What's your recording setup?

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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by burnstudios » Mon May 24, 2010 7:58 am

Heres some recent pics of my humble little studio. you can check out some of my work at www.burnstudios.com and http://myspace.com/burnstudios
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Re: What's your recording setup?

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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by Ibanez_shred » Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:47 am

Some nice setups in here,I am using a firebox rokit 8's a rokit 10" sub sonar 8 producer dfh and a bunch of plugins,its a mess rite now I know LOL!
I just got my mark iv so I will be using that but I used to use the line 6 vetta II HD.
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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by BostonRedSox » Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:25 pm

I use Logic Express 9, Apogee Duet, Shure SM57s, American Deluxe Strats and Gibson SG Standards, my Roadster head, into a Rivera Silent Sister. It works great.

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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by 6stax » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:25 pm

(3)Presonus Firepods
Gateway lap top running Cubase SX3
SAC-2K control surface
Avalon 737 pre
Monitors:(small)JBL LSR 25P
(Large)Meyer833 powered by McIntosh2300

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Post by olds_71_442 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:22 am

Eric wrote:for practice, boss pedal board into sound card with ableton. I dont have any mics.
Me too..This is how I have mine set up...

M Audio Fast Track Ultra 8r (for my soundcard)
M Audio Profire 2626 (for my soundcard)
TC Helicon Voiceworks (for vocals)
Boss GT 10 (for guitars and basses)
Roland TD12k (for my drums)
Pro Tools 8
M Audio Axiom Keyboard

The only time I use a mic is for vocals and I use a Shure SM 58 for that.

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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by DTJPPR » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:36 pm

I usually work in a Studio with lots of Gear, but at home I have this:

Interface: Apogee Duet 2(just got it. Sounds great)

Monitors: Focal CMS40's
Focal CMS Sub
KRK V8's (Old ones, not the VXT's)
Cue 5 Cheapos

Outboard Gear:
not much at home, but I have a Summit TLA-50 and a Vintech X73i Channel Strip that I use when tracking a vocalist/doing overdubs here.

Mics stashed at home:
Granelli 5790
Royer R-101 (which I LOVE)
Shure KSM44 x2
Audio Technica AE3000's (I usually use these for toms, but I actually also love them for guitar and room mics)

Pro Tools 9
BIAS Peak Studio

Waves Gold, Rennaissance, API, SSL, and CLA Compressors
Native Instruments Prism, Absynth, Massive

Here's a song with some of this gear on it, though it was mixed on an SSL:
http://soundcloud.com/jeffmeredithmixin ... nitial-mix
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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by screamingdaisy » Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:10 pm

What I have...

M-Audio Fast Track
MacBook Pro

Garage Band
EZ Drummer

What I want...

SM57 + Another Mic
Apogee Duet 2
MacBook Pro

Superior Drummer

Once I make it to that state well see where things take me.
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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by pvandendungen » Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:38 am

- Macbook Pro
- Logic Pro 9
- Piece of sh*t e-drum kit w/ Superior Drummer 2.0 for drums (sounds awesome btw)
- Shure SM57 for guitars
- Shure SM58 for vocals
- Amplitube Ampeg SVX for bass
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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by Dr. Tweedbucket » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:29 pm

My setup is:

Alesis HD24
Mackie 16 ch mixer
Presonus EQ / compressor / preamp
Kurzweil Rumor effects processor
Shure KSM44 dynamic mic
Shure Beta 58
Shure 57

That's about it. I only get mediocure results and think I should get better. I mix directly to CD from the Mackie doing all the fades and whatever in real time. The hardest thing is getting a good tight bass and kick drum to set together in the mix.
Currently I am recording a new batch of songs and want to get a better result than in the past, so I'm open to suggestions. :oops:
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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by guitarfish56 » Thu May 31, 2012 2:58 pm

Here is my setup:

• E-MU PARIS Pro 24bit recording system with C16 Pro Controller
• Behringer Euro Desk MX 9000 mixing console
• Event 20-20 bi-amplified studio monitors
• Microphones: AKG, Shure, Electrovoice, Audix
• Korg Triton ProX 88 key music workstation keyboard
• Yamaha EX5-R rackmount workstation sound module

Audio Software:
• Cakewalk Sonar X1 Producer Edition
• Propellerhead Reason 5 & Recycle 2
• Steinberg Wavelab 6
• Exstensive collection of VST instruments, software synths, sound libraries, audio & drum loops, and plug-ins
• Sony CD Architect

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• Sony Vegas Pro 11 HD
• Sony DVD Architect

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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by MesaGod666 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:49 pm

I'm currently upgrading my rig!

