Home recording on a budgetfrom external USB to my computer.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 04:31 AM
It's got (almost) everything I need to get going with some better quality recording, but I'm not sure about the microphone. It'll definitely be a step up, but if it's still not that great I don't want to have bought it just to give it away.
My second choice was the MXL 990/991 mic set with the Alesis iO2. I'm lead to believe that the latter includes a copy of Cubase, so I'll be set there - I don't need any fancy software, I usually keep my sound pretty raw anyway.
My third option, would be to just go for a USB version of the MXL 990 and spend the rest on recording software, but I'm not sure how much of a difference it would make since I plan on recording acoustic guitar and voice.
Just typing this up has pushed me toward the MXL/Alesis choice, but PLEASE let me know your opinion. If I don't hear anything over the next couple days (and I might not, this looks like a pretty slow forum), I'll probably just eeny-meeny it.
Posted 18 February 2011 - 05:28 AM
yes you can run a mic->mixer->usb.audio.capture.card chain, its common, but if you buy one with plenty of ins and outs you can forgo the mixer altogether (flog it on ebay and put the difference to to a better card)
Edited by w00dy, 18 February 2011 - 05:36 AM.
Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:59 AM
I actually use a sm58 and sm57 combo running into a preamp out into the audio interface. For sum reason this really suits me. But in general a decent condensor is probably far more versatile. No matter how expensive a audio interface you buy the preamps are just not going to compare to an external one. To me the 3 most important things are.
As far as not wanting fancy software. Well the more involved you become in recording the greater that will change Some audio interfaces come loaded with free software. However i found these lite versions to be OK but sometimes too restrictive. Like cubase LE5 only 2 track input effects. Fine if you just want to lay down a guitar but zapps your creativity a lot. After all you are recording on a computer to extend the creative possibilities. That said for $100 you can pick up Sonar x1. TBH im serious about recording and have no need for any of the other versions. best $100 i ever spent on software.
Posted 03 April 2011 - 06:47 PM
The mics seem nice, though, on first impression. Nice case, too. The Alesis is kinda scrawny for my taste, but I knew it was going to be in a plastic case before I bought it - can't really be upset there.
How does it work if I were to get new preamps? The Alesis has onboard pre's, so the way I see it, those would still be a bottleneck in the sound even with better external pre's. But I don't know a hell of a lot about recording hardware, so I'm probably wrong.
Posted 04 April 2011 - 02:23 AM
edit: i think you could route a different preamp through the spdif connection thingy rather tanhaving to buy a new sound card (im gonna try this myself when get some cash - im glad you asked this question m8)
Edited by w00dy, 04 April 2011 - 05:27 AM.
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