#1
hi there, can ug help a brother out.

Im thinking of buying a lot of stuff to make a home recording setup.

Do you think a quad core pc is necessary to run programs like reason extensively?

I was also thinking of getting the new echo gina soundcard any advice on it?

The final thing would be monitors and a mic preamp. what should i go for?

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#2
http://groups.ultimate-guitar.com/soundengineers/forum/3231/

No, you don't need to quad core PC unless you're running something like a Pro Tools HD system mixing 64 track recordings! Which i highly doubt you are!

You're normal dual core processor should do. Just get atleast 1GB RAM for the applications to run smoothly.

And don't buy a lot of stuff.
Just get an audio interface and a software like Reason or Cubase. Learn how to use them properly first. Then go ahead buying all your "lots of stuff".

Mic Preamp should be in the audio interface.
Monitors, i personally use good quality headphones.
But well, i don't know much bout monitors... all i know is DyneAudio does the best ones!
#3
Well seeing as you probably won't find too many programs which have been designed to take advantage of all 4 cores, than no I don't think it is necessary.
#4
cheers for this, btw im not a noob to recording.

never used pro tools, always been with cool edit pro v1.2a. the thing is,it is pretty likely that im gonna be mixing up to about 30-40 tracks in a song. still think a dual core would be ok?

I use reason extensively and it is a massive hog on resources and plus reason 4 will be coming out within a year or two, so gotta think bout that.

the audio interface would be the echo gina, and i probably get a quite expensive mic preamp because they are really nice sounding for recording guitars etc.

will def look into headphones.

so really should i go dual core or quad core.
#5
Hey there, I recently had the same issue, and well, this is what I got for my Basement ...

* RECORDINGS - ZOOM HD16CD Digital Mulit-Track Recorder / Control Surface
http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1919&brandID=4
It's got USP, so when you are done recording, you can just upload it into the PC Recording Software.
There is also a 8 Track version which is cheaper.

* MICROPHONES - "1" APEX 435 & "2" APEX 180 "Pencil" Condencers
* EDIT all Music with CUBASE LE & Audacity, mostly Audacity as I have been having some troubles with Cubase.

I hope that this helps.


Crit Me?
GEAR:
SCHECTER "Diamond Series" REVENGER Guitar
VOX AD30VT Amp
ZOOM HD16CD Digital Mulit-Track Recorder
1 SHURE SM-57,1 Audio-Technica AT2035, 1 APEX 435 Mic. & 2 APEX 180 Condencer Mics
Edited with Audacity & Adobe Audition 3
#6
Quote by af_the_fragile
http://groups.ultimate-guitar.com/soundengineers/forum/3231/

No, you don't need to quad core PC unless you're running something like a Pro Tools HD system mixing 64 track recordings! Which i highly doubt you are!

You're normal dual core processor should do. Just get atleast 1GB RAM for the applications to run smoothly.

And don't buy a lot of stuff.
Just get an audio interface and a software like Reason or Cubase. Learn how to use them properly first. Then go ahead buying all your "lots of stuff".

Mic Preamp should be in the audio interface.
Monitors, i personally use good quality headphones.
But well, i don't know much bout monitors... all i know is DyneAudio does the best ones!


+1
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Start small but with good equipment to make sure you are really going to stick with this recording work (and it is a lot of work to get it sounding right)...

An interface with firewire like the Mackie Onyx Satellite - $200 new
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Mackie-Onyx-Satellite-Recording-Interface?sku=248154

One or more Shure SM75 mics with cables - $200 new (for two)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shure-SM57-InstrumentVocal-Mic?sku=270102

Dual core and at least 1GB ram will work just fine...quad is not needed as said a few times.

You can start with Cubase for now and if you feel the need to, work your way up to something like Sonar or Pro Tools but be aware that these have a steep learning curve.