Recording and Mastering Setup Questions...

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by Arvida, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Arvida

    Arvida Guest


    I'm attempting to setup a recording/mastering studio at my church. We currently have a Yamaha 01v96 digital board running 32 tracks.

    My thoughts were to purchase an Alesis HD24 to record the audio and then master the audio on a PC. My question is, is there a better way of doing this and if not, what all-purpose audio software would you recommend?

    I don't mind any learning curve, I just want to be able to mix and master high-quality audio. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Oh, my first post. =) I didn't want it to be a question, but oh well! I hope to be really active here in a few weeks!

  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    The words "high quality audio" can bring out several different opinions...

    Is there a space/budget/plan in mind?
  3. Arvida

    Arvida Guest

    High quality meaning the best that can be done with recording live sound in a larger room as well as the ability to utilize the same equipment in a small room recording session.

    As far as budget is concerned, we don't have much of a budget for software as I don't know what level we'll need to be at. I have a PC that will suffice, high powered Athlon system with cooling and 2gig of RAM. So, if you factor that out, we'll probably want to stay under $5,000 or so. Hah, I'm not sure if that is even realistic.

    I've found the Alesis HD24 as cheap as $1000, plus cables and a word clock puts us around $2500. Then, the firewire interface to go to the PC and the software we need. I'm assuming this is doable for under five grand.

    I appreciate your responses. Thanks!

  4. Arvida

    Arvida Guest


    If we go with the HD recorder we won't be able to do much to the mix live will we? Is this detrimental? Having to do all mixing and mastering at the PC level?

  5. Arvida

    Arvida Guest

    Any help is appreciated. I realize that I'm somewhat of a newbie to all of this, but I plan on doing this right the first time and learning the hardware/software of it all. If you can help me get the right setup and advise I will surely treat the community right.

    Again, thanks in advance.

  6. vladlv

    vladlv Guest


    You will be able to mix live, using HD system.

    This depends on mixing engeneer preference.
    i think nobdy want to mix, using PC faders.

    I recomment to buy multichannel card >=10 channels.
    Without faders etc.

    Then bye chap MIDI controller with faders.
    Then use some piece of software to record on, like Cubase SX.

    Then such setup will be suitable both for project studio and for live recording.

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