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Old 15th September 2018
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New home studio advice

Just bought a new home, and now I’m working on the stu. Have a room designated for a mixing/ (also will be a small theatre) and another for tracking.

Main focus is the vocal chain, but also want to run old sessions through the analog gear I will be purchasing. Will only be recording one artist at a time

Of note, I am not an engineer nor the artist to be recorded.

Hiphop, pop, rnb, afropop are genres. As taboo as it may sound I’m Looking for that really warm/ overly driven vintage Neve sound. I like to hear compression. The artist has a relatively thin airy voice

Gear so far: (BIG thanks to this forum, and clipilator. Made a lot of theoretical decisions easier)

Aurora GTQC
Hairball 1176
Apogee duet (Mac)
2017 iMac 21.7 3.6k i7 8gb ram 1TB SSD.

Vintage u87 gets here on Monday.
I plan on getting KT2a and a KTEQP

Monitors are hs80m

I’m thinking the weak link here is the apogee duet. I’d like an interface that has an extra output, to be able to run the signal through the hardware. I don’t think it’ll need to have a preamp, as I will be using the gtqc. Budget is 1-2k. Any suggestions?
Old 15th September 2018
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Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt (Factory Refurbished) - Apogee Electronics

Failing that the Universal Audio stuff - Apollo X. Otherwise the older stuff is good.
I'd also (IMHO), get another 8 gig of Ram......

Guessing on prices as you don't state US or UK or Europe etc

But there'll be a great many opinions coming through so best of luck with it - sounds like a nice home studio

FWIW, and only imho, your weak link is actually the HS80s.....
Old 15th September 2018
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Currency is US

Yeah I’ll get another 8 eventually, don’t think that’s too critical right now. Main focus of the studio is the Signal Chain.

The Ensemble looks nice. A little excessive for my needs though. (Only will be recording vocals, and one artist at a time. Don’t think I’ll need more than 4 ins, including headphone
Old 3 weeks ago
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Home studio gears

Here is a YouTube of some gears I have at my home studio. I saved up alot of money and that's how I got them. I have a c24 some neumann monitors, dangerous music d-box monitor control, and a avid hd i/o. The rest are microphone

Old 3 weeks ago
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In a similar situation in that I don't need all the I/O from the ensemble as I'm only recording solo vox (maybe some guitar, but that's it). I love Apogee's conversion and the new FX Rack is pretty great (the pultec!!). I'm working with a simple 48 element interface and it sounds awesome and was inexpensive plus it is thunderbolt 2 which is great for tracking. I don't see any UAD crap on your list and depending on your thoughts there, you could go with that new x6 which is more than you need, but in your budget and seems pretty good on paper (the AD/DA looks great and it's TB3). I got the element w/ remote and an OCTO satellite for less than the cost of the x6 and, again, I'm pretty happy with the sound.

That U87 should be fun, enjoy that!
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