which is very dated and can only run in 98. What are your thoughts on something like Cubase SE3 or n-track. The soundcard with the Soloist is 32bit, and n-track only goes to 24 if I am correct. This seems like I am not utilizing the full potential for what I have. Is there any other basic tracking and mixing software that comes highly recommended?

    On to mics: I don't have any! If I were to get approximately 4 or 5 microphones what should they be? I am not really looking for specific makes and models, just general ideas. I am looking for two drum overheads, maybe a kick, a vocal mic, some general ones just to pick up room sound or a guitar amp, and also acoustic percussion and guitars.

    If possible, keep in mind the price range of other items in the studio because money is an important concern. (I don't have too much!... yet.)



    I would appreciate any input, it would be very helpful!


    Mike
     
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I think you need to consider a newer interface. If you are going to consider new software, you might as well upgrade to something more functional. Even if you buy used, you'll probably find something fairly decent, software included.

    There are so many affordable solutions out there now. Many under $100. Multiple i/o configurations for only a few hundred dollars. I think it's worth the effort to do a bit of research to find something right for you.

    As far as mics are concerned, get a couple of dynamic mics like the SM57 and if you so feel the need, a couple of small diaphragm condensers as overheads. Don't concern yourself so much with make and model just yet if price is a concern. Make the best with what you can afford. Learn to use them and make them sound good. You will find their deficiencies soon enough. At that point you will know or at least have a good idea what you are looking for in a "better" mic.
     

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