Need Help With Home Studio and Recording Setup! PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by bpcarlson, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. bpcarlson

    bpcarlson Guest

    Okay this may be a lot to explain, but if you can help me out with this I would surely appreciate it!

    I play guitar, drums, and a little bass so I can pretty record everything on my own. (I would like to work with someone else, but everyone else I work with just doesn't see the same way I do.) Anyway, I just purchased an all new set of cymbals for my drums and a 7-piece drum mic kit. I also bought a Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio just to do small projects with. I am looking to set up my studio to record in, however I am unsure on how a lot of that stuff works. I'm not sure what equipment I need to record with and how to set it all up. When I get my drums mic'd up, I would like to record with them, and not some digital drum track off of a recording interface. If you know anything about this and can help me out, please let me know!

    -Blake Carlson
  2. dave_p

    dave_p Active Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    the alpha has only 1 mic input, so, if you are going to mic the drums you will need a mixer, and then stereo out to the alphas 2 line inputs.
    i would start with maybe 4 mics, kick, snare and 2 overhead.
    hell try 2, you may get a sound you like from that. dont overcomplicate it.

    remember, each mic on the same channel needs to be 3 times the distance to source apart. if you are close miking each drum at one inch, then each mic on the same channel needs to be at least 3 inches apart.(you will not be at one inch, but its easier to illustrate)

    experiment. you will need a mixer, or an interface with more inputs if you want to use more than one mic with the alpha. and they will have to be dynamic
  3. jordy

    jordy Active Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Reedsville, PA
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    hey bp. welcome.
    ok. i started out 2 years ago the same way you did, but with a m-audio fast track. - which has essentially the same features as the alpha. i recently upgraded about 4 months ago to a better interface that allow for recording 6 simultaneous tracks.
    IN MY OPINION, your not gonna get the results you want for the drums with the alpha. like dave said, you would need to only have 2 available tracks to put all your drums on. which leaves for very little editing options after the fact. AND if you were to mic all your drums up, like dave said- you would need a mixer with enough inputs and then go from the master stereo outs into your alpha one.- very little editing options after the fact.
    i would say that if you want live drums and the ability to tweak them and adjust levels after the recording (which in most cases you'll need to), save the money that you would need to buy the mixer with to go into the alpha and get a completely new (or used) interface that has more inputs (atleast four)- like the lexicon lamda, M-audio Fast Track Ultra, etc... they're about as expensive as a cheap mixer.
    good luck
    take it easy
  4. bpcarlson

    bpcarlson Guest

    Thanks a lot that helps me out quite a bit!
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I'll frequently record drums with just 4 microphones. But when I want to Mike everything, I'll need from 8 to 12 on the average. And you really don't want to do that through multiple different interfaces. That will cause you problems because there will be variations in phasing from time delays. You know what that on drums. You are all of the phasing to be cohesive & all clocked together.

    Mother clocker
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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