home studio help

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Member Since: Mar 30, 2009

i have been asked by a freind to help setup a small home studio for vocal overdubs for a tv program and radio show.
i am hopeing to get some advice on mid price range equipment and techniques appropriate for broadcast quality recordings.or is broadcast an obsolete term in todays digital relm?
its a simple 2 vocal and possibly instant cue machine setup,and i am hopeing to put it through a small format yamaha digital mixer and set compression etc on the board in preference to having the guy try to do too much editing on the pc,as he doesnt have any audio experience.
any thoughts or reccomendations on mics, mixers etc will be greatfully received,,

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 31, 2009 07:19 am

Welcome to HRC, and I love the avatar!

We have a couple folks here that do just what you need, so I will defer to them for the real advice, but what you need is quite modest, actually.

For just voice overs you essentially need a decent audio interface, costly about $100 for an www.homerecordingconnecti...oduct=MDOAP2496 which is a totally decent setup.

Beyond that you need a microphone, and, possibly a hardware compressor depending on what type of voice overs you are dealing with, tho compressors are nice to have, it's not mandatory.

Then we go to software...lots of free options, Krystal Audio Engine and Reaper being a couple choices.

Lastly, the microphone, I'll let Herb Utsmelz touch on that, he's a bit more knowledgeable in the area me thinks.

Since: Mar 30, 2009

Apr 01, 2009 12:33 am

hi db masters,
thanks for the suggestions
i cant take credit for the avatar as i stole it about 5-6 yrs ago.but,i would like to have it on a t-shirt,,,
its a pet hate i have for singers with an MTV complex that think looking cool is more important than sounding good,but i dont even think it looks cool!

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Apr 01, 2009 05:40 am

First, I'd like to stress that you do not need a monster computer for VO work. If you're only using a few tracks in your mix, pretty much any modern off-the-shelf PC will do. I do suggest that you have as much RAM as you can afford, though - 1 GB or better. (with Vista, make that 2 GB)

You will need either a USB mic or a good sound card and mixer. The USB method is less expensive, but can be more problematic (with Windows) due to driver conflicts and other issues. I prefer the standard microphone > preamp/mixer > sound card setup. Don't worry about a compressor unless you are auditioning for work. The broadcast equipment will compress it plenty.

Except for my PC, all of my gear was purchased online after doing some research, reading reviews, word of mouth and personal experience.

And now a word from our sponsor -


I use -

Audio Technica 3035 condenser mic
Xenyx (Behringer) 1204 preamp/mixer
M-Audio Audiophile 2496 sound card

Some seriously good low-cost equipment is available these days. There are a lot of decent choices. Do some Googling, shop around, read a few reviews.

And good luck. It's a jungle o' voices out there.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Apr 01, 2009 07:03 pm

Nicely done oh lord of the voice.

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