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Old 03-26-2008, 03:42 PM
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Default Just bought some recording equipment :)

I'm so excited, everything's on order now, and should be here by the end of the week!!

here's a list of the parts, and the price i paid for each -

6 x Shure SM57 - $446 shipped
Audix i5 and D6 combo with 2 20' XLR cables (probably crap) - $220 shipped
2 x Rode NT5 matched pair, 4 mics total - $870 shipped

Mackie 1604 VLZ Pro 16-channel studio mixing board - $530 shipped
M-Audio Firewire 1814 PC interface (for ProTools, has 8 analog inputs) - $360 shipped
M-Audio ProFire 2626 preamp/DA-AD/interface (i'm using this primarily for the AD/DA conversion) - $700 shipped

12 30-foot high-grade XLR cables - $264 shipped
7 mic stands (Professional brand, a mix of high boom stands and short ones for bass/snare) - about $380
6 Shure A56D Drum Mic hoop-mount clips - $160 shipped


that should be everything i need to get started recording stuff at my house!
any comments on the equipment, anyone? A good friend of mine runs a recording studio, so i ran this list by him, and he was VERY pleased. I'm especially excited about the Mackie board, as i've heard the preamps in it are top-notch quality :)
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:07 PM
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That is some serious saving up there!!
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:08 PM
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What are you going to be recording with this? Just your own stuff, or other people as well?

How many outputs does that desk have?

PS: Watch out with the NT5s, you might need to use pads with them as in my experience they don't handle the SPL well enough to be used as overheads for drums. Does the desk have pad switches for each channel?
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:43 PM
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Very good equipment you got there for the money I think.
The first thing which jumped right into my eye was the set of Shure SM57 mics. What are you gonna record with those? Two for the snare drum and the rest for the toms?

Those SM57 are valuable mics for the money. We got one for our practice room, too. It`s even great for singing. Very versatile and when I used it as an overhead (I experimented a bit) it sounded quite good!

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Old 03-26-2008, 08:36 PM
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What are you going to be recording with this? Just your own stuff, or other people as well?

How many outputs does that desk have?

PS: Watch out with the NT5s, you might need to use pads with them as in my experience they don't handle the SPL well enough to be used as overheads for drums. Does the desk have pad switches for each channel?
The board has 16 outs, i'll probably be tracking about 12-14 channels for my kit.
As far as padding, the board definitely has that option for each channel, but i'm pretty sure the Rodes will be fine without it, my engineer friend has ONLY used them as overheads, and hasn't had a problem.


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Very good equipment you got there for the money I think.
The first thing which jumped right into my eye was the set of Shure SM57 mics. What are you gonna record with those? Two for the snare drum and the rest for the toms?

Those SM57 are valuable mics for the money. We got one for our practice room, too. It`s even great for singing. Very versatile and when I used it as an overhead (I experimented a bit) it sounded quite good!

Congratulations!

Karl

thanks Karl, you always have good input! I'll have the 57s mounted to the side snare (top), all 3 rack toms and the floor tom, and the main snare bottom. The Audix i5 will handle the snare top.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:02 PM
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thanks Karl, you always have good input! I'll have the 57s mounted to the side snare (top), all 3 rack toms and the floor tom, and the main snare bottom. The Audix i5 will handle the snare top.
Ah okay, thanks for your input. =)
Now I understand...totally forgot about your side snare indeed...haha, now I`m even more excited to hear some stuff! Are you also going to record some things with your band?

Btw, have you already recorded the snare with two mics (one bottom, one top)? When I record with the band in the studio our sound engineer would always record the snare drum with two...although I always said it`s not necessary...at least for me. I have made nothing but negative experiences with recording the snare from both sides...I find it made the sound worse.

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Default Re: Just bought some recording equipment :)

A little late on posting? I think I saw your kit already with the gear on another thread.

Other then that, from what I can remember it all looks amazing set up together, can't wait to hear sound clips!
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:26 PM
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FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF 3930.00 $

OMG ! That some serious expense, was it because your tax return were so good ?
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Ah okay, thanks for your input. =)
I have made nothing but negative experiences with recording the snare from both sides...I find it made the sound worse.
Have you been sure to invert the phase of the bottom mic??? Thats really important unless you want some bad phase cancellation. Also a high pass filter will do you some good.


As for that setup, that sounds very nice; the NT-5's have always done me well for anything and everything. Sounds like a great setup you have coming in, can't wait to hear some of its product.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:41 PM
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Have you been sure to invert the phase of the bottom mic??? Thats really important unless you want some bad phase cancellation. Also a high pass filter will do you some good.
Yes, we avoided phase cancelation...I just think a bottom snare mic doesn`t really add something valuable to the sound, it`s rather the opposite for me it`s more effort, I don`t need this sound really. But that`s just me...generally I don`t like overproduced and overmiced kits...that`s why I`m not quite happy with the drum sound we had in studio.
That`s a personal preference though.

I`m looking forward to new stuff anyway Chris!! :-) Just what I experienced with two snare microphones...

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Old 03-27-2008, 03:56 AM
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Default Re: Just bought some recording equipment :)

Looks like a boat load of fun to me. I love the recording process. I have a small home studio, I really enjoy it. Here it is. Be sure to post pics when you ger set up. I would love to see it!

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