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What to do, what to do
Old 5th June 2012
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What to do, what to do

I've had a project studio running for a little while in a rented space. I'm going to be moving out and doing the home studio thing at the end of the month. I probably won't record drums at home, but I want to be able to do everything else at home (or with a mobile rig) and do it well. At this point I'm thinking I should trim down my gear and have a few high-end pieces, and would like your opinions on what I should do. So first, my gear list right now:

Interface & Mic Pres:
RME Fireface 800
Focusrite Octopre mkII
Seventh Circle Audio N72, C84, A12b and T15 preamps

Outboard:
EL-8 Distressor x2
Chameleon Labs 7720 stereo compressor
dBx 166A dual compressor/limiter/gate
DIY 1176

Mics:
Sennheiser 421-II x4
AKG C414-XLS x2
Shure sm7b
Shure sm81 x3
Audix i5 x2
Audix DP5a kit
Rode nt5 matched pair
Rode nt1a x2
Samson VR88 ribbon

Guitar amps & cabs:
Mesa Triple Rec, 2-channel
Marshall DSL 100
Peavey 6505+
Peavey JSX
ADA MP1 preamp
Digidesign Eleven Rack

Mesa traditional 4x12 w/ V30s
Marshall 2x12 w/ 1 Eminence Greenback and 1 Eminence V30

Monitoring:
Mackie Big Knob
Yamaha hs80's

What I was thinking:
Sell all the mics except the sm7b, 2 sm81's, and the two leftover i5's (possibly keep a 421). Sell the DBX and the Chameleon Labs compressors, the ADA MP1, and the Octopre. There's also a bunch of other odds and ends that I could get rid of as well. With that money, buy a very nice LDC and 2 ShinyBox 46MXC ribbon mics (if the LDC doesn't eat up all the money).

I don't need to worry about treating my room cause once I move out of the space I'll have ~6 million panels of OC703 to treat my home studio. I would like to upgrade from the Mackie Big Knob to a Central Station or something comparable.

What would you do in this situation?
Old 5th June 2012
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I was in a similar situation a couple of years ago (except your gear is better than mine), and I decided to keep enough mics to be able to record drums, even if I wasn't going to do it in my home studio. I've since recorded a few projects in other locations (not studios) and was glad I could do a decent drums recording.
Old 5th June 2012
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That's a very valid point. I'd probably still sell all that I intended to and pick up a Shure drum pack. I'd keep the DP5 kit but I don't think it would be as versatile or useful for other instruments. Should I keep the Octopre just so I know I've got plenty of preamps?
Old 5th June 2012
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Well the fireface has 4 mic preamps doesn't it, so without the octopre you'd still be able to record drums..

it just depends on if you envisage recording a whole band live or not..
Old 5th June 2012
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Yeah, with the SCA rack I'd have 10 total preamps to use while tracking and have a tendency to go overboard with micing stuff up. I also deal with a lot of metal music so every little thing seems to get a mic on it. Meh, I'll probably just ditch the Octopre.

Ok, so if my estimations are correct, I should be able to fetch north of $4k for all that stuff. Do you think a high end LDC and a pair or ribbons is a wise investment? If not, what would you go for?
Old 5th June 2012
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Alright, I think I've decided what to do and revamped my plans a bit. Here's the new plan:

Sell all Rodes, 1 421, 1 sm81, the Samson, the dp5a kit, the dBx, the CL 7720, and the ADA. I should be able to get around $2300 for the lot.

Buy either an RE20 or B52 to use as a kick mic as well as other instruments when required.

Buy a Peluso 2247 as my show-piece mic. (Clipalator pushed me towards this guy)

That'll give me plenty of coverage if I do drum recordings and I'll have a ton of flavors for tracking anything else that comes my way. They only thing I couldn't do at the moment is full band tracking, but snagging a couple 57's would solve that issue quickly. I'd still like to get a ribbon mic, but I'm pretty sure I can get most everything done with what I have/planning to have.
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