Hey there guys, If you can't tell I'm new to the forum. I'm really glad I found this place, there's such a wealth of information and seems like it's really one of the best resources for professional and amateur producers alike on the internet; I just wanted to thank everybody in advance for being so forthcoming with your knowledge and willingness to help others!
Anyways, I'm a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, etc and have been producing some music with odds and ends of gear, but I think it's time for me to move things to the next level and would really like to setup a semi-legitimate low budget studio. Primarily for myself and musical projects I'm associated with. My gear thus far:
- 13 inch Macbook Pro
- Logic Studio Pro
- 20 inch apple cinema display
- Apogee Duet
- Sterling Audio condensor Mic (looking to eventually replace this)
- Roland Digital Drum Kit
- Gretsch Drum Kit
- Several electric, acoustic, and bass guitars as well as amps
- Baldwin acoustic upright piano
Sorry for the lack of specific model names on some of the gear, I'm in the process of moving and everything is packed away.
I was wondering if you guys could help me figure out what direction would be best for me to go and recommend some budget based gear accordingly? Some things that I believe I'd have to purchase:
- Studio Monitors
- A midi controller and / or keyboard with synth capibilities
- At least one dynamic microphone for recording amps etc
- Some rack gear such as preamps etc (This is the stuff I know the least about)
- A hardware mixer (I'm not sure if this is necessary given the digital alternatives)
As far as the types of music I produce, it doesn't help that it's extremely varied . I play guitar in a fusion jazz group as well as guitar and bass in some indie rock bands. I also work regularly with rappers and hip hop based music; The main genres are rock, indie rock, jazz fusion, r&b, and rap.
I know there's no magical do-it-all solution for a studio, but any help you guys could offer would be greatly appreciated.
A few things I'm considering / questions I have for this studio revamp
1. I'm considering buying a Shure Sm7b. After testing one of these out in a studio awhile back I really like the vocal sound that they can produce and are pretty budget effective in my opinion. I'm a lyric tenor, so I sing in a higher register a la Freddie Mercury, Prince, Michael Jackson etc.
2. Would there be any upsides to ditching the duet and going with a rackmount solution? I find that the duet has pretty high quality preamps that'd be hard to beat for the price. Would having a rack mount offer any more flexibility apart from
3. What are the merits of having a hardware mixer as opposed to a software mixer? Any mixers some of you have had experience with that won't break the bank?
That's all I can think of for now! Sorry for the wall of text, and I hope that some of you guys will be able to help me out.