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Analogue and Digital Equipment (HELP!?)

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Ive been given a college assignment to research the necessary and best equipment needed for:

1) Analogue recording studio
2) A Digital Recording studio

equipment list must include

-multi-track recording system
-multitrack recorder
-Microphones (Dynamic & Condensor)
- A:D & D:A converters / interface

Does anyone know which equipment is best and if you could post a link to a manafacturers specification for the equipment that would be suitable for a range of purposes?

Im still learning the technical side of music but if anyone could help that would be really appreciated.



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hueseph Tue, 12/04/2007 - 11:34
I think the "Trick" is that you will need to know the why and not just the what. You could pull names out of a dictionary if you want but if you cant justify your choices, it will be a meaningless excercise. Trying to explain the reason for certain choices on a forum like this would take pages considering the amount of gear you're asking about.

I think the bottom line is if you can't make up your mind what the best choice would be, you need to go back and learn the basics. If you don't have an idea of what your specific goal is, how are you supposed to know what you will need to achieve that goal?

If you have to ask what you need, you absolutely don't know what you're getting into. You NEED to be able to figure out what is necessary to acheive your goal and then do some research to find what gear has the features that will suit you best.

You NEED to have a good idea how your signal flow will be routed. You might need specific gear just to accomodate your routing. You NEED to know that all your gear will work together. What if two pieces of gear don't jive? How are you going to make it work. What if you can't make it work?

You need to first have your goal. Then you NEED to do some research.

I research everything I buy before I buy it. I have to. I don't want to buy something that I can't use. I can't afford to do that.

Sure. Maybe you're only doing this as a project but If you don't have the intention of making it work in the real world, it's pointless and your $40,000 tuition is a total waste of money.

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Member Tue, 12/04/2007 - 11:46
yes huseph youve hit the nail on the head. I have to make my decisions based on the specification of the equipment and justify my choices using the specifications.

I also have to make sure the equipment all agree and work well together but its all just alot to take in as I havent been doing the course for long and im still learning.

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Member Tue, 12/04/2007 - 11:52
EarDrum wrote: Thanks for your help joebot.

Hummel this is also a form of research.
No it's not. I teach at university and I know what students are expected to do for an assignment like this. You don't take an assignment, go to a group of experts, ask their opinion and then parrot that answer back as your essay. You are simply asking us to do your work for you. If you did that for me, you would fail.

The answer to every one of the questions you posed is a google search away. Or, look at the library and other resources which your audio school must have for you to use.

Do your own work. Come up with a list of ideas. Prepare a plan for your studios. Then, by all means come to a group like this and ask for specific opinions. That would be research. Simply asking for experts to spoon-feed you the answer is not research.

End of rant.

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Cucco Tue, 12/04/2007 - 12:01
EarDrum wrote: I have to make my decisions based on the specification of the equipment and justify my choices using the specifications.

Then your professor is an idiot or you misunderstood the assignment.

Specifications (especially those published by manufacturers) mean about as much to the quality of a piece of gear as the color of ones' skin about a person's character. (Didley sh*t)

As was already pointed out, the question is horribly vague and is likely a trick question if it truly is that vague. That's like asking what is necessary to make it from point A to point B and what is the best car with which to do it.

What is "best" for me would be COMPLETELY different than what is "best" for any other person on the board here.

Not trying to be surly...but we get questions like this here all the time. If you'd like to "research" as you put it, try the search function and perhaps find out what others here consider to be ideal.

I have also taught at the university level and would consider what you're doing to be unethical. Of course, I would also consider any research gleened from this or any other forum to be useless at best and if presented on a bibliography, I would likely strike any points made from this reference and see what remains.