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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:20 pm 
Mark III
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Location: New Zealand
I'm about as bare bones as it gets.

Rode M1 mic (very SM58-like; take the screen off and it's very SM57-like)
Whatever brand mic stand they sell at the Rockshop (Quikloc, I think)
Whatever brand XLR cable they sell at the Rockshop (Planet Waves?)
Focusrite iTrack Solo interface

Now, the DAW. The Focusrite came bundled with Ableton Live 8 Lite. I hate it. Can't get my head around it because to me it's the least user-friendly, least intuitive POS I can think of. It's very frustrating since once upon a time I was quite handy with analog gear and tape back in the 80s. I tried Reaper, and I like it; but I just haven't gotten around to getting the license yet.

So right now I use the Ableton to make my drum tracks, but I'm not even sure I'm getting the most out of that part as I could. All I can do is make drum loops with the on-board MIDI, but I'd like to program an actual track for a song with fills and everything from start to finish. As it is I just save my loops and individual tracks with a measure's worth of snare, hihat, etc, import the WAV files into Audacity, put the fills and accents where I want them over the basic drum loop, and use Audacity as my primary DAW. Call me crazy, but I like it.

But there must be an easier way. Anybody got any suggestions?

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Mini Rectifier, Epi Dot 335
Once I stopped chasing tone, it stopped running away.

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 9:39 am 
Mark II
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Mine's pretty simple. Nothing too special, but I've been satisfied with the recent results. A lot of my mics are more for live use than recording, but they do the trick.

27" iMac
Logic Pro
MOTU 8pre Firewire Interface

Shure SM57
Electro Voice N/D767a
AKG Perception 200
Plus a few other random/cheap mics..

Results can be heard by looking up the album "Bear Fight, Vol 1" by Remora Deign on iTunes, Amazon, or most other online stores. Not "pro" quality... but for a band like ours that only plays a show once every few months anymore, it does the trick. Kind of weird to have our stuff out on the web like that, but it's way more cost effective for us and we no longer have to do the old "Oh you want a CD? OK, well meet me at the mall at 3 o'clock" routine anymore when people want a CD and can't make it to a show to get one.

Note: For the drums on those recordings, we actually used some REAL cheap Nady mics that we bought on eBay years ago for like $50. :roll: They're junk.. they do a so-so job. We've replaced them with a Audix DP5A drum mic pack, but of course we bought that AFTER this little album was finished.

Mark V:35
Roadster Head
2x12 Recto Vertical Slant Cab

PRS 408 10-Top
Fender Custom Strat
Ibanez RG470

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:43 pm 
Mark II

Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:28 pm
Posts: 69
Fairly simple is best for me. Any of my Mesa amps (Studio Pre and 2:95, Rectifier Recording Pre and 2:100, Stiletto Deuce);

Mic or direct into Rupert Neve Portico 5032,
Alternatively direct into Metric Halo ULN-2,
Pro Tools & current Mac Mini

Works far better than my playing skills...

PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:07 am 
Bottle Rocket

Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:01 pm
Posts: 3
Some wicked setups here! \m/

My rig has been severely thinned over the last 2 years as im now working out of a local studio that has pretty much anyhting I need.

Custom built rackmounted PC 16G RAM with 6 Core
SONAR X2 Producer & Toontrack Superior Drummer (All kits)
2 x ASUS Monitors
2 x UAD2 Quad Cards
Lynx PCIe Aurora Card (16 IO)
Lynx Aurora 16 AD/DA Converter
Presonus Central Station
Mackie HR6 Monitors
Focusrite ISA 828 Preamps
2 x Geoff Tanner Aurora Audio GTQC's 1073 Channel Strips
Alta Moda Unicomp Stereo Mastering Compressor
Neve 8816 Summing Mixer

