Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by RT9Lingerer, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. RT9Lingerer

    RT9Lingerer Active Member

    Aug 25, 2011
    what's up everybody I'm a 15 year old lyricist and I've been home recording for maybe about a year now. It wasn't until about a month ago I decided to get serious with it (sounding WELL mixed).

    what I'm basically working with right now for recording / mixing is Mixcraft 5.
    I've used Cubase before, Adobe Audition/Audacity. I've also played around with pro tools before but nothing to serious.

    Now I may be a newbie to recording, but I'm very well experienced when it comes to PC's. My computer is well built and ready for serious recording, one thing I never really understood is if Macs over rule PC's in the recording scene or if it they were equal to rach other.

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    Main problems I have had when recording is the vocals and everything being balanced, I'm a total dunce when it comes to this stuff. I want my vocals to sound like their supposed to be in there and have quality to it, not sound like garbage. I know a compressor comes into place here but all I know is a little bit about the compressor settings, I never really knew how to add it in and do it right.

    I'm not sure on what else I need to get either, like just for now to get a kickstart. Preamps? Don't know much about this stuff...

    My moms boyfriend on the other hand has 2 macbooks in the house one is pro and ones not, he uses Pro Tools and this is the rack he's using, again linked.
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    [/URL]I've tried messing with it before but it was all too confusing for me. Thanks to anybody who responds and tries to help me out with this it's appreciated !
  2. RT9Lingerer

    RT9Lingerer Active Member

    Aug 25, 2011
    anybody ?
  3. shanecools

    shanecools Member

    Aug 28, 2011
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  4. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003

    Welcome to RO! There is a vast wealth of information at your fingertips. Use the search button, read and then ask questions. One of the first things you will need to understand is that while you can get good results with inexpensive equipment it is not easy to do. Signal chain, room and quality of performance are all important.
    Before you buy ANY other equipment read and experiment. A good engineer can make a 58 interfaced to a laptop work. I would strongly caution against a $400 "home studio". It will be equipment you WILL outgrow and have to replace with additional marginalized equipment.
    There are some great threads on signal chain, gain structuring, compression, room treatment, mixing, etc... If you are indeed serious, then there is no shortcut to learning to make good recordings. Trial and error, listen, fix, repeat....

    Good Luck

  5. sachit

    sachit Active Member

    May 20, 2011
    Hey hey hey! It's really great to hear about someone like you - I'm sixteen and I started this summer! :)

    So anyways. I would say that before you even think of buying anything, READ everything you can about recording. Get a book about it and read. Understand the basic physics and the technology behind computer-based recording.

    Also, if you could talk to the guy with 2 Macbooks, I'm sure he'll be able to help you a great deal. Ask him what he started out with. Ask him what every piece of equipment in his rig does. That is, if he's got time to explain it all.

    And about the Mac vs PC war. IF you already have a good PC, then why do you need to think about a Mac? As of today, Macs don't really offer any considerable advantage over PCs for recording. It's a huge debate, but this is pretty much the consensus. And you have this coming from a Mac guy. I switched when an upgrade was due, basically because I liked Macs otherwise too. You can do some research on that if you like, but if you're cool with your PC, and it's powerful enough for recording, then you don't really need to get bothered.

    pmolsonmus has given some solid advice, you have many people here who can help you.

    And if you can narrow down your requirement, it will help. You have stated that you want to mix your vocals well. What are you doing right now? Are you capable of handling Mixcraft 5 fluently? What about the backing music? Do you need to record that too? Or will you use software instruments?

    Once you have done a good bit of research, and you've answered these questions, I think you would be able to decide on some equipment. But do not hurry.

    Happy recording!
  6. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Near Portland, Oregon
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    Something else that rarely gets mentioned in these types of discussions. Time.

    There are no "pro" engineers that started out of the box with professional results. The first thing to do is learn what your equipment can do. Learn everything about your hardware and software you possibly can. Then, make good decsions about what gear you buy. Don't simply buy cheap stuff and expect professional results, but also don't think you have to spend thousands to get good quality.

    You should know that there are a whole bunch of things that go into making quality recordings. The source, the song, etc. all are important. If you are using microphones on anything, the room makes a big difference. Your monitor system makes a big difference. Your panning, EQ and effects decisions make a big difference.

    So the best answer is to learn everything you can about your craft. Spend the thousand hours that many professional engineers have spent learning how to mic instruments, how to mic a voice, how to mix, how to use your software, what to listen to when mixing..etc.

    There is no "easy" button.

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