#1
Ok i'm purchasing a load of recording stuff soon and so far i've narrowed it down to the following.

Alesis iO|26 26 Channel Digital Computer Audio Interface

Shure SM-57

M-Audio Oxygen 61 key MIDI Controller

Steinberg Cubase Studio 4

with HOSA neutrik XLR cables

For monitoring i will be using my Cambridge Audio Azur 340 amplifier with Cambridge Audio S70 floor standing speakers

How would you rate that setup, or what would you replace and why?
(oh and if you think that interface has more I/O then necassary it's because i'll be borrowing my mates drum kit and drum mic's when i need to so i'll need a few spare inputs.)

Thanks
#2
It's pretty good. The Alesis is quite versatile. If anything, I would prefer you get monitors over speakers, as I don't think your Cambridge Audio stuff is meant to accurately play music, but make it sound good.
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#3
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It's pretty good. The Alesis is quite versatile. If anything, I would prefer you get monitors over speakers, as I don't think your Cambridge Audio stuff is meant to accurately play music, but make it sound good.


Yea i wasn't sure how the speakers would manage but how necessary would you say it is to have decent monitors over a pair of speakers? i just thought i'd save a bit of cash that's all, what monitors would you recommend?

thanks for your reply
#4
It depends on your budget. Fostex, Mackie, and KRK offer good speakers that run around $300-400 a pair.
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#6
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how necessary would you say it is to have decent monitors over a pair of speakers?


Absolutely critical.

From another thread...

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Neither stereo speakers nor computer speakers are really up to the job. They are 'coloured' so that the consumer listens to them and has a sense of 'these sound great!' Unfortunately, it is the same extended bass response and tweaked high end that makes the average consumer go 'yeah!' that makes them nearly impossible to mix on.

Studio monitors sound very boring. But they are honest and accurate.

Consider this: Put on a pair of yellow-tinted sunglasses. Now go paint a scene outside. Take off the glasses. Looks pretty hilarious, doesn't it? You have to accommodate for and guess - all simultaneously - the coloration of what you are seeing and creating. No bloody way you're going to be all that successful. Now try clear lenses. Sure, not near as funky, but a heck of a lot more usable!


CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

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#7
yea I would say get some good monitors for sure. I'm still mixing on good headphones and a few sets of PC speakers myself...and can hear my limits.

Once I get some money aside I have to get some KRKs...
#8
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yea I would say get some good monitors for sure. I'm still mixing on good headphones and a few sets of PC speakers myself...and can hear my limits.

Once I get some money aside I have to get some KRKs...


does this mean i could just buy a pair of decent headphones and mix on them instead? because i'd like to have a pair of headphones to hear a backing track/metronome when i'm recording.

If not how much should i be spending on monitors? would a pair of these be decent?

thanks
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#9
There's no substitute for monitors. Headphones are more for pinpointing details and tracking like you said.
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#10
technically you can mix on headphones but its a big challenge. It takes a while to get used to the sound of your phones and compensate the mix so it sounds good on most audio players.

Overall, monitors are a good thing to have in the room.


For tracking there's no problem with using headphones. I prefer closed back models such as the Senn HD280 Pros as they don't bleed into the mics when tracking vocals.
#11
Quote by moody07747
technically you can mix on headphones but its a big challenge. It takes a while to get used to the sound of your phones and compensate the mix so it sounds good on most audio players.

Overall, monitors are a good thing to have in the room.


For tracking there's no problem with using headphones. I prefer closed back models such as the Senn HD280 Pros as they don't bleed into the mics when tracking vocals.


Ok thanks for that advice, what about the fostex monitors listed below, are they a suitable pair for the price range?

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/27866

Thanks again
#12
I'm more familiar with reviews of the PM1, which were quite favorable.
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