I need some help, and some info!
I am 18 years old (limited budget), and I want a recording studio set up. Nothing extremely complex, just some basics for a pretty nice, warm analog sound. Ever heard Steve Vai's Flexable album? He recorded that in a little studio he made from a shed. Im hoping to do the same thing. Have a little shed studio where I can waste alot of time and record some albums for fun.
Ok, I have a shed behind my mom's house she said I could have. Its 15'x12', and the celing is barn-shaped to a peak of about 13' high. It will be a bit small, but It should work. (Its all I got, I gotta make it work)
I bought an older mixer, 16 channels, its BIG!, and I paid $35 for it at a Garage sale from a musician who was moving to Washington and had to clear alot of gear for the move. The brand is Audio Centuron. I cant find any info about it. I'll get some pictures later today.
I dont like amp modeling, I want to do this the old fashioned way, by plugging my guitars into my tube halfstacks and putting a mic or 2 in front of the speaker cones, even though its harder and more expensive (potentially, of course)
I have a Radio Shack Dynamic mic (laugh if you want to, but its actually a very nice mic, metal construction, XLR output, has good, usable sound) I'll be getting some more mics in the future, so dont worry about that, I need help elsewhere...
For a while, Ive been running just the mic infront of my amp, into the mixer, which goes into the microphone input on my computer, into Cool Edit Pro.
It sounds surprisingly nice, for what it is.
Im trying to figure out what I need, for a better sound. Mic preamps? Compressors? Firewire Interface? These are words I hear alot, and I kind of know what they mean, but why do I need these things?
I also guess Ill need some acoustical foam too, after I get my drywall up.