What is your Home Recording Set-up?

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  1. SlapChop

    SlapChop Senior Member

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    What's your recording set up at home?

    Do you favor a stand alone 8 or 16 track digital recorder or a computer?

    When going with a PC/Mac; besides a USB or Firewire interface and some software, what's "must have" for modest home recording of guitar, bass and vocals?

    Curious what you guys have for home set-ups.
     
  2. jon1

    jon1 Senior Member

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    I'm no pro, so I use garageband. I've been able to come up with some good stuff.
     
  3. Jason

    Jason Senior Member

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    I have one of these:

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    It's built to handle guitar, bass, vocals, or any combination of the two at once. :thumb: I haven't recorded with it yet (waiting to move so I can set up my computer), but just toying around and playing through it, it is BAD ASS. :dude:
     
  4. SlapChop

    SlapChop Senior Member

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    Cool. What hardware do you use to get from your guitar/mic to Garageband, jon1?

    I had the Floor Pod Plus for a while Jason. Went through 2 of them actually. I guess we got the defective case at our Long & McQuade... Anytime there was a delay effect on any patch, I'd get this insane buzzing sound in relation to the timing of the delay... I'm sure the XT Live is way better though. I didn't have time to do any recording with it either.
     
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    bildozr Deliberately Obtuse V.I.P. Member

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    jon1 Senior Member

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    @ SlapChop
    I use the line out on my amp and either just go in the line in on my mac or through my pod. I do the same with mics. Its not great, but it works for what I do.
     
  7. rockstar232007

    rockstar232007 Senior Member

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    Here's what my "rig" consists of right now:

    - PC
    - LPs
    - Amp
    - Effects/Mod Pedal (Digitech RP50)

    I live in an apartment, so I have to keep it relitevly "low-tech". When my soon to be wife and I get a house (hopefully somtime in the very near future) I plan on getting a better/more high tech setup, if finances permit?:fingersx:
     
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    Mine is very, very low-tech in comparison to those on here already:

    Dell Desktop
    Saffire interface (currently on it's way)
    Cakewalk MC5
    USB Mic
    Lots of guitars, basses and a drum machine.

    It's about all my poor brain can handle with the Vista/ASIO problems I'm having.....!!!

    :dude::slash::dude:
     
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    Deguello Senior Member

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    Boss Br600
     
  10. SlapChop

    SlapChop Senior Member

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    Ok, this is cool. Care to explain your rig?
     
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    SlapChop Senior Member

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    Cool. I hear Garageband is pretty slick for the hobbyist.
     
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    lp_junkie Senior Member

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    For serious stuff-

    iMac 24, running Logic 8 Pro
    Presonus Firewire interface

    For guitar-
    Digitech GSP1101 w/controller great direct guitar
    Bass-
    Tech 21 RBI preamp direct injection
    Drums- mic'd with SM57's
    Vocals- also good through RBI or GSP1101

    Mics- SM57, SM58, Rode NT1

    For demos and on the road-

    PC based ProTools LE
    Lexicon Interface
    Digitech RP1000
    SM58 for vocals
    BFD2 for drum sequencing
     
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    SoloDallas Senior Member

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    I'm using an iMac, a Digidesign MBOX 2 Pro, ProTools 8 and Amplitube 3 and Guitar Rig 4.
     
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    cynic79 Senior Member

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    I've got a Fostex MR-8HD digital record that I used quite a bit for a number of years. Right now I've just started using my computer for recording. I use Audacity and a Blue Icicle preamp. For guitar, I've been using the line out from my Fender Vibro Champ XD. I run my bass through a Behringer limiter (shoddy construction, but it sounds good) straight into the preamp. Electronic drums are run straight to the preamp. Acoustic instruments and vocals go through a condenser mic into the preamp. I just add effects in Audacity.

    I don't have a lot of room right now, but I would like to get a dedicated desktop or laptop for recording, and have a permanent recording setup rather than having to break everything down after I record.
     
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    SlapChop Senior Member

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    I hear good things about the MBOX's.
     
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    River Senior Member

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    That's my setup as well. Currently I'm using MixCraft for recording software. It's easy to use, the number of tracks is virtually unlimited, I can import mp3 files and adjust them for tempo and pitch, apply effects to individual tracks and the final mix, etc. The X3 has inputs for two "normal" guitars, a Variax, microphone, CD/mp3 player, effects loop, the works.
     
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    I use Reaper as a DAW because it's free (or it was) and for whatever reason I really like it. I at one point I used Pro Tools - maybe because I was inexperienced at the time, but the simplified interface of Reaper really appealed to me.
    I use a M Audio Firewire 410 interface, EZ Drummer and Addictive Drums for midi drums.
    Amplitube or Guitar Rig 3 for guitars.
    Various VST's
    I use a Shure SM57 mic for my Mesa Boogie F-50 if needed.

    This is just for home recording, generally I'll write a rough tune - bring it to band rehearsal and teach it to all the guys and we take it from there. Perhaps get it recorded in a professional studio...

    Funny thing is, with my old band we payed like $2k to get a EP recorded...I swear I could've done a better job myself had I all the equipment necessary to MIC a whole drum set.
     
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    River Senior Member

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    What do you use for a DAW, AH?
     
  20. SlapChop

    SlapChop Senior Member

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    Sounds like a setup I'm leaning towards. I almost pulled the trigger on a Fostex MR-8, but I think I'd rather go through my PC and have all the software like you. The 410 interface does everything you need it to without issue? Any noise issues?
     

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