Need HELP On Equipment Advice

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by acousticman, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. acousticman

    acousticman Guest

    Hello People... I am an acoustic guitarist who mostly does solo albums, but sometimes I do add orchestra type sounds to the mix. Usually I record in 2 to 3 tracks only. Coming from an 8 track digital recorder and found it a little limiting as far as the tracks are concerned. I'd like to move into the DAW computer realm. I do like the idea of some type of contol surface, but a mouse based system is not out of the question. I'd like to spend around $2000 or so. Here is what I own and would like to keep becuase it works for me.

    Presonus MP20 2 channel preamp,
    Matched pair of Rhode NT 5 mics
    Event Project Studio 6 Powered Monitors
    AKG K240 headphones
    Yamaha synth
    Pentium 4 1.8 processor with 1 Gig of Ram

    Some of the units I am considering are:

    Tascam 1884 control surface
    Motu 1896HD
    Presonus Firepod
    Mackie Universal Control

    Facts I think I know:
    I've heard that the Motu system works better with a Mac.
    The FW 1884 works ok with a PC
    With my present computer, I really don't have a lot of computing power, but was told I could get away with it with my present setup for my intended use.
    I will get another external drive to run the audio side of things -
    looking at the glyph.

    I am looking to get the most pro sound I can and the most problem free set up without latency problems, booting problems, etc. I am a musician first - not a producer. Based on the facts above, I really need to know a complete and user friendly set up to get me on my way with recommended software. I am not opposed to going the Apple route versus PC either. Probably could pick up a reconditioned G4 pretty cheap. Any and all help and comments would be greatly appreciated.
  2. DaveRunyan

    DaveRunyan Active Member

    Dec 13, 2004
    I am using a motu 24 I/O on a PC and it rocks. No problems at all. I use the Cue Mix monitoring software that came with it and as long as I shut off the plug in effects when I overdub the latency is no problem.

    I would imagine your computer would work just fine for the amount of tracks you are talking about.

    I do know there are far better converters out there than the motu stuff but I personally like the sound I am getting and for the money I really like it.

    As far as the hard drive is concerned I would add another internal one instead of an external for your sound. I don't know if an external one would keep up with it. I use an external for backing up my projects and storage though.

    I have gotten used to not using a control surface just fine. In fact I don't miss actual faders at all. I find myself thinking things through a little more when I don't have my hands on faders. If I blow an automation then I can just grab the points with the mouse and put them where they belong. Kind of cool.

    Good luck with the project.
  3. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    i have a motu 828 mkII (by the way its 896 hd and not 1896 hd) and it works fine with my pc!
    is your pc a laptop centrino or a deskcomputer? if it's a desk i'd recommend a new one (mac's are great but are way of budget for you and there are a lot of cons too...)
    if you only record 2/3 tracks at a time why all those pres?
    go for something like the motu 828 mkII which has 2 pres! cause you already have other 2 makes you 4!
    don't know if the motu traveler has a price already but it seems great too! and it would give you 6 pres (4+2)
    regarding a control surface trust me that it's useless if you work with some little tracks! i've been doing recordings for years and mixing 20 to 40 tracks with a mouse and only now i bought a behringer ddx3216 digital mixer! i use it as a midi desk when mixing! i bought it cause i need to record live gigs and so on...
    for those 2000 i'd go with 1000 for a pc, 750 for the motu and look at a cool mic! if you can stretch out a bit take a look at the rode ntk and the akg c 414 tlII (old one still on sale for example on
    if you don't have need for a computer spend the money on a very good pre-amp like the sebatron and a bit of acoustic treatment!
  4. acousticman

    acousticman Guest

    To clarify: My computer is a dell desktop with a fixed audio/video card on the motherboard which can't be changed. I know the Tascam 1884 has a lot of preamps that I would bypass anyway but it looks like a lot for the money. Down side about the tascam is if I wanted to upgrade later I would have to sell everything in one unit. If I went with separate units I could update them one at a time. But really ease of use and best sound I could get for my money is my main interest.
  5. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    so my suggestion is the following:
    - new pc (around 3.2 with 1g ram)
    - motu 828 mkII or motu traveler
    - rode ntk or akg c414 tlII

    if you still had money the sebatron pre-amp
  6. acousticman

    acousticman Guest

    Thanks guys :cool: Would anybody else like to give me there recommendations. Please :)
  7. jwgeetar

    jwgeetar Guest

    hi, i looked at the motu 828 mkII. if i got one of these, would it replace my audiophile 24/96 card in my computer? just wondering and looking for a better solution to my 1 and 2 track at a time recording. [sorry bout the nobb-ness] thanks--jw
  8. IainDearg

    IainDearg Guest

    As inLoco said, a good PC / soundcard combination is essential, even more so for audio (acoustic) recording.

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