Gear you can't live without

Tell us about your studio and post some photos no matter how modest or robust it is!

Moderators: admin, mdc, TAXIstaff

Post Reply
Laurassound
Newbie
Newbie
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2019 9:16 am
Contact:

Gear you can't live without

Post by Laurassound » Mon May 13, 2019 6:47 pm

I am in the process of rebuilding my studio. I am a singer/songwriter doing a lot of vocal and acoustic guitar stuff. Which of your toys is the most valuable to you? I mean, the ones in your studio.

User avatar
markismusic
Impressive
Impressive
Posts: 126
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:21 pm
Gender: Male
Contact:

Re: Gear you can't live without

Post by markismusic » Thu May 23, 2019 1:15 pm

Unfortunately this is a bit of a loaded question...
It can be difficult to narrow it down to a single piece of gear since in reality it is more about the quality of your entire signal chain combination.
Your signal chain might look something like this.

Performer/Instrument ~~> Microphone ~~> Preamp ~~> Interface/AD Converter ~~> Mixing

Think about it like this.
If you have a low quality instrument, played by a low quality performer, through a lower priced microphone, preamp, interface/AD converter and mixed poorly you are guaranteed to have a sub par signal.
Everything in your signal chain should assist the quality of the next in line. Your mixing will be easier and better with a better microphone and preamp. Your microphone should capture the nuances of the performers voice and the right preamp can give the right voice the "breathiness" that brings it to life (If that is the sound you require).

If I had to pick a single piece of gear I would say spend your money on a high quality interface since they usually come with preamps that aren't too bad in quality (RME or the Apollo are great examples).
That way you get two for one as far as quality. Next in line would be a good microphone... I've heard bad mics through good preamps and its listenable but good mics through bad preamps affect the quality more IMO.

Hope that helps!
Mark

User avatar
andygabrys
Total Pro
Total Pro
Posts: 5423
Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2011 10:09 pm
Gender: Male
Location: Summerland, BC by way of Santa Fe, Chilliwack, Boston, NYC
Contact:

Re: Gear you can't live without

Post by andygabrys » Fri May 24, 2019 2:12 pm

definitely electricity.

Kidding / not kidding.

User avatar
markismusic
Impressive
Impressive
Posts: 126
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:21 pm
Gender: Male
Contact:

Re: Gear you can't live without

Post by markismusic » Sat May 25, 2019 8:16 am

andygabrys wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 2:12 pm
definitely electricity.

Kidding / not kidding.
:lol:

User avatar
Razor7Music
Impressive
Impressive
Posts: 481
Joined: Wed May 19, 2010 2:05 pm
Gender: Male
Location: Irvine, CA
Contact:

Re: Gear you can't live without

Post by Razor7Music » Thu May 30, 2019 2:26 pm

I posted a similar thread once, but it was more like, if you had a fire in your studio, and could only grab one thing, what would it be?

Answers were all over the place, to -- you just made my heart stop!
Thanks,

Stephen Davis, Songwriter
Music: here
For Daily Progress Reports on Twitter: @razor7music
Facebook: @r7mStephenDavis

“If everyone likes you, you're doing something wrong” --Jenna McMahon

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests