Share your home recording setup

Creating a home studio for recording the classical guitar. Equipment, software and recording techniques. Amplification for live performance.
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jaan
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Share your home recording setup

Post by jaan » Wed May 23, 2018 10:01 pm

All,

I'm in the midst of researching mics, mic placement, audio interfaces, etc. and of course this got me thinking about all of you and how you've set up your home studio.

So, what is your current setup? Please post photos if you have them!

Previously, I've just used a single Audio Technica 2020USB. Works quite well, but is pretty noisy. So, I'm looking now at an AT2020 and 2021 pair and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface. Then will have fun experimenting with mic placement. For software, I have Adobe Audition.

Would love to get two sm81s, but my wife would divorce me, given our current budget. . . :wink: Maybe someday.
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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed May 23, 2018 10:27 pm

Focusrite ISA 428, Logic 7, Hebden Sound mics. Most of which is 12 years old.
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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by robin loops » Wed May 23, 2018 10:31 pm

Stay away from the focusrite 2i2 interface if you plan to try stereo placement and want to direct monitor. This interface only allows mono monitoring with each mic routed to both left and right channels.
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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by jaan » Thu May 24, 2018 1:42 pm

Stephen Kenyon wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 10:27 pm
Focusrite ISA 428, Logic 7, Hebden Sound mics. Most of which is 12 years old.
As they say, "if it ain't broke. . ."
robin loops wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 10:31 pm
Stay away from the focusrite 2i2 interface if you plan to try stereo placement and want to direct monitor. This interface only allows mono monitoring with each mic routed to both left and right channels.
Ah good to know, thanks. Will probably go forward with it for now and upgrade later when I'm less of a novice with all of this.
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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Alan Green » Thu May 24, 2018 7:58 pm

Tascam 24-track hard drive recorder, XML condenser mic, Audacity on the PC. It does what it needs to do

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Kurt Penner » Thu May 24, 2018 8:37 pm

Neumann km-184 into Zoom H5 handheld digital recorder. Import files into Reaper on laptop. Add a smidge of convolution reverb and boost the bass slightly. That's it. Works well enough for me.

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Peter Frary » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:24 am

I too use a pair of Neumann KM-184 I've owned for over a decade and know them well. I just started multi tracking with a Neumann TLM 102 and I really like it—similar uncolored sound to the KM-184 but a little sweeter and warmer. I really want another one for live stereo. For location recording I use a Tascam DR-60D MKII and at home a MOTU Ultralite. I'm not very fond of the Ultralite—sounds great—but I hate the drivers, tiny black knobs and having one mic input on the front and another on the back. Such humbug having mic cables running front and back. Next time I upgrade I'll make sure there's at least two mic inputs on the front.

I edit on a pair of M-Audio BX5 D2 and live monitor with a set of old sennheiser headphones, HD280 I think. Much easier on the ears than my Sony Pro headphones.

For multitrack and mixing I use Logic Pro X but often edit my live stereo tracks in Bias Peak Pro (faster and simpler than Logic).
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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Alexey Korobko » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:51 pm

I use Aston Spirit condenser microphone and Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre thunderbolt interface. Works well for me.

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Sean Eric Howard » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:59 pm

Zoom H4n in the downstairs basement restroom with the closet door opened and a thick comforter hung over it. Best sounding recordings I've ever made, but I can't put any here on Delcamp.

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by SteveL123 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:25 pm

Sean Eric Howard wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:59 pm
Zoom H4n in the downstairs basement restroom with the closet door opened and a thick comforter hung over it. Best sounding recordings I've ever made, but I can't put any here on Delcamp.
Why can't you put it on Delcamp? Can you send it to me? Curios what it sounds like playing in a rest room. :bravo:

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Sean Eric Howard » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:44 pm

Copyright issues.

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by SteveL123 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:56 pm

No issue if you send it to me?

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by bauersachs82 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:39 pm

I use an Audient iD14 with two sE Electronics sE8 small diaphragm condensers.

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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by sxedio » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:21 pm

Sean Eric Howard wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:44 pm
Copyright issues.
You can put up to 30 seconds or 8 bars on the works in progress forum viewforum.php?f=122

I've been using a zoom H5 in various scenarios, solo, overdubbing duet, or with multiple microphones (with a small mixer for additional pre-amps) to capture a small ensemble. I use the built in mics when I can get away with it, my external mics are good dynamics, SM57, e835 and a sennheiser ME-2 lavalier
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Re: Share your home recording setup

Post by Per Lindhof » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:16 am

I've been through a lot. Especially on the microphone side. From the cheapest models to Neumann KM184. And through all the different stereo configurations you can imagine including ORTF, Blumlein and MS.
My absolutely best result is also the most simple: A Rode NT4 (X/Y stereo mic) placed around 40 cm from the 12 fret.
It's brilliant compared to anything else I have done.
I run it through a Roland Octa Capture and Sonar SE.

All the best.
Per Lindhof

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