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Home Studio project - Need Help!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by DjArtiges, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. DjArtiges

    DjArtiges Guest

    Hi everyone, my name is Jean, I'm 19 and I live for electronic music! :cool: I'm DJing since I'm 17 and I have a monthly 1 hour set podcast that has been running for 8 months now. I love what I'm doing but, for the last few months, I've been looking for a more creative way to make music. I want to produce my own music, but only for fun, for the beginning at least... I already have some gear but I'm also looking for some new gear to create my home studio.

    What I already have:

    - Good PC-based workstation (Quad-core @ 3Ghz., 4 Gig. RAM, 1Tb. HDD, 24" Viewsonic widescreen monitor, ...)
    - Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 64bits.
    - Ableton Live 8
    - FL Studio 8
    - M-Audio Profire 610
    - Pioneer CDJ-800MK2 (2)
    - Pioneer DJM-700
    - KRK RP6G2 (2)
    - Alesis 3630 Compressor
    - DOD SR830QXLR Graphic Equalizer
    - Crown XLS 402D Amp
    - JBL MP215 (2)

    I know that a PC workstation is not the favorite system of the pro audio industry (Mainly because of Logic, I think, which looks like one of the best and most versatile DAW...) but I don't want to change my computer for the moment so I'll have to find the best studio setup compromise with my PC. My favorite music genre is Progressive House and I know that a lot of electronic music producers are using a lot of softwares, VSTs and plugins to create their music but I really want to have a minimum of hardware gear (analog synths, midi controllers, etc...). I also want to be able to record good quality vocals for not too much money... I try to understand and learn the music/dance music industry by myself by reading websites and magazine like Futuremusic and DJmag but it's hard to know what I really need and what gear will be really useful for me, and that's why I'm asking you what do you think about my studio project and the gear I eventually want to buy.

    What would be, I think, a good, high quality, home studio basic gear:

    - Novation 49 SL MK2 or M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 (As a main Midi DAW controller)
    - Another, more versatile DAW (Cubase?)
    - 1 or 2 good desktop analog synth (Less voices, cheaper: Dave Smith Mopho or Tetra) or (more voices, more expensive: Prophet 08, Nord Wave, etc...)
    - Blue Bluebird mic (As a good quality, versatile, and not so expensive condenser mic)
    - An eventual high-end analog synth 37-keys action keyboard (Access Virus TI2 Polar! :p)
    - A new audio interface with more I/O if necessary, or even separated Pre-amps, converter and I/O racks (Is it absolutely necessary? Is the audio quality that much improved?)

    So, that's my home studio project fo the next months. I really want to know what you think about it so don't hesitate to comment! I want to know if my gear choice is good and also if you have any recommandations for me... (Microphone choice, DAW choice, etc...)

    PS: I forgot to mention that I already have basic keyboard and DAW skills, altough I never create my own music, so all that gear wouldn't be totally new for me...

    Thank you all,

  2. DjArtiges

    DjArtiges Guest

    Any comments or advice for my future project?
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    why the
    - Alesis 3630 Compressor
    - DOD SR830QXLR Graphic Equalizer
  4. DjArtiges

    DjArtiges Guest

    Originally, it was for my PA system (for mobile DJing with the JBLs...) but maybe they can be useful in my new studio setup... I don't know... Are they?
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    If you desperately need some analog compression then yes, it might be. Odds are a software/digital comp will sound better.

    I would probably skip the DJ mixer unless you desperately want/need to record that way. Then you have the flexibility to retrack later.

    Oh and the JBLs can probably be dumped for studio use, unless you want to check your mixes on a larger set of speakers than the KRKs.
  6. DjArtiges

    DjArtiges Guest

    Yes, ok, let's put all the PA/DJ gear out of the studio, any good software will sound better than that anyway. And what do you think about future purchases? Is it good gear for my needs? Is there something I'm missing?

    Thanks, Jean.
  7. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    the 3630 might be useful on the Headphone Cue send ... just for protection ... Limiter Mode
    while thrashing out ideas etc
    and your getting too excited

    Quality Mics

    QUALITY monitoring and amp ... this could be a powered speaker or a combo

    Quality Mic pres

    these are the things that will stay with you for as long as you continue to work in music

    Instruments ... a never ending merry-go-round in the world of synths
    I have both hard and soft .. like Virus in Soft and Woldortfs Hard and JV1080's ...
    yes multiple 1080's ... they seem very old now
    still have a DX7S as master keys
    and more
    microkorg etc

    you can really throw money at synths
    be wary
  8. DjArtiges

    DjArtiges Guest

    Ok thanks for the advice, I'll keep the 3630 for the cue protection. I also decided to get a Virus TI2 Polar before the end of the year. It will be my main synth. I'm also considering the Akai APC40 as a controller for my DAW (which is, and will remain Ableton Live 8 for the moment) but I don't know if the Axiom Pro 49 controls are too similar to the APC... If I get both of them, will it be too much controls for nothing?
  9. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    tough question

    controls and controllers
    luv'em .... hate'em

    this is something you just have to try for yourself
    if you use both of them all the time then you made the right choice

    sorry not the quick answer you want but here is workflow and feel are so personal
  10. DjArtiges

    DjArtiges Guest

    No problem, thank you for the answer, and if anyone got any comments about my project or the APC40, feel free to comment.

    Thanks, Jean.

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