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recording drums (at home or portable)

Discussion in 'Drums' started by Lavaxtris, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Lavaxtris

    Lavaxtris Active Member

    first off, i am close to a beginner when it come to recording drums. i did it a couple times before and it sounded great, but i had to pre-mix everything and there was no mastering involved.

    lets say i want to be able to record each mic (around 6-8) separately into their own track so i can mix them later, and be able to edit them individually. what would i need? ive seen tons of videos on how to record but none of them show you what they use.

    i want to use my macbook pro (15" 4g ram i7 with firewire 800 port) to record stuff and be able to take it anywhere to record. i use Cubase.

    im looking at 8 track firewire interfaces, (namely presonus and other cheap brands) but it that what i need?
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Well, a multi-channel interface is what you need, but I would choose carefully when it is specifically for recording drum tracks. Drums really show up the limitations of pre-amplifiers and converters.

    You mentioned Presonus as a make you had considered, but which model? Other than "cheap", what is your actual budget?

    By the way, recording multitrack and then mixing down to 2-track are stages in the process that precede "mastering".
     
  3. Lavaxtris

    Lavaxtris Active Member

    well, the PreSonus FP10 10x10 Firewire Interface looked good to me. the budget can be anything, as im not looking to buy anytime soon, but i just want to know what i would need. i understand the output on the presonus is FW 400. will this also work with 800?/can i get an adapter?

    btw, what do you mean "recording multitrack then mixing down to 2-track"? wouldnt each mic have a separate track assigned to it?
     
  4. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    IMO on the cheap end presonus is the best there is. Not that there is a tremendous difference in the low end. The best step up that gets you into the bottom of the big boy toys is an RME fire face IMO.
     
  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Yes, you can get FireWire 400-800 adaptors.

    What I meant by "recording multitrack" was that after your recording session you would have in the computer separate tracks for each instrument (mic or direct inputs). When you have everything recorded, you use your audio software to mix this down to 2-track (stereo).
     
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