Does this studio blueprint look good?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by westshore, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. westshore

    westshore Guest

    Going to be building my first studio and I would like to know what you all think about the products I'm going to go with. The goal is to have a good studio without having to spend tons of money on Pro-Tools.

    I just want to get an opinion from you guys if there's something on my list that I could get better for cheaper.

    Dual Opteron 244s DAW loaded with Cubase SX3

    $1700 - MOTU 192HD PCI Interface (12 ins, 12 outs)
    $1300 - Mackie ONYX 1640 Mixing Board (will serve as the mic preamps for the MOTU interface)
    $480 - Roland TD6 V-Club Sound Module
    $280 - D-Drum Triggers, set of 5
    $300 - Marshall Electronics MXLV69M 25mm gold diaphragm condenser mic
    $330 - Three pack of Sennheiser drum mics, the 604 pack I think
    $140 - Shure Beta 57
    $600 - 2x Audio Technica AT4040 condenser mics
    $350 - Fostex PM1 Studio Monitors
  2. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    It sounds great- As far as replacements, I haven't heard the marshall mic so i can't comment on it but the Studio Projects C1 is only $199- something to consider...
  3. heyman

    heyman Guest

    Honestly, if you want it to sound good, I would bite the bullet and getter pre's. Those mackies will get you by, but you will be upgrading them in a year... Or go out and get one or 2 channels of high end pre's..
  4. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    IMHO I would shift more of the budget to your monitors. Some people suggest spending up to 1/3 of your budget on monitors. If you can't hear what you are doing, the rest of the signal chain doesn't really matter.

    My 2 cents

  5. westshore

    westshore Guest

    We were originally looking at the C1, but the Marshall sounds really really nice. Maybe we'll get a C1 and compare or something?

    I think the eventual goal is to get Avalon pres for vocals, but we needed a mic pre with a lot of inputs mainly for drums, so that's why we're getting the Mackie Onyx. But yeah, the Onyx is mainly for drums because the 192HD needs a pre.

    If you haven't heard the Fostex PM1s, you should really take a listen, they are unlike any other Fostex model. My writer/producer and I really liked the sound / mix / presence of the PM1s.

    Thanks for the input guys!!!
  6. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    I think I would replace the mxl mic with something like a Shure KSM-27, which is going to be a bit more versatile. Good pick on the 4040's.

    I agree that you'll want some better pre's eventually. Also, make sure that your monitors don't just sound good but that they translate well and will allow you to do a good and accurate job mixing.
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    of course better pres are always better but the mackie is not a bad option- you can always use a mixer either in the studio or live and they will be still good for extra pres down the line when you can afford your avalons- unless you are planning on spending a fortune for 16 channels! :D
  8. westshore

    westshore Guest

    The reason for the marshall condenser is because we are aiming for a very warm tube mic sound on the vocal tracks.
  9. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    i'm not seeing software on your list... what are you planning?
  10. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    I'm for a major monitor upgrade - You can go around almost anything else *if* you can hear it properly.
  11. westshore

    westshore Guest

    The software will be Cubase SX3 with lots of plug ins.
  12. killersoundz

    killersoundz Guest

    I honestly think you should go with 2 firepods. You'll get 16 channels that way and only $1200.

    edit, scratch that. I wasn't familiar with the MOTU unit you're planning on buying, but I looked it up, and it's pretty sweet.
  13. westshore

    westshore Guest

    Yeah I'm definitely not cheaping out on the interface and I am NOT EVER going firewire. It's PCI or die for me :p
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