forgie wrote:Ok ignoring the fact that a certain member of this board is full of shit...
What total setup are you leaning towards?
Oh, and let it be known that as 'forgie', I am distinct from 'forge'.... although we are both in Australia, right?
well its like this, I got 20k to spend on a project studio. I can spend some of my own cash later, too.
I have some existing debts and responsibilities that amount to 3k which I could pay off now, or in my own time as was going to happen anyways...
I am not concerned with making a big deal of recording live instruments simultaniously, although I do intend to get two good mics for both field recording, and other esoteric sound sources, and occasionaly traditional uses like an acoustic guitar and live instruments (no intention for simultanious recording btw) . I want to be able to mix in surround sound, for live installation stuff and for doing sound effects for film and games. I'd like to use genelec monitors. Perhaps a uniform selection, or maybe using better ones for L R and lesser ones for the rest...still crunching numbers.
I like hardware synths, I think I will have a total of 4 when this comes together. So I want to be able to jam 'live' and then record sounds I'm happy with via an apogee rosetta for optimal sound quality. I figure I use a combination of a mixer (like an allen and heath etc) a patchbay and a decent preamp to do this. Jamming with the mixer untill I find sounds I like, then using the patchbay (which I would put before the mixer in the chain) to pass each individual signal to the preamp and then through the rosetta into the daw, where I can initially save at 192, bounce to 48, then take care of any computational stuff I want to do, and go back to the original 192 samples and repeat whatever processes I have decided on. Then bounce down to 44.1 for cd. or whatever res and bitrate the final product needs to be.
I do believe I'll be picking up second hand synths on ebay, and circuit bending stuff too.....so there's emphasis on being able to play with sounds 'live' (no latency) and being able to fluidly pass sounds into the daw with the utmost attention being paid to sound quality (not live, but not too awkward either or as fluid as poss). I dont mind for the process of taking the sounds into the daw to be done one signal at a time, but I do wish to be able to use as many of my synths/hardware sound sources simultaniously and in sync as possible - so thats why a live mixer is on the cards.
field recording is the next priority. tascam and edirol both make xlr units at around 1500+ , however....I want to pick up a studio cpu, and a performance cpu and I think now is not a good time ...because intel will be releasing a new chip with better architecture by the summer, and the mactel is just out......so I like the idea of using an imac as the performace cpu because they are cheaper than ibooks and have better performace , but it is not mobile for field recording...on the other hand it would be nice to use a metric halo and an ibook for field recording, meaning the metric halo would also be my 'performance' ad/da ,,,as it has enough outputs to do a surround installation. or if I got the edirol or tascam unit for field recording, I would have to shell out for a performance ad/da , because I wouldnt want to use the rosetta for this.
Also, when this project is finished...it will comprimise of a studio cpu with uad and tcpowercore, a performance cpu with live, a mixer and a daw controller, hardware sound sources, a patch bay, a preamp, a midi patchbay too if i can find one, two good mics, surround monitors, a proper working desk, an ergonomic and COMFY CHAIR, a studio ad/da interface, a studio midi interface , a performance ad/da , a performance midi interface ....and a constant supply of sativa weed. ...so when I'm in the studio fucking with sounds I will actually use the performance cpu to run live and output that to the mixer along with the hardware. I would like to lightpipe from the performer to the studio daw, treating it the same as the hardware sound sources. and eventually compiling and saving sounds loops sequences etc from all of the sources, to be performed with live.
the 20k may not cover this....but thats OK, I can arrange my own funds too.....
i think I've covered the jist of what I'd like to do....all input appreciated...and apologies if this comes across as vulgar!