best way to spend $10k

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  1. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    after considering my options for setting up a home studio, and being the kind of person not satisfied with anything dodgy, i've decided that i'm never going to be able to track drums on my budget, seeing as i love the sound of tape, and that most of the drum setups i do at work involve 16 mics. i figure the best option is to spend about $10k on a pro tools rig. my question is, what's the best way to go about this? leaving mics aside for the moment, how would you alocate the cash? for the computer would you go g4/g5 or pc? is a digi 002 with an apogee mini-me going to be a better solution than bothering trying to find a second hand mix system? what kind of pres would you be looking at? and assuming mixing would be done elsewhere, just how much would you justify spending on monitors? i've always wanted atcs but boy would they eat up the budget! what would you do in my position?
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Any reason your settled on PT? You can get a lot more for less with something else ..
  3. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    I'd get a dual processor G4 with 1.5GB ram...a 002, and a pair of 824's or whatever monitor preference you have.

    Spend what evers left over on a computer monitor and A/D conversion...
  4. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    hey guys thanks for the replies. i'm going with tools for 2 reasons; i use it every day at work, and i want to be compatable with as many studios as possible. the thing that i need to know is what kind of quality digital summing i can expect with an le system, and whether it would be good enough to justify monitoring through expensive speakers like atc scm 20s.
  5. If the 002 has SPDIF out (and I think it does) you can get a two channel DAC that might improve your stereo output. Lucid and Benchmark are two companies that make these (also consider the Kurzweil Rumor or Mangler boxes). David
  6. Shouldn't this conversation be taking place in the new "Budget Recording" forum?? :)

    I would agree with your rationale for Pro Tools. Just get the 002R and a nice G5. What I think you'll need on top of that is the compatible light pipe PreSonus pre -- to enable 8 simultaneous tracks to be recorded at once.

    For monitors, I've been very happy with the DynAudio BM6a 's which I got from Sound Pure for $1,700 USD.

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