New to the game, lots of general questions

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by sploke, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. sploke

    sploke Guest

    Alright, so I'm sort of in a band, we get together once in a while and jam out, and try to record a lot of stuff we put down. Most of what we do is jam-band type stuff, all freestyle. We have guitar, bass, drums and organ, singer, and sometimes he just freestyles over a beat or dub from the computer.

    As it stands now, we have a lot of crappy equipment. An old school 4 channel mixer and a laptop running CoolEdit. Through some shifty wiring, we have about 7 or 8 inputs going into the mixer, then out into the mic input on the laptop. In general, nothing really works right and its a PITA.

    So, we're trying to move up a little bit. We just picked up a G4 Powerbook, and one guy just bought something, a Digidesign 882-20. I'm not real sure if this is anything thats going to help us or not. We were looking for something to change 8 simultaneous analog signals into a digital signal and send it into Protools or something via firewire or USB. I'm working on setting up a dedicated space to play so we can get everything set up and leave it, but any help to make the most of what we have would be great. What exactly does that Digi machine do anyway? Looks like its meant to be synced up with a mixer or something...TIA.
  2. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    "The 882/20 I/O can be used in two ways:
    As a 20-bit Audio Interface for a Pro Tools 24,
    Pro Tools III-PCI system As a stand-alone 2-channel, 20-bit audio converter"

    Looks like you'll need to buy some more protools hardware. you'll have to decide if that's worth it to you. From the 5 minutes of research I did on that item, a lot of forums were bashing it for: being an older piece of hardware with no more digidesign support, driver problems, compatibility issues with windows, or newes mac os for that matter.

    what you need is your 8 mics, some sort of preamplification for those mics, and an 8-channel a/d converter (digital interface, on firewire or usb2.0)
  3. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    oh yeah, and you need to post a budget so someone can recommend something for you. one option is a mackie onyx 1220 mixer, and add the firewire option. this will run you probably 700-800 used on ebay, more new. that's just some food for thought.

    try here to get some ideas
  4. sploke

    sploke Guest

    One thing that we were looking at was the Tascam something roughly in our price range. Any thoughts on that machine?
  5. pabli7o

    pabli7o Guest

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    Thats some kickass equipment. 3 way Input (1/4, XLR, TRS) Straight to computer in separate tracks for better editing (software is included or use ur own). Great preamps. Saves a lot of space

    This is my setup. (We got 3 people singing so vocals are recorded in a second take)
    Whole Band no vocals LIVE Recording (PreSounus Interface)
    INPUT 1: Bass Guitar
    INPUT 2: Guitar 1 (Mic-ed)
    INPUT 3: Guitar 2 (Mic-ed)
    INPUT 4: Snare
    INPUT 5: Head 1/(Splash-Ride)
    INPUT 6: Head 2/(Crash)
    INPUT 7: Hi-hat
    INPUT 8: Bass Kick

    Yours could look something like:
    INPUT 1: Lead Vocal
    INPUT 2: Bass
    INPUT 3: Guitar (Mic-ed)
    INPUT 4: Snare
    INPUT 5: Head 1/Splash-Ride
    INPUT 6: Head 2/Crash
    INPUT 7: Hi-hat
    INPUT 8: Bass Kick
    Synth Input 9 (on back): Organ
    Midi Input 10 (on back) : Free

    Since u say u only JAM...this set up should be more than enough. If u want to get a lil more proffessional haha record drums in a second take and vocals in a third take. You can have ENDLESS 9
    simultaneous takes and all of them can be edited on computer in separately tracks.
  6. sploke

    sploke Guest

    what can you tell me about the MOTU 2408? Would it be useful to us? What else would we need to make it work?
  7. xX5thQuarterXx

    xX5thQuarterXx Active Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Alesis has a couple new FireWire mixers out. i saw a 16 channel Alesis for like 350 at guitarcenter the other day
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