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Building a small studio / listening environment Single-Channel Preamps
Old 19th September 2011
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Building a small studio / listening environment

Hi guys... I need some opinions on helping build a small studio/listening environment for a university. The goal is to set up a small but high-quality listening space that also has some recording and editing capabilities for students to use. Here are some ideas so far after talking with other students:

(Pair) Adam A7x studio monitors
Apogee Duet Mk2 interface w/ breakout box

Apple 27" iMac
w/ Logic Pro and Reason

Electrovoice RE-20 for voice?
There is a grand piano in the room... any ideas on a mic/mics for that?
Preamps - Golden Age Pre73 Mk II - I thought these would be good value

What would be a good midi keyboard to act as a controller? Something around 61-88 keys I think... MIDI over USB. Might be able to pull off getting a workstation or keyboard with sounds... any thoughts on what students might use? Any thoughts on a small control surface?

Is filtered power necessary? And what would be a good brand for cables? I know that monster is not necessarily the best price/performance brand.

So right now the plan is pretty open ended... just wanted to see what some of you guys thought and if you have any insight or advice.

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