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By PegasusC, Junior Member on 13th January 2020, 02:33 PM
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Hello everyone.
I started a trio rock band and after months of practice, we are finally ready to make our first record. We decided to do this on our own, literally in my basement, and we currently have all the equipment except the recording interface. I managed to find some information, now I need only to pick one. Which one would you suggest from this list? As far as I know, recording drums is pretty tricky compared to guitar and bass, for example. Any advice is appreciated.
14th January 2020, 12:18 AM |#2  
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I'm partial to this from your list, https://aax-us-east.amazon-adsystem....ogi&th=1&psc=1

But maybe a bit more expensive one, you do get what you pay for, and it seems kinda cheap.

I'm a fan of all the knobs! Lol. When I was younger we did a lot of recording on only a 4 track. We'd usually do a basic drum 1 mic recording, along with usually the rythem guitar and bass. Then flip those 3 tracks into one track once they were done perfectly. Then we'd have 2 mics on the drum for another take, flip that onto 1 after. Then lead guitar, and vocal. Boom! 4 tracks.

With 8 tracks though, it would be much easier and more mics available for drums in one take, instead of 2 or 3 drum tracks over multiple takes. (if that makes sense)

That's just my old school thoughts. I don't know much about those other machines and PC interfaces. To me, rock should stay as low tech as possible! Lol

Edit: Something like this would be pretty sweet! (not necessarily this exact one, or brand, but something similar) https://www.amazon.ca/Zoom-R8-Multit...8-3&th=1&psc=1

It's a recorder as well, so PC is optional I think. Again, I think! Lol. 16 tracks, with 8 simultaneous inputs, seems good enough for most things!
17th January 2020, 01:42 AM |#3  
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Pro Tools is the industry standard. When you use this system you learn a common language used by most recording studios which will help you in the future. (It can get real expensive real fast if you use their dedicated Hardware) https://www.avid.com/audio-recording...hoCWxYQAvD_BwE

Or this dedicated Tascam 16/24-track recorder is a nice semi-professional unit. If you take advantage of all its features and learn how to use them properly you can get very good results at a much cheaper price than Pro Tools.
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

If you could ever find one of these monster machines from back in the day in good working condition, a Yamaha AW4416 is truly an amazing unit. It has motorized faders that look like the Invisible Man is mixing at the console during playback. It's such a complex unit that I don't think I would take a chance on a used one on the internet unless I was 100% positive that it was in perfect working condition. https://reverb.com/p/yamaha-aw4416-p..._source=google
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI92IUlfKkE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV-DN8sJbJQ
21st January 2020, 02:56 PM |#4  
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Absolutely amazing for $999. Years ago I paid about $1,400 from my Akai DPS16 and this thing just blows it away!!
Tascam Model 24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc0SQaZIVsA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iGfM7Ip3s8

The Zoom L12 is less cumbersome and perhaps more suited to smaller projects but still packs alot of bang for the buck.
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
23rd January 2020, 05:48 PM |#5  
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Okay, I guess I didn't read your question carefully enough, however, when I clicked on you're "this list" link it wouldn't work. It's working now and I'd go with the Apogee if you can afford it. I still think the Tascam Model 24 might not be a bad choice considering how many inputs it has, it's flexibility as both a mixer, stand-alone recorder, and the fact that it can double as a USB interface for a Daw.
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