Upgrading The Rig

Discussion in 'Recording In Progress' started by Ecadad, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Ecadad

    Ecadad Tele-Holic

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    I've got a bit of extra money (not a ton, but a bit), and I think it's time to update my recording rig a bit. I'm looking for ideas about what to get- I have around $600.

    I definitely need a new USB interface. I'm running logic.

    A condenser mic and small diaphragm condenser would probably be good to have (I currently only have a 58 and a cheap MXL condenser).

    What should I get? Specific suggestions would be lovely.
     
  2. shovelrider

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    Without knowing what else you already have, here are some suggestions.

    Focusrite 2i4 - $200
    Pair JBL LSR305 - $300
    Superlux HD668B Semi-Open Headphones - $55
    Superlux HD661 Closed-Back Headphones - $45
    Audio Technica 2020 Condenser Mic - $100
    GLS Audio ES-57 Mic - $36
    GLS Audio ES-58 Mic - $30
     
  3. Martin R

    Martin R Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    A recording engineer once explained the order of importance...And it's easy to follow:

    Talent-->Microphone-->Preamp-->Monitors-->DAW.
     
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    These are the only two items I can vouch for from personal experience.

    The Focusrite stuff is good all the way down the line ... I've been using the Saffire Pro 24 for several years with great performance and zero problems. I've also got the JBL 6" LSR monitors, paid big bucks but they were worth every dime ... I was flabbergasted at the price on these 5-inchers — it's a steal!
     
  5. studio

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    Yes on the JBL's.

    Try out some Samson mics while you are at it.
    You can get some nice sounds with their dual
    diaphragm configurations. Not much more than the
    Audio Technica, which i would go for the higher
    priced ones anyway. The 40 series if ya can handle it.

    Get a couple SM57's while you're out there.
     
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    The problem is there are sooo many dang products
    out there, especially interfaces.....it boggles me mind!

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  7. Ecadad

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    Is the Saffire worth the extra $100 or so over the Scarlett?
     
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    You could get an Used Apogee (they run on firewire), a NI's KA6 or a Saffire pro, and and for the mic an AT2020.
    For heaphones; Sony mdr v6.


    B. M.
     
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    I went for the Pro 24 over the Scarlett and Saffire Pro 14 because (1) I wanted to keep four potential inputs at the standing ready all the time — microphone and Tele through the preamps, outboard preamp and hardware POD (since abandoned) through the line inputs, and (2) also wanted the 5-segment LED meters. Worth the dough to me, but YMMV.
     
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