Need help setting up basic home recording studio

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Member Since: Apr 08, 2008

I have a behringer amp and mixer. I have used both to record on my computer via the line in jack. But, when i record multiple instruments at once I get a single signal, which does not surprise me. But, I want multiple signals, one for each track basically. Right now my basic set up is to hook my instruments into my mixer...out to the amp...out to the computer. I would also like to have the capability to use the mixer in editing tracks once they are on the computer. Someone please help get me on the right track. Thanks.

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I tune down down...
Since: Jun 11, 2007

Apr 08, 2008 07:13 pm

You'll need a multichannel interface. IE A PreSonus FireStudio, Tascam DM3200, etc. Then, you will need software that will allow multitrack recording. IE. Cubase, Sonar, Pro Tools, etc.

Mans reach exceeds his grasp
Since: Oct 23, 2007

Apr 08, 2008 09:07 pm

Yup, just what Cynic said. You could also go the PCI route, and get something like the MAudio Delta 1010LT , and you'll still need multi tracking software. You could try free or share ware programs like Kristal or Reaper , or you spend more bucks and go with something like Sonar .

Since: Apr 08, 2008

Apr 08, 2008 11:35 pm

Thanks for the feedback guys. Any suggestions as to what interface i should get? A good cheap one preferably. Also, will this allow me to mix with my mixer after I record? If so, is this the only way to achieve that? I know there are programs, and I want to use those too, but I really want to have the flexability to do it with my actual mixer as well.

Mans reach exceeds his grasp
Since: Oct 23, 2007

Apr 08, 2008 11:39 pm

Well, first off, welcome to HRC... I forgot in the last post.

Second, it would help greatly if we knew what you were already working with. If you get a second, fill out your profile and be sure to include what kind of mixer it is, some computer specs, microphones you have, etc. just so we know what you're working with :)

Since: Apr 08, 2008

Apr 09, 2008 09:01 am

Filled out my profile. Maybe that will provide some incite into my situation.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Apr 09, 2008 01:27 pm

You probably won't be using the mixer after you record. To do this, you would have to send each channel out through a dedicated output on your interface, into the mixer channel LINE input, then through each channel, then back out a mixer channel output (if it has them) and back into your PC via an interface input.

Not a pretty picture, as Mixer componentry isn't always up to par with some plugins. And, you'd be doing more A/D and D/A conversions, which can't help a signal.

You may be thinking of a control surface. This will control your software, by way of a desk, like on a mixer. But it's actually a controller, not really a mixer.

These usually are much more $$$ too, so there's that.

Keith mentioned the 1010lt, which is around 200$. That's a good option, works well, and is pretty stable. It's PCI. There are also firewire devices, with 8 inputs, that start around 450 - 500$$. Certainly more, but offer some advantages (notably portability).

ESI has maya and ESP1010 (of which I have one). I can't think of many others under 300$.


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