Q It Up: Money is tight, but you need to put together a home studio for voiceovers and multi-track production. You have around $3,000 (US) to spend. How would you spend it? What gear do you think would give you the best bang for the buck? What DAW software package would you buy? What mic? What mic processor/preamp, if any? Would you get a mixer? What about soundproofing? Would you spend most your budget on a loaded new computer, or upgrade an existing one? What would be your minimum configuration -- how much RAM, disk space, CPU speed? Please add any other thoughts you have on the subject!
I upgraded to an expensive mic, but before that I used a Superlux (TLM 103 rip-off). It’s like $116 shipped and it sounds REALLY good. Also for VO if you have the Waves Bundle, the plugs it comes with will be good enough for your EQ/Comp/Gating needs. I have an Aphex 230 which is not too expensive and has a ton of different processing capabilities if you are looking for something external. It received many good reviews all over the net.
So for me the importance was on production. The new machine and Waves, if I didn’t already have it, would be the 2nd most important. I am also going to be upgrading to Pro Tools 8.0 this week. With my new machine I am weeping like a child over how awesome it is. I am running many plugs and instruments at the same time with NO issues. I made a mistake and went with a cheap machine a year ago and it was not worth it. So wait until you can buy the good stuff! You will be MUCH happier in the long run.
PS: The Digi guy told me that if you do not have the 6.0 version of Waves, it might not be a good idea to upgrade to Pro Tools 8.0. It is only tested to run with Waves 6.0 versions and up.
I cop a fat, clear sound with this setup.
Now, that being said, if my budget had been more like 6 grand, I probably would have gone Digi on Mac with a Neumann.
A footnote: I’m not too proud to admit I own a $60 MXL 990. At that price, I had to see. Through the dbx, it sounds pretty good!
A very nice (expandable) portable studio. The Mac is solid out of the box. PT software and plug-ins allow great flexibility for any recording environment. The fast track bundles MIDI aps, if needed. The Rode is a great vocal mic with decent reproduction and durability for the price. Throw on your cans and start your imaging imagination.