New Studio Equipment - Looking for advice

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by skintknuckle, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. skintknuckle

    skintknuckle Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2007
    Between the rivers and the highways
    Ok, Here is what I have:
    Model Name:
    Model Identifier: iMac5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    1 GB
    Bus Speed:
    667 MHz

    JBL LSR25P
    Logic Express
    Mackie Onyx Satellite
    Mackie Control Universal
    MXL 2001 mic
    Shure BG4.1
    Oktava MK319
    Shure SM57
    Presonus HP4 headphone monitor
    Presonus Tubepre (2)
    Boss DR-770
    Mic Fleetwood Drum Sample CD

    Here is what someone is recommending that I get (on my budget) to enhance the new studio...(I told him I prefer to replace the Satellite...because it has been a pain):

    (1)Apogee Rossetta 800 (8 channels analog and Digital) with Fire wire card
    (2)Universal Audio 6176 Preamp/compressor Mogami DB25 breakout cables male and female
    (1)Royer R121 for guitar
    (1)Hiel PR40 for Guitar & Kick Drum

    The music I record will be mostly in the classic rock, alt-country and acoustic vein. Instruments will be guitars (amps), drums, keyboards and vocals. I am an amateur musician and aspiring songwriter. I will record me (mostly instrumentals), my band (with vox), and maybe a few other local musicians.

    What do you guys think? Any advice?
  2. chrisgraff

    chrisgraff Member

    Oct 2, 2002
    Nashville, TN
  3. UnderTheGroove

    UnderTheGroove Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Have you done any room treatment? That will improve the sound of everything you do. In terms of gear, the recommendations from your friend and chrisgraff are good ones. Other gear you could look at:

    RME Fireface 800 audio interface
    Empirical Labs Distressor compressor
    Sennheiser 421 dynamic mic
    Great River mic pres
    Chandler mic pres

    My biggest advice would be focus on one area at a time (room treatment, audio interface/converters, mics, preamps, etc). It's easy to get overwhelmed when you try to outfit an entire studio at one time. As you get new gear, you can evaluate what you already have and decide what to keep and what to sell.
  4. MichaelK

    MichaelK Member

    Jan 7, 2002
    Fort Mudge
    100 different responses will get you 100 different lists of gear. IMO useless because no one knows what you can do with what you already have.

    I would suggest just get started USING what you have, and hold off on acquiring more gear until you know what you WANT.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2008

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