New to recording... Question on mixing boards.

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by brentalous, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. brentalous

    brentalous Active Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    Hey guys, I'm kind of new to the recording scene, my band's been recorded a few times so I have a good idea on how to work most things; But I wanted to ask a few questions...

    We'll be using GarageBand for the recording software, and was curious on getting a decent mixing board to work with that, and if anyone had any good suggestions for a fairly decent price. I don't need anything super crazy, just soemthing that will get the job done and sound good.

    And also, if there's any other little audio boxes like ive seen on musicians friend, that's fine too.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank You
  2. Jbrax

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  3. brentalous

    brentalous Active Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    that's a pretty nice board... lots of mixed reviews on it. my buddy had a mid sized Mackie... but got rid of it. I wish I remembered the model of it, but I hear those are good boards for mixing.
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
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    A common Mackie board that people seem to like due to it's eq is the Onyx.
    Problem with the Onyz is the direct outs are pre-eq...

    Others are the 1604 VLZ, and the larger 24x4 (mostly found in small live venues).
  5. VonRocK

    VonRocK Active Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Calgary, Alberta Canada
    I'm not sure that you want the board that JBrax suggested.

    Perhaps more details about what you want to achieve would help.

    If you were setting up a rehearsal space, and wanted to mic everything up for your PA, then that board might be what you want.

    If you want to record multiple individual tracks to your computer, with the ability to manipulate each track separately, like a proffesional recording studio does with it's 'board', then I think you want something else. It seems (after a quick look at the specs on that mixing board), that it only provides a two track output (stereo left and right). So everything you record, will have to be mixed before it gets into the computer.

    If you were to be doing one track at a time, that might be adequate (but for it's price, it's pre amps can't be all that good), but you mentioned recording your band. This often means recording more than one track at a time.

    Look into a firewire interface, such as the presonus FP10, or other simular products from M-Audio. Garageband is your mixing board, done "in the box".

    Back to my original point: state your desires. What do you want to do? Specifically. Don't worry about sounding like you don't know what you are talking about, there are a lot of nice people here that will try to help you.
  6. brentalous

    brentalous Active Member

    Nov 19, 2007

    Really what were doing is redesigning my garage into a home studio. I'm getting a Macbook to utilize Garageband, and plan on using a yamaha electro drum kit. I'm basically just poking around reading a bunch of the posts to gain some knowledge on everything. But I was really curious on the mixing board that I should get to use you know. I was probably just going to do DI from the Mesa, and Trace Elliot. Only because I live in a Condo, and the old folk here are rather... whiney... about EVERYTHING. So trying to be the nicest neighbor I can be, I'm trying to make it work :/

    But that's basically where I'm at.
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