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Need help on what I need for a basic home studio

Discussion in 'Recording' started by konflikt, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. konflikt

    konflikt Guest

    I am looking for a little info on what exactly I need to buy to use my computer as a home studio so that I can record into it. My friend already makes beats using fruity loops and a few other programs that I forget the names of. All I would like to do is be able to take the beats he gives me and maybe some instrumentals from real songs and record hip hop vocals over them. I used to record vocals into my computer a few years ago using only a stero with microphone inputs and a cable that was connected from the audio out of my stero into the audio input on my computer. It was a very cheap and very bad sounding setup. I have just started rapping again and would like to start recording again but I have no idea what I need to buy to have a decent sound quality. Right now all I have is a Dell computer with a soundblaster audio card and thats it. I tryed reading through some of the posts on this forum but it just confuses me when I hear people talking about monitors and preamps and everything else. Any advice on what I need to get good quality vocals recorded into my computer would be very helpful. Also, I dont have alot to spend maybe at the most a couple hundred dollars. Thanks for taking the time to read my post.
     
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

  3. konflikt

    konflikt Guest

    Thank you for your reply and your suggestions. I will hopefully be purchasing that microphone and preamp pretty soon and I will see how it all works out. The only other question I have is about a mixer. I am not sure if I have to buy one or can all the mixing I need to do be done from my computer software? I will probably be using cubase to record into because my friend already has a copy of that on his computer. Also I would like to record my vocals on a seperate track than the beat is on. I remember when I used to use the stero setup that I had before and I tryed recording the vocals on a seperate track from the beat my vocals would be out of synch with the beat so I had to record everything on one track which made the sound quality even worse. Thanks again for all of your help
     
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah, and all the mixing can indeed be done with the software. Oh yeah again, with a new card, the vocals will be perfectly in sync (as long as you can spit it tight :) ) and recording the vocals separate from the beat will be no problem.
     
  6. konflikt

    konflikt Guest

    Ok thanks again for the help. I have one more question that I need to make sure of when you say that the m-audio fast track usb combines the soundcard does that mean it has a sound card that comes with it or do I still need to buy a new one? Also if it makes a difference the soundcard in my computer right now is a Creative SB Live! Series.
     
  7. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    The FastTrack is a soundcard. A soundcard is anything that gets audio into your computer. t doesn't have to be an actual 'card' in the sense of PCI.
     

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