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Discussion in 'Recording' started by gordo, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. gordo

    gordo Guest

    hello all,

    im looking to set up a small rig in my bedoom for demoing purposes mostly. i have very minimal knowledge of gear ,what to aquire for just starting out ect...basically im starting from the very begginning. i have some experience with cubase, and that is the program im looking for, just everything else that comes with setting up a little home rig is where im lost. haha.

    besides a laptop computer which i plan to get asap , i basically have a px4 pandoras box (which i would use instead of a pod) , and a doctor ryhthm drum machine. i need to know everything else i would need, if im looking for a standard setup, and what are your recommendations for what u think is suitable for me, something easy as possible, haha.

    any input is greatly appreciated. thanks.

    ps: i also know nothing much about laptop computers themselves, any suggestions of certain laptops that are more "suitable" strictly for home recording.
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Distinguished Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    This thread should be moved to the Home/Project Studio forum. You will be more likely to get good responses from there.

    First the laptop...
    If, as you say, you are going strictly recording with it you get more bang for your buck with a non-laptop computer. More processing power, more memory, more options.

    If you really want the laptop, get the fastest one with the most memory that you can afford. Get an external hard drive for storing your audio files. Make sure the lappy has a CD burner. A video out can be helpful so that you can use 2 monitors. It should (as most do) have USB 2.0 and Firewire ports.
    You may also want to get a separate mouse or trackball for it.

    Now on to the next thing...the audio interface.

    The Pandora has a stereo output so that's 2 channels. Drum machine is another 2 channels. So you have the potential there to be recording 4 channels of audio at once. Now of couse you could do thing one at a time in which case you could get by with a 2 channel interface.

    There are dozens of different interfaces out there in the 2/4 channel range. All of them have similar and different features. Some include recording software (even cubase). I haven't really used any of the recent ones so I couldn't recommend any from experience, but check out the Mackie Onyx Satellite. It's neato!

    You will also need Speakers/Monitors. You should spend time listening to as many different ones as you can before you make your purchase.

    You may also need a microphone or 2 if you want to record vocals or acoustic instruments.

    Then there are all the other things; cables, connectors, mic stands, power strips/conditioners, etc.

    Good luck!
  3. basilbowman

    basilbowman Guest

    This isn't a list, but a clarification thereof. But still loosk pretty useful


    Confession, I didn't read all the way through

    And make sure to check out the little tag right above where it says "Your Forum Posts". There's lots of good info to be had there.

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