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    suggest a low cost basic studio that you would think sounds okay

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    your job is, if you accept it mr phelps, is to specify the lowest cost total home studio that you could live with soundwise

    to keep it from becoming bananas and kumquats let us say that it would have

    stereo pair of mike inputs plus two more line inputs plus midi capability
    assume we have headphones so we dont confuse the issue with speakers too

    so besides the audio interface we need
    basic DAW software that handles midi
    and two mikes

    assume we have a good pc along with mike stands, pop filters, cables, yada yada
    and do not worry about fancy stuff like control surface, DI boxes, etc nor any instruments being played except a midi keyboard
    also ignore any fancy orchestra libraries for starters too

    likewise ignore room treatment and all the fancy stuff that may come later
    as well as tables and other furniture items

    just specify the MINIMUM acceptable audio gear to get started for a total noobie to do recording mixing/mastering with midi.
    DAW
    audio interface
    midi controller
    microphone pair
    (headphones assumed)
    (computer assumed)

    That should be enough to still generate many differing recommendations
    estimate the total cost to get started with a good enough studio if not one that will be a threat to RCA or telefunken

    feel free to note what else should be considered in the future
    plug ins yada yada
    other hardware
    whatever

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    Why don't you go first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggaluggs View Post
    Why don't you go first?
    He has been asked but won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggaluggs View Post
    Why don't you go first?
    dont want to bias the results

    here is what one web site says
    if you need some ideas to get started

    If you’re a beginner, and mixing is your focus, you could start with Pro Tools since this is the widely use recording software in the industry today.
    When it comes to production, I recommend Ableton. In my opinion, Ableton is the most versatile and fun DAW on the market today.

    his top picks: midi
    *Akai MPK Mini MKII 25-Key
    *Akai MPK249
    *Novation Launchkey 61 MK2 Version
    and
    his top picks: mikes
    *Audio-Technica AT2020
    *M-Audio Nova
    *MXL V67G
    and
    his top picks: audio interface
    *Presonus Digimax D8
    *Art Tube Opto 8
    *Focusrite Octopre MkII

    i did not get any of those for myself but they are decent choices except
    i totally disagree about pro tools and i would never buy anything with tubes in it

    i am sure you can do better than that web site did

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr average View Post
    your job is, if you accept it mr phelps, is to specify the lowest cost total home studio that you could live with soundwise

    to keep it from becoming bananas and kumquats let us say that it would have

    stereo pair of mike inputs plus two more line inputs plus midi capability
    assume we have headphones so we dont confuse the issue with speakers too

    so besides the audio interface we need
    basic DAW software that handles midi
    and two mikes

    assume we have a good pc along with mike stands, pop filters, cables, yada yada
    and do not worry about fancy stuff like control surface, DI boxes, etc nor any instruments being played except a midi keyboard
    also ignore any fancy orchestra libraries for starters too

    likewise ignore room treatment and all the fancy stuff that may come later
    as well as tables and other furniture items

    just specify the MINIMUM acceptable audio gear to get started for a total noobie to do recording mixing/mastering with midi.
    DAW
    audio interface
    midi controller
    microphone pair
    (headphones assumed)
    (computer assumed)

    That should be enough to still generate many differing recommendations
    estimate the total cost to get started with a good enough studio if not one that will be a threat to RCA or telefunken

    feel free to note what else should be considered in the future
    plug ins yada yada
    other hardware
    whatever
    The complete premise of this post seems to be saying that we can give our opinions.......and only opinions..........and will not have to "prove" our opinions right? Nowhere does it say that we'll have to "prove" anything.....and an opinion is ok it seems. All for the sake of some friendly professional banter. You know....just a bunch of guys sitting around shooting the breeze. Sounds good right?

    No...no.........don't fall into the trap. It won't be......hey never thought about that.......or that could be a good option.........or never tried that.....good idea. Nope.....it's a trap.
    Just A Song Writer..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickster View Post
    The complete premise of this post seems to be saying that we can give our opinions.......and only opinions..........and will not have to "prove" our opinions right? Nowhere does it say that we'll have to "prove" anything.....and an opinion is ok it seems. All for the sake of some friendly professional banter. You know....just a bunch of guys sitting around shooting the breeze. Sounds good right?

    No...no.........don't fall into the trap. It won't be......hey never thought about that.......or that could be a good option.........or never tried that.....good idea. Nope.....it's a trap.
    just want to know what you would recommend to a friend if he asked you about starting his home studio

    i do expect to see a wide range of recommendations not everybody agreeing on the one best option since one size fits nobody

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickster View Post
    No...no.........don't fall into the trap. It won't be......hey never thought about that.......or that could be a good option.........or never tried that.....good idea. Nope.....it's a trap.


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    Too many variables out of the equation to give good advice. This is basically an impossible question to answer for me as there is much more to this then just an interface and mic. The room is #1 to begin with, so recommending specific gear is tough to do.

    So I would say any DAW, any interface and any controller. Then figure out what doesn't work by using what one has in their personal space.

    As far as microphones go, that depends on the source being recorded and the room it is recorded in. So that is also impossible to recommend accurately. Though if testing the waters in an untreated room, keep it simple and cheap and go with SM57's. They will surely be good for something at some point and resale value is good.

    And if I get pulled into a trap, I will smack myself in the face and close this thread with a question so vague that there is no correct answer.

    PC Win7-64-24G i7-4790k/Cubase 9 Pro 64-bit/2-Steinberg UR824's/ADAM A7x/Event TR8/SS Trigger Plat Deluxe/Melodyne 4 Studio/Other things that don't mean anything if a client shows up not knowing what it wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miroslav View Post


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    maybe in the picture

    but no hook in the OP

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    Before I made any recommendations (especially for mics and software), I would ask - what type of music is being recorded and what instruments? What is the budget? What ist the ultimate goal - long term? YOU specified MIDI, but most 'beginner level' MIDI gear these days has USB rather than DIN connectors. And most beginners are not going to be starting with recording 4 simultaneous tracks at one time (2 mics and 2 line inputs per your definition).
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