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Offline shakehurst

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Where to start?
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:58:53 PM »
I'd like to start recording shows in the new year but have no idea where to begin.

I'll be recording mostly punk / metal / noise shows. Venue capacities of 50-300 people usually.

My budget is small, $100-$200 maybe.

I would like something simple and easy to use, as long as it can get a relatively decent recording.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2014, 08:26:42 PM »
Howdy and welcome!

Before spending a dime, I recommend spending a decent amount of time listening to different recordings to get a feel for what sound you prefer. As you can imagine, the combination of different gear and techniques can be used in a lot of different variations, resulting in a lot of different-sounding results.

Also recommend trying and tag along with someone locally who is experienced. There are regional boards here where you could introduce yourself and arrange a meetup at a show.

Are you interested in recording open on a stand, or...? That will help us narrow down our recommendations.

Once you have an idea what you're looking for, keep checking the yard sale forum to find something decent that matches your budget.

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 09:08:34 PM »
Good starter mics
At 933's $120.00
http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=167952.0

Recorders
Tascam DR-05 $99.00
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/757065-REG/Tascam_DR_05_DR_05_Portable_Handheld_Digital.html
Roland R-05 $199.00 (Recommended)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687099-REG/Roland_R_05_R_05_Portable_24_bit_Digital.html

tough to get good sound with 100-200 budget, the above is pretty good on a small amount of cash
bump it up slightly
music>mics>pre>recorder

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2014, 12:25:35 AM »
If you are spending 200 on a recorder the m10 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/638090-REG/Sony_PCM_M10_BLACK_PCM_M10_Portable_Audio_Recorder.html smokes the 05 IMO
To bad you missed the church audio black fri sale. Current sale is out of the budget.
All in alli recommend saving up to 300 and going from there.

Pair of church mics just came up http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=170842.0
Grab a battery box and recorder and away you go. Could be done for $200 depending on recorder you get.
« Last Edit: December 03, 2014, 12:28:18 AM by willndmb »
Mics - AKG ck61/ck63 (c480b & Naiant actives), SP-BMC-2
XLR Cables - Silver Path w/Darktrain stubbies
Interconnect Cables - Dogstar (XLR), Darktrain (RCA > 1/8) (1/8 > 1/8), and Kind Kables (1/8f > 1/4)
Preamps - Naiant Littlebox & Tinybox
Recorders - PCM-M10 & DR-60D

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014, 12:33:49 AM »
I like sound professionals bmc-2 as far as a budget mic goes. $70 and I've made some real nice tapes with them

add $100 for a DR-05, I don't know if you could find a battery box for $30 though, and you'll want one for loud shows...if you had $225 or $250 you could definitely make it work and sound pretty decent
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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 12:38:59 AM »
I like sound professionals bmc-2 as far as a budget mic goes. $70 and I've made some real nice tapes with them

add $100 for a DR-05, I don't know if you could find a battery box for $30 though, and you'll want one for loud shows...if you had $225 or $250 you could definitely make it work and sound pretty decent
ill second that. Got mine on sale for 25 at had nice results
Mics - AKG ck61/ck63 (c480b & Naiant actives), SP-BMC-2
XLR Cables - Silver Path w/Darktrain stubbies
Interconnect Cables - Dogstar (XLR), Darktrain (RCA > 1/8) (1/8 > 1/8), and Kind Kables (1/8f > 1/4)
Preamps - Naiant Littlebox & Tinybox
Recorders - PCM-M10 & DR-60D

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 07:21:48 AM »
The current Church Audio sale has an Ugly Battery Box for $25.99, which should do you nicely:

http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=170828.0

If you're really strapped for cash, you could also pick up something older like this iRiver as your recorder:

http://taperssection.com/index.php?topic=170585.0

That plus the UBB plus the CA-11 mics would get you in under $200, and should work fine as a starter rig.

