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Need a home set up on a budget

Discussion in 'Recording' started by DanOfTKG, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. DanOfTKG

    DanOfTKG Active Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    New Jersey
    Hello everyone! This is my first post on the forum. After doing some research, I've come to you guys for some help in finding quality equipment that won't break the bank. I already HAVE a set up, but need to take it up a notch. I have a friend whos an audio engineer. Hes got a great ear and delivers results, but doesnt get the hint that I can't afford most of the high end stuff hes pushing on me... I'm not poor, but I dont have $5,000 either! Hence why I've come to this forum...

    A little about me:
    I play guitar in a metal band called THY KINGDOM GONE ... you can check it out here: Thy Kingdom Gone - Battle Metal ... scroll to the player and listen to Tomorrow... all of that was done with the set up I am about to outline. So I have a WORKING set up, but want/need to take the next step.

    The guitars, bass and drums were all recorded direct. The drum samples are from Superior Drummer, recorded with a Roland electric kit and a midi interface.

    What I have:
    DAW: Cubase 5 on a Windows 7 system. 6 gigs RAM with an AMD Athlon II X2 235e Processor 2.7ghz
    Interface: POD UX2 with library updates
    Preamp: Samson CValve
    Monitors: Studiophile DX4's (these need to be replaced as one of them is acting up on me)
    Mics: SM57, AT4040

    I am looking to upgrade the interface, preamp and monitors. I will also be purchasing a Radial XAmp for re-amping.

    Any and all suggestions would be appreciated! My budget is flexible, but I'd like to keep the upgrades under $1500 on the HIGH end of the spectrum.

    Thank you for reading!
  2. sachit

    sachit Active Member

    May 20, 2011
    Uh.. hey, are you still around?

    Your setup looks perfectly good to me, except maybe the interface and the monitors if you want to change them.
  3. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Resource Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    since it's possible to sample off a pillow, or trigger some kick/snr off a guitar. tough one, dsp would be tough to recommend w/ so much native 'vst' power. i might relax a bit w/a metal recording focus. The real make or break for metal type stuff is drums, and the break is vocals. metal vocals are very dynamic, they sing they scream, they nail the stage together w/ the mic. metal vocals are dynamic. they go from bottom of lung, to spoken. i think it's fun to mix, but upfront, ya gotta get some sounds. up front your looking for an inter-face to me. everything else fine. monitors interact w/ taste and the room.

    you have all you need 'buy at the store wise'. dynamic mics can't be exploited until a slightly adjusted move to your interface setup
  4. Paschalis I.

    Paschalis I. Guest

    Change your audio interface with better ad/da converters, that's one of the most important things.
    The audio will improve noticeably :)

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