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If anyone can make sense of the following, could they also tell me if I got a correct setup? And yes, I forgot the headphones :D

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profox
Feb. 14th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Hmm... looks OK. A mic-processor is generally quite useful to have, so I wouldn't make that optional. As a mic, I highly recommend the BLUE "Baby Bottle", or M-Audio "Nova".

Sound card is more or less uninteresting. This looks like a broadcast setup to me, so you'll be compressing heavily/cutting off anything below -40dB, so why care about the noise floor... heck, even a Creative-card will be able to handle this. But, can't go wrong with M-Audio :)

Also, why monitor before the "big box"-processor, and not after? Shouldn't that thing be looped into the mixing desk, just like any other effects source? Just wondering. But then, I haven't done much broadcast, so what do I know :D

Software: I am using a Mac (several, actually) for these things, so I can't help you with PC software. If you do this on Macs... well, let's just say you'll be surprised about just what can be achieved with nothing more than a few instances of GarageBand ;)

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Cheers,
The Fox
rob_d
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks, friend of a friend :)

The main use (at first) will be recording 'live' radioshows, so without any editing, so I can send them to my friend who owns a webradio station. In the future I'd like to expand to be able to do live streaming and to make my own leaders/bumpers/teasers/jingles/insert radio slang here.

As recommendations for the mic, I was pointed to stuff like the MXL 990 or the Behringer B1 but I'll certainly look into your options.

You're right about the monitor and the loops, my knowledge of this stuff is also quite limited :) I'm just a freak whose head is filled with music and useless trivia :)

Once again, thanks for the help.
profox
Feb. 14th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, an MXL 900... well, if you can afford one. Same goes for the Baby Bottle, btw. Or how about a Røde, or Audio Technica *daydreams*

The B1 is good (so is the Nova) and doesn't break the bank. And what was that about the DX1000 not longer being made?! That was their best mixer for small setups! *facepalms* Well, there's lots of DJ-gear, I'm sure you'll find a worthy replacement.

Live streaming and/or MPEG downmix for web radio certainly won't require more than -40dB, perhaps -65dB if you're feeling really generous. Anything below that will be killed by the psychoacoustic coding.

Jingles etc. are best put into a sampler and played via a small MIDI-keyboard or other touch-trigger thingamabob. But you knew that ;)
ionotter
Feb. 14th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Software?
I've heard good things about CuBase? I had a copy of it lying around here, and it's a SCARY piece of software. You can even make your own FX with the virtual patch panel, I think? It's literally a patch-panel on your screen; you just move the "cables" around to get the effects you want.
rob_d
Feb. 14th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Software?
sounds neat. But more important for me would be getting the right setup so I can play one song, and already listen to the next one without accidentally recording the preview :D But that shouldn't be a problem with the right mixpanel. Almost everyone with a webstudio here in Holland uses the Behringer DX 1000. It's good and affordable, just hard to get since it's no longer being made.
jonesybunny
Feb. 14th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Software?
Maybe I am still thinking with the old Cubase version knowledge, but wasn't that program only for MIDI?
tyrc
Feb. 15th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
That picture + ??? = Profit?
kaelin_tiger
Feb. 17th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Start --> Programma's --> Bureau Accessoires --> Entertainment --> Geluidsrecorder..

Bwaah! Ok, sorry for that... *grin*
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