Posted on Aug 07, 2009 11:51 pm
Member Since: Aug 07, 2009
Hi, I'm new for recording equipment and I have been researching but I'm completely lost... [stupiiidddd]
I know I need a microphone and then I get lost about the pre-amp and all the jazz.
For the stuff I'm recording, we'll have a vocalist (going with USB microphone or condenser microphone) and instruments (we don't have a drummer yet). The stuff we're recording is for fun, maybe some small demos and we hope to expand. I have Sony Acid and I've been messing in there to get used to it. I'm willing to spend as much money for a DECENT set up for now.
I also wonder if any of the recording packages sold at Guitar Center are good. (A price range given would be great)
Thanks for the help in advance.
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Aug 08, 2009 12:00 am i don't know about the packs but for starters start researching into USB or firewire interfaces, all will come with software or you could keep using Acid if you like it...
next up is some monitors, you gotta hear what yer workin' with....generally spend as much as you comfortably can here, big quallty jumps in the mid to upper priceranges. anything at or under $1k can do the job just fine for now.
but yeah figure out what you want to get before you buy it. this site is great for figuring out what you need and what will suite yer needs best.
next is a mic, save this one for last
welcome to HRC! and the start of your new gear addiction LOL
Aug 08, 2009 12:26 pm I was hoping to go with USB.
I know this seems stupid but monitors are just like speakers right? xD
Aug 08, 2009 04:03 pm yes you want to get "active" monitors (self powered with an amplifier) these are just less hassle and will be easiest and quickest to get you up and running....
monitors differ from consumer speakers as they are NOT designed to sound "good" consumer speakers are....monitors are designed to be flat and very detailed (once you hear a favorite song on 'em, you'll fall in love with 'em)...
so yeah avoid "good" sounding speakers when recording....strange as it sounds.
Aug 08, 2009 04:08 pm ummm depends....do you want to use your computer to record, or do you want portability?
Aug 08, 2009 04:15 pm basically what it comes down to, is if you're comfortable working on the old cassette portastudio's of yesteryear then that package will be fine....
now you're gonna lose alot of functionality that you simply can't do as effectively as you can on your computer....namely editing, but also complex mutiple effects....
going the pc route will give you far more flexibity and features (not to mention third party plugins). if you're wanting to make a more polished "pro" type recording i'd reccomend gooin' this way.
but if your computer isn't exactly your best friend, and you're just wantin' to throw down a few tracks quickly and easily with far less hassle and learning curve, the tascam pack isn't lookin' so bad.
Aug 08, 2009 04:33 pm PCs are my best friends.
Aug 08, 2009 06:06 pm then i wouldn't bother with the tascam....and i'd look into a USB audio interface...there's quite a nice selection of them out there, and you can build your recording rig around your computer....
Aug 08, 2009 07:36 pm I think hand picking your gear is better than the packages available. If you go USB interface the Edirol UA-101 is very solid,still a tad on the expensice side at $500 new but ive never heard of any problems with them,i tend to stay away from M-Audio because of continuous problems.Like whoesyourdaddy said,there are so many choices and ive pulled my hair out trying to find one to fit my needs and sound quality.Good luck.
Since: Sep 03, 2008
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Aug 12, 2009 02:06 pm I like my Line6 UX8 quite a bit. 8 channels with pre-amps for under $500 and modeling ta boot. Although not an expert, the songs under my profile are all done with the UX8 and at least get the idea across.
Since: Jun 20, 2006
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