i have $15,000 USD and a plan to set up a recording studio

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by a_em_lost, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. a_em_lost

    a_em_lost Guest

    i have $15,000 USD and a plan to set up a recording studio which equipments i need to have and what brands are recommendable?
  2. Beavis

    Beavis Guest

    We need a little more info about what kind of studio you are setting up.

    I have just built over the last 5 months a pro studio and i didn;t get any change from £30000


    To be honest its tough if your building a studio to make a living. I'm probably not going to be able to pay myself for another 6 months.

    But what ever you choose to do good luck.

  3. a_em_lost

    a_em_lost Guest

    well actually i just need the prize summary. hope you could help me.
  4. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    OK, lemme' get this straight...

    You're wanting us to give you some $15k worth of gear list so you can win a contest?

  5. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    Do you really not know enough about recording that you don't even know what sort of equipment to buy? If you don't, spend your money elsewhere. I know if I had 15,000 to spend...I'd at least have an idea of what I wanted.

    Honestly, if you want some help, show us that you've done a bit of homework. We are all willing to help people and give advice but from your question, it looks like you have no idea of what you want or what you are doing.

    Give us a bit more info and we'll be able to point you in some directions. And keep in mind, we all have very different preferences and some of those may be very different from what you like. So you need to take our suggestions as just that...suggestions.
  6. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    Hey pr0gr4m,

    Heck no "he" doesn't know enough about recording to even know what sort of equipment to buy... To me it looks like another kid who doesn't want to do his freakin' homework.

    A lot of the boards get somewhat inundated with em'... we seem to be getting em' more and more, but at least it's only like 3-4 a semester.

    I'd love to find out where these kids are taking classes. I would love to express my appreciation for the instructors not engaging the students in the actual process of thinking through the problem... at all.

    It'd be different if they were honest and wanted to discuss the process of how to narrow down the selection of gear, or similar. But no, they pop in and think they have the complete freedom to BS everyone and flat out lie about who and what they are.

    Just chaps my butt-cheeks the wrong way... (No kidding, huh?!)
  7. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    Re: i have $15,000 USD and a plan to set up a recording stud

    If you really want to maximize the musical potential of your investment, send that money to me. I'll make sure it gets put to good use. I won't even have to bug anyone to ask what brands I should buy.

  8. a_em_lost

    a_em_lost Guest

    first and foremost i am a "she" and not a "he" and second, yes i am a student who wants to get over my " Freakin' homework" with my "freakin' professor" who just give out modules and dont teach.

    i wanted to be honest in the first place but i realized you people are way too busy or uninterested to even bother helping a student of digital sound like me. so i made it straight to the point hoping that somebody would be willing enough to ask me "what for" or "what the heck im talking bout?" but instead you judged me. i really wanna know more about digital sound. but like my professor, you discouraged me.T_T

    i might as well just ask out of forums. thanks for wasting your time.
  9. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2005
    South Florida
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    Not to be a jerk, but beavis did ask you "what for" to which you replied you wanted a "prize summary". What the hell is a prize summary? If that's just a typo and you meant to say price...what the hell is a price summary? We can't give you a price summary unless we know what equipment you want.

    I also asked you for some more specific info (after a fashion) and you still haven't given us any specifics.

    It seems like every so often someone comes to this forum asks a wildly unanswerable question then when they are told that their question can't be answered with any degree of accuracy (and a few jokes are made at their expense) instead of narrowing down their request, they go straight to the "you guys are assholes" response.

    Well, we aren't assholes. We are more willing to help people when they actually have something we can help them with. Your question was far too general and without any sort of direction there is no possible way we could give you an intelligent answer. But if it's an answer you want, an answer I will give.

    Since this is in budget gear, I'll give you a budget gear response...even though $15,000 could be considered a bit above budget gear

    $4000 - Mac Pro - computer for recording and editing
    $2200 - Digidesign Digi 002 - for input and control and recording software
    $1000 - Mackie Onyx 800r - for additional input and mic pres
    $400 - Mackie Big Knob - for monitor control
    $1700 - Dynaudio BM6A - monitors
    $150 - Mackie HM4 - headphone amp
    $400 - (4) Sennheiser HD280 - headphones
    $1150 - Neumann TLM 103 - microphone
    $220 - AKG D112 - microphone
    $400 - (4) Shure SM57 - microphone
    $400 - Rode NT5 Matched pair - microphone
    $600 - Blue Baby Bottle - microphone
    $600 - Studio Projects T3 - microphone
    $280 - (2) Radial ProD2 - DI boxes

    That brings us to a grand total of about $13,500. You will need the extra $1500 for things like mic stands, cables and other studio accessories/necessities. That there would be a decently appointed $15,000 studio. But even so, there are things missing that some of us couldn't live without. Things like dedicated mic preamps, outboard processing gear, additional pro-tools plug-ins, etc. The list could go on and on. If someone else were to compile this list, they would most likely have a completely different list of equipment.

