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I am a recording noob but I need something that can handle death metal, and record a drum set (so it will need several input slots so I can mic the drums) I have found a few selections that seem interesting, tell me what you think I should do, or even give me other recommendations, Thanks!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Boss-BR600-Digital-Recorder?sku=241151

(can this mic drums? im not sure because it talks about having a drum machine on it.)

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fostex-MR16HDCD-16-Track-Digital-Recorder-with-CD-Burner?sku=701049

(this seems good, but another question I have is... Does this require me to mic my amps or does it run into a computer in which I have presets available and it gives me whatever tone I want because my amp sucks; please explain this to me)

Maybe something by Tascam?

Anyway im not spending more than $400-$500 on this stuff, so please give me some advice on what I can do!
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Quote by DiabloViper
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Boss-BR600-Digital-Recorder?sku=241151

(can this mic drums? im not sure because it talks about having a drum machine on it.)

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fostex-MR16HDCD-16-Track-Digital-Recorder-with-CD-Burner?sku=701049

(this seems good, but another question I have is... Does this require me to mic my amps or does it run into a computer in which I have presets available and it gives me whatever tone I want because my amp sucks; please explain this to me)


Neither of those will be optimal for recording drums. The input capabilities of both are very limited, more so for the Boss, when it comes to recording drums. The Fostex's 4 mic inputs might work but most death metal recordings, any metal really, makes a lot of use of separately micing and compressing the drums and you'll lose some mixing options with just 4 inputs. But that might be a moot point unless you know what you're doing already. If you don't then trying to capture a drum kit with 4 mics is easier than with 8-10 (phasing issues and the like). 16-track playback is OK, if you'll only be using 4 for the drums, but is also a bit limited for full-band stuff (I'd say 24 tracks is more like it and 32 is even better).

Considering the amount of money these cost I'd suggest getting something like this instead. 8 preamps are plenty for most applications and you'll get Cubase to go with it (not my favourite but better than a standalone IMO). It will require a FirfeWire-equipped computer with some decent specs but in the long run it's a much better option.