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Username: jubeas3eyes

Post Number: 45
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post

I'm building up my little home recording studio and am looking for a mixer with at least 4 tracks. Thats really the only requirement.

I'm also looking for some mics. To be more specific I would really like a nice vocal studio condenser mic and a mic for lower frequencies (like the Audix F-12 specifically).

I'm not looking so spend a ton of money, but let me know what you have or if anyone has a suggestion on what inexpensive mic to get that would be great.

I also have some things to trade, I have a Boomerang Phrase Sampler in brand new condition and I also have a Pandora Effects processor (bass).

Let me know what you have!!
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Username: alembic_doctor

Post Number: 108
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:50 pm:   Edit Post

I'm an Audix Dealer. As well as a dealer for just about anything else you want in the way of Pro Audio.
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 209
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 10:42 pm:   Edit Post

What's your budget? There's a lot of great stuff out there!

Username: jubeas3eyes

Post Number: 46
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Friday, January 05, 2007 - 12:11 am:   Edit Post

I apologize for taking so long to respond. I ended up purchasing a set of 6 Audix Drum mics and I love them. So far I've been really impressed by what Audix has had to offer and would like to keep going with that brand.
Alembic_doctor, I will be sending you a messege in a minute here about a vocal mic. For that matter if anyone has any suggestions on great vocal mics I'll be glad to take any advice.
I'm only looking to spend around 200 or below and 200 is really stretching it.
THanks in advance guys!
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 27
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 06, 2007 - 9:14 pm:   Edit Post

Jubeas3 -

In addition to playing bass, I have a talented signing daughter and a small home studio. I spent a lot of time researching quality affordable condenser mics for recording last year, and settled on the AT4040 and have been delighted. The other mic that consistently got good reviews was the Shure KSM series - I almost bought that but no one seemed happy with the shock mount.

As important or more important than the mic is going to be your preamp. I spent days evaluating mic preamps - I wanted a tube preamp without spending $2k on an Avalon or Focusrite. All of the little cheap ones use a single tube that you essentially blend with solid state electronics. Functional, but for all intents and purposes not a true tube preamp.

The two I found that fit the budget were the Electro-Harmonix, a two tube unit that consistently got good reviews, and Groove Tubes "The Brick." After checking them out, I went with the more expensive Brick (comes highly recommended by Leland Sklar - great bassist). It has three tubes and everything that comes from Groove Tubes is sonically superior. Nothing fancy, just a box with a knob on the front and two switches on the back - power and 48V.

HOWEVER, the sound is incredible. Aside from awesome vocal results, I plugged my Alembic Distillate in and recorded a couple of tracks, and it was unbelievable. I got the purest Alembic tone down on the tracks - I couldn't get over what a difference the right preamp made!

I actually found good deals on both the mic and the preamp on ebay, but I would only buy new - used mics are risky. Look for a "best offer" option.

Let us know what you wind up with.

Username: jubeas3eyes

Post Number: 55
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Well I finally purchased a vocal mic and think I made a good decision. I got this: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Sterling-Audio-ST55-Large-Diaphragm-FET-Condenser-Mic?sku=271356
I traded in my Boomerang pedal and just got it flat out. So far I love this mic. It sounds fantastic. There was a lot of arguing and a guy possibly getting in a lot of trouble for giving me the mic flat out (I HATE guitar center), but I got it. So hopefully it works out. Whenever I get around to recording my band I'll post the link.

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