What should I buy first?

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Member Since: Jun 23, 2004

I am currently shopping for some rack gear, to go with my set up. I don't know what to pick up first. Can anyone give me some Ideas, on what would be best?

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Freeleance Producer/Engineer/Gtr
Since: Aug 11, 2002

Jun 23, 2004 07:44 pm

that's a tough question to answer. what do you need? what do you have your eyes on? what's your budget? Rack gear isn't essential with a DAW so i'm not sure.

just looking at your profile, i would recommend more mics. Like an sm57 (dynamic mic) for micing guitar cabinets and such. but, you may not be doing music that needs it, so as you can see I need more elaboration on your part.

Nothing doesnt give me gas
Since: May 25, 2004

Jun 24, 2004 02:36 am

better sound card?
better mics?
better preaMp?
More ram?
real speakers?

join the thousands of "Happy peppy people" that need more!!

Nothing doesnt give me gas
Since: May 25, 2004

Jun 24, 2004 02:46 am

your mic is cool
your sound card is cool
need mic pre and comp
2.0 is adequate (machine), but not maybe for long
I dont know the Behringer monitors, .. the "truth" ones? I think those are probably cool, like that they are made of wood.

P.S. Thanks for protecting the U.S. dude!!!

Since: Jun 23, 2004

Jun 24, 2004 07:52 am

Thanks for all the help. I guess running Cubase SX, there isn't much need for outboard gear. I should just use what I have, and try to master that first.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jun 24, 2004 08:02 am

I am a strong advocate for an external compressor...if you only have one hardware external unit, make it a compressor...

sloppy dice, drinks twice
Since: Aug 05, 2003

Jun 24, 2004 08:40 am

What instruments do you plan to record? What kind of sound are you going for?

I'm with dB on the need for a compressor. I would also add - if you don't have a mic stand, buy a nice boom stand. The convenience is more than worth the money. I found that taping and wedging the mic in unusual places affected my sound and took too much time to set up.

Since: Jun 23, 2004

Jun 24, 2004 05:51 pm

I have the boom stand for the mic. I've mostly been recording just vocals for now, but plan on recording some live guitars, and various percussion instuments. What is a good compressor for a low to mid range price? Thanks you guys, you've all been a big help.

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