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Help me start recording my own music...PLEASE

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14 years 5 months
Hi all,

I'm new to this website (read through the forums for the past few days, and just signed up). I've been writing music for the past 11 years, and have worked with a couple of producers, but now I'd like to record and produce my own material. I have the following, equipment-wise:

- Yamaha Motif ES6 Synthesizer

- Marshall JCM 2000 100W Stack

- Pearl Export Drums

- Guitar and Bass

As you can see, I'd like to record INSTRUMENTS - all of the major ones - as well as VOCALS. I plan to use Pro Tools...

My main questions are as follows:

1. If I plan to use a desktop computer solely for recording purposes, what is the best bang for my buck for a computer (taking into account little sound from the machine, durability, power, speed, etc.)? Should I build my own (how difficult/expensive is that)?

2. What exactly do I need to RECORD itself - As I said, I'm going to go with Pro Tools (probably a Digi 003 Rack). I'd like to record at least 6 mic inputs simultaneously (for the drums), so I figure I need another set of inputs to add to the digi. How does the Behringer ADA8000 Ultragain Pro-8 Converter sound? Is there another 8-input converter I can use with the Digi 003 that's a better "bang for my buck"?

2. Mics: I just purchased MXL 993s (2 of em) to use as overheads for drums. I plan to buy a few SM57s for the drums themselves, and a Shure kick drum mic. Does this sound all right to you - keep in mind, I'm going for a "bang for my buck"?

3. VOCAL MIC: I currently only have one vocal mic (A Shure BETA 87A), but I think it's best for live purposes. Could you tell me a "bang for your buck" (not more than $500) for a good large diaphragm condenser mic for vox?

4. ACOUSTIC GUITAR MIC: I'm thinking of using one of the MXL 993 mics for micing my acoustic guitar. Cool? Not cool? I'm definitely cool...

I would really appreciate it if ANYONE with recording experience could help me out with their unbiased thoughts or opinions on how I should start up in this recording thing(okay, I guess they have to be biased).

P.S. If you'd like to hear one of my tracks I'm working on with my current producer, just drop me your e-mail, and I'll send it over. Thanks,

thaman (a.k.a. Raman)


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15 years 3 months

Shindog Fri, 06/22/2007 - 05:45
You have a pretty good set up for a home studio, but I think you need to include a mixer to give you control over the signal before it is recorded and to give you options for monitoring.

I bought most of my gear second hand. This is my set up.
Mac G5 4mb ram 1/2 price as new. Pretty much a industry standard although PCs are now more common. The Mac has preformed flawlessly, very fast.
Allen + Heath mix Wizard 16 ch with 16 direct outs. 8 for your 003 and 8 for the ADA8000.
Your mics sound OK. I use some 57s, a 58, AKG C2000 and Samson 7 piece drum mic kit. Some people will laugh, but for value for money, I found the Samsons suprisingly very good.
We use a Digi 002 and a Behringer ADA8000 and found it quick and easy to set up. Add a couple of good monitors and your set. Im using a second hand set of Yamaha NS 5 but I need to add a sub woofer.
You can view our studio at myspace, search Studio groove or check my band at myspace.nousband/com or my own site myspace.opusismatt/com.
All the best for your studio.... have fun.