designer geek by day, just spent $3500 on daw- please help!

Discussion in 'Computing' started by LA_troubadour, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. I am on a 1.25ghz imac, presonus firepod, studio projects C1 mic,
    running cubase LE.
    I've finally accumilated the above over 7months of living on canned
    tuna, but everything I record seems to sound a bit better than the tascam 4-track I had when I was 16. I had the m-audio ozone, but returned it for the firepod. Although theres definately a difference, things still sound extremely home made-(although it is).
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

  2. PLEASE HELP!!!!

  3. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Hey LA, There are many things that make up a quality recording and your DAW is only a small part of that. Accoustics play a huge role in the sound you capture, small or untreated rooms can contribute to a "home made sound". Mics and pres are another big part of it. Monitors (you didn't mention them) reveal what your mics capture so without decent monitors you don't know what you're really recording. Lastly and maybe most important are your skills. A newb in a great room with great gear will probably still make recordings that sound "home made", but a good engineer can make good recordings on some pretty budget stuff.

    All that said I think you can make some very nice sounding recordings with what you have. First I would go to the accoustics forum and read, read , read. With a basic understanding of accoustics you can ask the appropriate questions and get help with treating your space. If you DIY your treatments it can be done for very little money (no canned tuna, well maybe a little). Next work on your skills. Read the forums, do a search for micing techniques, ask questions, train your ears and lastly don't expect to do it all overnight. Quality recordings come from years of practice and all of the above.

    Good Luck!
  4. SPLstudio

    SPLstudio Guest

    Skills most of the time.

    Hi big-d.
    like 3 years ago a did record a demo for a rock band that had no amps at all either guitars or bass.

    drums were recorded in the middle of an industrial parc, lot of noise with cheap AT drums mics. guitars, bass and keys were direct.

    our first impressions were: it sounds bad.
    But as we did work on the mix we realize that the more time you work on mixing the better it sounds, i'm not saying recording techniques and good pres or mics or isolated rooms are 'nt worth at all. but your skills make it sound better.

    the only reason why our demo went bad it'is because the mastering guy did not do a good job it's horrible.


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