    If you wanted you could get a cheaper computer and spend some of the extra cash on those things OR you could buy cheaper/fewer mics OR maybe you don't need 16 inputs and could eliminate the Onyx OR maybe opt for a cheaper set of monitors OR more expensive ones OR perhaps you are just doing rap or hip hop where you only need a few mics, some good pres and musical equipment like samplers and keyboards OR you are planning on recording only live shows where you only need to record in stereo OR....well, I hope you get my drift. I didn't even touch on the studio itself, as in the building/room/whatever. Include that, and the whole list has to change. There are so many variables, so many options, so many different types of music and recordings, we can't give you a good answer without know more about what you are looking for.

    OK. I took the time, gave you an answer. Your turn. What school are you attending? What class was this for? What exactly was the homework assignment?
  10. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    If you were really willing to do the work yourself, the search function would enlighten you on most any question you might ask it......uhhh....that would be like, uhh, doing the 'work' yourself....whaddda concept.

    And if calling you out on EXACTLY what you're trying to do is judging you, then you've got a long road ahead in 'digital sound'....nobody can do this for you. Get tough...get a clue or GET OUT.
  11. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    Well... THAT'S finally refreshing! A bit of honestly... and some fire. At least that much goes a long way.

    BTW, by your handle, how could anyone know whether male or female? Thus the quotes...

    I like the fire kid, but you are the one whom made judgements and came here under false pretenses.

    Don't you think that the folks who routinely visit these forums are at least reasonably capable of determining what it is that is, or is not a waste of time? Please don't insult us, or yourself.

    Look, we didn't choose the course nor your instructor, so don't take it out on anyone but yourself. But even then, you shouldn't take your own self too seriously anyway. If there's anyone that should be discouraged, it should be the members of this forum, for being lied to.

    Lemme' ask you a couple of pertinant questions...

    What exactly is the point of the exercise? e.g. what exactly are you supposed to learn by digging up this $15k list?

    What is the short version of the overall class sylibus?

    What are YOU wanting to get out of this class... if anyhthing (besides a passing grade)?
  12. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    I would take the $15,000 put it in the bank and get the interest off of it. The world really does not need another recording studio run by someone who has no clue as to what to do with equipment that they have just purchased for $15,000. You would probably have better luck buying lottery tickets or betting on the ponies. The average life for an audio studio today is about 6 months. People who have more money than brains buy lots of equipment open a studio and then find that there is no business to support them. How about doing a BUSINESS PLAN first? It would make more sense. Where are your clients going to come from? Who are going to be your clients? What are you going to be able to charge for your services? What is your competition?, How much a month do you need to live? How much a month can you reasonably expect to make. Do you have enough money to get started and sustain yourself for 6 months or more? What can you offer a potential client that no one else can? What is going to be your niche or are you going to try to be a one stop does everything operation? etc. etc. etc.

  13. pollysix

    pollysix Guest

    Hey, I'm a new poster here...

    Just figured I'd add my 2 cents.

    I was once a young sound student as well, and I've gotta say, I wish I would have had that kind of $ to spend on studio gear back then, (I still wish I did).

    My only advice is this: think of your post as the equivalent to saying: "I have $500 to spend on groceries, what should I buy?"

    Sure there are some basic things we could tell you to buy---flour, butter, milk, etc.---but in the end it all depends on:

    Your awareness of your own needs. (e.g. what do you like? what do you know how to cook? are you vegetarian, etc.)

    If you want to spend that much money on recording equipment, then the assumption is that you are actually interested in recording, in which case one would assume that you might know something about it.

    You can learn the basics---and therefore the basics of what you'd need---by picking up a simple book: e.g. "Home Recording for Dummies" is actually quite good.

    Another key thing to consider is that you can learn a lot from quite basic gear. For example, a friend of mine started out recording as a teenager with just a simple 4-track tape machine, now he's a Gold-record Producer.

    As you learn about sound recording you will "discover" your needs.

    "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates

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