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    whats your 2020 setup?

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    I ran a last test in 2019, my ears said go with the Dynamic SM58 + Cloudlifter.
    The Tracks all compared and it sounds as good and is so quiet, and works well with the Realtime Plugs.
    I can do DIRECT INJECT..also.. it just worked the best in a poor acoustic room with close walls. imo.

    SM58 over the SM7b is ok with me too. I just couldn't hear the difference, a little mix/ITB EQ and verbs covered. As for my LDC's, all are great but they have sensitivity issues in the "non treated room" also didn't really standout much either after post treatment of the track.

    Then the JDI DI was for fast DIRECT INJECT Guitars for when I want no mouse... (but can also get soaped with Realtime Plug-Ins)
    yeah....I spent the extra $$$ on a Jensen transformer JDI for no real reason but hype.

    all else is going going gone. the rack pieces just weren't needed after numerous comparison tests all year to the plugins.


    So the 2020 setup here is basically simplified down to two DI boxes; a Cloudlifter and a JDI box.

    SM58+ Cloudlifter for Vocal
    JDI DI for Bass, Electric, and Acoustic/electric

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    My UAD Apollo has been around for many years now. It's going strong and I do not plan to change anything in the studio.

    However, this past summer, I picked up a Behringer XR18 mixer to mix FOH for my bands. I had the opportunity to record my "dad" band with it during a gig. It came out pretty damn good. So, I'll be looking to do more of that in 2020. Maybe do some recording and video work for other bands.

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    I may get a new computer, or give up. Honestly, the upgrade to Mojave or latest update to Logic Pro X on my old 2012 Mini has it acting up on old projects that just to work fine. Nothing else has been added to the system, and it's kind of pissing me off. The problem with a new or even refurb Mini or maybe iMac is that it will come with Cataline and won't have FW support for my old Saffire Pro, so then I'm looking at a new interface, and it's starting to add up to the point I think I'll say screw it and revert back to just recording on one of the Zoom at home and drop files into the old(er) MacBook Pro (still on High Sierra). Wah, wah, wah. I know, first world problems, but as I am closing out my 7th decade, my tolerance for these things has dwindled remarkably. (And, while I'm at it, "Get off my lawn!")

    Slowly been dropping little pieces here and there out of the stash of little used things - only a really cheap electric and microcube left in that realm. Sold a couple Shure betas I realized I hadn't used in a year, and for which I have other options. Probably will dump a couple more SDCs, as I tested an inexpensive pair I'd bought over 5 years ago to record some classical stuff and never used again, and realized they work just fine for what I do at home. Got rid of the first batch of stuff I had used for "mobile" recording (Zoom H6, individual splitters and other little boxes), etc., etc.

    I just have a couple more mental hurdles to get over and I think I'll be down to about a half-dozen mics, just the F8n and a few odds and ends before mid-year. Of course, once the days get longer my mood may shift, so we will see. (Winter has started off badly.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by keith.rogers View Post
    I know, first world problems, but as I am closing out my 7th decade, my tolerance for these things has dwindled remarkably. (And, while I'm at it, "Get off my lawn!")
    Likewise.

    I'm still on XP which has served me remarkably well over the years. I have two XP computers for music, each with a Firepod. I also have a Laptop with Win7 that I use for remote recordings. The Firepods are also showing their age.

    I either have to make a leap into W10 and retire the Firepods, or retire from recording myself. I'm not sure I have the energy to recreate twenty years worth of plugins and other music paraphernalia into a new system.

    I did inherit a Presonus StudioLive from a friend of mine, which is useful as a backup interface. However, it is somewhat erratic (which is why he was happy to get rid of it).

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    In terms of recording bass and guitar:

    Bass--->BBE bmax bass preamp--->profire 2626 (needs to be replaced, starting to shit the bed)--->built in 2016 PC--->Cubase pro 10

    Guitar--->Pedals of choice--->Mesa DR/5150--->crate Vintage 30 birch cab--->SM57--->profire 2626--->PC--->Cubase pro 10

    I've never gotten on well with amp sims. I do like an amp sim inside ez mix by Andy Sneap called 90s rock bass, but beyond that I'm not that into them past doing some scratch tracks. My stupid toneport UX2 died this year as well so I'm planning on snagging either an IR cab loader pedal, or a torpedo captor, or just snagging an old pod bean (HD or X3 since I want the s/pdif port) to replace the UX2.

    I'm leaning toward the captor though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    Likewise.

    I'm still on XP which has served me remarkably well over the years.it).
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or if it is broke, (ARP Quadra) save up and fix it. :-) Most of my gear is at least 20-30 years old, including an XP box and a TASCAM MSR-16.

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    I upgrade and keep old stuff working. I think I am right about where I want to be as far as my recording setup at this point. I really upgraded a lot of stuff last few years and it's helped my work a lot. I really only want a couple of little things at this point. Maybe collect some more mic's.
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    I have an old PC running Windows. Keeping my Ableton 9.X (mainly because I am use to it). I keep Reaper around, but I like the comfort. I did upgrade my Waves to like three and purchased their maintenance plan for a year. I find for what I am doing, I have about 10 plugins I use, my old guitars and I don't play that well, and have a Rodes mic and DI just about everything.

    That is pretty much how it will stay unless I get really deep into recording. Which at this point would have to be recording someone else. I am about to put out my 6th album and running out of steam and material. I was putting out stuff about every year, now I am doing every two years and even that is hard to do these days.
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    My 2020 set up is exactly the same as my set ups over the last few years. Now that my older son has a Squire strat and Blackstar amp with some interesting settings, I might utilize that from time to time as a second guitar and additional amp.
    One thing that I derive great joy from is getting the most out of the least. For example, with an electro/acoustic 6 and 12 string, my son's shitty Spanish guitar and a mandolin I'm nicely primed for acoustic stringed tracks, particularly with the different ways of miking and using pick ups and inputs. The limitations of shittiness of sound have challenged me into making them into something I really like. As an additional sound, I'm going to try to mic an unplugged electric with the pre~amp boosting, just to see where that takes me. I've never really been a gear head and I've never been prone GAS. If anything, I'm an imaginary gear head.
    I realized a long time ago though, that all the experimentation in the world can't cover a shitty song !

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    yeah, "get the most from least" is why im in the closet studio. I have larger rooms higher ceilings that supposedly helps for some reason (I dont quit understand). I can do what I want here, but the ease and scratch tracks i figure is what my setup is aimed at and the small room seems to work best.

    Headphone & Headphone amp for monitoring in 2020...
    I have 3 sets of actives sitting around not plugged in. DYNAUDIO, KRKV6, YSM1...I have some old Radio SHack passive Optimus Metal cased ones..in the garage rotting away if not already. The 1980's hifi system has been unplugged but not made it to the garage pile yet but then what to do with the dusty cassettes, minidiscs, DAT tapes and ADAT's..? lol

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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