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Discussion in 'Recording' started by superxxman, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. superxxman

    superxxman Guest

    Hello,
    I've recorded for years in the analog world and am thinking of becoming a digital recording person.
    My questions have most likely been answered a million different ways on this site already, but I'm going to go ahead and post them anyway.
    1. I have a PC with XP Media Center (I understand much of the OS's features will need to be turned off in order for software to work on this version of XP)
    2. I'm not too interested in plug-ins as much as I'm interested in recording and mixing in it's most basic sense. I'd like to be able to work on projects with friends around the country too. Of all the programs out there, what's the easiest to use? What sounds the best? I'm familiar with Cakewalk (read about it), Pro Tools (seen it used), and Cubase... Any others worth checking out?
    3. Along with the software, I know I need a way to get my analog gear talking with my computer? So, I need something like the MBox, correct?

    Thanks all you very experienced recording people! I'll look forward to your answers.

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  2. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    For my money, the sound card or interface is THE most important "part" of the system(Or maybe the second? More below. something has to be first, ey?). Almost any computer made today will "handle" audio quite well to a great degree(For a computer audio is not "hard".), so we'll assume you've got one and it'll be fine or you'll upgrade, whatever as you must to make it so.

    I was going to say that what you buy depends on how serious you are, but, I don't know..? I guess it does depend on what you mean by "recording"? Yes, "something like an M-Box" will work, to some degree, for some people to do some things, but YOUR "things"? I don't know. There are those that do but I wouldn't even look it over for "pro" work??? I'm elitist as I can afford to be, so..?

    I suggest, if there is ANY seriousness in your desire to record/play/edit/mix/master that you start(And end, for that matter) with something(s) from the "Lynx" Lineup. Yes, there are others(Among them "RME" - let this be your "other stuff" to seriously consider - Nice to have a choice, but not TOO many choices which can get confusing, fast!).

    If you're serious, but only in the 2 channel vein, the LynxOne, though the oldest in the line, would be a superb choice. Move up another half grand and pickup a LynxTwo, with a few years newer technology and several more nice features(None of them essential to very fine 2 channel recording.). The LynxOne, offers "a bit of everything" all wrapped up in a beautiful, professional package - check it out! If you really get going on this you can get more than one Lynx card and more than one TYPE of card, depending... as well as the Lynx Aurora, line of converters.

    OK, I've done my best to get you to look at Lynx Studios, stuff...

    Next - or maybe first? The software. Or maybe THE software??? Again, it's not how serious you are, it's what you are going to do with it? Far as "easy to use" goes - there ain't none! Over time, you'll get used to it, whatever you buy - so TRY TO BUY what you really need first!!! I use Wavelab, from Steinberg. It does ALL I need it to do, does it well, offers excellent tech support(Actually high-quality, easily attained, prompt tech support is THE most important thing of all in all of this stuff(As in life?) and Wavelab/Lynx, and everything else I try to buy has this kind of support, almost superceding it's "features", quality and certainly, "how fast they jump on every new, meaningless little thing." Other than that, the software you see used is the software to buy, if possible. Protools, if the "real" Protools, used by larger studios, would be fine - but v-e-r-y costly and do you need it??? I can't say. If it's the "M-Box" style of recording you are looking at you DON'T need to bother with PT(Again, the "real" PT, not the "pseudo" PT that comes on a CD with the M-Box.). "Real" PT is "propietary hardware dependent" and costs many, many 1000's of dollars! Wavelab, Cubase, many others, run on darn near any PC(Some for Mac only - some both.), cost a few hundred or so, do audio just fine, whose "output" is "mostly" interchangeable with almost any other software(Maybe without the ULTIMATE convenience of PT, whose users DO "interchange", but ONLY with OTHER users of PT!!!) and that's just something that YOU must investigate, yourself.

    Keep in mind that THE most important thing(Gee, there are alot of MOST important things, aren't there?) is that EVERYTHING WORKS WELL TOGETHER!!! So, you MUST make sure before you buy your very first thing, be it software, soundcard, whatever, anything - that you make sure this is so!

    If this is sounding v-e-r-y complex, it's only because it is. If it sounds TOO complex, you could try one of the "all in one box" devices? No computer needed, just a box with everything, preamps to software to final CD output. Yamaha and several others make them. I wouldn't, as I don't like the concept, but it could be REALLY fine FOR YOU!

    Yes, your questions HAVE been asked a million times and will be asked a million more. Say-La-vee... In the end, YOU just have to "dig in" try to read-through the advertising hype, find reviews that are "real"(This is tough. Try looking at (The British) Sound On Sound magazine online? Mix magazine and Electronic Musician magazine are good also, just remember ALL of their reviews are of equipment made by people who advertise IN these magazines! Capitalism is nice, but can be tough to figure... Mostly they're pretty easy to figure......

    I guarantee(Been there/done that) that if you do study this stuff there will (Or at least can) come a time when you are READY TO BUY! Took me 35+ years of being in the biz to figure it out, but you may be quicker? Your mind will be be organized and you will know exactly what you need, but, this REALLY depends on how serious you are...... If you just "wing it", on your next trip to the Best Buy, you'll start-out lost and, likely stay there until you go back to analog in disgust......

    Computer - I don't "know" XP Media Center? XP "Pro", is best
    Software - any you mention, many you don't
    Soundcard - make sure it has the right connectors for YOUR gear
    Everything else you already have/know
    Get to it

    Happy recording!

    Teddy G.
     
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Look, we all came from the analog side of the tracks. You use the same equipment as you always have. Good microphones. Good console preamplifiers and equalizer's. Good compressors/limiters. And most important of all, good sense, good technique. Your computer is just your new recorder. Read the manual. What kind of software? What kind of console? What kind of microphone? What kind of wire? If you are professional, why are you asking these questions? You already know the answers.

    I like to use Adobe Addition, Sony/sonic foundry/sound Forge/Vegas, Samplitude, Sequoia, Nuendo, SONAR, Cakewalk, PROTOOLS. Toyota, Chevy, Mercedes, Honda. Take any of them for a test drive and see how they fit? The best part is, you can only drive one car, at a time but you can do numerous pieces of software simultaneously. None of us use a single piece of software or underwear. Want a plug-in? Bend over.

    Don't drop the Sound Soap
    Ms. Remy Ann David
     

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