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post Apr 26 2007, 07:42 AM
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My band and I have been very keen to get a decent recoding setup for a long time.
At the moment all we have is a very old laptop with Audacity and an SM58 mic.
We're using this mic to pickup the whole band (bass, guitar, drums, vocals) and well... its shocking.

The microphone by itself is great for the vocals, but it can't do justice to anything else.

I've been doing a lot of research about what we can do and I've come across this
http://www.music123.com/Alesis-Multimix-8-...O-i148243.music

Now I have quite a bit of experience with using mixers like this so that isn't a problem, but I've never used one to record before and so I'm not sure if that is all I need (e.g. preamp for mics).
My computer only has a built in sound card which obviously is not great but the mixer above uses USB so in this case will the soundcard still greatly effect the quality?

Assuming that I will be able to get decent quality with it, is this all I need to do:
Plug in vocals mic, mic for drum kit, mic for bass amp (it has no line out) and the line out from guitar amp directly into the mixer, and then plug the mixer into the pc?

I will get some decent recording software to go along with it.

Am I missing anything fundamental here?

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Sam

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post Apr 26 2007, 01:41 PM
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QUOTE (spdalton @ Apr 26 2007, 02:42 AM) *
My band and I have been very keen to get a decent recoding setup for a long time.
At the moment all we have is a very old laptop with Audacity and an SM58 mic.
We're using this mic to pickup the whole band (bass, guitar, drums, vocals) and well... its shocking.

The microphone by itself is great for the vocals, but it can't do justice to anything else.

I've been doing a lot of research about what we can do and I've come across this
http://www.music123.com/Alesis-Multimix-8-...O-i148243.music

Now I have quite a bit of experience with using mixers like this so that isn't a problem, but I've never used one to record before and so I'm not sure if that is all I need (e.g. preamp for mics).
My computer only has a built in sound card which obviously is not great but the mixer above uses USB so in this case will the soundcard still greatly effect the quality?

Assuming that I will be able to get decent quality with it, is this all I need to do:
Plug in vocals mic, mic for drum kit, mic for bass amp (it has no line out) and the line out from guitar amp directly into the mixer, and then plug the mixer into the pc?

I will get some decent recording software to go along with it.

Am I missing anything fundamental here?

Cheers
Sam


Looks like that will do the job - be aware that it only comes with 4 mic amps - if you want to mic up the drums properly that takes 8 mics just for starters, although you could use a stereo pair. If you need more than 4 mics, you could get separate mic amps and feed their outputs to a line in.

It claims 16 tracks of input but I am not convinced - often mixers like this double up a mic and a line as one channel and you can use either/or but not necessarily both.

Finally it comes with Cubase LE which is a great start for recording software so you won;t need to spend money on the software straight away.


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Great, thanks!
Yea I would like to be able to fully mic up the drums but we really can't afford to get any more mics at the moment. Something to do in the future.


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