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Maximizing my performance

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Questionz, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Questionz

    Questionz Guest

    Whats up to the people of the forum. I have quite a detailed question that may take a lot of explanation. If anyone can offer tid bits of info or talk for days, its all good, I just want to be sure I am getting the most of out the equipment I am working with. So here it goes:

    My equipment: Apple G5 dual 1.83GHZ 1GB RAM
    MBox2 - ProTools LE 7.3.1 - Bomb Factory Plug-ins
    Microphones: M-Audio Nova (condenser)
    AKG Perception 150 (pencil condenser)
    Shure KSM109 (pencil condenser)
    Shure Beta 58A (dynamic)
    Blue "Bluebird" (condenser)
    M-Audio BX5a Active Studio Monitors
    AKG K 171 Studio Headphones

    and of course cables, stands, and all that jargon. With that being said, I am gonna just list my questions and if you have time to answer them, I really appreciate your time, and if not it's all gravy baby.

    1.) What would be the next item(s) you would purchase to develop the quality of sound?

    2.) How do I maximize the productivity and quality from my equipment?

    3.) Advice on Plug-Ins.

    4.) With my currents setup, recommendations of getting the best drum track (Kick, Snare, Hi-hat, Rack Tom, Floor Tom, Ride).

    5.) Home Studio volume vs. Commercial Studio volume?

    I have been at it extremely hard since I got my equipment, so don't think I am not doing my homework. I have reference guides, dvds, and all kinds of other "helpful" material, but I haven't found anything that pertains 100% to my system. I appreciate any helpful hints, ideas, or suggestions. Thanks.
     
  2. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

    Im not a pro by any means. But I also have A few years under my belt and lots of experimenting.
    Have you ever recorded anything?
    Have you tried to experiment with your gear?

    Have you simply just went out and bought all the gear and havent even hooked it up?

    If you have been recording, do you have anything we can listen too.?

    The reason I ask this of you is because , I dont believe that just giving you the answers is going to be enough for you to proceed.
    I dont post much on here ,I read mainly, and I seek out all of my answer to my Question here in the forum

    . I experiment with what gear I have . So not that anyone here wont give you the answers you seek
    But to set down and bang your head against the wall and figure out how to do it is really the best way.

    Good luck with your recording future.
     
  3. Make a recording and put it online for people to comment on.

    Get as much feedback from people who know what they are talking about as you can.

    That's the first step.

    Then you can go from there. You have to crawl before you run. Just having good equipment means nothing. You have to learn how to use it. Once you start making recordings you will find out what else you need and how to use them.

    It's like a kid who just started playing guitar going out and buying a new Strat, Stack of some kind and a bunch of pedals......he/she doesn't really know how to play and has no idea how to set it up to sound like his/her favorite guitar player.

    I'm talking about hours and hours of work at that desk.

    I'm in the same boat, I just bought a Roland VS2400 and I am yet to hook it up. Just reading the book right now. I plan on hooking it up this weekend and the first recording I'm going to do will just be guitar and bass. I'm sweating it out that I can even get that going.

    Make some recordings and put it up here for people to critique that's a start.
     
  4. Jbrax

    Jbrax Guest

    Oh and BTW we are not trying to be Pr**ks here
    we just want to get you on the right path.

    Theres so much to learn here. so by reading and experimenting and posting some clips( as bigdaddybluesman said) this will get you going :wink:
     
  5. Questionz

    Questionz Guest

    No worries, I appreciate the input. I do have a question about micing the drums though still. I have 4 condensers, 2 large diaphram, 2 cardoid. I also have a beta 58 dynamic. The problem is, I am using an MboX2 and no mixer so I only have 2 inputs. Suggestions?
     
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Expand!

    Get yourself some more inputs, 2 really limits you.

    And, honestly, a mixer makes life a lot easier!

    I'm not saying that it's impossible to get a good recording without one, but if you had a mixer you could put those mics you have all over the drum kit, and record into your Mbox from the mixer's stereo outs, if nothing else!
     

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