Recording drums...mixer options?

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by funkymonk, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. funkymonk

    funkymonk Guest

    Hi everyone, I'm brice and am new to this forum.

    I would like to record at the most needed 8 mics/tracks at once for drums and/or live bands. I want to eventually use all seperate mic pres and don't want to use mixer pres. My question is what can I use for a mixer that has 8 line/ mic inputs that can go stereo into my firebox interface (using the stereo line inputs in the back)? I would like to get the best quality solution for under $1000.

    My gear for this setup so far is...
    Apple G5 Imac 1 gig ram 1.6 processor
    Presonus Firebox (using garageband and cubase le)
    Marshall 990 Mic
    Shure SM58 (mics will be expanding in the future)
    MoreMe Studio headphones
  2. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    Now, I'm new at this stuff but from what I understand you want to mixdown the drums to stereo (2 tracks) and then run into your interface?

    As far as I know, you would want to use a mixer for that. I don't think you can get an 8 channel mic preamp that will do pan, eq, levels, and mix down to left and right all in one box. Maybe you can, I dunno. Anyone?
  3. funkymonk

    funkymonk Guest

    What I was thinking was mic-pre-comp-(line mixer/ mini console/ or something, but something that can pan)-firebox-computer. What could I use that is an affordable mixer without the pres.
  4. rudedogg

    rudedogg Guest

    Mackie Onyx 1620 -> $779 if you go somewhere and work them (ie Guitar Center) you can get it down to like 6 hundo.

    8 mic pres, stereo out. eq. perfect for what you are asking to do.

    p.s. why did u get the firebox btw? just curious. i keep seeing these things and they are the same price as the mbox. not sure why someone would choose it over the mbox.

  5. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member

    Dec 11, 2004

    this is new, studioprojects sp828 I think I've seen them for about $600 online. Most people liked the vtb1 (there first preamp), though I haven't heard anything about this yet.

    What kind of music are you recording?

    Why are you mixing down to 2 tracks, isn't there a digital input on that firebox thing?
  6. lazo

    lazo Guest

    Mackie makes great stuff. Their gear sounds very good. The build quality is also very good and their prices are reasonable. Their manuals are great.
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