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i am goin to set up a home studio... need advice
Old 21st May 2012
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i am goin to set up a home studio... need advice

im goin to set up a home studio, here is my prefer list of gear:

Grace 101(mic-pre)
Neumann KMS 104(mic)
Apogee duet 2(interface)
SONY MDR 7506(headphone)

any advice guys?
Old 21st May 2012
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learn how to gain stage properly. do it in a good room. make sure you don't have any driver conflicts with your interface and machine
Old 21st May 2012
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You might want to look into monitors (and consequently room treatment).

Of course, room treatment is also useful for tracking.
Old 21st May 2012
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The Grace Mic pres and the Apgogee mic pres are both pres that are fairly neutral and uncolored. Although I have not done a shoot out myself between the two you might find that the Grace is similar to the Apogee pres in your the Duet 2. You might want to consider using that money for an additional mic with a different flavor than the Neuman.
Old 21st May 2012
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learn how to gain stage properly. do it in a good room. make sure you don't have any driver conflicts with your interface and machine
+1 for this at the start of your journey.

and +1 for Tom's comment (which will make the aforementioned advice much easier to learn and also play a greater role in the quality of your sound compared to pretty much anything else).

Big thing is to start out with stuff you're comfortable with, audition it in your place if you can (audition it at a studio if you can't). If you're comfortable with your gear, then you'll grow much faster with your work in a home studio. Acquiring new items won't be because what you have isn't good, but because you've grown to the point where you want more options.

The best analogy I've heard is to treat it like painting. Lots of options, and you don't have to go broke to have quality tools, from there on it's all about the person who uses them.
Old 21st May 2012
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You might want to look into monitors (and consequently room treatment)...
The headphones are closed-back which isn't good for extended listening.
Old 21st May 2012
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Be sure to check whether you can bypass the mic pre on the Duet, otherwise it wouldn't make much sense to buy the Grace.
Old 21st May 2012
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The headphones are closed-back which isn't good for extended listening.
Or accurate mixing
Old 22nd May 2012
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Duet and 7506 are good.

I'd agree you probably don't need the Grace. The Duet is very good.

Mics depend on what instruments you want to record?
Old 22nd May 2012
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My advice would be to ignore this place and start pressing record.
Old 22nd May 2012
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The Grace Mic pres and the Apgogee mic pres are both pres that are fairly neutral and uncolored. Although I have not done a shoot out myself between the two you might find that the Grace is similar to the Apogee pres in your the Duet 2. You might want to consider using that money for an additional mic with a different flavor than the Neuman.
I agree about the Duet and Grace mic pres. Seems a bit redundant.

I`m also totally against the Sonys. The ATH-M50s get my vote.

And because they are sort of standard mics, I would suggest the Shure SM57 and AT4050.
Old 22nd May 2012
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I`m also totally against the Sonys. The ATH-M50s get my vote.

And because they are sort of standard mics, I would suggest the Shure SM57 and AT4050.
+1 on the ATH-M50's. I own both Sony MDR-7506's and ATH-M50's and much prefer the latter.

As far as the microphone, the KMS 104 is a nice mic, but limited (great for live use, though.) I'd buy a more versatile mic for your first and only. You didn't say what you're planning to record, but you'll be best served with a large diaphragm, multi-pattern mic. There are a million of them out there, so pick your price point and start your quest.
Old 22nd May 2012
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Be sure to check whether you can bypass the mic pre on the Duet, otherwise it wouldn't make much sense to buy the Grace.
Jeez, are the Duet pres so bad? Remind me never to get one...
Old 22nd May 2012
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Duet and 7506 are good.

I'd agree you probably don't need the Grace. The Duet is very good.

Mics depend on what instruments you want to record?
Sony 7506 are extremely BRITE and will wear your ears out quickly, not to mention the ear pads flake off like crazy. I personally HATE them. Get a pair of Audio Technica cans

Duet is fine
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