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Member Since: Feb 22, 2009

Hey guys, ive only just registered to the forum but im glad i found one i can hopefully get some answers out,

im putting together a home recording studio to record my brother on his drums, and possibly record a few local bands.

Ive got a bit of experience mixing and so on from previous experience, but non from actually building a home studio myself.

Ive been looking at the Tascam 1641 as a interface, because it comes with cubase and im very familiar with this program, im unsure to either buy this and move forward or should i buy an external mixer then outboard effects then somehow link it to my pc, im not sure what would be best at this stage,

does anybody have any advice? would be much appreciated,



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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Feb 23, 2009 08:34 am

Using a mixer will still require a multi-channel soundcard, or audio interface. Something like the delta 1010 or 1010lt, or the ESP1010, etc. This to keep individual signals separate when they get into the PC, so you can mix and edit each separately.

Presonus, Tascam, and others offer the devices like you mentioned that are the interface, but also have the preamps built in, instead of needing a mixer for preamps. Less cables, less noise (probably), etc.

Personally, unless you're going for very nice outboard effects, I would go for the 1641, and do sound work in the PC, using plug-ins. I'm using a mixer w/ ESP1010, but I'm using no outboard effects, so everything is in the box.

This works quite well, and if you're determined to learn your gear, you can get very good results with most stuff. Just takes time to listen (and learn how to listen), and learn what your gear is doing.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Feb 23, 2009 03:26 pm

Yep, pjk has it right. Using something like the 1641 will work well as it has built in pre amps. I as well do most of my processing in DSP in the PC. This does not mean that you cannot still use an outboard effect processor. But I'm down to only a small rack of processor's that I can't duplicate the sound of in DSP.

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