What Should I Add? (Re-Post)

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by BigTrey, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. BigTrey

    BigTrey Active Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    Grandville, Michigan
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    Hey fellow Ro'ers, this is a list of the equipmment that I have and I was wondering if there is anything that I should add to it to give it a more complete professional capabilities? (i.e, reverbs, compressor, drum machine etc.) I have started my own project studio in an effort to learn the art of producing, engineering, and mastering. I have had the equipment for a few months now and have actually started to create some decent tracks and would like to know if there is anything I should think about adding. I love music and am thinking about starting my own studio and eventually get into producing in the near future. I am already going to purchase a command 8 in order to have an integrated control surface to work with. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Sorry forgot the equipment list:

    Yamaha MG12/4 mixer
    Yamaha PSR-172 keyboard
    Kawai FS-690 keyboard (for midi control) - decent keyboard for being old
    Maxtor 80GB external Harddrive (USB)
    USB Midisport 2x2
    2 pairs of Sony MDR-V150 headphones (one for monitoring through mixer, one for Mbox)
    M Audio C02 Digital Converter
    KLH CDR-2000 Cd Player/Recorder
    Naxa nx-982 dynamic microphone
    Gateway M305X laptop computer w/512 ram, 2.40Ghz processor
    Art X-11 Midi master controller
  2. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Looks like you're on the way! Get what YOU think you need, for what you do, for the money you have to spend.

    Now, allow me to sound like the "snotty old pro", just for a moment. You've got a nice start here, for YOU and YOUR stuff, for learning a bit about the game, but not even the start of a pro studio. To recommend another music store gadget to add to what you have? They're all on the shelf, pick what's prettiest? I don't know? Pick one you'd like to know more about, learn it, fully intending to replace it with something better before you open your doors to the public. Don't spend too much.

    What you'll really need to "add".

    Alot of reading. A lot of listening. Alot of knob twiddling and software/hardware fiddling. Alot of visiting(To other studios.). Alot of experience - Maybe you're a quick learner, but you've still got to get it pretty much together before you can even begin to decide what it is you want to buy next, especially for real money.

    My prediction: What I think you'll do, when you're ready.

    Start with a good space - A nice recording room and separate control room - designed and built for audio by pros - or awfully knowledgeable amateurs(Maybe you?).

    Good - tabletop - computer(s!) with big(Maybe multiple) monitors. Cheaper and much more flexible(At least for now.) than laptops.

    Good, pro, computer to audio interface - Sky's the limit here, but a Lynx anything/RME/Motu - would be a heck of a start.

    Excellent, well-supported, software. Only a few really good ones to chose from - You'll have to do Nuendo, Logic, Pro Tools or something, someday and you'll have to know every one of it's 9,847,543 features frontwards and backwards(Way it is.), you might begin to think about it now.

    Mics. From "good enough for this joker" to great. Different mics for different things - many as you need - more when you need them.

    Speakers. Good ones. Gotta' hear it!

    Someone who knows what they're doing to run the place - audio and finance-wise and... some paying clients.

    With what you've got now? Buy more inexpensive things that will allow you to learn what they do, even if they don't do "it" very well. Outboard EQ, mic pre or software plug-in or book.

    It's a process. You've got a good start. Stick with it!

    Teddy G.
  3. BigTrey

    BigTrey Active Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    Grandville, Michigan
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    Thganks for the reply Teddy, Int eh near future I am going to add a few external compressors, reverbs, and upgrade to the digi002, Sampltank XL and Reason 3.0. I have already purchased four seperate books that I have read twice, The Recording Engineer's Handbook, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, Pro Tools Power, and Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools. I have begun to experiment with things and get pretty good decent music for a beginner. I am wanting to add more external gear because it is much easier to work with both getting a feel for engineering by using tweaking and playing with the analog components and then doing some further processing in Pro Tools adding more effects. I do all of the mixing inside of Pro Tools. I have a good room in my home where I do all of my work, and I've been playing since day one. Is there any specific good reads out there to futher my understanding and knowlegde that you would recommend?

  4. axel

    axel Guest

    hi BigTrey, look into alternatives to the digi 002 something like motu, in my eyes money better spend, the digi hardware is to expensive for what it delivers, in my eyes, however check it out yourself, but don't buy 'blind' let your ears decide...
    nice starter set-up by the way...
  5. BigTrey

    BigTrey Active Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    Grandville, Michigan
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    thanks for the advice axel. There is however a clerical error in my equipment set-up , my maxtor harddrive was replaced with a 160GB Lacie firewire drive (usb isn't cool for pro tools). I thought about going with the digi002 because I am getting the hang of working with pro tools. I have thought about also adding motu mach5 for windows. I've used it at a friend's studio and I liked it's features.
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