recording guitar?? pre amp with shure sm57 E-mu 0202.. vox tonelab..pc

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Member Since: May 19, 2008

Hi! i want to record the best quality guitar ( electric rock blues covers some clean some heavy ) i can with my budget... i have a marshall mg dfx in an isolation box along with shure sm 57 to keep him comfy. the mic is fed to an E-MU 0202 usb.. the guitar is going through a vox tone lab.. which i get all my guitar sounds from.. and all this is feeded to the cubase le on my computer.. and i burn the music on cd with the burner on the pc... i can play guit. but ime new 2 record... 1)should i buy a mic pre amp..? 2) a small mixer? 3)proper studio speakers ? any help on what to do and "WHAT TO BUY would be much appreciated ty john Germany

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

May 19, 2008 12:40 pm

Welcome aboard, Peter.

There's a lot of variables at play here:

1. what budget
2. do you like the quality of recorded sound.
3. what speakers are you using?
4. are you playing against drums? loops? beats? canned music?
5. what budget =)

small mixer would be used for it's preamps, which you already have one on the 0202, so I don't think you'd improve there. Maybe you want more preamps, but you can only record 2 tracks at one time, so 2 would be a limit.

i guess to really help, we'd need to know what you don't like, and what you want to improve. Money can be spent all over the place, but smart spending takes some time and research.

also, being a better engineer is way better than having better stuff. Knowing how to work with what you have goes a lot further than just buying the next ABC device, or software. Mic placement, plug-in useage, mixing skills, all are great improvements, and can be done without more $$$ stuff.

I think if you had an example of your work, and what you don't like about it, we can get into some finer points.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

May 19, 2008 05:03 pm

Alot of variables indeed. Honestly the gear you have seems it would be well suited for the task at hand (based of the limited info so far).

I agree with PJK that some insight on what you like\don't like is needed. That gear should capture some nice tones and perhaps some mixing tips would be more what you are looking for.

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