Does a recording studio require a Mixer ?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by Norman Fernandez, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. Norman Fernandez

    Norman Fernandez Active Member

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    I wanted to know if the Focusrite 18I20 will be sufficient for Recording.

    Main goal Is to setup a Semi Professional Studio.

    Would there be a Way to work around not getting a Mixer?

    It would also be how my Microphones I need.
    The Maximum I would need is Recording a Drum Kit.

    Thanks again!
    Regards Norman!
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    If you talk about a mixing board : NO
    Nowaday every DAW softwares allow mixing with a mouse..
    Some like me use a controler to still have the physical feel, but it's optionnal.

    A drum kit can be recorded with 2 or 3 mics.. but most modern production will have 1 mic per drum part + 2 overhead and possibly a room mic.
    So a small kit will be :
    Bassdrum
    Snare
    Hihat
    Tom 1
    Floor
    OV Left
    OV right
    Room

    this gives you the 8 inputs of the 18I20
     
  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

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    Technically you've got a couple of mixers built into your system. There's one in the interface input monitoring feature that lets you mix playback with inputs, and the DAW is a mixer. Between them they perform all the functions of a physical mixer. I happen to prefer having a big analog mixer to use as my input monitor controller, but it's not a required tool.
     
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  4. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

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    I still have my soundcraft desk which nowadays just brings back all the old synths, keys and modules into the monitors. None of the faders, bar the master ever get moved. I could easily do without it and with a patchbay connect anything I needed into the DAW. It's just too much hassle to remove it. I've even got an X32R in the rack in the studio, but again, this isn't really that useful when the most I seem to need are three or four mics and maybe a guitar?
     
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