Need help with first studio

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by RandomOnTheRun, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. I'm looking to set up a studio in my garage to have some local bands (as well as my own band) come by to record. I have some connections to artists that I think are really good, and I want to give them an opportunity to be heard.

    So, this is what I need help with. I have no experience recording, and I need to know what sort of equipment I should buy for what I'm interested in doing. Should I just get a multi-track digital recorder like the Akai DPS24MKII, or is there a better solution? I'm willing to pay in between three and four thousand dollars. If anyone can help, I would really appreciate it.
  2. gilligan204

    gilligan204 Guest

    I would go out and get one of those stand alone ones, and about 6 sm 57s and sm 58s that will give you a good start, and should be worth about that much.

    getting into comuter recordings, is a pain esspecially if you havent recorded much before
  3. Alright, thanks. So, the microphones alone will cost me about $600... what standalone should I get? Also, is there any additional equipment I'll need?
  4. xX5thQuarterXx

    xX5thQuarterXx Active Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    I say get a MAC laptop, Enough mics, and a USb or Firewire Alesis or Mackie mixer and youll be good. lmk if u want more detail
  5. Yeah, there are a few details I'd like to know. I actually want an exact recommendation on what I should get. For example, exactly how many mics and which ones, what mixer I should get, maybe some ideas on what monitors I should be looking into, and could you perhaps tell me why I should go for the MAC over the PC, and which MAC would be ideal for what I'm looking to do. Again, all within the 3-4k price range.

    I really am completely new to this, but I'm reading as much as I can, and I'll hopefully hit up a local Hi-Fi shop for some more info and to test out some monitors.

    Oh, also, do you have any recommendations on literature for basic recording techniques? I want to record digitally, but a book that can help me with EQ settings, mic placement, panning, etc. would be awesome.

    Edit: One more thing - what's the benefit of the MAC + mixer set up, as opposed to something standalone like the aforementioned Akai DPS24MKII?
  6. restashured

    restashured Guest

    Books to read

    Of course, the best way to learn is to do it, but here are some books that may get you on your way a little quicker. I will list them in the order I feel they are most important, especially for the home recording engineer on a budget.

    1. Guerrilla Recording Techniques: How To Get Great Sound From Any Studio (no matter how weird or cheap your gear is) by Karl Coryat
    2. Recording Tips for Engineers: For Cleaner, Brighter Tracks by Tim Crich
    3. The Recording Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski
    4. The Mixing Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski

    If you are still confused, or just a real beginner, The Billboard Illustrated Home Recording Handbook may help or make one of those "idiot's guide to home recording" books.

    Happy reading

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