What Recording Gear Do You Use?

Discussions on sound production outside the synthesizer such as mixing, processing, recording, editing and mastering.

What Recording Gear Do You Use?

Hardware: Tape MT, HardDisk MT, SmartCard Device?
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Post by WDW » Wed May 16, 2007 1:20 am

Instrument/Mic-->MOTU 828mkII FW-->Mac G4-->Cubase 4

Instrument/Mic-->MOTU 828mkII FW-->Mac G4-->Cubase 4-->Trash



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Post by i_watch_stars » Wed May 16, 2007 3:50 am

Cubase SE with an Audiophile 2496, and a PC.

I assumed when I put this studio together 2 years ago that I would be upgrading to full Cubase with a "better" audio interface. Truth is, this is all I need (no mics/vocals, no simultanious recording) with a pretty clear signal path. I have never needed more than the 48 audio tracks that Cubase SE is limited by, either.

Its just a no frills good sound basically.

Great forum idea BTW! Maybe this will lure the true musicians in here so we can talk about actually making music!

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Post by spookyman » Wed May 16, 2007 8:02 am

Hardware : Apple Powerbook G4 (2001), external 500 Gb HDD, Digi 002R, Revox C 279 VCA Mixer, OktavaMod Mics
Software : ProTools LE 6.9 and some plugs

I also have an old analog Multitracker from Revox, but i'm not using it anymore.
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Post by brian.only » Wed May 16, 2007 8:59 am

Interfaces- Motu 828, Tascam us-122,
Lappy- G4 Powermac/ 400G external drive
Multitrack- Teac 1/4" 2 channel, Boss Br-8
Outboard/Portable- Sony Minidisc, Dictaphone, Sp 202
Software Rec- Live/ Peak
Post- Soundforge 4.5, Cool Edit (pc desktop)
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Post by Meso » Wed May 16, 2007 12:15 pm

I record to my PC/laptop into Cubase via a Saffire LE

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Post by Soundwave » Wed May 16, 2007 1:52 pm

Spirit Folio Lite mixing desk going into a Music Fidelity x10D valve preamp then in to the terratec Phase 28 PCI card in to Sonar 3.1 on my custom AMD dual core DAW, simple and effective(ish). :)

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Post by hageir » Wed May 16, 2007 2:30 pm

I'm rolling on Image
baby! :bootyshake: :bootyshake: :bootyshake:

sometimes I use logic for sequencing (+recording)
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Post by Stab Frenzy » Wed May 16, 2007 3:17 pm

Soundwave wrote:Spirit Folio Lite mixing desk going into a Music Fidelity x10D valve preamp then in to the terratec Phase 28 PCI card in to Sonar 3.1 on my custom AMD dual core DAW, simple and effective(ish). :)
You're the second person (I think) who's posted that they go mixer -> preamp -> interface.

Why are you doing it that way? Seems to me that all you'd be doing is messing up your gain structure and overdriving the pre.

Am I missing something, or is it for the sound of the pre? If so, why not just bypass the mixer and go instrument -> pre -> interface when you want to record and just use the mixer for when you're not recording?

edit: just googled that pre, didn't realise it was a line level 'fairy dust' type unit. Makes more sense now, like putting an aural exciter in the output stage.

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Post by divineaudio » Wed May 16, 2007 9:13 pm

Stab Frenzy wrote: or is it for the sound of the pre? .
pretty much. my bluetube is really more of a set and forget effects processor than anyhting else (i have a second one that i use for mics). i have everything set so i can jam out with my gear w/o having the computer/recording setup powered up and running, and also so i can record direct out from the mixer or bus out through the preamp for a little extra fat and sugar. it's all about options :)

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Post by garranimal » Thu May 17, 2007 4:29 am

Cubase + EMU 1616

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Post by code green » Mon May 21, 2007 5:39 pm

main hardware setup:

(mic'd) tube pre from an ampex 600 something or other-->yamaha aw2816
(direct) mackie vlz pro mixer (generally, as most of my synths are patched into it)--> hbb fatman compressor (sometimes)-->aw2816

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for selected tape f*ckery: old tascam casette 4-track.

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Post by Uncle Screwtape » Mon May 21, 2007 7:36 pm

Soundcraft CompACT10 -> Dual 2.0 G5 Desktop w/M-Audio 2496 Card -> GarageBand :oops:

Don't laugh, now. I put the money into the G5. Moving to Logic when I can. 8)
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Post by JSRockit » Mon May 21, 2007 10:18 pm

Synths / Drum Machines / Samplers straight into a MOTU Ultralite / Macbook...no processing, eq, compression, or mixer on the way in. Use Peak to record everything, then chop everything into loops and resequence them in Live. Then record vocals and more synths in Logic...and compress, reverberate, limit, eq, etc in Logic.
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Post by viscerallove » Tue May 22, 2007 3:11 am

synths/vocals/etc -> Presonus firebox -> PC (intel core duo 2.0 Ghz) -> FL Studio 6 for now. i want to use sonar 6 (mainly for 24-bit recording), but i know fl so well that i dont really want to have to learn a new daw.
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Post by i_watch_stars » Tue May 22, 2007 4:06 am

Uncle Screwtape wrote:Soundcraft CompACT10 -> Dual 2.0 G5 Desktop w/M-Audio 2496 Card -> GarageBand :oops:
LOL...why dude? :? Seriously though, you can get a lite version of any of the major sequencers for 100$....

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