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what recording equipment do i need?

i want to be able to record my drums in to my toshiba laptop or my compaq desk computer. i have a snare, 3 rack toms, 1 floor tom, and a bass / 1 hi hat, 2 chinas, 1 crash, 1 splash, 1 ride, and 1 efx cymbal. so please could you tell me everything i need to record in to my computer or put through speakers. and i also want a good recording programme

Best Answer...


Someone brought up some interesting points but i think i should expand

To say that Protools 8 is the best program out there is biased. Protools certainly IS the industry standard but there many MANY engineers who prefer programs like Sonor, Cubase etc. Either way you WILL need a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). The software you choose to go with is up to you. Personally i LOVE Logic...but im a mac user. Up until last year i used PC and i was a fan of Cubase. I've used Protools a lot as well. Both platforms have the same functions..the real question is which one works best for YOU!

Now....once you have your D.A.W you need to get an interface. There are two ways to do this....you could get a Firewire Mixer. This is a standard mixing console ranging between 2 mic inputs to up to 32 mic inputs (price ranges obviously vary). You plug your mics into your mixer, plug the mixer into your computer and then control it all from your DAW. The other option is to get a standard Mixer, and hook that up to an Interface...like the Mbox. Go to the M-Audio website and take a look at interfaces. Run your mixer into your interface and that into your computer. There are serious advantages and disadvantages to both. I currently use a mixer into an interface but i think id rather have a firewire mixer myself.

After this...Mics. There are several different mic packages available on the market ranging from $300-Thousands of dollars. Here is what you need to decide

1. How many mics do i need? A lot of people make the mistake of buying a separate mic for every drum. This isnt neccesary and can often times be counter productive because the sound from one drum can bleed into the other mics. A standard studio setup is 1 Kickdrum Mic. 1 Snare Mic. 1 Hi-hat Mic. and 2 or 3 overhead mics. This limits your setup to 5 or 6 mics instead of being completely mental and having like 9.

You'll need clips and stands for your mics, cables (DONT GO CHEAP ON THE CABLE OR YOU"LL REGRET IT) . Depending on your price range you can get drum mic sets for like $250 by Nady...but they're not AMAZING drum mics...the good things about that though is often times you can use your DAW to edit the sounds of the mics. If your kickdrum isnt getting enough bass, add some bass etc. Play with the EQ. But this route is certainly not for everyone. Samson and Behringer also make entry level drum mic packages. Nady being my favorite of those. Then you can move up to Sure or Warfdale sets. If your really want to spend the big bucks to get really nice mics. AKG or Sennheiser are the way to go.

So here is your setup



Drums -- Mics---Firewire Mixer--Daw/Computer.

Hope that helps