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What should I add to my little setup ?

Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:05 pm

I am in a 4 piece band/jam buddies and we haven't actually recorded anything significant for a couple years now. We usually just go to the room press record on a phone and jam.

I am trying to take control and actually write some material that we can practice and record (everyone is down with that btw :lol: ).

I have this little setup at home where I am plenty of amps, a guitar and a bass. I also have a nord keyboard, a little 8 track mixer, zoom dr-05 portable recorder and a 1010 blackbox for basic drum beats. (I also have ableton live 10 but my computer is shit so I always have latency and stuff so I am not using it).

I am for now recording bass guitar and keyboard through an amp and into the dr05 onboard mics. Drums through the mixer and some speakers into the onboard mics too.

The DR05 is not actually a multitrack recorder, I fake it by overdubbing by if the levels are off I have to delete, adjust and record again which is annoying.

I also have nothing for vocals yet since I have no other mic and I want to have alot of reverb and some slapback delay on them.

I wonder If a better multitrack handheld recorder like a Zoom H5 or something like and a sm58 could do the trick or if I'd be better off with an actual desktop type multitrack recorder (that would also most likely give me atleast 8-16 tracks). I guess I have no choice but to get an sm58 or some kind of vocal mic too to run it through the mixer and put some effects in the loop.

Any good and cheap options ? I spent way to much on gear lately so I'm not looking to spend much here. Thinking maybe Zoom H8 or R8 + sm57

Re: What should I add to my little setup ?

Sat Feb 06, 2021 11:17 pm

Well I am really an impulsive buyer so I went with a Zoom H8 and a Senheiser e609. :joy:

Re: What should I add to my little setup ?

Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:41 am

Pretty good choices there so no worries. :lol: Enjoy :thumb:

Re: What should I add to my little setup ?

Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:28 am

Thanks, I only played a couple hours with the H8 and I really like it. I have to say that I love how it looks too.

The fact that there is only 2 TS input is kind of a minus but you can assign your recorded track to another slot to free up the TS input you just used so that's cool. The fx are not bad either, I read somewhere that it was not possible to adjust the effects parameters so I was bummed when I ordered it but idk why someone would say that... You clearly can :)

I am really excited about this. I usually buy gear and end up wondering why I bought it after a few days. This however really helps the creativity, the flow and makes me want to actually write and record stuff instead of noodling for 10min before I get bored :joy:

Re: What should I add to my little setup ?

Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:40 am

That's a very good sign haha. That's the gear I WANT to buy but not always the gear I end up buying :lol: ;)

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