trying to set up a studio

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by tavish, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. tavish

    tavish Guest

    im trying to set up a studio im buying a mac g4 wiht as much ram and memory i can get in it and a 200 Gb hard drive but im runing into the delema whether or not i can use any interface with protools LE or if it has to be a digidesing product and i only have 3000 and 1300 is going to the computer and i still need a preamp EQ compresor rack and control surface what should i do
  2. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Simple solution:

    -Get at bare minimum 512 RAM
    -Tascam FW1884 $1300 (control surface/mic pres/etc)
    -Digital performer $329

    When you have extra cash:

    -A second hard drive dedicated only to audio
    -UAD-1 Project Pak

    For the time being you can use the softward based EQ, compressors, effects, etc.

    Then even later down the road purchase some nicer preamps, mics, and outboard.
  3. tavish

    tavish Guest

    the only problom is we are trying to get a protools based system. the lap top we are getting has 1.256 GB ram and 30 GB internal harddrive and 200GB external
    i was looking at the digidesign 888 interface but i need a pci expansion and a mix core card wich are very expensive so the other solution ive found was the digi002 but that dose not have the 8 xlr I/Os and 1/4" I/O wich are needed to run direct out into a backup hard drive recorder that we have
  4. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    The Digi 002 does have ADAT Lightpipe inputs though! You can get like a Focusrite Octopre, Presonus Digimax, or even a Behringer ADA8000 and have those extra 8 inputs.

    Why the need for Pro Tools? Do you just want the name or are you already fluent in Pro Tools?
  5. tavish

    tavish Guest

    i go to school for media arts and we have a hi end protools studio and i already no it very well
  6. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
  7. trid

    trid Guest

    Protools software only works with digidesign hardware. The other posters have made some good suggestions. Since you only have $1700 left to spend after you buy your computer, if you want to go Protools I think you should go with the digi002 rack. As therecordingart already pointed out the 002 has an adat light pipe input which means you can connect an external 8ch A/D converter with mic pres to your digi box and have a total of 16 inputs, 12 of those being xlr. You can buy the digi002 rack new for $1200 and the behringer ADA8000 for around $200. If you shop around you could probably find them used for less. I bought my digi002 rack used for $850. So assuming you buy those two pieces new you'll have about $300 left, which is about the minimum you'll need to spend to get something half-way decent for monitoring.

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