I am working musician but i enjoy very much recording music, mostly my music which is modern jazz acoustic kind of thing with original compositions etc ...
I never worked as a sound tech. but i am practicing recording techniques and mixing for more than 3 years the same way i did practice my instrument and music theory . Working every day ,recording, mixing checking the gear etc ...
So i have a lot more to learn about studio recording etc .....
I own kind of mobile studio and record the music at different places and here is what i use :
M-audio Fw 1814
Focusrite octopre (8 pre amps )
Tl audio tube (4 pre amps )
Waves and similar plug ins
Yamaha hs50 pair of monitors
4x km 184
2x tlm 193
1x tlm 103
2x C 414 b-uls
1x akg 112
1x shure 57
and couple of other mics
( a bunch of wires and headphones for monitoring purpose etc and 6 big mobile isolation walls with windows for visual contact between the musicians ... )
So i am happy with this gear ,it works great and and i have 16 channels for multi tracking which is maximum i would ever need ,but i hear all the time that the converters in m-audio are not that good or the tl audio pre amps are peace of crap or there are better cables for the microphones etc,etc .
I think its not the gear that is making the great sound but the guy with a big ears and a lot of knowledge and experience in studio recording , same with the musicians ,its nice if you have a great sounding double bass but you can do a hell lot of the good music with mid price bass if you know your shit ...
Anyway ,if you would make any upgrades in the gear list that i have what would be the first thing to change ? Pre amps , sound card , adding some outboard comps,eqs,limiters and stuff or .... should i just shut the f*** up and save my money