caaudio Posted April 7, 2003 Report Share Posted April 7, 2003 Jim, thanks for posting my email. Young Buck, Some comments on your gear list. Watch out for the Mackie monitors. They tend to have sloppy bass and the adjustment for this does not fix it. You NEED to have descent monitors. Without them you have no way to rely on what you are hearing. A high quality/neutral monitor will allow you to make good decisions about what you are hearing. There are so many speakers out there and they are really easy to sell because most people have no objective way of guaging the speaker's performance. Plus, we tend to be sensitive to a little "hype" in our listening experience. I believe this can be attributed to the popularity of many of the monitors that are available today. Remeber if you mix on a monitor that is anything but predicable and true your recordings will reflect this but in the inverse (bass heavy speaker yields bass light recordings.) The Meyer HD1s and Genelec 1031s are truly good monitors and have been mentioned a few times in this post already. I got my HD1s used for $1500/pr and had them re-certified by Meyer. If you are going to end up with monitors on which you have no basis of reliance, then you will need to check your work on a few different monitors in different environments. This will help you understand the characteristics of each of these monitors with reference to your work. On second thought, just get good monitors. As far as mics go, it is against the laws of the universe that a $150 mic is going to compete with some of the great mics that are used on the recordings that we love and try so hard to emulate. With budget in mind. I have used the Rode stuff and have been impressed with their cleanliness relative to price. The AT stuff is very popular (once again price to performance). The AKG414 is an industry workhorse and is down to about $500 now if you look hard. NOTHING replaces the Neumanns, Sankens, Sennheisers, Brauners and Schoeps stuff. I know that it would be nice to hear that there is some secret piece of gear out there that is really cheap and kicks total butt. Thank the Sound Gods that there isn't. Get the nicest stuff you can get your hands on. This is the equipment used on the great recordings that are the benchmark that we judge our work by. I think that Greg Mackie and a lot of the gear that you can buy over the phone today has done plenty to dumb down our art and audience (lets see if I have stirred up a hornets nest with this one). Good Luck!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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