starting from scratch

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by laturalus, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. laturalus

    laturalus Guest

    I've been reading this forum for awile. I think I'm running into information overload. I've only toyed around with Tascam 4 tracks/chemeleon effects processor/and keyboards years ago.
    I now want to buy a computer and do recording.

    Now I certainly follow the school of thought where it's a much better investment to buy quality even if it means having to buy things over time. I want to make classical/orchestrated music
    I guess I don't understand why there is so much information and people have so much gear. To me it's simply recording different instrument into a multi track machine and altering the levels.

    I'm thinking I 'm just going to play differnt parts on a keyboard. Then simply convert that information to Midi information and turn those parts into different orchestral instruments and then record onto separate tracks of a multi-track. My budget is 1,000 to 5,000

    There is so much software references on here I just don't know what everything does. What software would I need to accomplish this?
  2. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    If you just want to try it, the sound device in your current computer, even if "onboard", not an actual PCI card, may be fine, for MIDI and audio, at least to start? May even include "sounds" of it's own.

    If you want to start right out pretty darned good, you could get a LynxOne sound card, which, while it doesn't include it's own "sounds", does include 2 MIDI I/O, AES/EBU(Very "pro") digital I/O, SP/Dif I/O, clock I/O, wonderful 2 channel analog I/O and excellent ADDA converters. You can even use 2 digital I/O channels along with the 2 audio I/O channels, for "4-track". As of now, it's a bit "dated", but still fantastic and very, very "pro"...

    Software? Again, on the "try it" side, checkout Anvil Studio. It has, literally, everthing(Software-wise) you need to get a good start for MIDI and audio and is priced at "free", on up. You can buy the components you need "ala cart" or all at once for some savings. For "the big money"(Where I would NOT suggest you start!) others would have to chime in for excellent MIDI software...

    Get some "cheap" experience first, which will go a long way to helping you determine where your "big money" will be best spent.

    Teddy G.
  3. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    Gear lust is a strange thing. I have it, but at least I can admit it :wink: New synths and fx box's help keep ideas flowing, and there truly is a "my dick is bigger than yours complex" to it to one degreee or another. I drive a Saturn so I can spend more money on my studio.

    I dont want this to come out the wrong way since we dont know each other, but if this is your definition of making music you idealogy is very far from where anything great would come, and doesnt sound at all like inspiration.

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