Posted on May 29, 2006 06:01 pm
Member Since: Aug 18, 2005
till this day i've done a few recordings on my PC useing sonar (which i like very much). i did all band recordings on my INCA88 soundcard guiding the mics first to a mixer and then to my soundcard. i've realized that with such simple set up (my PC is really cheap) i could catch some nice sound and then premaster it useing sonar (i love the thing that this plug-in "tape simulation" does to a track). i never did true mastering so far, but i'm sure that from where i've got with my tracks that sound is really not far away. so naturally i started to think about a recording studio. i did some research and found out that some bands don't record in studios, but for example in a house. a house ... that gave me an idea to start up a mobile studio. one that arrives to your rehersal place, and records (of course i have to upgrade my gear). i don't know if it's a good idea, but i'm just willing to give it a try. BUT WHAT I WANTED TO ASK HERE IS : should i go for a duo core powerbook (i belive that i won't be able to use sonar anymore), or should i find a notebook with windows system and stay with sonar? this question bothers me the most, and i can't make up my mind.
the idea of this studio is to be able to go to someones home and record as well as held a set station studio (with even better quality) with some nice gear and some old shool touch.
going back to a gear set up i was thinking about aiming at the most warm, the most tube focused system i could get with my money. so...
*a notebook (the question still remains)
*a (1, or even 2 i need about 10 tracks for the drums) USB/FireWire interface (8in/8out) i found MOTU system, but thet's just too much money for me. back in the day when i wanted to upgrade my PC i thought hoontech cause it was my budget, and had nice quality. any help here?
*mic preamps - i was thinking behringer tube ultraflex (at least for the condensers, so two of those) and ultragain pro-8 for the rest.
*mics - i won't save here. for the overheads i was thinking in pairs one of: rhode, AKG, MXL, oktava (ribbon mics) i havent made up my mind yet, but at least 4 mics (a pair for overheads (ribbons?) +2 for room ambience) ; a shure B-52 for the kick ; and shures sm-57s for the rest. all those mics can be used on other instruments, so that saves me a lot of trouble. oh ... do you think that spending cash on ribbon mics for overheads will pay off?
premastering and mastering:
*i was thinking about some reel recorder (at least 1" 8 track but if i can get 2"... well :) to beef up my tracks after recording. i did some reading about this, and it just might be what i'll focus on.
*behringer tube ultra-Q - i think that this is a nice peace if you want to get your drums sound just right.
*behringer tube composer T1952 - you need a compressor, so why not a valve one?
*behringer tube eultraflex T1954 - multiband
so as you see i'm thinking as much tube, warm mics and add some real tape to it. please tell me what you think about that, and keep in mind that i'm a young person so i can be wrong from time to time, thus my gear may have holes in it. cheers!
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