Getting started with recording hardware...

hi guys im looking for a book that has info for a beginner like me in this area, the know how on what to buy and look for when it comes to buying recording hardware only, something up to date
 

Witterings

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Not sure if you're looking for a home or professional set up ??
Here's a good place to start in terms of learning about recording etc http://www.tweakheadz.com/guide.htm
Personally for a home set up I bought a relatively inexpensive set of drum mics for about £150 and use Reaper software, the expensive part will be your interface if you want to record the drums on different channels, after loads of research I got the Focusrite Sapphire 40 http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/focusrite-saffire-pro-40-firewire-audio-interface--58155
I seruiously considered the Zoom R16 as an alternative.
 
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Casper "DrPowerStroke" Paludan

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I just bought the Tascam 2488neo multitrack recorder, set it up with a bass drum mic and a stereo overhead. I am amazed at how nice it sounds. I am planning to get a pair of overheads with time and maybe add a snare mic. But really, these days you don't need much to make a nice sounding recording.

Casper
 

brentcn

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hi guys im looking for a book that has info for a beginner like me in this area, the know how on what to buy and look for when it comes to buying recording hardware only, something up to date
You can get great sounds with only a few mics (3 or 4), but in rock and pop, the toms usually get "lost" in the mix. Having mics on both sides of the snare, and on the tops of each tom, greatly increases the clarity of those drums in the mix.

You can get an 8-channel interface like this:
http://www.frontendaudio.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=9999-07293&click=18920

Make sure your computer has the necessary port! You'll only be able to record 8 mic signals at once.

If you want to record more than 8 channels at once, you'll need something like this:
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/ProFire2626.html

Plus extra mic pres, connected via ADAT (lightpipe) cable, as in this:
http://www.amazon.com/PreSonus-DigiMax-8-Channel-Preamp-Digital/dp/B0002GXXE2

You're going to spend about $1000 for those two pieces. Then you'll need suitable software. I recommend ProTools M-powered version 8:
http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Pro-Tools-M-Powered-8/dp/B001O96I8E

Pro Tools is the industry standard, and the editing is quick and intuitive. Yes, you'll need to read the manual, but once you get the hang of if, it's quick software. Logic, Nuendo, and Cubase are all good, too.

Also, if you go for the firewire interface plus 8-channel mic pre, get a computer with a fast processor, a firewire port, a 7200rpm hard drive, and a 7200rpm firewire external hard drive.

EDIT: 7200rpm hard drives are pretty much a necessity for audio recording and editing. Get the fastest processor you can afford, and get extra RAM if you want to use "virtual" instruments (software synths, keyboards, sequencers, etc.).
 
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