#1
So I went into sam ash today to get an estimate on a recording setup.


My original idea was as follows:
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Tascam-US144-Interface-and-990991-Mic-Pack-Bundle?sku=241736

The tascam us-144 and a couple of microphones for 200
(or substitute the microphones for a shure 50 dollar mic)

and just store brand stands or whatever.

this comes out to 200-250


When I went in, the guy recommended me;
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Fast-Track-Pro-Mobile-USB-Audio-MIDI-Interface?sku=241710
The m-audio fast track mobile

and a samson microphone pack (which includes cable and other stuff)

This comes out to about 300.


i have sonar-cakewalk,
a couple of midi controllers and a pc

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my question is;
Which is better?
Should I trust the salesman? (He looks like a middle aged tom morello)
I don't even shred
#2
if you have vista, the tascam might be the better choice. I just got that deal for 170 and so far I like it, though cubase has a pretty steep learning curve. M-audio often gets bad reviews for the interfaces, look at their reviews on musicians friend, they get quite a few complaints. The MXL mics are pretty good. I would use them for vocals (make sure u have or make a pop filter, i made mine) and acoustic guitar, perhaps for drum demos. I would recomend an sm57 if u want to mic guitar cabs.
#3
I'd go with your first choice, but substitute the microphone for either the 57, Sennheiser E609 or Rode N6 i think it is. All are good for recording guitars and can also be used for doing vocals as well and other stuff.
#6
another thing to keep in mind, salesmen usually work of commission so he may just be trying to get u to buy from the store as opposed to online, or just buy the more expensive item.
#7
@Wat

I had cubase before and it took me awhile to really get the hang of it
like a year actually but thats cause i was new to DAW's all together

But i duno...I'm kinda liking the m-audio.

tell me, how does the tascam do with midi?
I hate latency and plugging in normally usually ends up with latency.
I don't even shred
#8
um, i havn't done anything with midi. That i don't know to much about though there is a midi in and a midi out on the back of the tascam. I havn't recorded anything with cubase yet being that i've only had this for about a week and a half, but i've recorded with kristal and i got practically no latency with it set to nomal latency (there are 5 latency choices high-low). The small latency i heard was pretty much negligible and wouldn't effect playing and recording at all.