Your idea of affordable, high quality, simple, digital, standalone, recording rig, circa 2019?

Discussion in 'Home Recording and Studios' started by optofonik, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. optofonik

    optofonik Squier-holic

    I firmly believe that Squiers can sound as good in a recording as any other guitar out there. I also don't think it takes a lot of money to properly document that "sound". It does however take at least a little investment to really showcase your talent; burgeoning or beyond. With that in mind...

    • SM57: new (I can't typically recommend buying used mics from anyone but a professional broker but the SM57 ain't that kinda mic; just get a new one).
    • Tascam DP-008EX: Buy used (it's not mechanical so barring some drunk DB spilling a beer onto it or a knucklehead using the wrong AC adapter you should be fine as long as you can return it).
    • Monoprice 15-Watt, 1x12 tube amp: (I don't see many used ones for sale so wait for a discount or open box from Monoprice; a couple of times a year there are some serious sales).
    • Used programmable drum machine (I recommend the SR16 because it was the last one I used that didn't completely suck but that was a long time ago and there are so many available since then that its crazy; dime a dozen it seems).

    With these four components I can't see why anyone shouldn't be able to record awesome sounding demos without booting up a computer till uploading.

    I know what most will ask...

    With patience and judicious shopping it'll cost about $500.00.
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  2. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-Nut

    Jan 19, 2018
    GA USA
    I don't go that old school. I sold my SR-16 and Tascam decades ago.

    My current recording setup (not counting guitars and effects pedals) is a Hotone head (usually the Mojo Diamond), a Monoprice DI box, an old Behringer Eurorack mixer and a PC into a DAW. For backing, I use Magix Acid Pro to create loops and MIDI tracks. I do want to replace the DI box with a Mooer Radar or other IR loader to get more tonal flexibility.

    Here's an original song I did using this setup for the Reddit Song A Week sub-reddit.

  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Squier-Meister

    Jan 10, 2014
  4. optofonik

    optofonik Squier-holic

    I finally got a chance to watch this all the way through and was gobsmacked. It kind of explains why the Line 6 is becoming a recognized competitor to Fractal Audio. I think that's in a large part due to the inclusion of so-called "legacy" algorithms from throughout Line 6's long history that are still capable of producing patches that stand the test of time. The Helix is a legitimate alternative to the AX8 right now and I wouldn't be surprised if Line 6's next major product release is a direct competitor to the Axe-Fx III.
  5. ksandbergfl

    ksandbergfl Squier-Meister

    Sep 7, 2015
    iPad Mini, Akai RPM3 USB audio interface/monitors, and Garageband

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