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    Say you already own a monster computer and was building a studio from scratch how would you spend the money?

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    ah there's the question again ;)

    personally: a high quality pre-amp/DI box, like an avalon or a universal audio...

    very good monitors, genelec, mackie, event etc.

    a very nice main synth and controller keyboard: f.e. alesis ion, or alesis andromeda, or moog voyager...

    an additional synth(module) to fill in the gaps...

    some nice vintage outboard, like a roland RE-201 space echo and a nice lexicon reverb unit...

    an UAD dsp-card for very good plugin effects, and the URS EQ plugin bundle

    cubase SL/SX as my host, and ableton live 5 as a live arrangement tool..

    a akai MPD16 drumpad module

    a very good soundcard, like f.e. an RME fireface or hammerfall, or a LYNX soundcard

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    Originally posted by O'love:
    ah there's the question again ;)

    personally: a high quality pre-amp/DI box, like an avalon or a universal audio...

    very good monitors, genelec, mackie, event etc.

    a very nice main synth and controller keyboard: f.e. alesis ion, or alesis andromeda, or moog voyager...

    an additional synth(module) to fill in the gaps...

    some nice vintage outboard, like a roland RE-201 space echo and a nice lexicon reverb unit...

    an UAD dsp-card for very good plugin effects, and the URS EQ plugin bundle

    cubase SL/SX as my host, and ableton live 5 as a live arrangement tool..

    a akai MPD16 drumpad module

    a very good soundcard, like f.e. an RME fireface or hammerfall, or a LYNX soundcard

    Olaf
    Thanks Olaf....there's so many directions to go, just thought I'd ask. ;)

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    First I'd get a stable setup of

    1. Software eg a good DAW

    2. Beasty Moniters

    3. High Quality Soundcard

    4. Studio mixer with motorized faders

    5. Midi controller keyboard, one of the 88key Fatars

    6. Shit load of outboard gear. A nice lexicon compressor :D

    7. Nice recording mics

    8. Lots of vintage keyboards and synths, a stage and suitcase rhodes, a Hammond B3, a wurly, a Steinway grand!!! Get a Minimoog, juno etc etc

    9. A Fender Strat with a wah

    10. A percussion rig

    11. Classy Studio furniture

    12. Audio treated room

    13. Illuminated walls

    ...sorry I think my dream studio will cost alot more than $5000 :(

    Oh well.....some day

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    ...and a hot maid...pref spanish descent. [img]smile.gif[/img]

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    ...........who can also sing with a sweet, sexy and soulful voice ;)
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    Spend it all on monitoring and the room.

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    Buy and load Native Instruments Kontakt 2 along with the purchase of a Roland MV-8000 and a DSI PolyEvolver KB. [img]graemlins/grinyes.gif[/img]

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    I would buy some of the stuff below:

    Some good Monitors
    A nice Mackie Mixer
    TR-909
    Juno 106
    TB-303
    Triton Rack

    I'd say that I am working to eventually buy all this stuff. So, I'll have it soon. [img]smile.gif[/img]

    Next up, new MIDI and audio cables. [img]graemlins/rofl.gif[/img]

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    This maybe a little over 5G's but this is what I want my setup to look like in the next month or soo!
    The desk probably cost close to five 5G's its self!

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    First i would buy some good studio training, some lessons on composition, enginering and recording.

    Then i would buy my dream set up:
    Power Mac G5
    Logic 7.x
    MPC4000
    Motif 8 (for master keys)
    Roland MKS80( analog action)
    Eventide fx
    Some of those Tascam digital 24 channel consoles

    this studio is deadly

    Thats it, im off making music 24 hours a day

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    hmmm.
    first off.

    1. Hi quality Mic Pre in the John Hardy/DW Fearn/Great River range.
    2. Hi quality Mic
    3. Great Monitors...Genelecs/Adams/Dynaudio's
    4. Great AD/DA ie Rosetta 200 w/a Lynx Aes-16 card
    5. 2 lcd monitors(viewing the mix and sequence without moving things around or minimizing)
    6. A nice controller...anything with 76 keys

    you can blow 5g's on the first 2 things alone! easy.

    now if all you've got is 5 then you'll have to severely compromise some things. I wouldn't do it on 1 and 2 though cuz as they say.."garbage in garbage out" totally applies in the digital domain.

    for 5k Iwould probably do this

    1. Langvin Duo Mic pre or a Vintech 1272(neve clone)about 1200 bucks -amazing quality for the price and it puts you in the mid-baller territory

    2. Neumann tlm-103 600 bucks. You can find one on ebay for about that much..

    3. Event Precision 8 powered monitors 1150 a pair great value for the dough. Better than the Mackies for what we do.

    4. M-Audio Keystation 88...400 bucks and it's an 88 note weighted keyboard. Get an Mpd-16 to program drums ...199 bucks for 600 total


    5.You can spend 1k on a nice computer if you
    build it yourself...

    only thing is I haven't included cabling and software that can run some dough.

    the sequencer alone'll be a minimum of 500 bucks...that's not including any plug ins..

