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New Home Recording Setup - FRESHER....INPUTS PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Recording' started by pradhanrachit19, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. pradhanrachit19

    pradhanrachit19 Active Member

    Hi everybody,
    This is my first post on this forum and I'm in need of suggestions...

    I am thinking of setting up a home recording studio and I have absolutely no knowledge about selection of Recording Interfaces and Mics.
    I am a drummer and I repair solid state amps and analog pedals. I build Guitar, PA, Bass Amps and I'm also thinking of buildng 2-Way Class A Monitors from speakers that I salvaged from a SONY System.
    I'm not any digital guy and I AM A TOTAL NOOB about Audio Interfaces! :p
    Till now I used to record through my PC's internal sound card's Line Input! And I use Nuendo 4.

    My PC's config. is -

    2.00 GHz Processor
    1.5 GB RAM
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    USB 2.0 Support
    Windows XP Professional

    I would like to have suggestions for Basic Level Audio Interfaces.
    I have some in my mind.

    1. Line 6 UX2
    2. M-Audio Fast Track MkII
    3. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
    4. Focusrite Saffire 6

    Any other options, then Suggestions Please!

    If it isn't ideal to buy Entry Level Audio Interfaces, then it is OK. I will invest for a better one. Even though it will be time consuming, I'm Ready to wait because I wont be willing to upgrade at least for the next 2 years.

    Now, lets talk about mics!

    I need a mic that I can use for recording vocals AS WELL AS an Acoustic Guitar/ Guitar Amplifier.
    I have no limitations over buying a Condenser Mic or a Dynamic one.
    I just need good quality at a considerable price. (I doubt it is easy.)

    Suggestions welcome :)

    Thanks and Regards

    Rachit Pradhan
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    You don't give much in the way of specification of what you need or a budget limit.

    For the interfaces, I would avoid both of the first two items on your list. The Focusrite products would be the starting point. If you can stretch to RME, you will get a better sound.

    For a general-purpose microphone, look at the Shure SM57 or SM58. These are basically the same dynamic microphone, but the body of the 57 is designed for instrument amplifer and snare drum usage, and the 58 has the ball end for vocal use. You could get a 57 and use it with a foam pop shield for vocals, or, better, get the 58 and use it for both vocals and guitars. In the event that you need to get the 58 closer to an amplifier than the ball allows, you can unscrew the ball and use it (with care!) like a 57.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    He won't need to unscrew the ball to put it on a guitar amplifier or instrument amplifier. You're only talking a difference of 1/2 inch. Really Boswell? And I thought I gave loony answers? You've been reading too many of my posts. You only need to do that to a 58 to put it on a snare drum by removing the ball and turning it into a 57 (and for your information pradhanrachit19 the 58 & 57 aren't actually similar, they're identical. You can't get more similar than that. And SHURE makes foam pop filters for both the 57 & 58 since you'll want those for vocals because they will pop and blast without them. You don't need any of that gobbledygook on drums or guitar amplifiers. Certainly not sitar as I sitar to answer your questions.

    I'd really love to have a thick juicy steak right now...
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    ...and I have needed to! Besides, half an inch can make a big difference.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Oh the comments I am holding back on that one......
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    I thought I didn't need to elaborate because I was sure Remy might already know that, but instead, there she is talking about thick, juicy steaks. Ah, well, can't please 'em all.
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member


    I'm sorry. I was always a trouble maker.
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    And I'm afraid I needed a distraction from the Furman UPS I currently have completely in pieces in front of me wondering whether I remember where it all goes back. No schematic I'm afraid.
  9. pradhanrachit19

    pradhanrachit19 Active Member

    I am ready to spend $450 for the interface. I live in India and the RME Babyface costs me a bomb..! ($900) ...It is absolutely out of my budget!! I will try my patience out to save up for an RME..For saving up $450, it took me 7-8 months itself to save up $450! I am still a student so funds are a problem. But anyways, if the RME is worth the buy, I am absolutely ready to wait.

    Just in case, If I change my mind of saving up!
    What would you recommend me?? The Scarlett 8i6 or Saffire 6 ??


    Well, So should I conclude for going with an SM57??
  10. aj113

    aj113 Active Member

    As budget is key here, have you considered Thomann's T-Bone MB 75? I have two of them, I can barely tell the difference between them and my SM57, both in looks and sound.

    THE T.BONE MB75 - Thomann UK Cyberstore
  11. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I would be real careful of that MB 75. The reason being is that SHURE recently had a Chinese company busted for making counterfeit SHURE microphones. They look the part they just don't sound the part. It's like phony money. That is to say a microphone is just another tool. So any microphone will pick up sound. But not every microphone delivers. The pictures of these devices appear to be counterfeit SM57, Beta 52, etc.. They look identical so why are they called something else? Laws are different in different places but if they tell you it's as good as a 57 and costs one half as much, it ain't a 57. And actually I recommend the 58. As Boswell indicated, ya, that 1/2 inch can make all the difference but generally doesn't make much of a difference. We're splitting hairs. So if you put a 58 on a guitar amplifier and it doesn't sound quite right, remove the ball and you'll be to get it 1/2 inch closer. But at least you'll have that option. The 58 with additional foam pop filter makes for a better vocal microphone than a 57 with just a foam pop filter. And that's a little more like having your groceries double bagged. Less chance of them popping open.

    Try not to record popcorn popping
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  12. aj113

    aj113 Active Member

    Because they are not counterfeit, they are copies. Like a Les Paul copy or a Strat copy - or a Bugera 6262 for example.
    To be fair, Thomann are not making such claims, and I would not expect any skulduggery from them, they are a highly reputable company. In any case, the reason I recommended the mics is because I have two of them and I can confirm thay they look, feel and sound like an SM57 (to my ears at least).
    Well, Thomann supply copies of those too, THE T.BONE MB85 - Thomann UK Cyberstore but I can't recommend them as I have never used them. (Although if I wanted one I wouldn't hesitate to get one).

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