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Looking to get a simple cheap recording setup in my room. I'm getting a computer for it soon, 32 bit machine Celeron processor with 2gb ram. It's gonna be dedicated to recording only. I'll be using reaper, and some drum machine software when I can get it.

The computer is free, it just needs ram and a hard drive. Do you even think a 32 bit machine will be suitable for recording?
If anyone could direct me to a cheap high rpm hard drive adequate for what I'll be doing and a decent recording interface, I'd be grateful.
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A 32-bit machine is way more than capable of recording. Can't help much with the recording interface as I'm trying to learn more on that subject myself, but for a hard drive...most 7200 RPM hard drives will do like a Western Digital or Seagate. They are very affordable as well, from $50-100 depending on how much space you think you will need. Only thing I would be concerned with is the processor, a Celeron isn't exactly known for it's versatility with today's software but I could always be wrong. I wouldn't doubt it could run some good recording software...I just worry about how well it will perform with it.
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I wont be running many VST's, hopefully.
That's what I said too..
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I wont be running many VST's, hopefully.

How do you plan on mixing then?
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#8
If you're running XP, you should be fine.

If you want to go Win7... you'll need more.

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

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I wont be running many VST's, hopefully.


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#10
I'm sure he means VSTi's....

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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There should be a thread for budget studios, in my opinion.

For creating them, or to find ones available?
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#13
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There should be a thread for budget studios, in my opinion.


To be fair, this section seems to be full of threads along the lines of "I want to start recording, what do I need?"

I wonder if people are capable of doing any research themselves anymore. There are so many very well written articles available online which will help a starter far more than many of the contributers on here. For all the good advice given here, it's outnumbered by the "You need a <insert item> or it will sound terrible".
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For creating them, or to find ones available?


Creating them

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To be fair, this section seems to be full of threads along the lines of "I want to start recording, what do I need?"

I wonder if people are capable of doing any research themselves anymore. There are so many very well written articles available online which will help a starter far more than many of the contributers on here. For all the good advice given here, it's outnumbered by the "You need a <insert item> or it will sound terrible".


True enough, but with a stickied thread giving you a detailed description of what you should buy for each budget would really limit these threads down.

And a lot of those articles are out dated, or people just want to go to a site they trust to give them advice on what to buy.
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"Cheap" and "recording set-up" are three words that are fairly common to ask but difficult to answer without specific parameters. What quality level would you like to achieve? If you're storing ideas then micing the amp up will do but if you're interested in creating serious material you'll spend hundreds on monitors alone, not to mention all the other equipment needed for a quality recording.

The most baic piece of equipment is a half-decent computer. Personally I'm a fan of iMacs. Next you'll need a HDR like Cubase or Logic. If you're on the mac, GarageBand is free but personally I hate it. I lke Cubase and Reaper is a bit like it and free. Get it if you don't have it.

Monitors come next. I take my recordings into college to mix but then again it's nationally renowned so that's a given. I'm going to assume you don't have 20k to spend on speakers. I like Dynaudio BM6-As. Look em up.

Get some good mics. SM-57s and SM-58s are cheap and great. I endorse AKG mics but they aren't exactly cheap. Still, if you can get a used D112 get it. Also get a couple of condensers with flat-ish frequency responses. That should do for mics and it brings me on to my next bit of gear.

Get a mixing desk with phantom power. Allen & Heath are good, not sure about prices.

Acoustically treat your room.

I've missed stuff out and that's a very basic list. You simply cannot get a good recording on shit gear unless you are extremely experienced. Save yourself the hassle and book a studio when you want to record. Yes it's expensive, but it's a damn sight better than dishing money out on a "recording studio" and not having the skill to use it.
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True enough, but with a stickied thread giving you a detailed description of what you should buy for each budget would really limit these threads down.


No, it wouldn't. I remember when there was a sticky about setting up a basic recording setup. There were still 3 or 4 posts on a daily basis on "OH! WHAT DO I NEEEEED!??!"

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For all the good advice given here, it's outnumbered by the "You need a <insert item> or it will sound terrible".


Really? Because thats all I ever post and 99% of the time, I'm right
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No, it wouldn't. I remember when there was a sticky about setting up a basic recording setup. There were still 3 or 4 posts on a daily basis on "OH! WHAT DO I NEEEEED!??!"



That's still a little better than 5 threads a day, and continuous re posting.
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