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SmoothJazzNut



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:54 pm    Post subject: Help with setting up a Home Studio Reply with quote

Hi ya all,

I need some advice on what to get to set up a nice home studio.

Right now I don't have anyting when it comes to recording.
I only have Reason 4.0 to make drumbeats etc.
Are there any more "professional" programs to compose beats and instruments?

And now to core question: I have a PC and I don't like MAC, so
I need some good interface and soundcard that works well with PC.
I've looked into Pro Tools a little bit, what's your guys opinon?

Im flexible with the amount to spend on it.

Very thankful for any piece of information/advice,

Sincerely,

Robin Benson Laughing
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Location: South Orange, NJ

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pro tools is great but it's never really had all the bugs worked out for the pc platform...but there are lots of other viable alternatives...many like logic, there's digital performer etc....I'm a big fan of cakewalk sonar...for one thing the interface is very pro tools-like, it's affordable, runs consistently and handles just about any sort of plug-in. I used to use cubase but if you don't have much time on your hands, as you say, you might want something with less of a learning curve and more user-friendly.

and if you're really strapped for time and want something for practicing purposes, there's nothing simpler than acid....just get a few loop libraries and away you go...and you can record with it too...

btw I believe your reason app will work with any of the aforementioned...

just a few ideas...

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jokron



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Location: Skelleftea, Sweden

PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I have a homestudio based on PC.

As soundcard I use E-MU 0404. It came with a bundle of programs in "light edition", not a bad choice at all:

Sonar LE
Cubase LE
Ableton Live Lite
Steinberg Wavelab Lite
Amplitube LE (very good guitar amp simulator for PC!)
SFX Machine LT
ProteusX LE

http://www.emu.com/products/product.asp?product=10447

I have also owned a M-Audiophile 2496 soundcard, it's a good one too, butr there isn't any onboard DSP effects as with the E-MU card. And as far as I know there is only Ableton Live Lite as bundled software.

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Audiophile2496-main.html

To the soundcard I have a simple cheap preamp with phantom power to connect a studio microphone "Studio Projects 1" and my guitar, it's an ALTO alpha mictube, works fine for homestudio works.

http://www.altoproaudio.com/html/preamplifiers.php

I have also a Line6 TonePort GX that also is a very good soundcard with USB connection. Works fine too

http://line6.com/toneportgx/

For VST-instrument I have a drummachine Groove Agent 2, Hypersonic workstation and The Grand 2 for pianosounds. But that's maybe the next step depending on your needs.

I also have Band-in-a-Box and export the midifiles to Cubase so that I can exchange the sounds with my VST-intruments.

I hope you can use the information...

/Jokron
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had good success with the M-Audio products. Even though they are under Digidesign now (makers of Protools). Also, the vast majority of audio interfaces come with at least one 'lite' version of a DAW tool.

My secondary audio station (called da WANKSTATION) is entirely software driven.

M-Audio 192k
Ableton Live
Emu Proteus Soft Synth (VSTi)
Reason (rarely use)
Band In a Box
GuitarPort
Roland 2020 MIDI controller for guitar
M-Audio Oxygen keyboard MIDI controller

Native Instruments Battery is an outstanding percussion plugin. Only reason I don't use it because I'm happy with the drums my Proteus produces, they're 192k samples. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Help with setting up a Home Studio Reply with quote

There's no software that's clearly better than another, it really depends on what makes sense to you and what you want to accomplish. Pro Tools is usually good for people that come from a traditional recording background, as it's pretty linear in the way it works. Programs like Logic and Abelton Live tend to make more sense to people that came up using computers or midi based stuff.

If you're just looking to do basic tracking I'd recommend something like N-Track, Tracktion, etc. These are pretty easy to understand right out of the gate. There's also Audacity and Reaper, which are free (google them). Ableton Live is a great program and a lot of fun, and even though it's different than most others it's actually pretty intuitive. If you're into working with loops and samples it's great, but if you're just trying to do more straight tracking I'd recommend something else.

Reason is fun as well, and good for drums, again it really depends on what makes sense to you. If you like Reason I'd make sure the other DAW you get is re-wire compatible, that way you can use any tracks or instruments you make in Reason in your main DAW.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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