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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-05-2006, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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New To Computer Recording

Hello guys,

I'm a serious musician who wants to start recording. My dad used to be an active musician , and he recorded alot back in the 70's/80's. Because of this, I am fortunate to start off with some OK/decent gear, such as two SM57's. He's taught me about mic placement, etc. However, he is just as clueless as I am when it comes to the whole digital/computer recording.

I want to be able to mic my amp, record it, master it, and use drum and bass loops to create my own songs. I've heard alot about the PreSonus stuff around here. I was looking at the Inspire, until I heard many here mention the Firebox. Is the extra money worth it to get the Firebox if you are doing what I'm doing?

As far as software, I'm starting to understand the whole VSTi/DXi things and how you can "ReWire" them to a host program. However, I do not know which host program would be best suited for me. I'd really like to keep costs down as much $200 max for software. I've played around with Cubase SE, Sonar Home Studio 4, and FL Producer, but I'm so lost at this computer recording stuff that I can't prefer one over the other.

For example, can I make drum loops within Sonar Home Studio or Cubase, or do I need a sequencer like FL?

Also for example, which is better for my situation, Cubase SE or Sonar Home Studio 4? I'm lost with all of this.

All help is appreciated.


Oh yeah, here are my computer specs if needed

AMD Athlon 64 3700+
2GB OCZ PC3200
74GB Western Digital Raptor SATA 10,000rpm HDD

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-11-2006, 02:21 PM
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Re: New To Computer Recording

I would say you would probably want to add another hard drive just for your recording stuff. At least a 7200 RPM one and high capacity as full songs and works start taking up a lot of space and you should keep your recorded stuff seperate from the drive with your windows files so they don't try to access each other at the same time.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-07-2006, 10:40 PM
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Re: New To Computer Recording

I was totaly in the same place as you two years ago. Here is what I did. bought a pice of **** and got frustrated. Went to the local guitar center and asked questions (and they either did not know or gave me wrong information) and after a while I finally got smart. I did two things that really helped me make an informed decision; 1. I got CD ROMs on every platform out there from cuebase to digital performer (cost a bit but I was informed) 2. I called sweetwater and they assigned me a sales engineer (I'm not special they do it for everybody), My guy is Brad Every. I talked to him for at least 30 hours before spending a penny. In case your wondering I went with a Pro Tools LE system and I am very happy with it. The secrets of the pros modern recording and mixing DVD is also very helpfull. Check 'em out.
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