Posted on Jan 16, 2007 12:28 am
Master of the Obvious?
Member Since: Jun 29, 2004
I've decided I love recording/mixing way to much to be doing it as seldom as I get the chance to. I have... THE ITCH! You know, the one that makes you mix for 8, 12, 18+ hours a day while you forget to eat/sleep? Well I've had it, I've got it, and I can't stand ignoring it any more. Now here's what I've got so far:
- a home-built computer w/ P4 3.0Ghz HyperThreaded, 1GB ram, and way too much hard drive space
- a pair of M-Audio Studiopro 4's (soon to be replaced by KRK Rockit 5's 'cause I'm getting 'em cheap!)
- a pair of Sony MDR-V6 cans
- an M-Audio Delta 1010
- a mediocre 24-channel Behringer mixer with channels that occasionally decide to go out until you blast the gain for a measure or so, then work fine for hours
- 8 x 20ft. XLR cables
I know what you're thinking, "but wait, there's no mics!". Well, that's the point I've been working up to: a bit backwards, I know, but I've always had buddies to borrow the odd SM57/58 from, and I've kind of been putting it off until I had some actual income. Welp, I'm ready to get a good group of decent mics that'll at least get me started recording a full band (not all at once, mind you). The key word will probably be versatility (e.g. tom mics that also work for guitars, like 57's or something similar), as I've got only around $1000 - $1,500 to play with for the entire set of mics. What I've thought of so far is:
A Kick mic, enough 57's for three toms & a snare, two condensors for overheads, & a decent vocal mic that could possibly double as a room mic? I've got a small understanding of the various mic types, but only a small one. I know condensors require power and are good for cymbals & non-close-mic guitars, and 57's are good for close-up guitar mics and possibly toms. I also know kick mics are a special breed that usually stink for everything else but bass guitar.
Anyway, get as general or specific as you want in terms of recommendations :) I want to start making decent-sounding demos for local bands, and work my way up until I can afford a decent space to work in/call home (e.g. not a carpeted practice space at 2:00AM so nobody else is practicing in the adjacent rooms!)
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