need big help for a small setup

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by the_zinj, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. the_zinj

    the_zinj Guest

    I recently moved and parted ways with my band buddy who owned and operated all of our recording equipment. I am a musician, so while I freely used all of his stuff, I never took notice of what any of it was or how it worked. Now I am in a spot and I need some recommendations on getting some of my own stuff. I play several instruments and songs typically consist of guitar, vocals, piano, synthesizer, and a host of other less used acoustic instruments. I would like to have everything that doesn't need mic'd plugged in all the time. As far as mics I usually use at least three at a time, two on the instrument one for vocals, sometimes two on vocals. I just need recording equipment that will allow me to go from instrument to instrument recording different sections and layers to the songs, I really have no other fancy requirements other than I want to get the best sound possible as my instruments are very nice and I need the recordings to reflect that.

    Lastly, please folks if you could dumb down the answers that would save me the trouble of asking you what you mean, thanks.
  2. Rider

    Rider Guest

    mics: 57s are pretty standard instrument mics, theyre on the cheap end. 58s are basic vocal mics. if you have a live kit you could invest in a couple condinsers (i dunno where but theres a video on how to set up condinsers to be in phase using string or something)

    daw: if you chose to use so, theres a lot of good ones on the cheap end. i use logic express ($300 but i think its mac only), im not entirely sure what a windows equivalent would be for budget.

    other than that its just preamps, mixers, and computer interfaces, and usually the interfaces have preamps in them (and your daw works as a mixer of course).

    you really dont need much to get started and i would highly suggest starting off minimum. its not necessarily the studio, its how someone uses it. any pro could get far better sounds out of my setup than i could in a studio any day. id suggest 1 mic on one instrument, track it, then repeat for all other instruments, then when you get it down and are use to YOUR equipment start adding mics (careful of phase, i forget but isnt it 1ft = 1ms? or is it 1 inch, youll have to look that up), then start adding equipment and effects and what not. youll end up knowing your setup like the back of your hand.
  3. the_zinj

    the_zinj Guest

    I think my budget requires I go the MTR route, because of the cost of buying another computer dedicated to audio (can't use this one). I really need a 16 track but 8 would suffice, w/ cdr (recommendations please), I don't need effects or drums. Also I use 57's and 58's so what if any preamp should I buy. My buddy's setup used a nice Mackie mixer, I thought that was really convienent but is having a mixer for what I want pointless?
  4. casper

    casper Guest

    Mixer is not pointless if that is what you are used to. Audio interfaces typically have a software mixer to control levels and routing. Its really an objective decision. With an audio interface and a patchbay you should be able to route everthing to the computer.

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