Anyone have a small home Music Studio set up?

Discussion in 'Arts, Sports, & Entertainment' started by Dundee, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. Dundee

    Dundee Fading day by day.

    I am trying to set up a bit of a home studio where I live and am struggling a bit on the best way to put it all together. I don't play in a band, can't sing for nuts and my guitar skills are 2 shades above dismal. However I am having a lot of fun.
    The only thing is I am struggling on the tetchy side of it all. Which is a bit silly as I am a Tech and Computer Nerd. It is all a bit of a Jigsaw and I just know I am not using it all in the optimal configuration.
    Here is What I have...

    AudioBox iTwo Studio | PreSonus


    Yamaha EMX 660


    Boss ME30
    Which to be honest I don't really like, no matter what I do it sounds screechy and I can seem to get a Phat sound out of it.

    MK-4902 Midi Keyboard (Crappy but then I play Crappy too)
    Acoustic Guitar,
    Electric guitar,
    Bass Guitar,
    Mike etc
    Midi to USB converter

    Numerous computers and Laptops to use.

    Software I have Legal Copies of.

    Studio One 3
    Guitar Rig 5
    Reaper V5.4
    Korg Synth Simulator with Software Midi.

    As i am really not all that happy with the Boss Pedal I would rather use the Guitar Rig Software for the effects. I am not in a band and don't really have any Muso mates anymore.
    Ultimately what I hope to achieve is to plod away and create stuff and record some of the songs I have written. Slow and bit by bit in Studio One or Reaper.
    However I am getting pretty lost in the best way put it all together.
    Anyone got a set up at home, or suggestions on how they would use it all.

    I currently sound a bit like this...

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  2. notdej

    notdej Honorable

    oh this is brilliant, Dundee after our little set 2= yes, it's my job
    presonus audiobox+ cubase/ guitar rig on a pc is all you'll need mate


  3. Dundee

    Dundee Fading day by day.

    Thanks notdej,
    It is sort of all set up a bit hochpoch at the min, because of that I haven't been getting the most out of it. Was struggling a lot with the software, you have to be a brain surgeon or a sound engineer to get your head round it.
    I have always been a headbanger so I am pretty keen to use this, Komplete : Guitar : Rammfire | Products
    It is a plugin that can get the Rammstein sound, but as I am not on top of it all yet I have yet to buy it.

    The gears a bit spread out at the min. I have the Software and Presonus on my PC, but the amp and pedal and instruments are in another room. I will be putting together another PC to move it all off my main computer and run it in the room with the instruments, only even on my good PC I seem to get a little latency.
    I also have an I5 laptop I was thinking about using but not sure if it will be powerful enough.

    Like I said, still getting my head round it. Have had the Keyboard using Midi to USB, OK, then using the Korg Legacy Cell software. Awesome range of sounds. But I cant seem to get the Korg output into Studio 1 Or Reaper because of the dumb way I have it set up.

    Keyboard Midi Out --->Midi to USB Cable--->[ Software Korg Legacy Cell --->
    Software Midi out ---/Breaks here/--->Studio 1 or Reaper
    Then over here somewhere is the unused Presonus.

    Also I have Latency in Monitor Mode so I can never get the keyboard in time.
    I know what I should have is...

    SHhould be like this I think
    Keyboard Midi Out --->Midi to Midi--->Hardware Korg Legacy Cell --->
    Hardware Midi Out--->Presonus Midi to USB--->Studio 1 or Reaper

    But who can afford a proper Korg synth, I cant.

    So you see my dilemma, Enough knowledge to plug it all in, but not enough to do it right.
    Then i have the dilemma of getting my head round Making Guitar Rig work beside it all and then Guitar Rig feeding my effects from the Guitar (Rammfire) into Studio 1 or Reaper, beside the Keyboard and Korg set up above also feeding into Studio 1 or Reaper.
    Shit My Brain is hurting just describing it.

    If only it was all hardware and patch cords :)
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2018
  4. Kchoo

    Kchoo At Peace.

    I have dabbled with pre sonus interface a little, and the software is bit intimidating.

    Honestly, until I get better at this, I am staying equipment averse at the moment.

    Have been recording tracks on my Android, then laying them into a simple editor.

    For vocals, I have used an apple iPhone headset to pc microphone jack.

    Good enough to practice my rhythm and harmonization.

    If I get serious about recording, I will use a real studio and have them do all the technical work. :Thumbsup:

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