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Here is what I have. What do I need?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by unplugged_unsigned, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Ok I'm a broke songwriter like everyother songwriter in nashville trying to improve my own demos.

    What i have:
    HP Laptop 3.2 pentium 4, 1gig of ram, 120gig hd, MoTu 828 MKII, M-Audio BX-5a moniters, AKG PERCEPTION 220, and a 15'x20' room dedicated solely to music.

    Now my question is for software. Now dont laugh, I use Magix Audio Studio. Tracking with magix is pretty similar to many others, but from what I can tell from playing around with guitar tracks, Sonar, some Protools the major downfall of my software is cheap and/or limited plugins. With very limited funds should my next investment be in plugins, will they even work with magix?, or upgrade to like Sonar home or something of similar quality. I've been using Magix for accoustic demo's for years so I have grown very familiar with it. I dont want anything to complex but in this slow economy my job has really slowed down at a time when my music production really needs to pick up. I also have several people willing to pay (small amounts) for demo's and I wanna be able to give a decent project. I will eventually reinvest the cash into the studio but need to get started somewhere.

    Sorry if I sound to amature for some. :)

    Isaac Mathews
  2. Feverdream

    Feverdream Guest

    I started on Magix, it's nothing to be ashamed of.

    It's not a million miles away from Logic or Cubase, so I'd recommend one of those.
  3. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    Check out Cubase Ai or Cubase Studio they are cheaper than the full version of Cubase and work the same as far as tracking, mixing etc.
    If you get one of those versions and learn it and like it or want to upgrade to Nuendo or Cubase 5 it would be easy to do...

    Some nice sounding songs BTW...
  4. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    You have a good voice. In "Where I belong" and "My GrandPa" your vocal microphone interacts with the room you are in. It sounds like a good voice over a nice mic in someones room.

    This may be the dry sound you are going for. If it is, bravo :) If not, maybe this is something you want to spend a little time with. The cost may be far less then you are thinking.
  5. Thanks for the info. Where I belong, and My Grandpa were very simple. sm 57, on the guitar and akg for vocals. Tracked live on a single track dead center in the middle of my studio. Very little effects. Slight reverb, compression, and eq. Close to natrural was what I was aiming for on those two. I just dont like mixing vocals, and guitar on same track. What's good for guitar, isnt allways good for vocals. And that was before I got my 828 and was still recording on my onboard realtek soundcard.
    "Close" was recorded in a friends studio. Mac, Apogee Duet, AKG 414.

    I'll have to check out Cubase prices and such.

  6. Space

    Space Distinguished Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Maybe it was the "dead center in the middle" part I am hearing.
    I know everyone has their mind on more gear makes better recordings, but I was trying to suggest the room is in the mic, I know it when I hear it ;) and in this case it doesn't sound very acoustical.

    I'll leave ya alone with it.

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