    I would run a rig like this...and in fact i had a similar rig at one point a couple of years ago..

    hope this helps
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    Originally posted by dennis f:
    hmmm.
    first off.

    1. Hi quality Mic Pre in the John Hardy/DW Fearn/Great River range.
    2. Hi quality Mic
    3. Great Monitors...Genelecs/Adams/Dynaudio's
    4. Great AD/DA ie Rosetta 200 w/a Lynx Aes-16 card
    5. 2 lcd monitors(viewing the mix and sequence without moving things around or minimizing)
    6. A nice controller...anything with 76 keys

    you can blow 5g's on the first 2 things alone! easy.

    now if all you've got is 5 then you'll have to severely compromise some things. I wouldn't do it on 1 and 2 though cuz as they say.."garbage in garbage out" totally applies in the digital domain.

    for 5k Iwould probably do this

    1. Langvin Duo Mic pre or a Vintech 1272(neve clone)about 1200 bucks -amazing quality for the price and it puts you in the mid-baller territory

    2. Neumann tlm-103 600 bucks. You can find one on ebay for about that much..

    3. Event Precision 8 powered monitors 1150 a pair great value for the dough. Better than the Mackies for what we do.

    4. M-Audio Keystation 88...400 bucks and it's an 88 note weighted keyboard. Get an Mpd-16 to program drums ...199 bucks for 600 total


    5.You can spend 1k on a nice computer if you
    build it yourself...

    only thing is I haven't included cabling and software that can run some dough.

    the sequencer alone'll be a minimum of 500 bucks...that's not including any plug ins..

    I would run a rig like this...and in fact i had a similar rig at one point a couple of years ago..

    hope this helps
    peace
    d
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    Originally posted by dennis f:
    hmmm.
    first off.

    1. Hi quality Mic Pre in the John Hardy/DW Fearn/Great River range.
    2. Hi quality Mic
    3. Great Monitors...Genelecs/Adams/Dynaudio's
    4. Great AD/DA ie Rosetta 200 w/a Lynx Aes-16 card
    5. 2 lcd monitors(viewing the mix and sequence without moving things around or minimizing)
    6. A nice controller...anything with 76 keys

    you can blow 5g's on the first 2 things alone! easy.

    now if all you've got is 5 then you'll have to severely compromise some things. I wouldn't do it on 1 and 2 though cuz as they say.."garbage in garbage out" totally applies in the digital domain.

    for 5k Iwould probably do this

    1. Langvin Duo Mic pre or a Vintech 1272(neve clone)about 1200 bucks -amazing quality for the price and it puts you in the mid-baller territory

    2. Neumann tlm-103 600 bucks. You can find one on ebay for about that much..

    3. Event Precision 8 powered monitors 1150 a pair great value for the dough. Better than the Mackies for what we do.

    4. M-Audio Keystation 88...400 bucks and it's an 88 note weighted keyboard. Get an Mpd-16 to program drums ...199 bucks for 600 total


    5.You can spend 1k on a nice computer if you
    build it yourself...

    only thing is I haven't included cabling and software that can run some dough.

    the sequencer alone'll be a minimum of 500 bucks...that's not including any plug ins..

    I would run a rig like this...and in fact i had a similar rig at one point a couple of years ago..

    hope this helps
    peace
    d
    I concur with this list:

    1. Hi quality Mic Pre in the John Hardy/DW Fearn/Great River range (add Neve/Daking/Triton).
    2. Hi quality Mic
    3. Great Monitors...Genelecs/Adams/Dynaudio's (add NS10's for mixing) use the others for play back.
    4. Great AD/DA ie Rosetta 200 w/a Lynx Aes-16 card
    5. 2 lcd monitors(viewing the mix and sequence without moving things around or minimizing)
    6. A nice controller...anything with 76 keys

    Great advice. But like he said 2 items with hit you off for $5000 alone.

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    You can do amazing things on a budget these days....

    These are the absoloute musts:
    1. Large diaphragm condenser mic $200 - $300
    2. Good Headphones ~$150
    3. Good monitors - no more than $500
    4. Various other mics around $100 - $130 a
    piece for sonic variaty.
    5. At least a 2 channel mixer with good mic
    preamps. $250
    6. Sound card that dosent add noise to your
    line in and support for sound fonts. $200 tops
    7. Mic stands. ~$200
    Thats it.

    I'm gonna get crucified but even if you decide to get sequencer software (anvil studio) and Multi Track software (audacity) for free, if you learn how to use these and have the patience to get around their drawbacks, you can get Pro results. You dont need effects (of course a guitar player would have his own already) because the software has this, you don't need motorized faders because you can do this in software. If you don't like drums in the software synths (like me) get a used roland R5/8/70 you wont be sorry (got my like new r5 for $135).

    You can get mics for cheaper but this is the one thing you DO NOT want to skimp on. Of course sure is good but Carvin (mail order) has really good stuff for the price too. You can also get a nice 16 channel studio mixer from carvin for $250 or so.

    Best of luck

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    Buy a Mac Protools a swank pre amp and a Nueman Mic
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    and an AKAI MPC 60 or MPC1000 lol! Cheers
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