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Recording gear help!

Hello, I am an aspiring audio engineer that has been mixing & recording for about 6 months. I only do Rap/Hip hop , I've been wanting to upgrade my current setup to something better. I currently own a Bluebird spark SL & a cheap $99 M-Audio interface. I want a little more of a professional, cleaner, & overall better sound, So I decided to create a interface chain instead of purchasing an interface alone. To start my chain I've decided to pick the Audio-Technica 4050 Microphone, because of the great reviews especially for rap vocals.

I have been advised to go with the Focusrite ISA One preamp or a Golden Age Pre-73?

I was leaning towards the Focusrite ISA One though but which do you guys recommend?

I'm going to add a compressor in the chain later on but for right now I will complete it with a solid interface. I was either thinking of the Audient ID14 or Audient ID22, I don't know which is better or even if there is any cheaper alteratives? Am I able to stop the gain coming in from these and just use the preamp gain, If so how do I go about it. I apologize for so many questions, but I am passionate about this and I want to do well! Thank You so much if you have any more advice or tips around building a better studio or rap vocals let me know! Thank yall again!

Advice buying recording studio equipment

How it going everyone? I’m new to the site and new to the subject as well...for a long time I’ve wanted to buy some monitors and get into mixing my own music and I wanted to create an album. I never went thourgh with it because I couldn’t afford it. I’m a little older now and can afford to buy the equipment of a studio and sound proof and treat a spare room I have. Thanks to the power of credit lol. Anyway this is a dream ive had for a long time and I don’t want to keep waiting to start practing mixing and recording vocals. So I’ve done a little research and I’m thinking the equipment I’ve picked would pretty much be what I would need to be able to record for pretty much just myself.

Pc windows 10
Yamaha hs7
PreSonus 1 fader daw controller
Golden Age Project Pre-73 MKIII Mic Preamp
Schiit Magni & Modi 3
RODE nt1-a condenser mic
Sennheiser Hd650 and hd280 pro
Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII midi

So I’m in a pretty small recetangler room and I’m thinking I’m going to go with one hs7 and use the hd650 for a left and right speaker. Maybe add in another hs7 later. I’m just wondering if all this equipment works together fine or not? Is it like a custom pc that all the parts to need be compatible? Is there any recommendations you guys have for a newbie? Is there anything missing? Is any equipment here that anybody feels is unnecessary? Are master clocks needed to master?

I’m planing on doing some ear training course and a course on reason and just practice the keyboard and I plan on auto tuning my voice cuz my sh*t stinks! I’m pretty fast learner plus I have time to dedicate to this so I’d like to have a good idea in a year or so and just start gaining experience and in three years time when I feel ready start my album.

Ok everyone thanks for reading this long post.

Desperately need help buying equipment/ recording solution!

Hey guys,

I need a portable easy to use (no laptop) setup that I can use to record classical performances... Mainly chamber music (2-4 instruments) primarily clarinet and piano.. no orchestras =).

I go to an arts academy and it is essential that I find some way to record myself.

I do not need super high end equipment either...

I was thinking minidisk player...but then there's the whole phantom power thing with mics.. A pair of mics for stereo recording would be very nice.

I'M a complete Noob! Embarrassed

Thanx for the help =)

Buying a cheap preamp, will I regret this?

i'm going to buy a preamp. a cheap one i might add.

so i'm going to choose between these:

studio projects vtb-1 (118€)
art tube mp studio (59€)
art tube mp studio v3 (88€)
samson c-valve (109€)
PreSonus tubepre (111€)
nobles premaster (instrument preamp) (68,50€)
sm pro audio tb101 (111€)
sm pro audio tb202 (155€)
and, yes, Behringer mic200 (59€)
(sorry for using the "b"ad word)

i know they're not the real thing, but i can't and won't spend more on it.
has anybody ever used one of these preamps? does anybody know which one has the lowest noise floor, because i will use it mainly for my guitar, which right now i plug directly into my sound card and play it through a vst amp. since i have to raise the gain on my input quite a lot, i have lot's of amplified noise when i play guitar. i will also use it for bass and occasional mic recording with my Sennheiser e845 (dynamic).

the only one i used before is the sm pro audio tb202, which has two channels and a built in compressor, and i liked it. but it's the absolute highest price i'm willing to pay. the tb101 should be the same, but with only one channel. but if any of the cheaper ones will do the job, i'd be happy. (this sounds like i'm poor as s**t!)

again, i don't want to know that they suck, cause i know they most likely do (except for the sm pro audio, which i liked, but what do i know?). i just want to know which one sucks the least.

believe me, it can only get better than now.


(i'm gonna regret this :? )