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My Setup - What to do

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Jirobinson13, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. Jirobinson13

    Jirobinson13 Guest

    Right now i have 3 desktops and a laptop i use for editing movies and recently audio. I have a Mackie DX6 mixer, headphone amp, Shure SM58, and mic boom and I've done recording for a very small band demo track using the 1/8" on my laptop. I was wondering what interface would be good to buy considering my budget for one would be $100-$200. Also what other units should i buy such as EQ, Noise Gate, Pre-amp.

    Thanks
     
  2. bigmac

    bigmac Guest

    It depends on how many channels you are going to need!

    I would recommend something like the mbox mini from Digidesign http://www.guitarcenter.com/Digidesign-Mbox-2-Mini-104132287-i1170453.gc

    That is a little bit out of your price range, but u get a free Pro Tools le software witch is a professional audie editing program.

    I wouldn't buy any outboard gear just yet. Of course u can get it later on if you think it's necessary!

    I hope this helps :p
     
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    You need to save more money from your paper route.

    Save up about $600 and you can purchase yourself an 8 input FireWire device. It will come bundled with some excellent software and you will be cooking with gas. Cutting the rug. The bees knees. Being groovy in a keeno way.

    Awesomely awesome
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     
  4. bigmac

    bigmac Guest

    This makes sense what RemyRAD says. Presonus offers good interfaces in butget around $600 with really good sounding preamps.
     
  5. Jirobinson13

    Jirobinson13 Guest

    I just bought the M-Audio Firewire Solo and its been great. No latency issues and sound quality is great! Thanks for the help.
     
  6. Gedulous

    Gedulous Guest

    Cakewalk has a couple of products on the market that might be a fit if you can save a few extra bux. Check out the PowerStudio range - in particular the 250 package.

    If you can't be bothered waiting, don't panic - there's other options. I would however try to go for a firewire device rather than USB. USB2.0 is theoretically a faster bus, but it multiplexes the devices attached to the bus. Firewire tends to give you the full 400Mbps on each port.

    Things to watch out for:
    * Look for synch options and expansion options... e.g. ADAT ports.
    * Look for bit depth and sample rate. Don't go anything under 24-bit/44.1kHz~48kHz these days if you can help it. Aim for 24-bit/88.2~96 kHz if you can find it.
    * Look for neutrik connectors. Good connections, flexible cabling options.
    * Always look to use balanced cabling where possible. If you have an unbalanced feed, try to run it through a DI box then run the DI to your device on a balanced lead.
    * Look for Phantom power (+48V) for Mic/DI channels. (Saves on batteries if nothing else)
    * Look for something with bus-power for mobile use, but also mains power for when you're at your home base.
    * Look for something that ships with not only basic DAW tools, but also VST plugins. There's a few audio interfaces that do.

    Other than that, sweetwater reviews are a useful source of information.

    Hope that helps. :)

    Happy recording!
     

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