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2014, 10:56:00 AM »
Note, that the DR-05 mentioned above, is going for $74 thru the New Year, with $25 rebate  :o
Mics: AKG Naiant actives (CK61/62/63-ULS) | Franken Nak(s): CM-700 (CP-701/702) & CM-300 (all caps) | AT853 (all caps) | Primo EM4052PMI4 (CP-3)
Pres: Naiant tinyboxes (v. 2.5 & 1.0) & littlebox (v. 1.5/ot)
Decks: Sound Devices MixPre-10T | Sony PCM‑D50 | Roland R-05 & R-09HRs
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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2014, 06:38:44 PM »
Just don't be a  :zoomie1:  Its a recorder AND mics (and preamp/battery box in most cases)

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2014, 08:48:33 PM »
Another thought is to get the Sony PCM m10 for $199.99 and use the internal mics until you can afford external mics.  It is a keeper unit.  Great battery life, good sound, compact, solid feeling, easily adjusted thumbwheel input control, peak led warning - a very nice recorder.

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2014, 01:33:38 AM »
I love love love the Sony PCM-M10 but its internal mics will not be able to handle the kind of blast-level volume the OP will be attending.

I agree with the post above about SoundProfessionals BMC-2 as a nice starter mic, and Church Audio battery boxes (Ugly works for me) are fine. The problem is that Church Audio is one guy making things by hand and it takes time. If you can order a battery box elsewhere for $20-$30 more, like Sound Professionals or Microphone Madness, you'll get it faster. You don't need bass roll-off or anything fancy.

Or keep an eye on the Church Audio retail thread and get CA-14 plus battery box or CA-11 plus battery box at a steal--but be patient.

I haven't used the Tascams. Through mic-battery box-line-in they may be just fine. But I know the Sony is battle worthy.


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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2014, 08:45:12 AM »

I agree with the post above about SoundProfessionals BMC-2 as a nice starter mic, and Church Audio battery boxes (Ugly works for me) are fine. The problem is that Church Audio is one guy making things by hand and it takes time. If you can order a battery box elsewhere for $20-$30 more, like Sound Professionals or Microphone Madness, you'll get it faster. You don't need bass roll-off or anything fancy.


Chris just posted that he has UBBs in stock and ready to ship out, for the moment at least.

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2014, 09:43:15 AM »

I agree with the post above about SoundProfessionals BMC-2 as a nice starter mic, and Church Audio battery boxes (Ugly works for me) are fine. The problem is that Church Audio is one guy making things by hand and it takes time. If you can order a battery box elsewhere for $20-$30 more, like Sound Professionals or Microphone Madness, you'll get it faster. You don't need bass roll-off or anything fancy.


Chris just posted that he has UBBs in stock and ready to ship out, for the moment at least.
Confirm it before ordering or it might be a while.
SP has some mics on sale today, forget the model and deleted the email but I believe it said $79
Mics - AKG ck61/ck63 (c480b & Naiant actives), SP-BMC-2
XLR Cables - Silver Path w/Darktrain stubbies
Interconnect Cables - Dogstar (XLR), Darktrain (RCA > 1/8) (1/8 > 1/8), and Kind Kables (1/8f > 1/4)
Preamps - Naiant Littlebox & Tinybox
Recorders - PCM-M10 & DR-60D

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2014, 10:28:26 AM »
SP has some mics on sale today, forget the model and deleted the email but I believe it said $79

They're asking $199, but they have a frequency response of 200Hz to 15KHz. I'm sure they're fine for what they're designed for (micing actors' voices in a theater setting), but I wouldn't recommend them for the OP's intended usage.

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Re: Where to start?
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2014, 11:21:46 AM »
Instead of buying this or that and having to spend more to get what the OP really needs later, it would be better to buy stuff he's going to keep and use even if it means saving up his money. 

The AT933s in the yard sale have the 4.7 ohm mod.  Not sure if they will distort on extremely loud music unless a battery box is used.  Worse case is the OP would have to add a battery box if he runs into distortion. 


 

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