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Help Transforming My Basement

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21 years
Doob again,

well. its begun. my basement is torn apart and im ready to start buying everything i need. my heart, soul, and wallet is all going to be poured into this studio. But, doobthenoob, in his noobish ways, wonders....what do i get?

right now ive got,
-One SM57 Mic
- One M Audio Fast Track
- One Drumset
- One Mic Stand.

sad, isnt it? basically i need help from the computer i should be buying (my laptop is terrible, and im looking to update... big question- Mac or PC?) to the mixers and mics and everything i need to have a great studio.

It would help to start out at a lower end of financial things.... but i need TONS of help and you guys have said some great things before...i hope im not asking to much!



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Davedog Mon, 01/15/2007 - 17:25
Thats not much of a budget to be getting ALL the things you're gonna need.

First, the main question would be, How many tracks will you be wanting to record at ONCE?

If its going to be 8 or less then this will make a huge difference in the budget.

2 at a time will also be the next lower set of numbers....

Whatever its going to be, asking for a "high quality sound" at this price and with the probable amount or rather lack of experience you have with recording, Its going to a crapshoot at best.

But, bravo to you to want to learn.

Heres your first lesson........ Leave ego at door.

Now, go back and prioritize your needs. Write it all out. Look at it and revise it often. Dont be afraid to let go something that will be keeping you from actually recording something simply because you think you need it. Look at the used gear market. ITS HUGE!...Mainly because of all the folks like yourself that want to start this stuff up. Dont think for a moment that you cant get a good or even great vocal track out of a Shure SM57 or 58 mic. Dont believe any of the manufacturers hype about their products. Go online and read reviews of actual users.

Completely believe this statement. " Your recording environment is the third most important item in your chain. The second is the song arrangement and the first is the song itself."

A crappy song on great gear is still a crappy song.

Here's another tip....Long drawnout sessions without planning can drain the creative fire as fast as a raid by the Feds.

Lots and lots of people go into this realm with no concept of what its like to record music. Seems glamorus on the surface.....lots of ads with pretty women with their new headphones on singing into a beautiful new $3000 mic, smiling and thinking they sound great.

Playback never lies. ie: Ego=====> OUT

Its work and it can get seriously sucky at times.

It can also be the most exhillerating experience............

Thats all for now.

Prioritize your needs. If you want help here, learn about what those needs are and ask your questions about particular pieces....