View Full Version : What do you use for home recording?
I have an old (20 years) Tascam Porta One Ministudio that I've been nursing along but it's time has come. I just do some low level recording at home for myself and need something like the Tascam. I've seen a newer one they have called the DP-01FX that looks cool and has a hard drive but what about computer software? Does that stuf work as good and what do I need for that (besides a computer)?
What should I use? pros and cons of each?
yamaha powered mixer and this:
For most recording, be it vocals or instruments, I use a dbx 376 Tube Channel Strip (http://www.dbxpro.com/376.htm) running SPDIF into the external port box from my SoundBlaster Audigy on my computer. My primary recording mic (which is currently in need of repair at the moment... don't ask :( ) is a Groove Tubes GT66. (http://www.groovetubes.com/product.cfm?Product_ID=1598) I really like to use tubes when recording direct to my computer because, to my ears at least, it warms the sound up nicely.
I'll sometimes record instruments direct through the port box of the Audigy; but most of the time I'll go through the dbx as a pre-amp.
I basically record direct into Sonic Foundry SoundForge, although I'm looking into getting a ProTools setup of some sort as soon as funds become available; probably a digi002.
For recording away from the computer, such as at a jam session with my friends, I'll run the sources through my little Behringer MX602A (http://www.behringer.com/02_products/prodindex.cfm?id=MX602A) mixer and record to my Sony MZ-R50 (http://www.minidisc.org/part_Sony_MZ-R50.html) mini-disc recorder.
Here is something you might be interested in:
The Linux Audio Developers have been hard at work for the past couple of years.
The JACK Connection Kit lets you route audio data between programs.
All you will really need is a multitrack sound card.
Try getting started here:
There is a live CD available here: http://www.dynebolic.org
Nothing is super polished yet, but give it a year or so.
Roland VS-1880 w/ CD burner.
Its preamp and FX card sucks but overall its a great unit for the money. I've been very happy with the things we've done with it and with its ease of use.
ive just got a good hookup for my p.c. makes for much better editing
My synth rig's (see the "Your Setup" thread) audio feeds into a Mackie 1602 mixer. A stereo output is routed into my computer via 2 aux sends, while the main L-R outs feed into my reference monitors. The PC is running an E-Mu APS (Audio Production Studio) audio/sound card the the KX Project ASIO drivers. All THAT is controlled by Cubase for recording audio and MIDI, and which also outputs MIDI data into a JL Cooper Synapse MIDI patch bay to control all the MIDI routings to the various synths.
At the same time, the Synapse also feeds from all the synths into the PC so that I can record MIDI data onto tracks in Cubase.
Now, if I want to record live audio from my violins, I'm using Kristal, because it's down-and-dirty, simple recording. Except the electric violin. That goes through the mixer into Cubase.
Clear as mud, innit? :)
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