Help wanted in starting home studio over again

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Brian Scherzer, Feb 15, 2008.


  1. Brian Scherzer

    Brian Scherzer Staff Member

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    I had posted about a week or so again that I was looking for ideas on preamps after deciding to dust off my old home recording gear. After doing a LOT of reading about things that might interest me, I began to realize that I may need to start from scratch. Everything I have is now between 6-8 years old and is built around a Mac G4 450 dual-processor (OS 9) and the Digi001. I was looking at some plugins and found that none of the ones I wanted were able to work with such an old system.

    I'm not looking for a fancy pro setup. I like a computer based system and I prefer ProTools LE because I'm familiar with it. What I do want is sufficient horsepower to handle up to 24 tracks and for the resulting recordings to sound nice on a good home audio system.....understanding that the engineer (me) will have a lot to do with how good things will sound.

    Starting with a computer system, I want something moderately priced, but with sufficient power to handle the track load. Haven't decided between PC or Mac, but have decided that I would go with an updated ProTools LE interface and software and want to use some UA cards with their plugins. I still have an old firewire Glyph 40gig external drive that would appear usable for now.

    Since I won't ever record drums in my basement, I'll need no more than 2 recording inputs at any one time. I'm pretty sold on one of them being a UA solo610 tube pre. I still have to decide on one other pre that has a different coloration.

    So, what do I really need in the way of a computer that gives me what I have to have, but no frills beyond that?
     
  2. scoob

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    I have a firepod and it way more than I need. Also have an intel Imac. Those apogee duets are great but only have 2 inputs/outputs...if that's enough you can't go wrong with it. edit: I don't know if these work with PT
     
  3. fetishfrog

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    If you're dead set on Pro-Tools LE, I'd go for a mid level Intel Mac G5. I have found Macs run Pro Tools better and PC's and the Digi's Core Audio drivers are better than their ASIO.

    As a foil to the UA610, I recommend a Grace Designs 101, as it is totally transparent. It's an amazing sound.
     
  4. trisonic

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    Brian,

    I just upgraded to an Imac with 4 gigs of ram and 24" screen (actually I've found the screen to be important to recording).

    It's a funny thing because I'm an analogue kind of guy until a few weeks ago when a neighbour bought a Line 6 UX2 and I helped him set it up with his Apple and recorded a decent piece of music, finished, in less than 90 minutes using Garageband.

    So I got one (a UX2) - then I ran into problems with my PowerBook limiting the number of tracks I could use, hence an updated computer.

    Now I feel limited by the program! I've used ProTools in the past but never have I set it up and have heard it is temperamental to set up at home.....so I didn't rush out and buy it.
    Perhaps you can give me some advice too..........

    Best, Pete.
     
  5. loudboy

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    Put your $ in mics and monitors. There's a TON of great options, compared to 6 years ago.

    Almost any computer out there is going to run 24 tracks.

    Loudboy
     
  6. wstsidela

    wstsidela Knottsferatu

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    The Digi003 is much better and easier to use than the 001. The preamps are decent and they come bundled with tons of cool software.

    I paid $1500 for my 003 (with a Digi002 trade-in) at Sweetwater.
     

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