Studio Equipment Basics

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by losta23, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. losta23

    losta23 Active Member

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    Lookin to finally get my studio together n wanted some basic knowledge on a good mic n preamp. also does it make a big difference between audio boxes with usb or fire wires? i have a 13' macbook pro n will be using garageband and logic express
     
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

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    This will depend on how many tracks you'll be recording at once. If its only one or two then a USB device will serve you. If more then Firewire. It also depends on your computer. What type of inputs does it have? Probably both, so again its what your work flow will be.
     
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

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    13' !?! I haven't seen a computer that big in several decades!

    Kidding....kidding.....
     
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

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    One of the largest factors that determine the sound you will get is the room you record and mix in.

    Set aside a chunk of your budget for room treatment.
     
  5. losta23

    losta23 Active Member

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    i will only be recording 1 track at a time whats best for logic 9? as far as my pre amp and audio box do i want a usb or a firewire?
     
  6. assemblethelight

    assemblethelight Active Member

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    Dude, get you a Focusrite Scarlett. Best in class preamps and converters. Also, comes with Scarlett plug-ins. Get you Studio Projects B1 or MXL V67 good for later mods. Next step ( i think i speak for everyone ), learn how to mix ha. The biggest challenge is to learn how to mix. I still have not learned it all the way. Its addicting.

    If you can find a E-MU 0404 interface, get one.
     
  7. RemyRAD

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    Okay, the guy from Pennsylvania says they only want to record one thing at a time. Now this is not being very specific. One instrument? One vocal? One choir? One orchestra? One band? One bird? What is your electronics background? I think for a lot of you folks, one of those nice little Blue, Audio Technica and others USB microphone is exactly what you need. You can get into that for as little as $80 US and up through a Few hundred dollars US. You'll monitor everything through your USB microphone and/or your computer directly. Pick one out that includes some software bundled with it. You can save the rest of your bucks for the Chinese Christmas presents you have to buy everybody else.

    Hoe hoe hoe
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     
  8. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what your goals and budget are, I have a firewire based MOTU 828 for when I'm at home. When traveling I use a M-Audio USB Fast Track.

    The MOTU sounds much better, I do my mixing with it, in my treated room.

    I'm a guitarist/composer mostly going direct into the interface, and using virtual instruments.

    :cool:
     

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