Help Ya'll once more I need advice on a home recording studio

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Member Since: Feb 22, 2011

I want to build a home recording studio on a $6000 budget
Essentially too record hip music & I already got a powerful PC
So i need significant suggestions on a complete setup

Mic's
Headphones
Monitors
mixer
recording interface

(thank you ne help will be considered useful)

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Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Feb 27, 2011 01:04 am

what about room/rooms? are you in the bedroom usin' the closet for a vocal booth? or do ya have 3 dedicated rooms for recording?

Marijuana Czar
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Since: Oct 01, 2009


Feb 27, 2011 06:50 am

if you've got $6000 and you have to ask what to buy then i suggest reading into the whole recording thing a bit more.

that being said, im sure someone will come along and help you spend your money ahah.

Typo Szar
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Since: Jul 04, 2002


Feb 27, 2011 11:53 am

kind of like pipedreams said, if u have 6000 dollars, i say, save it. Put away 5000 dollars. Take ur 1000, get some decent monitors (KRK 6, Yamaha 5, whichever) they should be about 300 or so dollars. Get a Shure SM58, or 57, or 7B. Get an ok soundcard with a good built-in pre, I recommend focusrite (again?!?!) but there r a bunch; MOTU, Avid, anything. No need for mixer, maybe some standard headphones for tracking, try in the 100 dollar range (sony, beyer dynamic). All of this should be less than 1000, or within that range.

Use them, make ur music, make a ton of music. Eventually, the rig's shortcomings will show up to u, through ur music. Keep making music, if u mean hip hop when u say hip, the computer should have ur covered for most stuff. Eventually, ull KNOW wat u need. It wont be about brands and models, eventually ull say, i need a mic with more low end, a preamp with more gain, monitors with less bass, watever. Ur music, skill and taste will dictate how the rest of ur money goes. No point in spending all 6000 and just finding out 6 months later that none of this stuff does wat u want it to.

My 2 cents

Typo Szar
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Since: Jul 04, 2002


Feb 27, 2011 11:53 am

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bace135 in the house tonight!
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Since: Jan 28, 2003


Feb 27, 2011 11:57 pm

what crux said! but maybe try a cheap condensor instead of an SM58...

Hold 'Em Czar
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Since: Dec 30, 2004


Feb 28, 2011 01:21 am

yeah thumbs up to crux....

again, how much room do you have?

Member
Since: Feb 22, 2011


Feb 28, 2011 10:01 am

thanks for the info crux but here me out a little bit more on the matter
let's go in deeper I want to invest the entire 6 g's
So I can get a recording quality close to professional or standard .
So I can also record various artiste & make some $$ on the side line
In comparison think of it as an long term investment

(I need idea's in buying essential equipment ) ?????

& who's your daddy i got 2 rooms
A boot & the other will the equipment room

Music is everything
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Since: Apr 01, 2010


Feb 28, 2011 10:09 am

Are the rooms treated?

Member
Since: Feb 22, 2011


Feb 28, 2011 12:44 pm

Yes they are in the final process off foam padding

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
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Since: Aug 05, 2008


Feb 28, 2011 02:59 pm

"Foam padding" does NOT = "acoustic treatment."

Foam shoots you in the foot more than anything else for that matter. 90% of the problematic energy in your space (ANY space) is LOW end. Foam doesn't do anything for low end -- It absorbs high end and ambience, leaving you with *100%* of your problematic energy in the low end (muddy recordings).

Broadband trapping - And plenty of it - is the only way to start. ALWAYS start with the low end. Every time, all the time, without exception, period, end of story, etc.

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Since: Feb 22, 2011


Feb 28, 2011 03:34 pm

hey massive master thank's man
I appreciate this knowledge

www.TheLondonProject.ca
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Since: Feb 07, 2005


Feb 28, 2011 03:59 pm

I just want to point out that money does not = professional. Experience = Professional and there are no shortcuts. You need to learn your room and your monitors. Having properly treated rooms will allow you to consistently hear correctly what you are doing while mixing. To know and understand what you are hearing takes experience. Take about 1/2 of that 6k and invest it in proper room treatment. Use the remaining 3k for gear to get you by because as your gain experience you will notice other things you need/want. It never ends.

$1500 - 3000 - room treatment
$500 - 1000 - LDC
$500 - 1000 - Pre-amp
$500 - 1000 - Monitors
$250 - Audio Interface
$500 - Software
$150 - Headphones

As you can see it adds up really fast. My estimates put you at $4000 - 7000 just for a minimal setup.


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Since: Feb 22, 2011


Feb 28, 2011 07:58 pm

I roger u loud & clear beerHunter it jus keep's gettin better & better
However this was the type of essential information i needed in comparison of getting started to wisely buy my equipment
& setup a quality recording studio

Im overwhelmed with gratitude thank you all & keep it coming

Marijuana Czar
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Since: Oct 01, 2009


Mar 01, 2011 03:02 am

not that my input is even needed anymore asthese guys have got you covered... but....

if you've got over $500,000, THEN we're talking a professional studio, as professional gear = $10,000 a mic.
but 6k is more than decent for a "standard" studio which can result in sale quality tracks.
Like others have said, start fairly basic, find what you need along the way, and most of all develop your skills: what if you buy 6k worth of gear, and you can't even begin to use it properly?
hence why i said read into recording a bit more, then you'll realize that "starting small is better than starting tall (copyright-pipe)" lol
good luck man, **** i wish i had that ammount of money right now ahaha.

www.TheLondonProject.ca
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Since: Feb 07, 2005


Mar 01, 2011 12:26 pm

Ya this is why a am trying to get the op to focus on room treatment. Once done correctly it will not be outgrown. The same cannot be said for gear.

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
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Since: Aug 05, 2008


Mar 01, 2011 04:19 pm

Amen to that -- I know plenty (PLENTY) of guys who spent upwards of $40-50,000 on nifty audio toys and mics and boxes and dropped $1k on monitors and a box of foam -- and they're making horrible recordings.

I also know a few (okay, "several") guys who spent $1500 on monitors, $1500 on room treatments and they're making great recordings with relatively crappy gear.

A $50,000 rig is worth a bowl of warm sinus fluid unless you can hear it accurately and consistently (considering, of course, you have the listening skills to make the judgment).

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Mar 01, 2011 04:26 pm

I'd take substandard gear in the hands of a pro over state of the art gear in the hands of a rookie any day of the week.

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