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TubeGeek

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What software application to purchase?
« on: March 12, 2007, 03:49:26 am »

I am sure this question is asked often but I'd appreciate any advice on this...

I have been building my own recording equipment (mic pres, compressors, tube amps etc) and would like to use them along with an audio interface and a software recording program.

I want at minimum 8 simultaneous inputs and I want to keep the quality of the signal to the computer as clean and transparent as possible. I don't want to color the sound of the amps I have built any further. I am going to be making music for fun and want to record the amplifiers I have been building.  I will be miking a drum set and electric guitar, everything else will be overdubbed later on.

I own an mbox2 which has been in its box since I purchased it. I can't do much with only two inputs. I have a presonus firepod that I use as a glorified soundcard to my imac G5.  I like the simplicity of garageband in the mac but it is too simplisitc.  I'd like to be able to edit and have more options available for mixing.

I am considering Logic Pro or the new Digidesign 003 package.

What would you recommend to me?
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Re: What software application to purchase?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2007, 05:37:28 pm »

Both Logic and Protools will work just fine, but the big thing for you will be to get the best converters that you can afford.

Do not rely on the converters in a Digi 003.

Check out RME, Lavry, UA, Apogee, Mytek.

Or for now get an Apogee AD8000 on Ebay.

Good luck.
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Re: What software application to purchase?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2007, 01:43:00 pm »

just posting to second terry's thoughts.
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Re: What software application to purchase?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 02:34:19 am »

Thanks for the tips.

I will have to narrow it down to which converter is best for me.

Any opinions on the apogee ensemble?
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Re: What software application to purchase?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 05:47:16 pm »

On the Mac I'd highly recommend Metric Halo over the Apogee unit.  IMHO, the Apogee unit is over-priced based on what else is out there of similar or better quality.

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Re: What software application to purchase?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2007, 11:00:06 am »

compasspnt wrote on Mon, 12 March 2007 21:37

Both Logic and Protools will work just fine, but the big thing for you will be to get the best converters that you can afford.

Do not rely on the converters in a Digi 003.

Check out RME, Lavry, UA, Apogee, Mytek.

Or for now get an Apogee AD8000 on Ebay.

Good luck.



I'm curious what people here think of the AD8000 and UA2192 in comparison?
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