Numerous Rode, Shure, & EV mics. Some of the Rode's modded.
Mesa Road King S1, Electradyne Combo 112, Mesa Roadster Combo 112, Peavey Valveking 112, Orange Micro Terror.
TC Electronic G-Force
Numerous stomp pedals
2 x Peavey EVH Wolfgangs
2 x Washburn Nuno N4s (Vintage & Rare Koa Model)
PRS Custom 24 Artist
Heritage Les Paul
Fender USA Custom Shop Rory Gallagher Strat
Fender USA Custom Shop Relic'd John Mayer Black1 Strat
Fender Japanese Vintage 70s Strat
Fender USA Standard Strat 1989.
Takamine EAN15C Acoustic
Ibanez Bass Guitar

I pretty much use Superior to sequence all the drums, bass guitar is DI and then everything else gets layered. I use a similar method to TriAxis6 which involves a splitter system when tracking heavy guitars. The UAD2 plugs are awesome for mixing. Alta Moda is across the mix buss always, excpet for when use din tracking with other preamps.

Cheers \m/

PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:22 pm 
Mark II
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Posts: 74
Shure SM 57 - middle of the cone
K&K AT 309 - dust cap (for hi mid bite)

AKG Perception 200 (room mic, rarely used)

Presonus Inspire 1394


Actual gear:
Roadster 2x12 combo
SG guitars

In action:

Studio Preamp
Stereo Simul-Class 2:Ninety PWR AMP
Mark IVa
Mark IVb
4x12 Recto Traditional Slant Cab
2x12 Recto Horizontal Cab
2x12 Recto Compact Cab

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:07 pm 
Mark III
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Joined: Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:51 pm
Posts: 166
Location: Texas
Not sure if I posted earlier, but I finally upgraded to a decent interface. My recording rig is as follows:

Focusrite Saffire Pro 24
PC running Windows 7 Pro (Needs upgrade in hardware)
Reaper 5
Various free vst effect/amp sims, huge catalog of IR's(paid and free)
Addictive Drums(with all add-ons)
First Gen M-Audio BX5a monitors
Mics are
have access to
Audix I5
Audix D5's & D6's
a couple AKG P220's

Dual Rectifier
Recto 4 x 12 Straight v30s

Ibanez RG560
BC Rich Beast (Fully Understand it's namesake now)

"Efficiunt Daemones, ut quae non sunt, sic tamen quasi sint, conspicienda hominibus exhibeant." - Lactantius

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:51 am 
Mark II

Joined: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:56 am
Posts: 51
Location: Missouri
After seeing the set up some of you folks have Im still in the little leagues comparatively--

21" iMac
M-Audio Bx5 monitors
Logic Pro X
Tascam US-2000 ( old but still works amazingly - but will upgrade sooner than later)
ART TPS II tube pre-amp
Two Notes Torpedo Live
Furman M-8x2
Ezdrummer 2 & Superior Drummer ( Still blown away by these VST's)

Sennhieser e906
Sterling ST31

Belt Fed Riffs & Gear ... y6WpkLrvtg

Current Rig:
Mesa Boogie Roadster Head
Orange PPC 2x12 cab w/ V30's
Two Notes Torpedo Live

PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 5:07 am 
Bottle Rocket

Joined: Sat May 07, 2016 4:49 am
Posts: 10
Location: California
Very simple but gets a good sound for demos.

Zoom H6 in one corner of the room with the stereo mic capturing everything except vocals. Vocals (sm58) are being fed into the room PA and into the 1 input on the Zoom. I'm looking to buy another mic to aim at the drums on the other side of the room to hopefully beef up the drum sound, and feed that into the 2 input. Here's an example of how it sounds. I'm playing the lead on an Electra Dyne head.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:32 pm 
Bottle Rocket

Joined: Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:29 pm
Posts: 2
Extended range guitars -> 1994 Dual rectifier -> Mesa oversize 412 -> Royer R121 -> neve1073 clone -> saffire pro 40 -> Reaper -> older Adam A7s or Event Tr6s.

Sometimes I'll use an sm7 or an sm57 with the royer but I usually end up with just the Royer in mix anyways. I record in the same room I've treated for mixing so it's not the greatest sounding room for live guitars. I also record at low volumes.

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