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    hello,
    I'm thinking very hard on building a recording studio at my house, I have plenty of room for live recording and everything. I need to know what my best bet would be for gear. I want it to be all digital, and at least 16 tracks. I just need info on what mixers, rack systems, monitors, mic's, and the main recording system. thanks

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    HI,
    Im brand new here but Ill give you my opinion. The core system is the most
    important to me. A fast computer with a good
    digital card or multi channel system like
    motu or something similar. If money is a
    concern you can borrow mikes or mixers but you cant borrow a core system.
    As far as mikes you need a good studio condenser mike.I have a at4050/sm and I like it. The neumann tlm 103 looks like a good mike also.
    I have a mackie 1604 vlz mixer but its not digital. I have seen the yamaha 01v digital
    mixer. It has 24 inputs which includes 16
    analog and you can hook it directly to your
    computer system.
    I dont have monitors persay. I have a good
    set of digital headphones and mix with
    "fresh ears". then I just take it to tape
    and play it on different systems like my home
    stereo and tape deck in my car. It sounds a
    little different on each system. I would save
    your money and opt for outboard gear first.
    But if its not a problem Its worth getting
    a good set of monitors.
    The core system is #1. Check out www.motu.com
    or digidesign.


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    HI,
    Im brand new here but Ill give you my opinion. The core system is the most
    important to me. A fast computer with a good
    digital card or multi channel system like
    motu or something similar. If money is a
    concern you can borrow mikes or mixers but you cant borrow a core system.
    As far as mikes you need a good studio condenser mike.I have a at4050/sm and I like it. The neumann tlm 103 looks like a good mike also.
    I have a mackie 1604 vlz mixer but its not digital. I have seen the yamaha 01v digital
    mixer. It has 24 inputs which includes 16
    analog and you can hook it directly to your
    computer system.
    I dont have monitors persay. I have a good
    set of digital headphones and mix with
    "fresh ears". then I just take it to tape
    and play it on different systems like my home
    stereo and tape deck in my car. It sounds a
    little different on each system. I would save
    your money and opt for outboard gear first.
    But if its not a problem Its worth getting
    a good set of monitors.
    The core system is #1. Check out www.motu.com
    or digidesign.


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    i hate how it stutters

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    The studio you should realy depends on what you can aford what is your buget.

    A good system is:
    Behringer 2004 (mixer)
    SM 57/58, AKG c3000 (mics)
    Pentium II, 400
    128 meg of pc 100 ram
    2*3gig scsi hdd
    CRW6416SZ burner
    40X cd rom
    Cakewalk pro audio 9 (prg)
    Delta 1010/EWS88MT (Sound card)
    Alesis RA100 (PA)
    spirit apsolute 2 (monitors)
    Behringer autocom (compressor)
    Easy cd pro (prg)
    as well as all the instruments you need

    This is an awsome setup

    [This message has been edited by HAWLK (edited 09-19-1999).]

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    !Extreme Newbie here!

    Actualy I have a question as well about building a studio...

    Once you have, say a MOTU 2408, a good computer, some good mikes, a good location, and the right software...can you start recording right away? What else do you need? Ignoring effects and such...

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    You can plug a guitar into a soundcard and start. Doesn't take much. Try running from your amp line out directly into your VCR (yes, I mean it). You'd be amazed. What the rest of all this means is that it's one thing to record, and quite another to record well. That's what we're all chasing.

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    i would kinda consider your monitoring system (whether active: power amp combined with speakers, or passive: seperate power amp and speakers) to be more important than effects... i mean, you do pretty much need basics like a compressor, but if your buget is limited i'd consider monitors to be more important than almost all effects/outboard gear..

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    Hmmm, I get your point...thanks!

    What I am really driving at is what hardware do you need other than what the MOTU and good software give you?

    Obviously you want to use some effects processors and a good compressor coupled with good microphones, amps and instruments.

    But is there something I am missing? Oh yeah, a good monitor system...

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    I sorta overlooked the monitor system...is it well worth the investment in getting a set of Alesis monitors?

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