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Start Up Studio

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Mjazk26, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. Mjazk26

    Mjazk26 Guest

    Hi all, nice place you have here. I am currently working on setting up a basic home studio to record mostly acoustic guitar, and vocals.
    Possibly some electric guitar down the road.

    I currently have the following

    Pentium 4 3.6 Ghz
    Asus PG5D2 premium Mobo
    1G DDR2 Ram
    On board audio
    10,000 RPM 36G SATA internal HD
    USB 2.0 80G external HD

    Behringer UB1002 mixer
    Rode NT1-A Mic (recent addition)

    Have been using Cool Edit Pro and just started messing with Sony Sound Forge and Acid Pro

    I guess my questions are as follows:

    Do i need to upgrade my sound instead of the Asus on board inputs?

    Do you think the Behringer should be sufficient with the Rode Mic that I just purchased?

    Is the Rode a good mic for guitar as well or do I need to go to two Shure SM57's?

    Please forgive me for my ignorance. I am very new to this and plan on sticking around and reading as much as possible in the near future. Thanks in advance for any advice it's greatly appreciated.

  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Hello, and welcome to RO!

    First off, I think you could save a bit of money if you chose a more modest computing solution. For your goals, the system you have picked out is massive overkill. An Athlon XP / ASUS A7N8X based system would be a lot cheaper and would give you more power than you would ever need.

    Second, on board audio is simply not an option due to its terrible sound and lack of low latency performance. Also, I think you could do away with the mixer if you went for something like the Echo Layla 3G, which gives you preamps, monitor outs, and a headphone amp, all the things you need that the mixer would give you.

    Third, I think the NT1-A will do OK for you, but you should either pick up another one, or get another pair of condenser mics for recording the guitar. Acoustic guitars love to be recorded in stereo, and with two mics of the same type, you will have lots of options for this.

    Let us know if you have any more questions.
  3. Mjazk26

    Mjazk26 Guest

    Thanx David!

    I actually just built the PC for other intentions then recording. I am a recreational gamer and also tend to do some simple video editing.

    So I guess I would be better off going with two Shure SM57's for the guitar?

    Ill have to look into the Echo Layla 3G. As far as software is Sound Forge worth taking the time to learn or should I be heading in a different direction before I invest the time of learning the software?

    Any suggestions for a mixer or pre solution that has 3 mic inputs? Is firewire, USB 2.0 and PCI all equivalent as far as speed for recording?
  4. Mjazk26

    Mjazk26 Guest

    Does anyone have any feedback on the Sonus Firepod?
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    You could do better than two SM57s for acoustic guitar. Look at Studio Projects C4, R0DE NT5, Kel Audio HM1.. there are others also.

    SoundForge is a great program, but it is a two track editor, not a multitrack recorder. It matters little which software you choose as just about all of them will meet your needs. You may even be happy with the free program Audacity. Also, if you go with a Layla 3G, you will have Mackie's Tracktion. Other products have software bundle deals as well.

    For three inputs, you can either go for a larger product like the firepod, a large product without pres and external pres, or a small product, like the Layla 3G, with external pres going onto an auxillary input.
  6. Mjazk26

    Mjazk26 Guest

    Thanks David. I decided to order another Rode NT1 so that I have two for the guitar and I think I'm going to go with the Echo Layla.
  7. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Sounds good. Let me know if there's anything else.

    Good luck!
  8. Mjazk26

    Mjazk26 Guest

    David one more question... Can you explain what you mean above? Are you saying that I will need pres in addition to a firepod or layla?

    Also I am also leaning towards the firepod for future expansion availability but I read a review on musicians friend that said he couldn't get a good sound out of his Martin guitar with the Firepod. Have you heard anything similar? Acoustic guitar is the main reason I am buying all this equipment so if this is the case I need to stay clear.

    Also I would like to be able to use this with my laptop as well which only has usb. Would it be sufficient to buy a adapter card for firewire for my laptop to record on the go?

    As far as sound how would you compare the Digidesign Mbox, firepod, and Layla? Thanx again for your help,
  9. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Some have pres. Some don't. The Firepod has pres. The Layla don't. Sometimes you feel like a nut...

    I think the firepod should be fine if you decide to go that way.

    A PCMCIA firewire card should work just fine.

    I haven't heard the firepod, but the M-Box and the Layla both sound good.

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