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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Getting started - any advice?

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Washington DC

Mar 26th, 2015 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm dipping my toe into home recording, starting by learning how to use an old BOSS BR-600 (now obsolete but it's paid for). My immediate goal is to produce good-quality demos of my original songs (multi-tracked with 4-5 instruments), so I can share them with other musicians and friends, and enter songwriting contests. I could also see recording live a small band as a possibility.

I am thinking about buying the Tascam DP-32SD rather than investing in a computer-based DAW setup. I have limited funds and could only dedicate an 8 year old Windows computer; I'm concerned that computer-based is an expensive morass with ever-present latency issues.

For $500, I'd be up and running on the Tascam, which can input/output in .WAV, if I ever go computer-based.

What think thou? Is there a low-cost path to high-quality on computer?

(This message was last edited by tiller2 at 12:02 PM, Mar 26th, 2015)

Mark From Hawaii
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The Aloha State, USA

only cowboys stay in tune after all
Mar 26th, 2015 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I too pondered stand-alone (my old Boss 1180-CD's hard drive bit the dust) or DAW and ended up going the DAW route. Sounds like even Tascam may reduce their line. I'm convinced that I made the right choice given the difference in sound quality and features/capabilities.

If I run up my own tab, here's what I come with:

Reaper DAW: $60 personal use license
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 audio interface (includes downloaded effects plugins): $200
MT Power Drums 2 software: free

Total to date: $260.

If I want to get a decent controller for mixing, it will probably run me another $200 or so. But I can do a pretty good mix without it.

Your old PC may be a problem in downloading and running software. A decent replacement CPU may still put you in the ballpark of your budget.

Below is the link to the Reaper home page.


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Washington DC

Mar 26th, 2015 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, Mark, for giving some specifics to look at.

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