Options for ~$2,500?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Hugh Jazz, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. Hugh Jazz

    Hugh Jazz

    Sep 13, 2001
    Atlanta, GA

    My friend and I are looking to get some recording equipment for our band and I was wondering what option we have available in our price range. Here's the stuff we've been looking at:
    • Roland VS-1880 (the compression issue worries me a little)
    • Alesis HD24 (Alesis got bought out, didn't they?)
    • Yamaha 4416 (even though that's a little higher than our price range)
    What we're looking for is something with enough channels/tracks, GOOD recording quality (and by good I mean very good), some portability, and a mixer included.

    An all-in-one unit is good since you can record/edit/etc. on it, but I really wouldn't mind something that'll give me a good recording, then I can transfer it onto the computer (w/o getting a SCSI setup) for final editing/mix downs/burning (that would actually be better).

    I'm not all that familiar with recording equipment, so I need your help.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. I've messed with both the Roland and the Yamaha. Although I haven't seen the Alesis, I'd stay away from it. Their stuff is notoriously noisy.

    The roland is an easy to use box. I wouldn't worry about the compression. From what I recall you can turn it on or off. With it off, you can get 48K/16bit which is fine for portable studios. The downside is the mic pre's. You don't get that many and the few they give you don't have much headroom (they peak without much effort). Also, the box that I messed with did NOT have an FX card. That costs extra. It's hard to mix without reverbs, delays, compression, etc. AND the CD burner was also xtra and not cheap.

    I don't have as much experience with the Yamaha, but it seemed to be much more happening. FX are included, CD burner included, and 24 bit capabilities. Which is great. More expensive and seemingly a little more compliated interface but better options.

    My recommendation is the Yamaha if your willing to fork out the cash and take on the learning curve.

    Hope that helps.