I have a G4 Power Mac... where to next... ?

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Member Since: Jun 01, 2007

Hi, I'm looking to set up a basic but decent small home studio... I used to use a PC with a quality M-Audio soundcard and a copy of Adobe Audition 2.0 ... but since my PC decided to die, I have aquired a G4 Mac...

I'm looking to get back into recording music again, and I need help as to where to start... I have a modest budget, but I'm willing to pay for hardware that will guarantee me a quality sound.

I've been recommended a Presonus Firebox external soundcard that is of course also a preamp... but what else should I get with regards to speakers/monitors and mic? I'm going to be using Garage Band on the Mac too, so I'd like to have everything compatible with that.

My studio will be for recording vocals only, no instruments.

I have a budget of around 200 for a soundcard, Ideally I don't want to pay more than 80 or so for a mic, I presume a condenser mic would be best? I'm also happy to spend 150 or so on monitors if need be, but the cheaper the better really as I'm not looking to make this a professional venture.

Hope someone can throw some advice my way, it'll all be much appreciated! many thanks in advance!

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jun 01, 2007 09:17 am

Does the M-Audio card work with Mac?

Since: Jun 01, 2007

Jun 01, 2007 10:59 am

I presume it wont, as it's an internal card for the PC... I forget which kind, but it looks like the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 (for the PCI slot)... it's about 3 years old now.

I wanted to go external as I have a friend of mine who's also up for recording her music, in which case I'd like to be able to take it to her place if need be for her Mac Powerbook.

A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Jun 01, 2007 11:18 am

A condenser mic is bet for Vox and acoustic in my experience.

Your M-Audio wont fit.

However, M-Audio do have a great range of Firewire/USB options.

Such as


As for monitors.

Being on a budget - I'm a HUGE fan of Behringer


Since: Jun 01, 2007

Jun 01, 2007 11:30 am

^^^That soundcard is a bit out of my price range... www.google.co.uk/products...sa=N&tab=wf

The Presonus Firebox seems just right at the moment as it's just under 200 from a couple of online retailers... I think Thomann were cheapest, and I brought my previous behringer preamp from them before and was very impressed.

Those monitors are looking nice though. You'd recommend those as opposed to anything else on the market? They're definitely within my price range too :P

A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Jun 01, 2007 11:37 am

I've not used them my self but a lot of my gear is Behringer and i'm stoked with everything i've got.

Even my Mic is a Behringer!


Heaps of guys round here can sort you out for advice for speakers.

Since: Jun 01, 2007

Jun 01, 2007 11:43 am

I don't suppose you have an audio examples of the quality that mic gives? I'm looking to get the same kind of quality as this guy: www.myspace.com/davidhodges ... and I know he's got a studio on a low budget.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jun 01, 2007 11:50 am

How is this price? www.homerecordingconnecti...d=FIREBOX300407

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Since: Feb 07, 2005

Jun 01, 2007 11:54 am

I was just talking about cheap mics in a different thread. Our latest song "I Know She Understands" was recorded using a $5 mic. Everything except the electric guitars, drums and bass were done using these mics.


You can find the mics here

A small pie will soon be eaten
Since: Aug 26, 2004

Jun 01, 2007 12:00 pm

eneyekay, Listen to anything in my profile.

All done with that Mic.

The latest one is 'The money's no good'

Since: Jun 01, 2007

Jun 01, 2007 12:01 pm

That price looks great for the firebox! I'm gonna have to check out the mics later as I'm leaving work now heh heh.

many thanks for all your help so far!

Mamma Jamma
Since: May 20, 2007

Jun 01, 2007 02:31 pm


Since: Jun 01, 2007

Jun 02, 2007 10:33 am

I don't suppose there's too much difference between the B2 Pro and B1 Behringer mics is there?

B1: www.bluearan.co.uk/menu/i...semode=category

The B1 is obviously a bit cheaper, so i'd be more inclinded to roll with that.

I think I could be sticking with the Presonus Firebox, those Behringer monitors and the B1 mic... what else would I need? I shouldn't have any connection problems should I? I already have an XLR cable from my previous mic with a M-F adapter if necessary.

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