Originally Posted by dustyreels
I would consider getting a really good vocal chain in addition to all these great suggestions from everyone else. Don't skimp in this department. I would attempt to buy a mic, pre, and maybe a compressor that you won't hate in a year's time. Sounds like you got lots o' fun ahead of you...
+1 all the way, and as everyone on Gearslutz will love to tell you invest in either room treatment, or put some careful consideration into where and how you record vocals to minimize all noise from CPU and other outboard gear. Another great reason to minimize outboard gear that isn't helping you.
Originally Posted by djkitty
THANKS EVERYONE! for your feedback.
I only have 1 firewire input on imac. so if I get anther firewire device is there hub or something to get more?
yes you can easily buy firewire hubs at radioshack or any compUSA / microcenter type store or just google and buy on the internet.
I didnt understand what 88.2 kHz means if you can clarify.
88.2 is a sampling rate. Refers to 88,200 samples per second of audio. It is the "resolution" of your audio. "CD Quality" digital standard is half of that -- 44.1khz. The sampling rate is also related to the frequency response of your recording. The reason why 44.1 became the standard is that you will be able to record up to 1/2 of what your sampling rate is in terms of your frequency response. Since the reported range of human hearing is only up to 20k, 44.1 is more than double that and in theory should capture everything perfectly. In recent years since the cost of technology has come down, many people are choosing to record at higher sample rates, under the theory that capturing frequencies higher than 20k may have some subtle but audible affect on the frequencies that we can hear. You will have to determine for yourself whether or not you can hear the difference. It will start a huge debate anywhere on Gearslutz to claim one way or another, but for what its worth, I continue to work at 44.1 and am fine with the fidelity of my recordings. Recordings at 88.2 will also take up much more hard drive space which may or may not be a concern.
I just bought a used MOTU Micro Lite USB MIDI Interface on ebay. |
You said EMU 0404 USB for audio interface.
will this support up to 8 lines audio.
(I use to run emagic pci card with 8 outs spidf.)
I was looking at apogee duet but its only 2 lines.
Will the EMU 0404 USB continue to support drivers.
what do you think about RME audio interfaces?
what would better firewire or usb for audio interface?
I will have only 1 firewire port on imac.
FW800 is superior to 400 and USB
FW400 vs USB shouldn't make a huge difference, but apple has been phasing out FW400 so USB may be preferable as it might be supported longer into the future. People on GS love Apogee Duet. I do not. Search to find threads on it and you will see the reason why. But want to keep this thread on topic.
Should i keep my mackie mixer or sell to buy better software sounds? |
Should I keep my Kurzweil sampler?
should I keep my compressors and processor if I don't keep my Mckie Mixer.
What is advantage of going all digital vs outboard gear that I have?
These questions are all sort of related. Its really up to you. One piece of advice I would have it just start using stuff right away. Hook everything up in a quick fashion and just start using it. Get a feel for it. One mistake I've made and I've seen others make is to make assumptions about what gear you will and won't use and how you're gonna use and how it should be set up. I spent a few days making custom cables and mapping out racks etc. It took me about two hours of using that set up to realize it was all wrong. Ergonomics and workflow are really big for me. But everyone is different. For me, I work faster with hardware synths and software samplers, rather than software synths and harware samplers. Part of the reason I work faster is because I think the sound "out of the box" of hardware synths is preferable and requires less tweaking to get me where I want to be, that allows me to work faster. For samplers, since the industry has gone so software over the past few years, it just makes sense to stay in the box as the latest sample packs are optimized for software in mind. Not to mention programs like Logic and Reason come pre-loaded with just tons of high quality samples, easily surpassing most of what's available on any hardware sampler.
However, there are exceptions to this and you might find that you just love the sounds on all the hardware ROMplers you have right now. If you like the sounds you have and you like the workflow, then no need to change.
Do I still need my rack amp for power to speakers
depends on whether you get powered speakers. However, many of the monitors on the market today in the low end range are powered. I wouldn't get rid of it though because it might be nice to hook up a 2nd set of passive reference speakers (like NS-10s)
If I do go all software to replace my Emu modules and alesis drum module what would you recommend?
Honestly I'm pretty sure if you buy the new version of Logic, the built in content will already surpass everything available in all of your hardware pieces! However, I'm sure there will be a couple areas that will be lacking, but that will be more dependent on your specific tastes and style of production. You can then invest in those areas specifically. A good, all-around upgrade that will give you more drums, sampling, and sofsynths would be Native Instruments Komplete. I would also recommend just waiting and seeing what you need more and buying individual sample packs where you find you are lacking.
But wait to sell the hardware until you see what you have in software. Maybe you'll find for what you're producing, what they offer is perfect. But if I were in your position, for both simplicity's sake and for money's sake, I would eliminate all redundant hardware (i.e. the low end compressors and ROMplers) and invest in good monitors, room treatment, vocal mic and pre and maybe a few extra softsynths or sample packs and you're good to go.
Sorry for the long answer!!!