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Need help with first studio

I'm looking to set up a studio in my garage to have some local bands (as well as my own band) come by to record. I have some connections to artists that I think are really good, and I want to give them an opportunity to be heard.

So, this is what I need help with. I have no experience recording, and I need to know what sort of equipment I should buy for what I'm interested in doing. Should I just get a multi-track digital recorder like the Akai DPS24MKII, or is there a better solution? I'm willing to pay in between three and four thousand dollars. If anyone can help, I would really appreciate it.


Pro Audio Guest Fri, 04/07/2006 - 21:40
Yeah, there are a few details I'd like to know. I actually want an exact recommendation on what I should get. For example, exactly how many mics and which ones, what mixer I should get, maybe some ideas on what monitors I should be looking into, and could you perhaps tell me why I should go for the MAC over the PC, and which MAC would be ideal for what I'm looking to do. Again, all within the 3-4k price range.

I really am completely new to this, but I'm reading as much as I can, and I'll hopefully hit up a local Hi-Fi shop for some more info and to test out some monitors.

Oh, also, do you have any recommendations on literature for basic recording techniques? I want to record digitally, but a book that can help me with EQ settings, mic placement, panning, etc. would be awesome.

Edit: One more thing - what's the benefit of the MAC + mixer set up, as opposed to something standalone like the aforementioned Akai DPS24MKII?

Pro Audio Guest Sat, 04/08/2006 - 02:09
Books to read

Of course, the best way to learn is to do it, but here are some books that may get you on your way a little quicker. I will list them in the order I feel they are most important, especially for the home recording engineer on a budget.

1. Guerrilla Recording Techniques: How To Get Great Sound From Any Studio (no matter how weird or cheap your gear is) by Karl Coryat
2. Recording Tips for Engineers: For Cleaner, Brighter Tracks by Tim Crich
3. The Recording Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski
4. The Mixing Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

If you are still confused, or just a real beginner, The Billboard Illustrated Home Recording Handbook may help or make one of those "idiot's guide to home recording" books.

Happy reading