Am I in an sound producer's dream?
April 8, 2010 6:48 PM Subscribe
(audiophilefilter) Ok, mefi gear heads--- I am a recording engineer that recently acquired a new client. He wants to set up a small yet powerful home basement studio. He currently has an old Tascam cassette 4-track recorder. He also has DEEP pockets. Suggestions?
posted by peewinkle to media & arts (24 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Obviously, we're getting a fire wire box, computer and reference monitors. What I need from you are suggestions on exactly what to get, as far as value, I'm trying to save the guy some money. He will be running Adobe Audition as his main software program (actually Cool Edit Pro 2.1, which is the same thing). He's ready to lay out the cash for a new computer, an 8 or 16 input channel interface, reference monitors, the works...... I had to talk him out of buying 8k worth of junk at the Guitar Center yesterday (damned eternal hell to salesmen that work on commission (I know, I know, they have bills to pay, too, but geeze...). The idea is to be able to EVERYTHING in-house, aside from the mastering.
Obvious, I have the mics worked out. But I would LOVE to hear your suggestions as far as a new computer, a fire-wire box, monitors, etc etc...... He also may be interested in a Line 6 type guitar interface/USB pod.....
Musically, think Sammy Hagar pre-Van Halen typ music.
Also, an easy to use drum program will be needed (more or less for use on click tracks), we have a live drummer, but software suggestions are welcome.
Bonus points for non-Apple suggestions, although that isn't ruled out.
NO PRO TOOLS.
And yes, we'll be shopping through Musician's Friend.
I need recommendations on 1) A computer 2) a fire wire box/interface to use with the new computer 3) reference monitors 4) anything else that you think may be needed/useful. 5)Headphones 6) Pre-amps for the condenser mics, if the firewire box will require them (one or two for my Baby Blue Bottles for vox/acoustic guitar work)....
Money isn't a question, but what works/sounds GOOD? (Let's say we have 10K budget, total). And is idiot-proof?
A DWS isn't out of the question for capture, but I figure since he is buying a new computer that is to be dedicated to sound, we may as well go with a firewire interface set-up....
NOTE- client is a musician, not a computer guy. I had to draw him a picture to explain to him what a Terrabyte was....... I finally got him to understand "sound quality" by recording a tune on his Tascam and then re-recording the same song on my Fostex VF-160 and dumping the tracks in CEP and cleaning them up. ("Golly that sounds like it was on the radio!")
New software isn't out of the question either, it's just that since I'm the one that will be producing/engineering him, I like my CEP 2.1- I also have Vegas and Acid......
Bonus points for guitar software as well.