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Old 31st August 2007
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What else to get?

Hi!

I own (with a partner) a projects studio in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). We finished buying the basics 2 or 3 months ago and have just started to make recordings for other people and getting payed for them. The money is staying for new investments for now, so I wonder if someone can give an opinion on the priorities for new gear. Our setup is the following:

- PC: Intel Core Duo E6600, 2Gb RAM.
- M-Audio Profire Lightbridge, PT M-Powered.
- AMEK DMCL
- ISA 428 w/ ADC card
- TL Audio PA-1
- Studio Projects VTB-1
- Octopre w/ ADAT card
- DBX 166xl
- Yamaha SPX900
- Finalizer 96k. (DACs)
- SPL 2381
- NHT M-20
- JBL 4311b
- ATH M40, AKG K240S, 140M...

Mics:

- Brauner Phantom AE
- SP C1
- AT 4033
- SM7b
- RE-20
- Alctron HST-11 (like Telefunken AK-47 mkI, apex 460, etc. tuned to use a 12AT7 [Philips])
- 2 x 451b
- 2 x sm81
- 2 x B52
- 7 x sm57
- 421

Possibilities:
- We clock everything from the DMCL, but that and -especially- the 428 get very hot and they wouldn't need to be on all the time if we got a wordclock.
- We have 7 AD channels of the 428 covered with the pres in the 428, the VTB-1 and the PA-1, so there is one channel remaining where we could fit in a new good pre (a shame GRs, vintechs, etc. are very expensive in Europe)
- Maybe a ribbon mic or a good tube vocal mic or whatever other mic.
- Plugins. We now use demos such as aireq or Massey, or free plugins like digitalfishphones, EQIII, etc.

What do you think??

Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post!!!
Old 31st August 2007
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I'd add more outboard to get a really solid frontend. Without knowing what kind of music you do and how you guys like to work it's hard to say. I'd look at a nice outboard compressor personally. After that I'd get some more plugs like a URS bundle or something along those lines.

Good luck.
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I'd add more outboard to get a really solid frontend. Without knowing what kind of music you do and how you guys like to work it's hard to say. I'd look at a nice outboard compressor personally. After that I'd get some more plugs like a URS bundle or something along those lines.

Good luck.
Thanks for you opinion, Slaytex. We do very different styles from hip-hop to rock, metal, folk, etc. For the moment, we have mixed everything ITB and the plan is to continue doing so until we make another big investment buying a summing box, 16 DA channels (lynx, probably) and outboard mixing gear. Would you buy a compressor for tracking, you mean?
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its all about front end, gat a good pre and/or good tube vocal mic.
Old 1st September 2007
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its all about front end, gat a good pre and/or good tube vocal mic.
Thanks for your opinion! Better than a HW compressor, then? What would best fit my preamp and mic setup?

Anyone coming to Europe bringing GRs to sell?
Old 1st September 2007
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Yes, I love tracking with a compressor even if it's just kissing the compressor (slow attack and fast release). I really feel it helps glue things together by the time you get to the mix. I do mainly rock so I like color, but it's not for everything obviously.

I'm a front end freak at this point. It's really made my life easier at mix not having to patch and make recall sheets. You just have to work harder at the tracking stage. But that is a good practice.
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