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Buying gear for a new studio
Old 11th July 2005
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Buying gear for a new studio

Hi !

I live in France, and i am currently trying to build up a recording studio with another guy.
Our first gear priorites are : investing in mics and preamps (we already have quite good converters with a MOTU 2408 Mk3). Then, we'll buy high-end monitoring speakers (BM15A i think), a digital console, and all the stuff involved into audio signal treatment.

We already have the following :

Mics :

SM57 x 3
BETA91 x 1
BETA98 x 2
MD421 U4 x 1
TLM193 x 1
C414 ULS x 2
SM81 x 2
MK012 x 1
TB1 (tube mic) x 1

We plan to buy one or 2 Royer R121, and maybe other beta98s, a Brauner Phantom...

Mic pres :

Mindprint DTC
Mindprint An/Di PRO 24/96
Soundcraft Spirit M8

We plan to change our An/Di and M8 for high-end pres.
My friend was considering : Amek DMCL, Focusrite ISA428
...and I was considering buying US great sounding expensive mic pres like :

4 x API 512c racked in the 6 slots lunchbox
Brent Averill
Great River
OSA
...

With the DTC, we have a great stereo channelstrip that can records quite everything that needs no more than 2 mics.
The gear I want to buy would serve to record drums exclusively (we record a lot of rock/metal bands).
In France, we can't try all that american audio gear because it's not distributed, so we have to read forum's threads to know more about it heh .
I'm really thinking about buying the API 500 lunchbox, but it appears that there are many other alternatives to that investment.

Can you drive me a little on that ? What to choose for the drums (especially snare and bass drum) ? I can't afford Neve pre's for the moment (we have a lots of gear to buy...).
The drum sounds that amaze me : Deftones, Incubus, Meshuggah,

THANK YOU
Old 11th July 2005
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Originally Posted by SLy_drums

Can you drive me a little on that ? What to choose for the drums (especially snare and bass drum) ?
THANK YOU
I'd start with one of Brent Averill's 500platfrom frame ( I think 11 space with powersupply goes for something like $900) and add a couple of his 312preamps. If you buy like 4-5 and the rack, he'll probably make you a good offer. Then you can add more preamps, eq's or comps from API or BAE as you wish.

Brent's 312's are a no brainer on drums; never going to suck .

Good luck,
Dirk
Old 11th July 2005
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Get the monitors first.. seriously... you've got enough mics already to get some pretty nice recordings... but without decent monitors you've got a small chance
Old 11th July 2005
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Thanks !
Your answers are interesting.

I am very interested into Brent Averill's stuff, and i think it's going to be my first choice : a lunchbox with 2 x 312 pres racked in it to begin.
If I buy that BAE lunchbox, will it be ok for racking API and OSA stuff in it then ?
May I go for the API or OSA lunchbox more ?

The monitors (Dynaudio BM15A) are programmed for buying in september, just one or 2 months before the studio is supposed to open, so it will be ok

What pres would you use for the toms ? My friend was thinking about a Focusrite ISA 428 which is very transparent, but maybe we need something more coloured that can fit in the lunchbox ?

Thanks again, all your posts help me a lot.
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Thanks !
Your answers are interesting.

I am very interested into Brent Averill's stuff, and i think it's going to be my first choice : a lunchbox with 2 x 312 pres racked in it to begin.
If I buy that BAE lunchbox, will it be ok for racking API and OSA stuff in it then ?
May I go for the API or OSA lunchbox more ?
Don't know about the OSA stuff, but you can put API 500 series modules into the BAE rack
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What pres would you use for the toms ? My friend was thinking about a Focusrite ISA 428 which is very transparent, but maybe we need something more coloured that can fit in the lunchbox ?
I would use the 312's on everything. Once you have the rack, it's cheaper anyway and lot's of great records are made with just API preamps. I wouldn't worry too much about different preamps for different things. The 312's will rock on the entire drumset, on guitars, bass (DI thumbsup ), vocals, just everything.
Old 16th July 2005
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If I buy that BAE lunchbox, will it be ok for racking API and OSA stuff in it then ?

OSA preamps fit in BAE racks, and BAE preamps fit in OSA racks.
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