Help a home recording noob solve direct-input and monitor issues.
November 9, 2012 1:22 PM Subscribe
Help a noob figure out his home-recording troubles - I don't understand my M-Audio Profire DI or my reference monitors and a few other things.
posted by critzer to Technology (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
What I'd like to do (record guitar tracks with overdubs) seemed like it would be so easy. After researching and buying gear and setting up a small studio....I'm feeling discouraged.
1) Headphone issues. I bought a Profire 610 based on reviews. I assumed I could plug in my headphones and it would kill the sound going out to the speakers. This would make it easy toggle back and forth while doing overdubs. But when I plug in headphones, nothing happens. Not only is sound still coming from the monitors, the track is barely audible at all through the headphones. The music I'm recording will be overdubbing is loud/noisy so I need a loud headphone signal.
Should I keep the DI and get a headphone amp?
Or is there a better DI that would do what I want? I just don't want to have to go to the Profire panel every time and mute stuff when doing overdubs.
2) Monitors. I'm aware how dumb this will sound, but bear with me. About a decade ago, I used to recording with a Mackie board and the sound was pushed out to a stereo receiver and 2 stereo speakers. It was helpful to hear, as I made the music, how it would sound to the typical end-user.
Last month, I bought mid-priced Mackie monitors because I wanted to do things the "right way." But those guitar sounds I've been recording with a Tele and vintage Fender Twin which sound amazing in the live room... sound terrible through monitors. Dull and bass-y. As it's explained to me, that's how monitors are supposed to sound when mixing.
For that matter, if I just use my Macbook Pro's internal speaker to record and playback those guitars, it sounds more "true" than the SM58->Profire->Mackies.
So - how do you know how to EQ your recording if monitors aren't the "true" sound you're looking for?