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So i'm starting this topic to find out what you guys use for recording at home (or some other place).

What hardware (soundcards,mics,computer,monitors),software (OS,DAW,plugins etc..)

And... don't forget a picture(s) tells more then a 1000 words.
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Re: Home studio
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Wow Peter nice studio you have.

I attached the stuff i use and also my drumset (altough it's actually my son his drum,but dad had to pay for it  :facepalm:)
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Re: Home studio
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Some pics
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I record with my Macbook Pro, using Garageband or Logic. I usually start out in Garageband & refine the mix in Logic. I plug my rig into my old-as-hell 4 track tape recorder because it has an awesome mixer (with a sweepable midrange!) and get the signal into the guitar via a USB D/A converter made by Aardvark. I bought it back in the early 2000s and it still works great. Same with the mixer section of the ol' 4-track, that works great.

I have all the instruments (bass, guitars, keys, mics) and a POS electronic drum kit for laying down fills. I program the beats and record my own fills.

It ain't high tech, but it ain't high budget either ;)  I really should do more recording
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Wow Peter nice studio you have.
Thanks  ;D

I attached the stuff i use and also my drumset (altough it's actually my son his drum,but dad had to pay for it  :facepalm:)
I see you like Audix mics too :thumb-up: and Cubase/Wavelab combination.  O0
Are you running 64 bit?

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It ain't high tech, but it ain't high budget either ;)  I really should do more recording
If it works, it works  :)
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So ages ago I bought a Behringer eurorack UB2442FX-pro desk and protools LE (currently v6.4) with digi 001 8 in/out IO, I have a mates digi 002 but haven't used it in my set up yet (we did some recordings with his mac (also protools) which came out well).  Need a firewire card to include it...  I have a bunch of mics, 58s, 57, EV RE320, Rode NT1, pair of Rode NT5s' etc.
Monitor with Behringer Truths and Truth SUB (very early ones, new ones don't seem as good), and my dad left me a pair of QUAD ESL 63's, QUAD 44 preamp and QUAD 606 poweramp (nice :thumb-up: ).  Out board I have a TLA Ivory 5001 quad valve preamp (after recent bass test this is sounding good, next I'll try it with the NT5s on acoustic guitar), a Focusrite Penta stereo compressor (haven't used this yet) and a TC M-One XL.  Also a Behringer Ultra patchpro,  Behringer headphone amp, a Nakamichi CD and Nakamichi 3 head Cassette.  I've also got a Rolland DAW, haven't gone there yet, still in the create I was given it in.  Also a Korg Triton LE keyboard (lots of good sounds).

For home recording, I use my old EV 3 way TL for monitoring (guide vox (58), electric kit, bass (direct)) coz they give the truths a hard time, MP2, Acoustic guitar direct monitor through the Truths.  Overdub Vox with NT1 and headphones, guitar again direct.  All monitoring comes from the desk, only final mix with protools so I don't get latency issues.

These days I try to get it as live as possible to capture the energy, more than 3 takes on an overdub forget it and come back later, solos wind back and drop in as I go to fix any blunders.

I've always used protools like a digital tape machine, old school, I don't do any cut paste/loop stuff just real playing on destructive record, but then I began on analogue desks and 2" 24 track.

I've found DSP plug ins very ordinary, I'm sure there are better ones but I'd rather use a dedicated outboard device, they sound better (the good ones).  But we live in the age of crap MP3 files (and whatever apple call their crap iformat)
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I'm running 64 bit,works great.Cubase 7 is really different from the previous versions and you need some time to get used to it.Once you get it into it it works really great.Now it looks like a real mixing console,nice for old school guys like me  :))
Wavelab is also amazing,really like the steinberg stuff.And you can get it quite cheap if you get the educational versions.

Audix makes some amazing mics for recording drums.The sound doesn't need a lot of tweaking since it's already pre eq'd.Also love the I5 for guitar.It sounds just a bit better then a SM57.

I see some of you also use protools and logic.Logic only works on a mac right?Tried protools LE a couple of years ago but that wasn't really my thing,don't know why,maybe i was getting used to cubase too much.

Plugins,well there are some good ones out there,and some bad ones too.Usually finding a good compressor is really hard.Any suggestions?The overloud stuff is nice,normally I'm not a fan of recording guitars direct,but the sound is decent altough not same as amp cab mic combo.

