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i am new to the recording world

Discussion in 'Recording' started by yewish, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. yewish

    yewish Guest

    hello my name is i am just starting to get in to recording i go to school for it and now i am trying to find ways to intern and have myself keep learning. I live in the houston area so if anyone knows of anything it would awesome if you can help me out. Also i just got a mac computer and i am wanting to know how to start buiding my own little project studio. all i have is an acoustic and i have some friends that i can record; so i am wondering do i need a interface? what kinds of mics? controllers? software? mixing console?
  2. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    If you go to school for it, maybe it would be better to mimic their setup, make it more cross platform compatible right?
  3. yewish

    yewish Guest

    i mean yes i could but the best studio setup of theirs i can mimic is their midi workshop, which i do want some midi but i also want to record guitars and vocals and the studios they have well its a full studio so their is no way i have the money for that.
  4. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    What do you think you have money enough for? I mean, do you have a general ideas of how much you would invest in your future?
  5. yewish

    yewish Guest

    i am thinking somewhere like around 2000 and with that i am thinking i can still get a nice interface software and mics.
  6. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    What are you planning on doing with school? If you want to have your own studio I would suggest a higher budget then $2000, as you will spend well over that without even thinking about it. If you want to go the freelance route and take whatever is thrown at you, invest in a mobile rig. My .02, but I'm also just going to school, with no idea of what I'm doing either. These here are some damn good people to talk to though.
  7. yewish

    yewish Guest

    well the 2000 is for a little project studio for now maybe to do projects at home without having to drive 30 minutes to go to school to do a project. At school i am working on my associates in audio production and looking to be able to network and find a way to work for a studio, but the ultimate goal is to own my own. and what exactly is a .02?
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I'm curious how you can be going for an Associates degree when you haven't learned how to write a sentence?

    ".02" generally when combined with .98 equals 1.00 which then gets a $ sign which usually precedes those numbers. Get it?? I hope? Are you a special education recording student? I believe in hiring the mentally handicapped for recording studio jobs. Those folks make the best engineers. Have you considered speaking with any of your professors about whether they have any recommendations? I think you may also find a Guitar Center to stumble into somewhere in Houston? Of course that could be difficult since Texas is so large?

    So have they gone over any of the software you are going to be using in class? You might want to stay within the same platform that they'll be teaching you? If it's ProTools? You're going to have to have a computer that is on their list of authorized computers and their requirements. Otherwise, you'll be using one thing while they're trying to teach you something else. Like how to walk using both feet? Can you say confusion? It's a big word I know. That's very good. I also get the impression you've never seen a audio magazine or a music store?? You'll usually find a audio magazines under the bed or generally in the bathroom.

    It's OK. Wal-Mart has most everything you want. Although you might have to ask the manager where the adult toys are??

    I love my adult toys
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    could be.. English is a second language?
  10. musiciansfriend.com Go to the recording section-package deals. 2000 bucks will get you everything you need to make good clean acoustic guitar/vocal demos.

    If your not proficiant in engineering all the studio gear in the world is worthless. Start small.
  11. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    What would be better for the OP would be information.

    Package deals are not going to teach anyone anything. Except that the package deal was an expensive idea:(

    I still say you have to look around where you are learning at school. What microphone (s) are being used for acoustic work? Have you guys used any Shure mics?

    Is anyone mentioning terms like firewire or usb? Do you have access to the cables used and can you differentiate trs from ts, rca from bantam, xlr from a garden hose?
  12. yewish

    yewish Guest

    i am going to school but it is my first year also just kind of started picking up on some of the stuff. My First class we just sat in a room and the teacher just lectured us instead of lecturing and showing. I do read music magazines my favorite ones so far are, eq and em.

    I talked to my teacher about it but he just said you need to go ahead and get a Mac and Protools since it is the industry standard.
  13. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    If those were anything like his exact words, I would get the hell out of there.

    I'd rather be made to learn to use Java by programming with a pen rammed halfway somewhere painful, than suffer that...
  14. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I found a used Digi 002 for $700 which I consider to be a great price. Only came with PT6.xx but you should be able to download an update to 7.4. I've heard some uh...not nice things about PT8. Don't be afraid to buy used so long as it's local. Otherwise Finance!
  15. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Finance? In this economy?

  16. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Ah yes! I'm all for supporting our debt driven system! The more debt, the more money! .....err.....I'm not really sure how or why that works or even if it truly works at all but that's how our system is designed. Ah modern wonders! Ain't the future grand?
  17. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure either, but I like the idea of borrowing money and not worrying about paying it back. The "paying it back" part always derails my drive to the bank ;)
  18. Yes finance in this economy. Nobody pays there bills anyway. lol Thats what got us here.

    I am joking by the way. ;)
  19. general_ak47

    general_ak47 Guest


    I have never gone to school for recording or anything like that, but I have been recording for about 7 years now and have never had a complaint from any band I have recorded! And I mean it has varied anywhere from Metal to a guy with a voice and an acoustic!

    My point is, what I was using for the first 2 years was a Pandora PXR4 4 track (24 Virtual Tracks) digitl palm recorder...I used that to record the drums (I used the internal condensor mic), guitars and everything else (all recorded individually) then I would take the files and run them through Acid Pro 4.

    I then bought an 8 channel mixer and some drum mics and a good condensor mic (I still use the PANDORA as a recording device and just dump the tracks onto my computer)...i used that condensor for vocals, guitar, and even as a bass drum mic! I also upgraded to Acid Pro 6 which I still use...

    More recently I invested in a Carvin S16 Studio Series Mixer (which are going for a pretty resonable price on carvin.com.

    What I am trying to say is that you don't need expensive gear to make good demos for bands. I took on 5 guinea pig bands, and recorded them for free...I now have bands coming to me from different provinces to do their demos...so i am now making money and will upgrade my gear with the money I make....I hope this all makes sense to you or even anyone just starting out with home recording.

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