Pro Audio : What's The Best?

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
I have a friend who wants to build a tiny audio studio in her home and though she's never used a Mac in the past, she just emailed me to find out what solutions are available should she decide to move to a Macintosh.



She'll be concentrating almost entirely on spoken-word voicework. I sent her an article about <a href="http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/0207/19.music.php"; target="_blank">ProTools</a> and she said that she was interested in the Mbox thingy.



Can you audio folks give me some recommendations on some solutions that she should investigate? Links would be appreciated...



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  • Reply 1 of 7
    trevormtrevorm Posts: 841member
    I set up a small little studio in a basement style area in my house! The MBox system by Digidesign uses Protools LE the Light version of the TDM system that Digidesign produces. I used in my setup a similar system Called Digi001, which is really cool. It gives me 8 in and 8 out via an Audio interface and an additional 8 Digital ins via the PCI card that hooks up the computer to the I/O Box....



    All your friend need sis basicially Digi001 or MBox and a Small Mixer like a Mackie (Best price Best Qual....Everyone uses em) and she will be set! the mixer may not be nessecery but me being a drummer means I need a mixer.....



    back to MBox/001.. The software is great a little limited but you can still produce good stuff with it. It comes with plugins, in this case a computer with some power is a MUST! Tho I was uses my old Powermac G4 400Mhz computer, and frankly that worked well, infact really well!



    I have missed points out but I hope this is a help! your friend shoud check out the following few sites for tips. There are other Companys that offer similar systmes but the Digidsign stuff is really cool for recording...



    <a href="http://www.digidesign.com"; target="_blank">Digidesign</a>

    <a href="http://www.mackie.com"; target="_blank">Mackie</a>

    <a href="http://www.motu.com"; target="_blank">Mark of the Unicorn</a>

    <a href="http://www.sweetwater.com"; target="_blank">Sweetwater Sound (Retail)</a>
  • Reply 2 of 7
    drewpropsdrewprops Posts: 2,321member
    you ROCK mate!

    oy-oy-oy!
  • Reply 3 of 7
    bluesignsbluesigns Posts: 315member
    Digidesign has unveiled the Digi 002 -- a FireWire-based mini studio



    available on the street in september with a list price of 2500$





    <a href="http://www.harmony-central.com/Newp/2002/Digi-002.html"; target="_blank">http://www.harmony-central.com/Newp/2002/Digi-002.html</a>;
  • Reply 4 of 7
    lowb-inglowb-ing Posts: 98member
    She really should wait a little longer and go with an OSX solution. There's cool stuff coming soon from most of the household names. Most of them have been waiting for OSX 10.2 Jaguar.



    Steinberg has said Cubase SX will be out soon after 10.2, and guess what! 10.2 is shipping in August.



    Emagic's just been bought by apple, so there's going to be some cool Logic for X fairly soon too.



    Apple's been working closely with digidesign on prootools for X.



    MOTU has announced that they will ship digital performer for X in the second half of 2002.



    As far as hardware goes, it seems to me the digi001 is a little bit of overkill for the spoken word genre. I doubt thet she'll need more than 2 channels of audio in (one stereo channel). Emagics 2|6 interface might do the trick. Also she might not need a full fledged sequencer with 32+ tracks. A scaled down program like cubasis might be enough. don't know when that is coming for X though.



    [ 07-21-2002: Message edited by: LowB-ing ]</p>
  • Reply 5 of 7
    antaisceantaisce Posts: 54member
    [quote]Originally posted by drewprops:

    <strong>I have a friend who wants to build a tiny audio studio in her home and though she's never used a Mac in the past, she just emailed me to find out what solutions are available should she decide to move to a Macintosh.



    She'll be concentrating almost entirely on spoken-word voicework. I sent her an article about <a href="http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/0207/19.music.php"; target="_blank">ProTools</a> and she said that she was interested in the Mbox thingy.



    Can you audio folks give me some recommendations on some solutions that she should investigate? Links would be appreciated...



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    Well, if it is audio based, then the Protools thing is a good recommendation. But only on a Mac.



    More MIDI based environments should be equipped with either Cubase, Logic Audio or Digital Performer. These apps can handle Virtual Instruments in VST standard, but not Pro Tools.

    You better check that first.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    trevormtrevorm Posts: 841member
    [quote]Originally posted by bluesigns:

    <strong>Digidesign has unveiled the Digi 002 -- a FireWire-based mini studio



    available on the street in september with a list price of 2500$





    <a href="http://www.harmony-central.com/Newp/2002/Digi-002.html"; target="_blank">http://www.harmony-central.com/Newp/2002/Digi-002.html</a></strong><hr></blockquote>;





    WOW! This baby looks like a great little package.. Looks like I'll be selling my 001 for this! :cool:
  • Reply 7 of 7
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,268member
    For mainly Spoken Word type of work. Go Mbox. Protools Software isn't really hot for Midi compared to other solutions but if voice overs and other things like that are important the ProTools software has great editing features that probably will trump most other packages. Mbos is $450 at most stores and has a decent collection of plugins available.
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