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    Home Studio

    Hey
    I have a website which focuses on music production. Its sorta like a mini record company. Anyway, i have $600 to spend and i know thats not much in terms of what real record companys spend but........... thats all i have.

    Anyway, id like to invest that into my record company so what will i need equipment wise to have a amature home studio.

    I have a pc which is more than capable to the job of editing and i have adobe production suite premium for the editing software.

    So as above what equipment am i going to need?

    Im going to be recording bands basically, so vocals, electric guitars and i'll also be doing to odd podcast.

    Thanx

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    If you are going to be recording onto your computer, you'll need a converter to take the analog signal to digital, these run from a few hundred to thousands and can be found at most reputable retail locations. some outboard gear would be good, too (a blue tube or something similar is what I reccomend. if nothing more than to warm up your tracks, as digital can be 'cold' sounding without some help). You'll probably have to start doing one or two tracks at a time (converters for more channels cost more), so a small mixer would be recommended too. Google 'recording' and there are many great sites to help you out too! Best of luck! check out http://nastyhabitslv.com soon (in the next couple weeks) to hear the recording project my cover band has been working on

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    Re: Home Studio

    for an Idea of what you can dowith a budget, take a look at what I use.


    Cubase VST 24.

    and one of these: http://cgi.ebay.com/M-Audio-Delta-10...QQcmdZViewItem

    The MAudio 1010LT, give you 8 analogue in and 8 analogue out and for around $179 - it's a bargain!

    You'll need a small desk (possibly a berhinger). Main thing is get a decent MIC! I opted for a Sennheiser NT 1.

    If you want to hear some of the stuff you can acheive, have a look here: http://www.isound.com/mp3s/grunge_monkeys/

    The system works really well and doesnt cost the earth!

    But hey! dont take my word for it!

    Tony.

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    Hey
    Thanx for all the advice. I was looking at that ebay link and took a look around while i was on the site and i found this, http://cgi.ebay.com/TASCAM-788-DIGIT...QQcmdZViewItem

    With it being digital i wouldnt need a converter, i could just plug it into my pc right?

    I was thinking of this for a mixer aswell http://www.zzounds.com/item--ALEMULTIMIX8USB

    So would this work?

    Thanx

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    Re: Home Studio

    hey!

    I would personally forget the TASCAM 788. This is a standalone HDD recorder. Completely useless when it comes to editing with your PC. ALL the audio would have to be "bounced" down on to the PC to be of any use. AVOID IT PLEASE IF YOU INTENDED TO USE YOUR PC FOR EDITING/RECORDING (recommended)

    The Mixer looks good, in fact brilliant and it comes with Cubase LE as well, which is a good starting point.

    Look at the reviews of the mixer a bit more, but the mixer looks like a great all-in-one solution that will integrate with your PC and give you the power you may need.

    But Hey! Don't take my word for it!

    Tony.

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    Hey Cyntax
    Ok, forget the tascam.

    I was looking at the ebay link and it looks good but i dont have an ebay account and neither do my parents.

    Im going to have alook around the net and see what i can find. I'll post back here if i see anything that looks suited to the job.

    Thanx again

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    Re: Home Studio

    Hey

    So i was looking around the net and i found this http://www.dv247.com/invt/9609?sourc...FR1RPgodABQThQ

    Its a 8 track digital recorder which i can hook up to my pc for editing.

    Id just like to make it known though that i really dont know what im doing, i dont even really know what a mixer and a recorder does.


    I take it though that a recorder does just that, record. One track for voice, second track for guitar, thrid for another mic and so on.........

    Is that what a recorder does?

    I have no idea what a mixer does so can anyone explain?

    Thanx

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    "I take it though that a recorder does just that, record. One track for voice, second track for guitar, thrid for another mic and so on........."

    Yep that's basically it. you can (dependent on the features) record more than one track at once as well.

    The only concern I have with the Fostek unit you linked to was, how the external editing works.. Compact flash is indeed a great media to record on too but I would really look at how the PC editing side of the Fostek works.. seriously.

    I still say a PC is better because it's more visual and more controllerable.

    "I have no idea what a mixer does so can anyone explain?"

    A mixer... does exactly that: allows you to mix several different audio sources together into one audio source. Some mixers have tonal features (for instance like the bass/treble controls on your Hi FI). Some are more complex than others. Although the mixing "desk" looks daunting, once you learn how one "channel" (audio source control) works, you pretty much know how to use the whole thing!

    If you want more info go here: http://harada-sound.com/sound/handbook/mixers.html

    Maybe media college should have a basic mixer tutorial somewhere?

    hope this helps.

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    Hey

    Could i not just move the tracks from the compact flash to my pc and then edit them in something like adobe audition?

    Thanx

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    Re: Home Studio

    It all depends on how those tracks are encoded are they MP3's? or WAV files? are they RAW unsigned unencoded 16/24bit audio? are they uLaw or Alaw encoded...... You get the picture? LOL

    You need to find out what format the audio files are saved onto the compact flash and if the unit comes with some PC editing software BEFORE you buy.

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