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I want to get a multi-track recorder to record a solo album this summer. I have been looking at the multi-track recorders with built in cd-burners and they look really cool. I don't really need more than 8 tracks to record on, but I want the sound quality to be good. Any suggestions? Price not over $700. I have an SM57 to record my guitar and an Audix OM2 to record vocals, idk if that helps but just throwin it out there.
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Last edited by Pants99 at Aug 9, 2009,
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Quote by Pants99
I want to get a multi-track recorder to record a solo album this summer. I have been looking at the multi-track recorders with built in cd-burners and they look really cool. I don't really need more than 8 tracks to record on, but I want the sound quality to be good. Any suggestions? Price not over $700. I have an SM57 to record my guitar and an Audix OM2 to record vocals, idk if that helps but just throwin it out there.

well with 700$ id have to suggest looking at a computer based setup, since its a solo youll probally need no more than 2 inputs. as for drums where you planning on recording them or usinga machine/software? well im going to assume your not as you dont have the necesarry mikes. well first ill give you a computer setup and see what you think of it. also for the computer if you have anything within 5 years of purchase it should be ok, my computer is almost 5 years old and i just bought some extra ram to make it 3gb of ram and an external drive for music and games (its 750gb, so space is no longer a worry)
well for an audio interface if you have firewire i recommend this http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/PreSonus-FIREBOX-24bit96kHz-FireWire-Recording-System?sku=184133 it comes with 2 mic inputs,cubase le 4 i believe, firewire speed (usb 2.0 and fire wire are pretty close, but firewire is a slight bit faster) it has a midi s/pdif plug so yo should be able to hook up midi. for 200$ you have pretty much everything you need. if you need drums software i recommend EZdrummer or Steven Slate drums, 150$ each. if you want to pony up so more cash id recommend superior drummer 2.0, 300$.
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Toontrack-EZdrummer-Multi-Layer-Drum-Sampler?sku=703056 Ezdrummer
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Steven-Slate-Drums-SIGNATURE-DRUM-KITS-LE?sku=450869 steven slate le
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Toontrack-Superior-Drummer-2.0?sku=720000 superior drummer 2.0

if you only have usb 2.0 replace the firebox with this http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/MAudio-Fast-Track-Pro-Mobile-USB-Audio-MIDI-Interface?sku=241710 its pretty much the same except youd need to either use ableton lite (which is kinda made for hip-hop and the like) or pay 60$ for Reaper (really really good audio software)
the last thing youd need would be a good pair of monitors, even if you got a multi-track youd need some good monitors. http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/KRK-Rokit-Powered-5-Generation-2?sku=482825
2 of these for 300$
In keeping with your 700$ budget id suggest, presonus fire box/m-audio,EZdrummer/slate drums,krk rokit 5's. this set up would be 650$, if you got the m-audio youd need and extra 60$ making it 710$. this would give you a very good setup with fast speeds.
now if you still want a multi-track i recommend this
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Tascam-DP02-Digital-Portastudio?sku=241788 40 gig internal drive will definantly cover alot of your needs. as for a monitor the reviews are great on these things and i almost got them, but i bought the rokit 5's instead. http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Edirol-MA15D-Digital-Stereo-Micro-Monitor-Pair?sku=603678
well sorry for all this text but hope this helped. both will give you good results but i truly suggest a computer based setup, youll prob switch to computer like i did in the long run.