Pro Tools...

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by MBP13, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. MBP13

    MBP13 Active Member

    Jun 23, 2009

    I am looking into learning to record in order to save money on recording studios (in the long run...). I have been looking at used M-Box's with Pro Tools (this is because i have files in the Pro Tools format from previous recording that i'd like to edit and re-record parts of).

    Is this a smart move? If i was to get an M-Box would i then be forking out huge amounts for all the other equipment to go with it (to 'do it justice')? Or would it be a wise move if i could find it cheap enough? Or should i just find a full set up of budget gear instead and re-record everything? Could someone give me a rough list of things i would need for recording a 4/5 piece band with guitars, bass, vox and drums?

  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    for the 4/5 piece band and the PT format
    I think the 003rack will serve you better in the long run

    external mic-pres when you know more about what you are doing

    but you will need quality Mics that are right for the tasks you set
    this may not need to be expensive
    quality monitoring and headphones

    and I feel using the PRO studios where you can get work done faster and/or better is worth a little money

    preparing tracks and having guides already done before the studio WILL save time

    I often loan a 001 system to clients before they come to my HD studio
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    I would guess that the number of people who actually save money by home recording is approximately zero.

    There are plenty of good reasons to get into this - control over the creative process, the fun and technical challenge of recording - but it is almost certain to cost more money than going to a studio and using their equipment and expertise. The equipment you are asking about will cost as much as recording 2-3 CDs in a studio. If you record 2-3 CDs with that equipment you will want equipment that costs more than recording 3-4 CDs and so on.

    Now if you have some knowledge of PT, it is fine to buy a simple system like one of the M-box or 00X systems. That way you can play around with tracks recorded elsewhere and do simple direct to two track recordings of band practices.
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    So true so true.

    Unless you see yourself recording for the joy of it, I would not recommend starting down that very expensive and time consuming path. Hire someone to remove the headache for you.

    That said its still a good idea to learn about the gear and how it works, so when you do go in the studio you can ensure you get your moneys worth.
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