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hello everybody,
im looking to set up a home studio, and i honestly dont know what to do. i would appreciate it if you guys gave me ideas on mics, programs, speakers, and everything else.

thank you very much

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21 years

Member Sat, 05/17/2008 - 13:10
My small laptop satchel contains;

Asus a8js laptop (It's expensive but I wanted to play games too, you can get dual core stuff for less).

power supply and lead (it causes horrendous ground noise when playing back through 99% of amps even through the edirol so play back is only 1.5 hours battery time but recording is infinite on AC(problem can be fixed see {old-link-removed} )).

Behringer xm8500 mic (cheap and not nasty).

mic lead (Got it free with the Edirol, twisted his arm I did).
Sennheiser Hd 220 pro headphones (Again cheapish and not nasty. I like the extra bass goodness and comfort fator, plus they're indestructible, cables disconnect, ear pieces disconnect all round winner).

Usb cable (came free with a printer).

Edirol Ua-25 external USB2.0 (cheap and not nasty)

All this is a small bag means I can record what improv sessions we play anywhere or set up and record individual tracks in a good sound space and create finished products slowly.
Also this bag of stuff is enough for me to record things for other people for money. Alot of commercial recordings are just some dude with one mic a preamp d2a and a DAT recorder. Symphonies, Live rcordings of events of all types only on one track. Just Advertise you can do it and people hire you... Funny huh.

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Space Sat, 05/17/2008 - 13:33
Yes sir, funny.
I have come to understand that "recording gear" and "recording studio" are interchangeable in use. But didn't the OP say "im looking to set up a home studio,"?

Or are you the original poster? In any event, your happy with your gear and you should be. Your making some extra coin and that's always a good thing. I believe ya. I believe the usb, as you say, 2.0 is valid. It works...far out!!!!

What you are doing now is something that always gets me in predicaments.

Your talking too much.

You've said your piece but now your throwing in trash like "Alot of commercial recordings are just some dude with one mic a preamp d2a and a DAT recorder. Symphonies, Live rcordings of events of all types only on one track. "


Now run along and go see if you can make yourself useful somewhere.

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Member Sat, 05/17/2008 - 13:49
Space wrote:
Your talking too much.

I thought I was typing...

/My bag of stuff + about 5 more of the same cheap mics and cables, a cheap 8 channel preamp/mixer set up well with some sound proofing material in a large room with the band and there normal playing gear if you could mix it down to stereo before recording (thought recording all tracks individually would be a big help for post mixing and mastering) could record something of the quality of say Nirvanas Bleach - Track 7
Anyone who disagrees please let me know at length. I love to learn.

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Member Wed, 05/28/2008 - 08:01
Actually what I meant by 'stupidity' was my own - for working up a lather over a few comments! I actually probably hurled more insults than anyone - which was what I was reacting to. Doh!

So to get back to the original topic, this was posted in Home Project Studio - and I don't think the OP was talking about building a mondo studio money pit - just getting started... and we all know it's not that expensive to get started for the home studio/hobbyist etc.

Codemonkey posted a great link that gives a great overview of various 'getting started' options. Maybe it should be a 'Sticky'!

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Member Sat, 05/24/2008 - 20:15
What's with that 'Space' attitude??
These forums are for people to share advice. Being arrogant, condescending and flippant is the mark of a troll.. if you only post to try to tick people off and draw attention to your massive ego.. then maybe 'Space' should "run in the other direction, and save your money for more pressing issues like keeping a roof over your head."

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Davedog Mon, 05/26/2008 - 11:13
If I may interject a moment.

All here have, for all intents and purposes, clearly stated several sides of a coin which will get the original poster closer to his task set before him.

Both sides are viable. At this level, getting a decent signal into a storage device which allows future manipulation and lacks a significant amount of extraneous noise and other unwanted artifacts , is exactly whats needed.

I know nothing at all about usb mics and I really dont care about that technology either......but if it works and its under budget then it works, and its under budget.

See?

As for the suggestion that Mr.Space is simply trolling for disruption, this cant be further from the truth. He has always been a friend to the beginning recordists on this site and continues to give good advice and props where deserved.

Mr.Greener is relatively new to this board and has viable points. And while he has clearly stated his prescription for relief for this beginning recordist, he has been long-winded and insistant towards his way being the 'best' and gives reasons why.

Not to belittle either at this point, but there is a point at which the argument can take on a personal note and THIS is what we work so hard here at R.O. to limit.


So as Ben says, play nice fellers ..........

And YOU....original poster.....its your question....you need to continue your input ....Or did you simply 'post-and-go????

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Member Mon, 05/26/2008 - 14:34
That may be true.. I just take offense at belittling a high school student who is asking legitimate questions about 'how to get started'. Dismissing their question as being naive and telling them to basically take a hike and find another endeavour, is insulting, disrespectful and ignorant... no wonder the OP decided to 'post-and-go'.

Anyway I've said enough - I usually don't waste time on stupidity like this.

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hueseph Mon, 05/26/2008 - 15:30
Rimshot wrote: That may be true.. I just take offense at belittling a high school student who is asking legitimate questions about 'how to get started'. Dismissing their question as being naive and telling them to basically take a hike and find another endeavour, is insulting, disrespectful and ignorant... no wonder the OP decided to 'post-and-go'.

Anyway I've said enough - I usually don't waste time on stupidity like this.

I understand where you're coming from. Everyone could calm down a little. It's tough sometimes when the same question gets asked over and over again. Not to mention that often the questions are about things that could be learned with a google search. It's frustrating.

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Space Mon, 05/26/2008 - 17:14
"run in the other direction, save your money for more pressing issues like keeping a roof over your head."

It's a money pit.
The satisfaction can come few times to warrant the actual dollar cost.
Things are financially tough and musical endeavors are not known for any spirited payouts.

I didn't know then and do not know now the OP as being an high school student...it was not part of the original question :)

Pretty much that in a shell. It was and remains a legitimate answer.

edit:
If I may, the answer could have enlisted a reply from the op which would have led to further explanation. As is often the case here, there and many places I am involved, the question is asked never to be revisited by the person asking for suggestions.

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