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Trying to make heads and tails of all of this...

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Hippos Melas, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Hi, I'm new to the forums and new to bass recording (or recording at all, to be honest).

    In the past, I played tuba, and the recording for that was relatively simple: you hooked up a microphone, put it near the and recorded through the microphone input jack. Easy. This is not so easy and is almost all Greek to me.

    I have a custom-built computer that is currently being constructed (it's a desktop) but I don't want to finish it without having some way to record my bass onto my computer. My computer is running an i7 processor with 8 GB of RAM, so it's plenty powerful enough to get all of this done correctly, but I'd like to get the best quality possible out of my recordings since I have so much power at my disposal.

    I prefer to have a PCI card that can handle my recording jobs, but I'd like a moderately simple way of doing this (although I won't settle for "really ok" quality, so I'm not afraid to spend $400 if needed on a card). Yes, I have read all of the FAQs, but they make very little sense to me because I just get lost trying to piece them all together.

    My setup is an Ampeg BA115T 1x15 100 watt practice amp and a Laguna LB524 bass guitar, which has active pickups (I don't know if that makes a difference).

    Can someone kind of kick me in the right direction with PCI cards and recording in general? I've looked at the at Musician's Friend, but they all have a large jumble of cables and use phrases and such that I know nothing about.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. kevinmoore73

    kevinmoore73 Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I wouldn't limit yourself to PCI cards. There are a large number of great Firewire recording interfaces out there.
  3. Any in particular you'd suggest?
  4. kevinmoore73

    kevinmoore73 Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I'm in the "ok" camp with my Alesis Multimix 12 FireWire. My friend is in the "really ok" camp with his Mackie Onyx 1640 with Firewire expansion card. Both of these are mixers that also happen to be Firewire recording interfaces.

    This all depends on what your definition of "ok" is.
  5. Well, I've been looking through a lot of the firewire recording devices, and almost every single one in my price range ($350 or less) doesn't work with Vista, which is a really big problem. Is there anyone with Vista that can tell me what they're using?
  6. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    It's being constructed right? You can upgrade from Vista to XP for around $100.
    Then wait for Windows 7.
  7. kevinmoore73

    kevinmoore73 Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I have Vista...

    In my desk drawer.

    Seriously though, if you're building this machine right now (or having in constructed) just load XP on it and wait and see if Windows 7 fixes what's wrong with Vista. (Like the failure of sound and network transfers to coexist nicely.)
  8. 2minkey


    Apr 23, 2006
    go to gearslutz.com and use the search function there.

    echo audio has some good PCI options at decent prices. both echo and TC electronic make good firewire options in your price range. those are the best options (as far as having good quality analog to digital converters) without paying for an RME interface. RMEs are *really* good, but they are well over $1000.

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