Need advice for a new budget home studio

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Member Since: Feb 19, 2005

Hello all, this is my first post bear with me..hehehe. i'm going set up a budget home studio, however i need your advice on what should i do. currently i'm confused on these choices:

A. a Digidesign MBOX, with an ESI near 05 monitors, and Behringer B1 mic.

B. Alesis Multimix 12USB, near 05 and B1

C. M-Audio Firewire Audiphile, near 05 and B1.

What do you guys suggest? please give additional comments if i miss something

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SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
Since: Jun 20, 2002

Feb 19, 2005 06:38 pm

welcome to HRC . There are a lot of choices out there and some of the geat looks good to start.

I've had the Mbox (it works great,but digidisign gear limits you ,for pc. only digidisign gear works the software it coems with,pro tools) so if you plan to stick with PC i'd steer clear of the Mbox. I've had nothing but good luck with M-audio, the firewire audiophile is a good start . I have a B-1 amd it works nice, I've come to like the VG line of mic's from MXL a little better they're a little more forgiving on vocal tracks and have a nice warmth. I'm not sure about the monitors , I use events , I've heard nice things about KRK, m-audio, and the behringer monitors have supprised me on how well they sound. If you get a chance go and check out the monitors at like a guitar center or some local music store if you can. It's also a good idea to look inot a multi tracking program to record with (most of the sound cards come with something ,most of the time a lite or LE edition of some software) ,a lot of people like cakewalk (gutar tracks,home studio ,or Sonar 4) some here use stienburg (cubase LE ,SL,SX ,nuendo 2.0) and a few(and there growning) like audition . There are a few free programs other that do the job well ,Krystal is one that I know a number of people like .

It also might be a good idea (maybe down the road) to look at getting a small mixer ,a halfway decent compressor ,and a good pair of headphones .

check out the studio equipment section , and also there are a lot of helpful tips and articles to check out here .

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

Feb 19, 2005 07:00 pm

Actually, the asio drivers should let you use the gear with any asio supporting app... the gripe is that Pro Tools can only work with a Digidesgn interface. I've used an 001 with Vegas/Sonar/Nuendo etc... and an HD rig with Logic.

However I don't have experience with those monitors or mics..

Since: Feb 19, 2005

Feb 19, 2005 08:56 pm

Thx alot for the info...i feel enlightened so far..

And I just browse around and found another choice:

1. A Behringer MDX 2600 for compressor and A Behringer MIC 2200 for preamp


2. A Behringer VX 2496 (preamp, tube emulator, phantom, opto comp, de esser)?

Thanx in advance

SM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic's
Since: Jun 20, 2002

Feb 19, 2005 09:39 pm

sorry el musico, I got things backwards, i wasn't able to use Pro Tools with my M-audio card .

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