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« on: July 07, 2006, 03:06:19 AM »

First off I know some of you probably record at home. What is your complete set-up? do you record on your PC? Im wanting to get into home recording so im wondering what you all have and what works good.

Second I know Im going to have to have a mixer:

Is this a good one for the recording just me and my guitar and then maybe recording and putting stuff together? (layering I guess you would say, recording parts of a song and then putting it all together to make one recording)

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Eurorack-UB802-Mixer?sku=631238

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Should will this mixer better fit my needs? (probably 99% or the time it will be just me and my guitar but maybe that other 1% may be me singing and playing guitar and my friend playing along with me)

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-Eurorack-UB1202-Mixer?sku=631236

If you have another suggestion for a mixer I gladly welcome that also! Im totally open to anything!

Thanks all!

Dan
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2006, 03:24:01 AM »

I do some home recording, and I use the Digidesign MBox2 ($400, $500 w/ extra pluggins), which works as a mic preamp and digital converter.  It interfaces with any USB equipped computer and comes with Protools, which is excellent for recording/mixing.  I mic with two cheap condensors, my favorite being the Studio Projects B1 ($100) because it is very versatile and sounds very pleasant.  It's a great-sounding, very simple setup, and I highly recommend it if you can afford it.  What's your budget?
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2006, 05:59:58 AM »

I have been recording on computer for a few years and collected a pretty workable small home studio. Unless you have great sources of capital, you have to put your studio together a piece at a time. The Behringer UB802 is a nice little mixer. Only if you are recording many different sources simultaneously will you need more channels. I have a six track mixer (two mono, two stereo) and it is more than enough for my small studio. A good audio card is important as well, as is a good quality microphone.

My hardware:

M-Audio Audiophile USB external sound card
Alto S-6 Mixer (with preamps and phantom power)
Behringer MIC200 Modelling Tube Preamp
Apex 435 Wide Diaphram Condensor Microphone


My Software:

Sonar 5 Producer Edition
Sony SoundForge 7
Fruity Loops 3
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2006, 01:17:43 PM »

Just for fun I thought I'd give it a try myself as well. So I did this test.

I just plugged an adapter to my guitar cable then put it into my mic channel on my computer.
Then I was curious so I plugged the cable into my line out on my guitar amp. Here is the results of my test.


Software Audacity
Guitar= Ventura acoustic
Pickup= Fishman AG
Amp= Kustom30
Direct to computer through line out.

Here is a test recording I did.

http://home.comcast.net/~cobalt980/threewoodencrosses.mp3
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2006, 05:11:36 PM »

I use an AudioTechnica AT2020 into an M-Audio MobilePre,
which plugs into the (version 2.0) USB port of my homebuilt
Athlon 2700 box w/ 512 MB of RAM.  Audacity records.

The results can be found here: www.oldwithoutmoney.com
Haven't played with effects or anything yet.  It's funny - I'm more
comfortable playing live than at home by myself.

Cocaine was a straight mic recording of my Larrivee 00. 
The other tracks were my L-09, half acoustic & half iMix. 
Vocal on Brass Ring into the same mic.

 - Richard
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2006, 01:28:08 AM »

Laptop + http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lexicon-Omega-Desktop-Recording-Studio?sku=245505 + mic ( I use 3 different dynamics) = http://www.members.cox.net/jackwr

Hey I didn't say I was professional. This was my first shot at multi track recording (layered) and being my own sound man while doing everything else....all me bit by bit....computer recording.
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2006, 05:06:23 AM »

Jack -
Impressive picking!  How long you been at the mando?
 - Richard
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2006, 02:04:55 AM »

Jack -
 How long you been at the mando?
 - Richard
Thanks Richard. I started at the 1990 Windgap Bluegrass festival. Just play a little rhythm guitar then, and still trying to learn a roll on banjo after years. A friend had just got a mando and let me try it. I felt more natural in my hands so the banjo's still waiting to be learned. Hit a plateau and got a bit bored with mando January 2005. Picked up my old Madeira and discovered my time on the mando turned me into a flatpicker too. That led to these below.
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