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just starting out with home recording. looking for advice..

hey all

i'm new to the site and new to the recording game. i am a guitar player who has finally decided to start a home studio. my main concerns are recording good gtr tracks and good vocal tracks right now.

i have a vs 1880 (its what i can afford right now. i plan to upgrade to a mac and either protools, cubase, or logic at some point), an American standard strat, a fender twin reverb and a rolls rp220. i have a bunch of stomp boxes etc. i also have a Taylor 314 CE that i'd like to record. as far as mics i have the MXL 990 and 991. i plan to get a 57 and 58 by fall.

i know i have a long way to go with this set up which is why i'm here. i am steadily building this thing up on a small budget. any ideas or advice on what would be a good next purchase -- equip/name/model/etc? i was thinking of possibly getting rid of the rolls preamp, and getting a decent compressor/limiter. or should i use the onboard compressors and limiters on the vs for now? as far as mics, are the 57 and 58 a good way to go? i was also considering buying a line 6 pod for some versatility with my guitar sound. (i know this all must sound really sophmoric but i gotta start somewhere).

any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

thanks much



Member Tue, 08/15/2006 - 14:05
much thanks Ms Remy. do you think i should get rid of the rolls rp 220 preamp since i have the onboard preamps on my vs??

note to forum community: i thought i lost this post and now i feel bad cause i just posted ANOTHER post with the same info in the same place that got this one moved in the first place! aaarrrggghhhhh!!

Audio Gaff: a thousand apologies!! i am a guitar player afterall... all i can do is solo!! :oops:

RemyRAD Mon, 08/14/2006 - 21:42
You appear to be on your way with a good start up system. Good for learning and honing your skills. You can make practical and lovely recordings with your notebook 1880. Lovely preamplifiers are lovely but will not make you any better recordings if you don't know how to utilize them. Your current preamplifiers in your notebook studio are more than adequate sounding for major award nominations. Your current microphones are good low-cost condenser microphones, which have gotten good reviews. The Shure SM57/58, to me, are one of the most wonderful sounding and useful microphones you could ever purchase. Buy them by the bag full! You can never have enough. They are one of my favorite vocal microphones, drum microphones, guitar microphones. I'm not really into esoteric sound as much as I am into practical sound. My specialty has always been live recording and because of that, the microphones I must split with the PA are generally 57's & 58's. I've always loved the vocal sound I get from those. Sure, I like to use studio stuff and use my nice studio condenser microphones but I don't find it mandatory for making great recordings. I do find however that technique and knowledge are most important. I think a worthy investment is a hardware compressor/limiter? I'm not a person that worries about what I can't undo after I do. Because I already know what I like.

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Ms. Remy Ann David