What's Your Setup?
What is your setup for recording? For me it has evolved quite a bit over the last few years but currently for our latest album I'm using:
Schecter Diamond Series C-1 Platinum Electric Guitar
Ibanez S Series S670 Electric Guitar
Ibanez GSR200 Bass Guitar
Fender Stratacoustic acoustic/electric guitar (don't laugh...I actually love this thing)
MAGIX Samplitide Music Studio (but sometimes I still use Audacity)
JBL 3MKII Professional Powered Studio Monitors
Alesis V25 Midi Keyboard
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
BOSS ME-70 Multieffects
ZOOM B1X Bass Effects
EZDRUMMER 2 Software
All of that is managed by a DELL Desktop PC with:
Intel i7-8700 Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Previously I was running everything through a laptop but it completely fried on me one day. Good thing the Geek Squad at Best Buy was able to retrieve all of my files (for $100!!!). So I figured I needed to stick with a desktop and go with some better specs to ensure that it could handle everything I threw at it. So far so good.
I definitely need to update some of my gear. I need a much better acoustic guitar (I've just been lazy about it because I like playing the Fender so much...but it doesn't sound very good and needs a lot of manipulation in the DAW to get sounding decent so I need to just get a better one). I think I also need to upgrade my Bass guitar eventually. I usually throw down a bass line pretty quickly but I need to pay more attention to my bass lines and tones in the future and the cheap bass guitar I'm using is OK but not great.
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I didn't know you used a Scarletti 2i2, John. I use a 2i4. Love it. So reliable. Latency is not a problem. Ever! My backup is an Mbox which is good for taking on the road because it's tiny. Highly recommend the MBox interface for anyone starting out. They're seriously cheap second hand and very reliable little units.
My guitar is a Washburn solid top dreadnought
My bass is a dual pick-up, five-string Sterling MusicMan, using a Marshall amp, with the odd option of a bigmuff pedal lol
A very cheap, very small drum kit. I am the World's worst drummer.
My piano and midi keyboard (of course)
I collect percussion instruments. Bongo anyone?
An AudioTechnica P48 condenser, plus a couple other small mics for recording the guitar neck etc.
Same processor as you. An i7 on my laptop but with only 4GB RAM. The PC (which I use for mixing) has an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU with 16GB RAM. I run a GeForce GTX 780 (gee whiz your video must be amazing!).
Presonus StudioOne, v3
And that is me.
I use a Mac Mini by Apple:
Solid State Drive
16 GB Ram
DAW: Logic X (10.4.4)
Audio Interface: Tascam US
Microphone: AKG C 3000
Headphones: beyerdynamic DT-880 pro
Tap-Monitor: Presonos Eris
Keyboard: Yamaha PSR S900
Guitar: Yamaha CPX Semi-Acoustic Guitar
Bass-Guitar: Hoehner 501
All the Toontrack stuff:
Sound Library: East West Goliath
Effects: Native Instruments Guitar Rig
Other stuff: Got some Izotope-stuff (Ozone, Nectar), but don´t use them very often.
Hi Jenny, that‘s a good question. „Guitar Rig“ is kind of... like... sound effects for guitar and bass.
So, Guitar Rig is a guitar and bass guitar effect plug in. With a couple 100 given amps, overdrives and stuff ...
I for example record a clean guitar track with my Acoustic Steel String Guitar. I open the Guitar Rig Plug in in my DAW. Guitar Rig can „transform“ my clean guitar in and Direktion that I please. Do you remember the good old Marshall-Guitar Amp? It‘s there. A clean Electric Guitar sound? There! A good „wahwah“ sound? There... a good lead Guitar sound or metal power chords? There! And the same for bass.
2nd cool thing: it‘s possible to use the effect‘s after recording the signal but also while Recording. That‘s cool for recording a solo... whenever I connect my acoustic guitar with guitar rig and load a „lead guitar“ effect... i‘m blown away by what comes out of my head phones ....
The demo (guitar Rig player) is free to use for 30 minutes per session.
Martin, I have Ozone too (just Ozone Elements) and use it on most of what I do. It was you who told me about it. I keep getting promotional stuff from Izotope for Nectar, but I'm not really sure what it would offer me beyond Neutron, which I already have. Having said that, I do like Izotope products. They are good for an unsophisticated mixer like me.
I may or may not be an enigma
My simple setup:
Guitar: Gibson Les Paul Studio
Guitar Rig: POD XT-Live run direct into the Line In on my computer
Bass: Ibanez EX-Series (I've had it for 29 years)
Bass Amp: Marshall Jubilee Series 3530 run through an ART Tube Preamp into the Line In on my computer
Drums: Rhythm Rascal
Hi Gavin, I use Ozone from time to time. Maybe because I didn't had the time to do a lot of music lately. This year I have just finished one song (without Ozone´s help, but with EZMix... they offer some Master-packs as well).
Nectar 3 is a "new toy" by IZotope. As war as I understand, its kind of a Vocal Processing tool with a "track assistant" just like Neutron, but specially for vocals. Melodyne is part of the package... so it is a brilliant tool for someone, who does not have any vocal assistance or Melodyne... not sure. IZotope (Nectar) has a DeEsser and Breath Control included... hmm...last summer I recorded a semi-pro "Voice over" ... I work with a Writer (who is writing books) once a year. Her books are released as book and as audio books. She always asks me to write a song, related to her story, to include it as a "bonus" on the audio book. I do a rough demo on the song, then its recorded by someone else... ok, long story. Last summer she came to my house to record a little voice over for her audio book (kind of...the foreword... ) and we did the recording in my music room.
The major problem was - she's not a professional speaker (as I am no professional recorder...), there were a lot of breath on the recording. Well, I thought to myself: "Perfect situation to test out "IZotope´s Breath Control". The result was... not good. I ended up editing all the breath manually. Not removing them, but making them lower... so that the listener was aware, that she was breathing, but just slightly... I think I spend a couple of hours just on doin this... since this occurred to me, I think its better to just get some fine assistance by tools, but do the majory part myself....
Maybe I´ll change my mind again, because it is ... a lot of work...