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Need some Advice: What am I missing?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by caprice, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. caprice

    caprice Active Member

    My style of recording, or the style I'm going for, is the reverb/echo feel of José González meets the dry sound of Portishead (their third album). I'm going for minimalism like José but there's a lot I want to put in, freedom like Portishead.

    Currently my mic is an Audio Technica AT4041
    My preamp/interface is a Presonus Firebox
    My recording software is Garageband 8

    I recently got to record a show with the Firebox through a Mixer and it was very interesting working with a mixing board (albeit was very small). I would love to get a board that records Analog (to cassette tape, but without the tape works too).

    any suggestions? I tried looking on Ebay and im still looking but I hope you all can point me in a better direction.

    I'm also looking for a drum machine/sample, for instance, I plan on buying a Moog Little Phatty sometime down the road and would love to have a good beat maker/machine/sampler/whatever it is so I can start making electronic music properly.
  2. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Well-Known Member

    Wait, correct me if I misunderstand your question, but you want a mixing board to use with only a single mic?
  3. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    "would love to get a board that records Analog"

    Boards mix. Recorders record.
    You can either record to tape, or vinyl, or something digital.

    Unless there's some new format I don't know about, maybe it involves trapping soundwaves in a vacuum and suspending them by dividing the space/time continuum by zero?
  4. caprice

    caprice Active Member

    Thanks Codemonkey, I think I needed someone just to tell me the difference like that. I'm still new to this world (recording) but I'm very eager to learn.

    I see that you're from Scotland, do you listen to Boards of Canada? If so, do you know anything about how they record? (types of equipment, sound processing, etc.)
  5. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Never heard (of) them, sorry.

    FWIW mixers are only used in recording studios if they have high quality gear. This seems to throw a lot of people.

    Most recording software has it's own virtual mixer for the tracks on your computer, so...
    You should only really use a mixer if it's worth $20k, or if you have a shortage of inputs and a lot of mics/instruments to record. You can record a single stereo track from a mixer like this, but if you have the inputs for them all, the less gear you use - the better.
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Less is more...

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