#1
First, just let me say that I have very little idea when it comes to recording gear. I am trying to learn as much as I can, but I'm sure some people here know a lot about this, so help would be greatful .

My band are looking to record some tracks (perhaps demos), and are on a tight budget. We are recording in a standard 10ft by 13ft carpeted room (not great acoustically, but it's all we have).

We are looking for the best quality recording equipment we can get for a maximum of £250 ($500).

I've looked into 4 track simultaneous digital recorders etc, and condesner mics, and I am really stuck what to go for.

We will be recording the following:

1 Lead Guitar (distortion)
1 Rhythm Gutiar (with drive)
1 Bass
1 Drum Kit (Note: Electric drum kit coming through a single amp, not an acoustic kit)

What is the best possible set up for the money we have available?
Also, it would be good if we could record all instruments at once, instead of recording one at a time then mixing (this is what we are doing now with a crappy quality mic, and whenever we record two track, audacity puts them out of sync).

Help is much appreciated
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#3
Hmmm....look around at USB recording interfaces, or Firewire ones if you have a capable computer. Ones with 4 XLR inputs or 4 1/4" inputs are available. You will also have to buy a recording software. I know there are some interfaces that come bundled with software such as Cubase LE and even a version of Protools. Firewire interfaces would be best, as you get more flexability during mixing. $500 wont get a great setup with monitors and the whole works, but with a good pair of headphones, mixing shouldnt be too much of a problem. And about $100 should get you 4 workable condenser mics. They wont be great, but you can always make improvements later.
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#4
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Hmmm....look around at USB recording interfaces, or Firewire ones if you have a capable computer. Ones with 4 XLR inputs or 4 1/4" inputs are available. You will also have to buy a recording software.


Would something like Audacity work as the recording software?

Also, how do you record effects on the USB devices, can you run it through the amp first, then out the headphone jack to the USB interface, so you get amp effects in recording?
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Would something like Audacity work as the recording software?

Also, how do you record effects on the USB devices, can you run it through the amp first, then out the headphone jack to the USB interface, so you get amp effects in recording?
If you're using a USB interface you can do all your effects via computer software.

If you're looking to record drums a decent digital 4 or 8 track machine might be better for you.
#6
FOstex MR-8
And a good mic... Used shure sm87?

You would have to record one at a time, but it works pretty good one the Fostex.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fostex-MR8-mkII-8Track-Digital-Recorder?sku=240343

Fostex^^^


http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Shure-SM57-Dynamic-Microphone-SM-57-Mic_W0QQitemZ270238727818QQihZ017QQcategoryZ41465QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Shure 57 mic... <$100 ^^^


THere now you are at $350

I saved you moneys

EDIT: Damn you need headphones.... ANyone here recommend me some good headphones?
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#8
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FOstex MR-8
And a good mic... Used shure sm87?

You would have to record one at a time, but it works pretty good one the Fostex.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fostex-MR8-mkII-8Track-Digital-Recorder?sku=240343

Fostex^^^


http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Shure-SM57-Dynamic-Microphone-SM-57-Mic_W0QQitemZ270238727818QQihZ017QQcategoryZ41465QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Shure 57 mic... <$100 ^^^


THere now you are at $350

I saved you moneys

EDIT: Damn you need headphones.... ANyone here recommend me some good headphones?


The MR-8 is good, as well as the MR-16HD, I use both of these and I've been pretty satisfied with the results.

Oh and the MR-8 doesn't have phantom power so if you do get it you'll need another power source for the mics.
#9
Mackie's new U420d looks like exactly what you want. It's 249 pounds here. It'll separate each signal into a computer recording software due to its Firewire interface.

The drum kit can go to the stereo line inputs. The guitar and bass amps can be miked up with SM57s...you'll need one more microphone preamp (Art TubeMP) to microphone the last one. You'll also need a headphone amplifier (Behringer has a $20 one that's well built) and everyone needs headphones (I personally like the AKG's and Sennheiser's offerings...look into the K240S/K44 and the HD202).
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Quote by stangconv
FOstex MR-8
And a good mic... Used shure sm87?

You would have to record one at a time, but it works pretty good one the Fostex.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fostex-MR8-mkII-8Track-Digital-Recorder?sku=240343

Fostex^^^


http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Shure-SM57-Dynamic-Microphone-SM-57-Mic_W0QQitemZ270238727818QQihZ017QQcategoryZ41465QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Shure 57 mic... <$100 ^^^


THere now you are at $350

I saved you moneys

EDIT: Damn you need headphones.... ANyone here recommend me some good headphones?



how bout this????????


http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fostex-MR-8-MkII-Recording-Package-240344-i1165131.gc


i too am looking for equip.

so let me know if that is good.
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how bout this????????


http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fostex-MR-8-MkII-Recording-Package-240344-i1165131.gc


i too am looking for equip.

so let me know if that is good.


Nice find... I dunno much but that seems like an ok package...

THe mic and the headphones probally arent the best... but for 50 bucks more then the fostex on its own, probally worth a shot.