What would I need for a professional studio?

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Member Since: Jun 09, 2010

How would you build a professional recording and mixing studio for heavy metal in terms of equipment and examples of them, like consoles, preamps, compressors/limiters, ad maybe even computer hardware and software. Sky is the limit in terms of price. Doing this for a project and I do need some help. Thanks.


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Since: Feb 07, 2005

Jun 10, 2010 01:03 am

Are you serious?

Since: May 31, 2010

Jun 10, 2010 01:33 am


Are you serious?

That's what I was thinking. If the sky's the limit, you should hire each and every engineer on this site for the project and renovate the Taj Mahal into a recording facility.

Since: Nov 27, 2007

Jun 10, 2010 07:15 am

Firsts thing's first, you need a bang up room man.

main thing ive found with metal is, if the room isnt really well treated then you'll get a big mess when recording, especially with guitars and drums.
collectively the tracks make up alot of noise in the end.

mixing metal isnt easy to say the least.

Since: Jun 05, 2010

Jun 10, 2010 08:21 am

1) I wouldn't post a so vast question hoping complete answers from a forum.
2) I would visit professional studio facilities
3) I would ask some advise from professional service providers such gcpro.com

Since: Nov 11, 2007

Jun 10, 2010 12:59 pm

Do you go to Full Sail by chance?

Sounds like you're writing a paper about what your ideal studio would have...

Pro Tools HD PCIe Interface (core system) Necessary to run PT HD
Pro Tools 192 I/O There are better options but this was the best simple answer
Toft Audio ATB 16 Console Best mixing desk I've worked on, includes channel EQ
Beta 52 kick drum
AKG 112 alternative kick drum
5x SM57's guitar amp mics, snare mic, perhaps vocal mic
2x AKG C1000 drum overheads
2x Rode Nt1 alternative drum overheads
1x Shure SM7b vox
1x Empirical Labs EL8-SX Stereo Distressor British Mod bass, drum stereo image
5x Sennheiser 604's toms

That would get you pro quality in metal without a doubt, if you learned how to use those things^^^^ One thing I probably wouldn't bother spending money on in a metal band scenario is a super high quality large diaphragm condenser from a a company like Neumann...just not necessary for what you want to do.

Since: Sep 14, 2010

Sep 14, 2010 08:28 pm

Do you really have a sky high budget?

Cuz acoustic treatment alone could cost you 25,000 or more.

surely you have a a budget. And surely there is equipment that can produce quality tracks with that budget.

Since: Oct 31, 2010

Nov 01, 2010 12:49 pm

just wondering...you listed an alternative mixer for this persons ideal setup.....

please discuss why.....why not the C24 etc.....

Is it because of preamps, cost etc....

Since: Sep 14, 2010

Nov 01, 2010 04:52 pm

cuz he said he has a sky hihg budget and everybody is remarking on just how rediculus that sounds.

The command 24 is actually a great "control surface" (not mixer).

But wouldn't you rather a strip of neve's if the budget is sky high?

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Nov 02, 2010 10:14 am

He stated it was for a project, so I would assume it's a school project, to list out the parts for their 'dream' setup.

I think the OP didn't have a plan, so was asking for people here to chime in with their own, so he could copy that.

course, i'm just assuming.

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