Building home studio-- Need advice

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Lumen, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. Lumen

    Lumen Guest

    I appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks in advance!

    I'm building a relatively small & sleek home studio with (hopefully) high end sound. I'm a IT guy during the day and a musician at night, with an 850sq ft apartment as well as the following existing items:

    • Gibson Les Paul
      Roland V-Drums (TD-9)
      MacBook Pro (2.53 GHz, 2GB RAM)
      Roland GT-6 Guitar Effects Processor

      Roland combo guitar amp
      Rack-Mountable Macke M1400i Power Amp (crappy because only one channel works-- I could probably get this fixed)

    I am considering purchasing:

    • Ultrasone-HFI-580 Headphones
      Used Digidesign 002 (Rack or Console?)
      MIDI Keyboard (type?)

    ...So what's next?

    Are these purchases solid options, or should I consider something else?

    Why go Rack with an additional mixer over the Console for the Digi?

    What pieces am I missing?

    My budget isn't limitless by any means, but I am flexible. I live alone, play guitar, harmonica, drums, a little banjo. I've got some buddies who I'd like to be able to have over to jam in near silence and record the whole thing.

    Again, I really appreciate any help-- I've been dreaming of getting this together for years, and I'm finally ready to make the leap.

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I prefer the 002 Rack

    Midi Keyboard controller ... that is ... it does make the sound.
    The Soft Synths in the computer do that.
    ... just get one of the cheaper units with enough keys to suit your needs 61 notes
    or a short one to save space , it's your choice
    get one with knobs
    then you will learn what knobs and Continuous Controllers can do for you

    Headphones are very personal so buy one you like ... and keep in mind you will have them on your head for hours

    there is nothing wrong with having Headphones to play'n'record with - Comfort

    then a different set for editing and mixing - Accuracy
    (you can't mix in headphones :? )

    don't stress too much
    you have a great deal to learn

    be patient and take things slow
    a new fact each day and in a year you will know the answers to the above questions

    we are always here if you need us
  3. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    You'll need more headphones and a headphone distribution system. Otherwise, how will all of you hear each other in "near silence"...assuming mostly direct recording?

  4. Lumen

    Lumen Guest

    Yeah-- I figure the guys will bring their own headphones, and I'll use something like this plugged directly into the 002?

    As far as direct recording goes-- Yes, I'm planning on upgrading my guitar amp situation, and running a line out option directly to my mixer, as opposed to mic'ing a speaker cab. How does this tend to sound versus the alternative? I live in an apartment, so blasting rock leads at 50 watts of tube amp creaminess is a less than ideal scenario.

    So Kev, WHY do you prefer the rack over the console option for the Digi? Is there any reason to go 003 instead of 002? My research so far indicates that the 002 would be a much cheaper, yet very solid option.

    Midi Controller: I understand that this doesn't have to be an extremely expensive piece of equipment, as its just doing on/off triggers for MIDI. Any specific recommendations (model/brand)?

    Do I need to pick up a seperate effects processor (perhaps a rack-mounted unit, if I go that route with the Digi)?

    Thanks all!
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Um..... Apartments? Musicians coming over? Anything amplified is in congruent with your lease renewal. Synthesizers & software are made for apartments. Along with headphones. Make sure your headphone amplifier is sufficient enough to put you into the hospital?

    I don't agree with Kev about not being able to mix with headphones. Plenty of people mix with headphones on. It's just that not many people come up with good mixes that way. There are those of us who have become so intimate with only a couple of headphones throughout 30+ years of use that we can't come up with exceptional acceptable compromises a.k.a. a good mix. But it's certainly not my first choice for mixing. More applicable to tracking than mixing. But then even during tracking it can cause you insurmountable dilemmas? You'll be able to hear things you could never hear through a speaker. That will drive you crazy. Look at me! Don't try this at home. I mean TRY THIS AT HOME! See what I mean? Crazy I tell you. Crazy. Did I mention headphones??

    Old Phones are broken when they stop ringing
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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