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    I need to start off my RACK! Where should I start?

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    Hey, I have a digital mixer and all the mics I need but I never got into my rack becuase I figured I need my mics before my rack stuff. I decided I can use vst effects until I can work my way up. Well im looking into starting my rack now what do I need exactly to do this. I no preamps are good but do I want to go and spend 500 dollars on a preamp? What do I have to spend on my rack to really make a difference in the sound? Is it even worth a home studio in my room starting a rack?

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    Why are you concerned about having a rack? There are decent pres for far less than $500.00 out there that are not rack mounted. Do a search on the M-Audio DMP3 for example... There are threads with audio samples up here, check them out.

    BTW, it might help if you told us what kind of mixer you have. It might be good enough for what you need to do on it's own, as long as it has phantom power for your condensers.
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    racks look cool.

    start out with a Furman Power conditioner.

    and do you have passive monitors that have an amp?

    thats already possibly 3 spaces!
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    Build one!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TragikRemix
    racks look cool.

    start out with a Furman Power conditioner.

    and do you have passive monitors that have an amp?

    thats already possibly 3 spaces!
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    In terms of effects and processing many people produce very respectable results using plug-ins, hardware isn't necessarily better, especially when we're talking about entry level and prosumer gear. If you can afford shit hot hardware then go crazy!

    There are a gagillion mic pres out there from $30 to $3000. If you want better sounding pres than the ones in your mixer then yes, you'll probably want to get some standalone preamps. For $500 you won't be able to get many channels that will be an improvement in sound over the pres in a bog standard mixer though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cult_Status02
    Haha, you're an ass!
    thats what all my negative reps tell me so it must be true!

    also, i'm not familiar with the interface you might have, but if you are looking for pre's, maybe a used Digimax LT would suit you. if you don't have adat, i think it might still have analog outs, possibly, but don't hold me to that.
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    Mic pre, that's a good place to start. ART MPA Gold is nice... Then EQ! Outboard EQ is essential... Then a comp

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    TC Electronic C-300 Dual Stereo Gate/Compressor

    Furman M-8 Power Conditioner

    Lexicon MX200 Dual Reverb/Effects Processor

    and that art pre amp that was mentioned earlier is amazing too



    thos top 3 are great sounding rack units and amazing for the money. the lexicon mx200 is amazing, it has vst plug ins and tons of amazing USABLE effects. the power conditioner is CHEAP and works great, and the compressor/gate is amazing. i used that compressor with the last studio i was in and it worked incredibly well. im going to pick one up for myself now.


    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden
    Then EQ! Outboard EQ is essential...
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