Need I/O Advice for New Home Studio (plain text)

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by Gregg Garfinkle, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. I am hoping to get into recording at home, and want to set up a mini studio.
    I have a G4 Dual 1.42 Ghz Mac with DVD/CD burning (Fire wire 400/800), two
    mics (KSM44 & SM57), some XLR cable/stands and a pair of AKG240S headphones.
    I¹m mostly going to record myself on guitar and vocals, but hope to grow
    into recording multiple players and even bands.

    My main issue right now is what to purchase for my I/O. I am willing to
    spend enough to get a Digi 002 console, but wonder about the pro¹s/con¹s of
    the rackmount version, as well as other rackmount units like the MOTU 2408
    mkIII/828 mkIII, and other new firewire-based setups. I don¹t know how
    important a control surface is in the equation, or even choice of software
    package (it currently seems to me like a choice between Logic & Protools to
    me). I know the 002 has good mic pre¹s (and more of them), but the MOTU
    seems to have a better feature set overall (plus it¹s cheaper). I figure I
    could always buy an external tube pre with the price difference. I could go
    on...

    I¹m open to any and all advice, taking special consideration of
    future-proofing as much as possible for growth & change.

    Many thanks in advance.

    -Gregg
  2. Rich Wilner

    Rich Wilner Guest

    > I¹m open to any and all advice, taking special consideration of
    > future-proofing as much as possible for growth & change.



    i would strongly suggest buying a separate i/o interface and preamps.
    this will afford you more options, as you'll probably find the cost
    difference between the two different setups is minimal and the quality
    of each will be better. also, you won't be tied down to preamps you
    don't like. Probably the only reason i'd go with a digi system is if
    you absolutely had to have a control surface or were 100% sold on pro
    tools.
    for interfaces, i'd check out the RME digiface/multiface and the
    metric/halo offering. I use the RME with a presonus digimax LT
    (pc-based laptop system) and i like it alot.

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