Beginners advice

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by dougall, Apr 30, 2002.

  1. dougall

    dougall Guest

    I am new to this bulletin board and would like
    any practical advice on the 'must have' items to
    set up a decent recording studio from scratch.
    I have been reading the excellent book 'Practical
    Recording Techniques' by Bruce and Jenny Bartlett.
    However the copy I have is from 1997 and with the
    progress in the digital world recently I am sure
    that the devotees of this board can give me some
    'sound' ideas!

    I would really appreciate the benefit of your
    accumulated expertise to ensure I spend my money
    wisely. Also I am still trying to understand if
    the hardware mixing desk is obsolete now that
    there are so many digital software mixing packages

    I am shortly moving to Thailand to assist my
    wife's brother-in-law with his new Sonic Studio HD
    set up where I will certainly be 'in at the deep
    end'. At some point in the near future I would
    like to set up my own studio, to record local
    singers and groups and help develop the local
    musical talent. Also my son who is becoming very
    proficient on keyboards and electronic music in
    general would be encouraged to participate!

    I could potentially spend up to £100,000 but
    realistically want to have a decent novice kit,
    at a reasonable starter price, which can be
    upgraded/extended as I learn. Recommendations on
    mikes also required.

    So let's have some input guys & gals!

  2. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Jan 18, 2002
    Dougall, this forum is (usually) farther up the food chain than that - your question would probably get better response in, say, the "Small steps..." forum. Also, there is currently a similar thread going on the Daw World side of this site under Computing, titled "Sound advice needed from..." that may answer some of your questions. (That thread probably shouldn't be there either, but nothing is perfect) There is already an amazing amount of information and opinion (some based on experience) to be found by browsing back thru older threads. You could start there, then post more specific questions that don't require writing a book as an answer. That was NOT intended as a slam, it's just that there is so much to learn in order to accomplish what you want to do that no one here would have the time to start an explanation completely from scratch. That's what the threads are archived for, and books, magazines, etc.

    Your question on the necessity of hardware mixing desks alone would (and has) elicited dozens of responses, and I doubt there is a concensus yet... Steve
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    £100,000! Whooooooeeee! What I could buy with that kind of dough!

    Have you considered just going over there and buying out an existing studio? Wave that kind of money around, and who knows what you could get over there!
  4. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Jan 18, 2002
    "Wave that kind of money around, and who knows what you could get over there!"

    Yeah, slugged, rolled, bleeding and unconscious, just like here :=)

    So, what's your consulting budget? Maybe we should talk... Steve (seriously, check out some of the other threads and then ask some more focussed questions, then we'll try again)

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