Anyway lots of fun,and i must altough tape is good the DAW is a lot easier to work with,more possibility's and less cables.
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I've always used protools like a digital tape machine, old school, I don't do any cut paste/loop stuff just real playing on destructive record, but then I began on analogue desks and 2" 24 track.
That's how I use Cubase (although I do have Protools, I prefer the workflow of Cubase)  8)
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I'm running 64 bit,works great.Cubase 7 is really different from the previous versions and you need some time to get used to it.Once you get it into it it works really great.Now it looks like a real mixing console,nice for old school guys like me  :))
Wavelab is also amazing,really like the steinberg stuff.
As I cannot get a 64-bit driver for Windows 7 or 8 for my DIG003, I'm holding out on upgrading my computer to 64 bit.
It would mean forking out an extra 1000 Euro to buy a sound soundcard at the same time as upgrading the computer and operating system. :amaze:

Audix makes some amazing mics for recording drums.The sound doesn't need a lot of tweaking since it's already pre eq'd.Also love the I5 for guitar.It sounds just a bit better then a SM57.
Yup, have used the i5 for guitars also (although originally bought for snares)
This one http://www.thomann.de/nl/the_tbone_rb100.htm is also very nice (and cheap) for guitars. combines perfectly with th i5 or the SM57


Usually finding a good compressor is really hard.Any suggestions?
I really love the Voxengo compressors like this one http://www.voxengo.com/product/crunchessor/  :thumb-up:
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Very nice setups, guys!

My main DAW is based on a Mac Mini, running Presonus Studio One 2 in Mountain Lion.  Inputs are via a Mackie Onyx 1220i 12-channel mixer and Presonus Firestudio Project 10x10 interface, both Firewire 800.  I have lots of VST plugins, but I use a trusty Lexicon MX300 for reverb.

I use an assortment of mics from Shure, Audix, MXL, and Blue.

Guitars are routed to all preamps and amps via patch panels and a Radial Engineering JD-7 with transformer isolation, which is also used for re-amping of dry guitar tracks.  Preamps include Lexicon MPX-G2, Rockman XPR, Nobels SST-19, ADA MP-1, ADA MP-1 Classic, ADA MP-2, Rockman Modular Head, Line 6 POD HD.

Synth guitar interfaces include Fishman Triple Play, Roland GR-20, and Yamaha G50.

Keyboard is Novation Impulse, hardware synth is Roland JV-880.  Too many software synths to count!

I'm a huge fan of the 1W Marshall 50th anniversary amps (I have 4 of them) and have other assorted Marshall and Fender amps.  The cabs are mic'd with either Shure SM57 or Audix i5.  Strats and Les Pauls are my main passion.  I have a basic pedalboard with wah, fuzz, OD, phaser, echo/chorus/reverb that is patched in via the JD-7.

Not a pro setup, but good enough to record my musician friends!
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Re: Home studio
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That Radial Engineering JD-7 looks very nice too bad it's so expensive.

Anybody did some reamping with a mp-1 or mp-X,and how do you do it since the signal comming out of mixers and soundcards is line level?
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Anybody did some reamping with a mp-1 or mp-X,and how do you do it since the signal comming out of mixers and soundcards is line level?

With something like this http://audiogeekzine.com/2012/06/re-amping-explained/ or this http://www.thomann.de/nl/radial_engineering_reamp_kit_reamping_kit.htm
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Hey Guys !

I am using Cakewalk Sonar X3 as my recording software , with Superior drummer  , and a Motu Audio Interface.

Usually I am recording direct for quietness , but i sometimes mic up with sm57.

Below is my signal chain , I record totally Dry ; only use the TC as a noise gate, and add all FX on pc for maximum mix control.


Guitar > ADA MP1 3tm > TC Gmaj > ADA Monstercab (no cab buttons engaged "open mode") > Motu Interface

Sometimes i use a Mesa 2:90 before the monstercab , but i dont really think its necessary , even when playing into cab
at bedroom levels I most times leave it out , and just use ADA and TC


Record my bass direct into Audio Interface for a different sound than the guitar section


Keyboards are a AX7 Keytar > Korg Triton rack > Interface

If you look closely, you will see i reinforce my wobbly rack unit with a rearmounted Alesis 3630 compressor l
It performs this function better than it compresses - dont buy one lol !

 :banana-rock: >:D


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