Does this studio blueprint look good?

Discussion in 'Mixing' 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

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    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

    Wes
     
  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

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    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

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

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

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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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