Advice for newbie - "simplest" approach for record

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by gahboo, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. gahboo

    gahboo Guest

    I need advice. I am interested in acquiring an 8 track recorder and do not know where to start. Here is what is important to me:

    I play "simple" blues style guitar. My favorite artists have a "live" quality int heir recordings. Not heavily processed, so I cannot imagine needing more than 8 tracks. I use very few effects with my guitar. I want something SIMPLE to use. I am not interested in becoming an audio engineer. Just laying down some good rhythm tracks to jam over. I would like something with a drumkit and maybe a bass emulator built in if at all possible.

    I see the Zoom PS04 ( I know its a 4 track, but it has drums) and the Fostex MR8 out there. Could these units serve the purpose? Are there any inherant limitations of functionality in this class of machine that I might regret later if I purchase one? I do not know enough to know what it is that I need. I would like one self contained unit that will mix down to a MP3 or WAV format.

    Also, does anyone have direct experience witht he Digitech GNX3? It has an 8 track recorder and the drum kit, etc, but it seems like it might be a bit complex to operate.

    I want something that will do excellent quality home demo type of stuff. Value for bux is very important to me too. But what I value most is simplicity.

    Advice most appreciated.
  2. Brock

    Brock Guest

    Try the BR-532. I saw one the other day at a pawn shop for 235.00 . A new one will set you back about 395.00. It has 32 V tracks and a drum section and bass sim. plus effects. I know you want to keep it basic but if you stay in this for any lenth of time you will want to try new things and for the price the BR-532 would be a good start to build on.
  3. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    if you have a computer go for a daw! it's better! what's your budget and other equippemnt you have?
  4. jdier

    jdier Active Member

    Mar 20, 2003
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    I would suggest that you at least look into the Aardvark Q10. It is a bit expensive at $800 and it requires a computer, but it will provide you with a lot of room to grow!

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