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noobie help!!!

Discussion in 'Computing' started by mikerotten, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. mikerotten

    mikerotten Active Member

    Hey guys... im new on here and just had a few questions if you wouldnt mind.... im currently messing with Cubase 5 and just got started with it really and am not to framiliar..... anyways im a drummer and i play a little guitar and stuff too... anyway i wanted to record some songs using cubase and possibly my band but i have no idea what i need or what im doin..... thats why im here heres my current list of items......

    Computer--- Hp Laptop Pavilion dv7 w/ windows 7 64 bit 4 gb ram (stock)
    Software--Cubase 5
    i have all my drums miked up and have them running into a berhinger 16 channel board ( for my p.a.) but i was thinking... perhaps i could run a 1/4 inch cord out of that and put a 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch adapter into my mic or line in on my laptop???? i have plenty of guitars and basses and i have an audio technica studio mic which requires phantom power.... if i cant use that then i have plenty of like sm 57s and such.... anyways..... what do i need for good audio recording with little latency and for the cheapest possible!! LOL thanks for reading this and with all of your help....
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    You can do the 1/8" thing but it *will* suck.

    If you'd bought an interface in the first place, it'd've saved you from getting Cubase as most interfaces come with software and a driver that are both known as compatible with that interface.
  3. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    What you could do is either:

    Get an interface with enough inputs for each mic. This is the expensive route, but is far more flexible to edit and means you can get rid of that mixer.

    Or get an interface which takes a 1/4" line input. This is a cheap option but means you have to use the mixer, and plug it into the interface. Once you record something, you can't edit any part of it - you're stuck to working with whatever track you end up with.

    The reason you don't wanna use the 1/8" input is that it's noisy like a rock band in a library, and you'll get distortion a lot easier. Neither is a good thing.
  4. mikerotten

    mikerotten Active Member

    yeah... the board/ mixer is kinda my dads tho so i cant really get rid of that lol.... but what would you recommend for a interface and will it be compatable with my computer and run smoothly??
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I have a similar computer and HP Pavilion DV 8339 US. The audio inputs on these units simply suck. They suck. Suck suck suck. So, all you need is approximately $80 US. With that, you can purchase an Edirol UA1ex. It is strictly RCA line level in and out. With direct pass-through monitoring and 24 bit 96 kHz capabilities. I only use mine at 44.1 & 48 kHz sampling at 16 or 24 bit. Because of the higher sample rates, it's a problem since the unit is not completely functional in all realms. But then you can also purchase a M-Audio Transit that is compatible with ProTools M-Powered if you want to go that route? That also does not have any microphone inputs. Since you're using your father's mixer you don't need any microphone inputs other than that. But for around $500 average, you can get a computer audio interface that has 8 XLR simultaneous microphone inputs to FireWire which your HP has already. That's the way to go for you my friend.

    Git er done (Larry the cable Guy)
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  6. mikerotten

    mikerotten Active Member

    ok thanks.... i guess ill have to go the cheap route for now.... but i do eventually want to get a computer audio interface thing like the tascam us 1461.... but what kind do you recommend and are there any cheaper than say... 300?? lol
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Sure, there are a number of reasonable units with 2 XLR microphone inputs at around the $150 US price point. Check Musicians Friend/Guitar Center they have a number of those at that price. It even includes some decent LE oriented software in the package. Great bang for the buck. Good way to get started. Specifications for most of those units will all be similar as they all use the same chips.

    Bet you can't eat just one?
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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