Selecting Hardware for Music Production

Sean Darby sean at
Fri Oct 24 06:56:29 BST 2008

> Sean-
> What are your goals?  what kind of product are you after?
> Matt

Two primary objectives as far as music production goes:
1. Recording.
2. Composing.

I would like to be able to record music, such as from my guitars
(acoustic and electric), bass guitar, electronic drumset, and full-size
MIDI keyboard.

I'm thinking about getting a new keyboard, like a 2 octave one to put
next to the computer keyboard, though for use primarily with composing.

What could I get to successfully record those "rock band instruments"?

I'm guessing microphones and a mixer, though am unsure what computer
equipment I'll need - that is compatible with Linux.

Side Note: Is there a 64-bit version of Ubuntu Studio? I'm aware of a
64-bit Ubuntu, though am unsure how Studio handles it.

Thank you for any advice, especially on recording equipment that I could
consider getting. I'd really like to have a better idea on all of this,
and devices I can get on a "budget". We can say I have between $100 and
$1,500 to put into this gear (excluding the actual cost of the
(non-music-related) computer equipment). I know that's a large
difference between low and high, though I'm hoping to keep it as low as
possible without sacrificing quality.

Thank you!

Sean Darby

> Sean Darby wrote:
> > That's an interesting mixer, I've never heard of "Allen and Heath".
> > looking for either Yamaha or Mackie, probably not Alesis. Hopefully
> > there is a fairly small board with a good price tag, appropriate for
> > small home recording studio. I found a Yamaha for ~$100, though am
> > willing to go a little higher if necessary, though would like to
keep it
> > pretty low (in the 100 range) if it is possible.
> >
> > Does anybody know of a decent, probably small, Yamaha or Mackie
> > (that connects to computers) that is close to the $100 price tag?
> >
> > If there is a board that can either USB or firewire into the
> > then would I still need something like the EMU 1616M?
> >
> > Is there a less expensive variation of the EMU 1616M available?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> >
> >
> > On Thu, 2008-10-23 at 12:46 -0400, Karlheinz Noise wrote:
> >   
> >>> What would be some good internal and external hardware/devices to
> >>>       
> >> use
> >>     
> >>> with a make-shift/budget home recording studio?
> >>>       
> >> One other option to consider: Many mixers nowadays have USB audio
> >> built into them. Several of the Behringers do this, and there are a
> >> couple of flavors of Alesis MultiMix mixers also.
> >>
> >> If you can up your budget a little bit, Allen and Heath have a nice
> >> mixer for around $400 that has USB audio:
> >>
> >>
> >> I do not own any of these however, and I can't tell you how easy
> >> are to set up under UbuStu. I know at least one person on this list
> >> has one of the Alesis mixers - care to chime in?
> >>
> >> -Karlheinz

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