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(@metaellihead)
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It was my birthday on the 6th. I got a mic cable and a Shure SM57 that should be here Monday.

I will be recording acoustic stuff along with my Strat played via a Fender HRD or a VOX 15w valvetronix. I really like the idea of a USB interface for the mobility if I ever get a laptop. I have Audacity and Adobe Audition 1 as far as audio software allready.

I've been looking at things like these...
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Recording/Computer/Hardware?sku=240868
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Recording/Computer/Hardware?sku=701368
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Recording/Gear?sku=249701

My computer is running on an AMD 3200+, 1 gb of ram, windows XP home, so I don't think I need to worry about system requirements much.

Would I need to get anything else, are there any pitfalls I can't see here? Would I need to get a recording monitor or would some decent headphones do just as well? What about a mixer? Or could I do the mixing through the software just as well? Would you guys have any other recomendations as far as PCI cards that are $200 or less?

-Metaellihead


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(@dneck)
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ive heard that usb interfaces can cause some problems

I just set up my home studio using a behringer eurotrack ub1222fx pro mixer going strait into my mic input on my sound card with condenser mikes and it sounds great. Everything all together including plugs, stands, and 2 mics and it was only like 450$

I dont know much about them but ill tell you im very happy with that setup above it sounds great and can hook into your laptop as well

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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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If you have a limited number of instruments you want to record and only want to record one at a time, I see little need for a mixer. Make sure you've got a mic preamp as the one in your soundcard will probably be crap. Making a mix of your recordings isn't done using a mixer but it's done in your recording program. One monitor is pretty useless, two of them are more usefull. ;) You don't need them, espescially if you are just starting out, but mixing on good monitors is much prefered to mixing on headphones. As for soundcards, I went with the Emu0404 ($99, including some nice software), if you're budget is higher you could go with this set:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Recording/Computer/Hardware?sku=242512


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(@metaellihead)
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That E-MU card looks interesting. My only question is how I get my mic going into that card. Would I need to get an XLR to 1/4" cable, or some kind of adapter for my existing cables?

-Metaellihead


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 Mike
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ive heard that usb interfaces can cause some problems

The only problem I've heard of is latency problems. I never had that problem, but some here have and all seemed to be an easy fix. I have the same mixer as you too.

Would I need to get an XLR to 1/4" cable, or some kind of adapter for my existing cables?

It looks like you would have to -or- you could get a small mixer (with phantom power) and then run it into the card.

I have the M-Audio MobilePre and like it. I've never had a problem with it.

Good luck,

Mike


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(@thectrain)
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M-audio stuff is top notch for consumer grade stuff anyway. I have their worst usb interface and it records perfectly. Latency is <10ms if you are using ASIO drivers(which you should use). Mixers are really really handy but not needed at first till you really get into recording.


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Just Bought a Line 6 Toneport which should do everthing you want.Will let you know what its like as soon as I get chance.

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(@smokindog)
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I have a M-AUDIO Firewire audiophile, I really love this thing :D You can hook your mixer and audio amp to it also. I found one for $170, they run around $200 most places. --the dog

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FirewireAudiophile-main.html

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