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    All,

    I was after some advice on setting up a little studio to record my 3 piece band at rehearsal. I have basic experience with sequencers and have done a few amateur recordings using USB audio interfaces.

    I want to get into the world of multitrack recording as I want to be able to record a 4 piece drum kit and cymbals.

    I am using a Macbook Pro with Mac OSX Snow Leopard 10.6.6 and it has 2 USB interfaces.

    Ideally I need recommendations on what hardware and software I should purchase. At this stage I am not too concerned by mics, I just want to secure the basics and build from there.

    I have taken a look at this site: 'Tweak's Guide to the Home and Project Studio' which was very informative. It looks to me like I need to purchase a mixer with at least 4 or 5 inputs/simultaneous tracks. I would like the setup to be portal if possible!

    Any advice is much appreciated! Thanks.
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    I have just had a browse on the web and have been comparing Computer Audio Interfaces vs Hard Disk Based Multitracks.. I don't have to use my Mac and at this level would be willing to start the basics on the multitrack as a standalone.. Once again any help is very welcome..

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    If you already have a computer, have a look at multi-channel interfaces.

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    1) Set your budget
    2) How many tracks do you want to record at one time (maximum number)

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    And just to throw some un-solicited goodz out there...

    If it were me and I was gonna track my 3 piece, I'd get an interface with 8 inputs. 4 for drums, 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 vox....

    also...for tracking drums, check out these mic techniques...Glyn Johns...
    Recording Drums: The Glyn Johns Method of Recording Drums

    and Recorderman Technique.

    Recorderman overhead drum mic technique - Hometracked

    just a google of either one will get ya vids and pics on placement etc...

    Simple yet effective.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    If you already have a computer, have a look at multi-channel interfaces.
    Any particular ones that you recommend for Mac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbabbers View Post
    Any particular ones that you recommend for Mac?
    I use a ZOOM R16. It's an 8 channel interface that can also record as a standalone using SD Cards. It packs some decent onboard effects and the pre's are usable. It's been a pretty reliable piece of gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeyshaBlue View Post
    I use a ZOOM R16. It's an 8 channel interface that can also record as a standalone using SD Cards. It packs some decent onboard effects and the pre's are usable. It's been a pretty reliable piece of gear.
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    Thanks for the reply. What software do you use on the Mac in conjunction with it?

    I have had a look on google and a popular match seems to be the Tascam family of USB audio interfaces. Ideally I want one with multiple XLR inputs. They seem pretty good value for money also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbabbers View Post
    Thanks for the reply. What software do you use on the Mac in conjunction with it?

    I have had a look on google and a popular match seems to be the Tascam family of USB audio interfaces. Ideally I want one with multiple XLR inputs. They seem pretty good value for money also.

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    The ZOOM has 8 XLR inputs with phantom power plus 2 built in condensors.
    I run Sonar 8.5 on a PC laptop. I also run Reaper on a netbook. The Tascam M-164uf gets pretty good reveiws around here as well.
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    I have used Reaper before on a Windows laptop and it was pretty awesome. I presume you can setup it up to talk to the 8 track?

    My mate has a Zoom HD16 - 16 track hard disk multitrack for sale pretty cheap which looks really good. Anyone have any experience with one of these? It has 8 XLR inputs which will ideal for recording us live in the studio.

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