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  • Recommend a simple Mac recording rig

    Hi,
    I have a dual 2.0 Ghz Powermac, and am interested in building a decent recording rig around it.
    I don't need MIDI or virtual instruments. This would be just for recording guitars, bass, drums, and maybe some horns. I don't expect to need more than 5 channels at a time.

    So if you have any advice as far as software, PCI interface, preamps, let me know! Thanks a lot.

    Also: I've used Garageband, and I would like more control than it offers. On the other hand, Logic 7 seems like overkill for my needs.
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    Arion SCO-1, MIJ $20 shipped&lt;br&gt;<br />
    DOD FX30 B gate/loop $20 shipped<br />
    Peavey CSR-2 Compresor $25 shipped&lt;br&gt;<br />
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    I use digital performer 4.5 wit an motu 828mk2. I abondoned my mixer.

    What ever package you choose, just stick with it and learn it well.
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    • #3
      For software, you should check out Tracktion, and for a limited time you can get it free.

      http://www.mackie.com/tracktionpromo
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      • #4
        Originally posted by multitrack mind
        For software, you should check out Tracktion, and for a limited time you can get it free.

        http://www.mackie.com/tracktionpromo


        Thanks, I shall definitely try that out!


        Originally posted by Lord Toranaga
        I use digital performer 4.5 wit an motu 828mk2. I abondoned my mixer.

        What ever package you choose, just stick with it and learn it well.


        Do you ever use that many channels at once? I am clearly a newbie, but I don't see how you would need more than 6 at a time for drums, and maybe three for guitars. Is the amount of control a vast improvement over using a mixer in front? I just don't think I need more than 4 channels to get good drum sounds, am I totally wrong?
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        Want:<br />
        Recording gear<br />
        Les Paul/Tele hardware<br />
        FS/FT:<br />
        Arion SCO-1, MIJ $20 shipped&lt;br&gt;<br />
        DOD FX30 B gate/loop $20 shipped<br />
        Peavey CSR-2 Compresor $25 shipped&lt;br&gt;<br />
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mister_Billion

          Do you ever use that many channels at once? I am clearly a newbie, but I don't see how you would need more than 6 at a time for drums, and maybe three for guitars. Is the amount of control a vast improvement over using a mixer in front? I just don't think I need more than 4 channels to get good drum sounds, am I totally wrong?


          You're not "wrong".

          But recording quality is a subjective thing, and your tastes change,too. What may seem like a really good sounding way to do things today ( using 4 mics for drums,for example) may seem fine now, but maybe a year from now you'll want to close-mic the kit more, or you get a drummer with a bigger kit.

          And your new drummer used to play in a band where they used 7 mics to record his kit,he knows exactly where to put the mics, and thinks his kit sounds like **************** with only 4 friggin' mics.

          It's better to get equipment with more capacity than you need today ( budget allowing) so you arent kicking yourself or trading it in a year from now.

          The mixer question used to be easy...get one. But these days, more people invest $$$ in a couple of good mics and a quality mic preamp. It depends on how many mics you need to balance at once vs. the physical inputs you have available.

          Something like the 828 is pretty good for inputs.
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          • #6
            multitrack mind,

            Obviously this is a big investment for me, but your advice is giving me a good idea where to go next. Thanks a lot for your suggestions and time!
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="1"><br />
            Want:<br />
            Recording gear<br />
            Les Paul/Tele hardware<br />
            FS/FT:<br />
            Arion SCO-1, MIJ $20 shipped&lt;br&gt;<br />
            DOD FX30 B gate/loop $20 shipped<br />
            Peavey CSR-2 Compresor $25 shipped&lt;br&gt;<br />
            </font></div>

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