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Member Since: Mar 30, 2005


Im getting rid of my old equipment and starting fresh.

Its just me and my bro i handle the recording mixing producing etc. he is on the mic

I need to know what route i should go as to wich equipment i should get on a budget.

some insight on the mbox would be usefull some people tell me its crap others love it

i need the truth.

and some basic setup of how studio should be( mic booth bass traps foam placement anything helps

is the roland phantom x series worth the money?

how are the blue mics(baby bottle bluebird)
thinking of getting one

thanks for the help

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

Mar 30, 2005 11:42 pm

welcome to HRC , what you've asked could fill a few books so here are a few starting points.
computer based tips and trix

about the M-box I've owned one and it works fine I went with M-audio over it becuause I'm not a huge fan of Pro tools(PT LE is limited and that's what comes with the M-box).

good luck and feel free to ask away

Blue makes a good mic and you pay for it. I like the blue bottle mic , you could do worse.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Mar 31, 2005 08:11 am

To be quite honest, no matter what you look at, some people will love it and some will hate it. So get used to it :-)

Welcome to HRC.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 31, 2005 10:06 am

Not knowing what you are leaving (gear wise) doesn't give us a refence point.

Not knowing your budget doesn't help either.

You've mentioned two items that a lot of home based studio-ites can't afford, the Fantom, and the Blue mic. I'd think that the fantom is at the top (or very close) of the keyboard/workstation game, along with the motifs, and triton.

If you're going to pay $$$ for the blue mic, then be aware that you'll want a very good pre-amp to go with it. No sense having great mic, then less-than-stellar preamp right after it.

Then there's the PC vs. dedicated DAW issue. Lot's of people here use PC, while some use ded DAW. They both work in their own right, with they're own strengths.

vocal booth, good idea, even a sectioned off wall w/ foam will help. if you're only doing vocals, then bass traps won't do much, neither will the foam absorbtion (outside of the vocal booth). If you're doing more instrument recording, then yes, they will both be helpful to condition your room. You have to play with it though, as all rooms will be different. Also, just doing something because you can may not be worth it, getting an idea of how it sounds, and what you want first, will help you out more.

Hope this helps a little, at least.

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