Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby moliere » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:22 pm

those audiotechnica drum packs are serviceable. I used one for years on live shows (with a couple of nice condensers for overheads, and occasionally swapping out one for a 57 on the snare) . Worked fine. nothing special, and the kick mic is just average. Great starter kit though.

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Postby timi » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:00 pm

kettles wrote:Bit out of my price range, but it shure looks cool. Been looking at the Rode NT1A and NT5 (x2)

Have owned both. The NT5s are all good, but the NT1A is pretty harsh. For the same price a CAD M179 sounds way better and it's multipattern.

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Postby DillingerFreak » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:06 am

Just thought I would add my 2 cents here. Alot of distributors wont bring MOTU into the country as it seems to have had an incredibly high failure rate in New Zealand.

Focusrite seems to be very reliable, and I would definitely recommend the OctoPreMKII purely because of its ability to be synced up to other interfaces such as the M-Audio Project Mix or the Digi 002/003 series. Also the preamps are awesome!

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Postby ZPG » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:47 am

two singstar mics with the usb thing is pretty mean
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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby timi » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:00 am

DillingerFreak wrote:I would definitely recommend the OctoPreMKII purely because of its ability to be synced up to other interfaces such as the M-Audio Project Mix or the Digi 002/003 series. Also the preamps are awesome!


Just so nobody gets confused, the Octopre is not an interface, it's a preamp with a digital out that can be plugged into an interface to get more channels. The Saffire Pro 40 is basically the interface version of the Octopre Mk2.

I used to have an Octopre LE, it was nothing flash. The new version is meant to be better and the new Saffire/Octopre range is known to be good FOR THE MONEY, but really it's like saying a Valvestate is awesome, which might be true until you try a JCM800 2203 or similar. That's not to say you can't make great recordings with one......

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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby DillingerFreak » Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:42 am

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DillingerFreak wrote:I would definitely recommend the OctoPreMKII purely because of its ability to be synced up to other interfaces such as the M-Audio Project Mix or the Digi 002/003 series. Also the preamps are awesome!


Just so nobody gets confused, the Octopre is not an interface, it's a preamp with a digital out that can be plugged into an interface to get more channels. The Saffire Pro 40 is basically the interface version of the Octopre Mk2.


woops should have mentioned that...

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Postby kettles » Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:08 am

Can anyone tell me if there is a significant advantage of the Saffire 56 over the Saffire 40, besides more inputs which you have to have an additional preamp for anyway? I think it's a $700 price difference.

What about monitors - what do people recommend for home studio use?

On another note, I just got myself a Zoom H2 recorder from the states. It's pretty nifty.
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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby yossarian » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:19 am

What's your budget for monitors? If your not looking at spending too much you'd be better off investing in some good as headphones. Having said that, I've got some cheap Phonics that have done a surprisingly decent job.

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Postby kettles » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:11 am

I already have some Sennheiser HD280 'phones which are pretty good. Not sure how suitable they are for music but they seem very clear and accurate, I bought them a few years back for when working at loud events as a cameraman doing my own sound and needed good isolation. I've found mixing is pretty hard on headphones so prefer to go for monitors. I duno, can something good be had for < $500?
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Postby timi » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:31 am

I wouldn't bother paying more for the Liquid Saffire 56 for the two emulation preamps, only for the I/O options if you need them. It has two sets of ADAT inputs and outputs, which you can use to get 16 channels of I/O at up to 48k, or if your external preamp/converter has SMUX you can do 8 channels at 96k.

The most important thing with monitors is being familiar with them so use whatever works for you. I used to have fancy studio monitors but I sold them and went back to my hifi, and as soon as I did my mixes were way better and translated on other stereos better.

If you have a low budget you are probably better off using good headphones for critical stuff but try to do the bulk of the mixing on a stereo of some kind provided it isn't totally shit. I can't think of any "studio monitors" for under $500 that would be of any use, save more or get a decent used hifi amp and speakers.

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Postby yossarian » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:41 am

^Last paragraph sums it up

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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby ZPG » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:48 am

actual if your real poor u can just chuck some headphones in the mic hole on ur computa, sounds pretty oldskool
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Postby morepunkrockthanyou » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:56 pm

this only has 4 inputs but is worth a look

http://www.lexiconpro.com/product.php?id=153

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Postby kettles » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:13 pm

USB? fuck that. Not until USB 3 comes along anyway

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Postby Nathanael » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:06 pm

Im with yous on the hifi tip. I have never owned monitors, but swap between my hifi, akg k270s and a pair of HD25sp that I found in the trash.

Waiting to get a power amp to run the Tannoy T12s I got for free.
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Postby No Way Out Records » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:02 am

I have a M-Audio Profire2626 and it seems to work fine for me and I don't even know what I'm doing.

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Postby dclxvi » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:19 am

you can say that again :wink:
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Postby No Way Out Records » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:37 am

My recording technique is very much hit and more times than not miss... haha. It's good for raw shit but I would like to have a hoon recording a slower band.... which is not to far away actually :D One 15 minute song.

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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby kettles » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:29 pm

Anyone have any decent experience with one of these?

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I have to decide if the extra inputs + liquid pres are really worth it for an extra $500ish. And is $1399 a good price, is there anything else I should check out in that price range, etc etc

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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby timi » Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:36 am

I think I said earlier in the thread that it's not worth it for the Liquid pres, only do it if you want the extra inputs/high sample rates. Keep in mind the extra inputs are digital inputs (16 at up to 48k or 8 at up to 96k).

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Postby Nathanael » Wed May 05, 2010 5:50 pm

^ Very easy to use. The mixer is laid out really well. Preamps sound good, I have the Liquid preamps on one setting and thats it.
Great in its price range for all the I/O if you need that many.
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Postby kettles » Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:37 pm

Nathanael wrote:^ Very easy to use. The mixer is laid out really well. Preamps sound good, I have the Liquid preamps on one setting and thats it.
Great in its price range for all the I/O if you need that many.


Hey man have you ever noticed bleed between the two headphone outputs? Whatever I send to output 2 ends up bleeding into output 1, bit annoying.

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Postby Agnes » Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:31 am

Nathanael wrote: I have the Liquid preamps on one setting

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Re: Attn Tim, Yetti, anyone else who does recording...

Postby Nathanael » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:23 pm

nah never noticed that myself. Strange.
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