Previous Rig
Pro-Tools 9
M-Audio ProjectMix
ART MP pres
KRK Rokit 8s
SM57, AKG 414, SM7, Sterling Audio ST66

New Rig
Pro-Tools 9
UA Apollo w/UA plugs (studer a800, Trident EQ, Manley EQ, Fatso)
UA 6176
KRK Rokit 8s
SM57, AKG 414, SM7, Sterling Audio ST66
Mesa Simul-Class 2:Ninety; JP2C, Mesa/Boogie OS Cabs

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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by Given To Fly » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:47 pm

For classical guitar I use a matched stereo pair of sE Electronics sE1aSP SDC -> Apogee Duet 2 -> MackBook Pro running Pro Tools 10. When I mic my Roadster I use a Sennheiser e906. Its a work in progress.

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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by Nitrobattery » Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:26 pm

Stripped it down quite a bit recently.


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Re: What's your recording setup?

Post by TriAxis6 » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:03 pm

Before I start, I need to say that the music played is heavy modern rock with a little commercial twist. Think Tool and Dream Theater meet the Foo Fighters! We like to be complex and heavy, but we like it when most people (not just musicians) can relate to what we are trying to express...there is always a line between the two. sometimes we can combine them, sometimes one side wins over the other.

Here is a basic view of the signal path

Guitar out into a 3 way splitter. A/B/C

A- feeds a tri/290 rig and a recto 4x12 closed mic off the cone and off center with a Royer 121.

B- feeds any number of other boogie rigs like a Quad/295 with 2x12 open back cabs and another matched pair Royer 121. It could also go into the rectifier recording pre instead of the Quad and the out to the amp and cab as mentioned above. Sometimes I'll run the recto pre direct as it was designed to do. Sometimes putting a mic on the Subway Rocket at low volume produces awesome results, or unplugging the speaker and lighting up another recto 4x12 with the little bad boy also works well.

C- I don't always use 3 chains, but sometimes I'll run into the Fractal Axe-FX II and come out in digital direct to the board. This digital box is pretty amazing on it's own, but I need tubes, and a lot of 'em

Two or three of these chains will be mixed together. Or, I'll simply use one if I like it better than a mix of 2 or 3. I like to remain constant whenever possible, but sometimes the song calls for something different because of other production things going on, like a bass track needing to be larger, or the other guitarist's production choices.

An important thing to note is mic placement. I like to use the matched pair of 121's that I have, the Royer ribbon sound is organic, but brutal! I like to close mic about a few inches off the grill, hit the outside of the speaker, not the cone and then tilt the mic downward or diagonally off-axis so the highs don't rip my face off, and I don't have to do what I refer to as "salvage EQ" later on. It is wildly important to get the best possible native sound and not have to correct it later with EQ, rather enhance it with EQ. I used to use a combination of a 414 with a 421 or 421 with a 57, but after I got the Royers I never looked back. One mic per cab and I find a great sound quickly and no phase issues to correct later on. I must be the only idiot on the planet who never liked the sound of a 57 alone.

Another important thing to note is the mic preamps used. They can color your sound just as much as the amp you plug your guitar into. In the studio, we have Avalons, Grace, and some other cool boxes, but the one I have been stuck to is the Chandler Limited TG-2 Abbey Road Special Edition. There is no EQ on it, it is just 2 channels of fatness. The Avalons are awesome for a more "sterile" (not in a bad way) sound, and I like them better for acoustic. But when it comes to crunch guitar, the Chandler rule supreme.

I like to use the Avalon mastering compressor on the guitars from time to time. I also like the Waves SSL collection for EQ and compression too if I can't get my grubby little paws on the Pultec.

As far as effects go, I use my Eventide Eclipse, and the Eventide Anthology plugin which pretty much has every Eventide box ever made in one package. Also to note there are some cool things inside Waves GTR3, especially for layering clean and semi broken up parts. They have some modern effects that give the guitar a bigger sonic landscape and provide me with production ideas that I had not considered.

I'd be interested in hearing what everyone else likes to do.
2-TriAxis / 2-2:90 rigs
Quad /2:95 rig
Subway Rocket
Rectifier Direct Preamp
Stereo 2:Fifty
2-4x12 Recto Std
2-2x12 open back
Mark IV Combo
Maverick 2x12 Combo
DC-5 Combo
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