Newbie needs help.

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by bulldaddy, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. bulldaddy

    bulldaddy Guest

    Hi everybody,

    My name is Ben from Sacto, CA.

    Im just starting to get my feet wet with recording, I have played guitar for 10 years and now Im looking to do a solo project of covers.

    My question is I need to know what else would be useful to me, as far as Recording Equipment goes at a reasonable cost. Here is what I have so far, Ill include my music gear.

    Should I be concerned with a Patch Bay etc.. etc...... you know things like that.

    Here is what I have so far, Ill include my music gear.

    I know its not the best but it is what I could afford at this point.

    Recording Equipment:
    2 KRK Rokit R5 monitors
    AKG Condenser Mic
    Audio Kontrol-1 USB Interface
    Sonar 6 Producer Edition
    Cubase came w/t Audio Kontrol
    Rack Mounted Power Amp
    Rack Mounted Power Conditioner
    And of course a rack

    My Music equipment...


    Les Paul Studio
    Jay Turser Semi Hollow Body
    Epiphone Flying V
    Yamaha Acoustic


    Fender Jazz MIM

    Keyboard Midi:

    Yamaha KX76


    Electric ION Kit


    Line 6 Spider III Half Stack


    Digitech RP2000

    My Computer:

    HP Media Center
    AMD 64 Duo
    400 Gig HD
    3GB Ram

    Thank is advance
  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Welcome, Ben

    You certainly have enough gear there to get started. The only possible problem I see is that it seems you are storing your audio on the same hard drive as your recording program. This slows things down since one bus has to do two jobs. My first recommended upgrade would be a second hard drive.

    Other than that, you should just jump in and get started. Hold yourself back from buying more gear as long as you can. It's tempting, but forcing yourself to make do with what you have and learn to use it in the best way possible will pay off down the road. In particular, don't let gear distract you from learning to use your software really well.

    What kind of things have you done so far?
  3. bulldaddy

    bulldaddy Guest

    Thank you for the reply, So do you recommend I grab a USB External HD, or should I go with another internal HD. I know at Fry's they are running some great promotions and I could pick one up pretty cheap right now... I also have a Sony Vaio laptop I could use .... its not the greatest performance..... Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB, 1 GB RAM.... Im not sure how much that would pay off.

    So far I havent done anything with the new equipment I have.
    In the past I played with Sonar 3 Producer, just recording right into my sound card directly and using the drum map manager. I covered "Even the Losers" - Petty. It came out ok. I had some trouboles with Latency... wasnt a great computer or anything.

    Like I said that was just using a normal soundcard Soundblaster Audigy. But now I want to get a little bit deeper and have better recordings.

    Any starter info would be greatly appreciated.

  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    The first thing I would do is hook up the interface, hook the monitors to its outputs and the mic and an electric guitar into the respective inputs. Figure out how to record and play back.
  5. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Would headphones be a good idea now?
  6. bulldaddy

    bulldaddy Guest

    I do have Studio Headphones as well
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Good stuff. Right direction. But really, you need a few Shure SM57/58's. Not an option but a necessity. Many huge & extremely successful recordings are actually made mostly with these cheap microphones. You can never have too many. I love them on everything. But not on my toothbrush.

    Don't use ketchup on your microphones
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  8. bulldaddy

    bulldaddy Guest

    Cool , I have been looking to snipe some out on ebay.. Im hoping to get some soon.
  9. AnomalyAlecB

    AnomalyAlecB Active Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    I bought the Shure Mic Pack, which is really just a solid purchase that will shave some money off of buying multiple 57's AND get you a decent bass drum mic and a case for it all.

    So yeah, that's 3 SM57's, and a single B52. Besides overheads, it works to completely mic a drum set for low end studio work or home stuff.

    But you have an electric kit. :(
    This whole post was kinda a waste then. But consider it, I guess.

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