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Hi peeps/peepers, I just finished my new recording studio here in Bodo, Norway. I've used around 350,000,- kroner (that's about 60,000,- $) so far. All that remains are some good synths, maybe more preamps and.. well, that's why i'm asking you guys. Have around 30,000,- $ left on my budget.

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Can't live without the LA-2A limiter/compressor

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AKG allround condenser

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Ddrum triggers on the drumset

Stuff right now:

Mac Pro Octocore

UA LA-2A compressor

UA Twin-Finity 710 (4) Preamps

Mackie Onyx 1640i

Genelecs

Fender Supersonic amp

Mesa Boogie Express amp

Komplete 8

UAD Quad with plug-ins

Pro Tools 10

Cubase 6.5

Omnisphere

Trilian

Superior Drummer 2

Markbass Compressore

Handful Radial DI's

Korg Triton

Roland FP-7

2 AKG 414 XL-II

Røde K-2 tube mic

Bunch of SM 57's

Pearl Export

Ddrum Triggers

Akai MPD Pad controller

So got a pretty good setup now, but i'd like more synths and maybe some nice controllers. Both hardware and software. Been thinking about Moog Voyager XL, though expensive. Any suggestions for the remaining budget?

Cheers, Eivind

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holy cow that's a sweet setup. since i don't know anything about synths and you have plenty of preamps (though maybe a couple of api-based pres or channel strips might be cool), i can only recommend more guitar amps! a few must-haves, imo, are the fender twin (though that super-sonic gets pretty close), vox ac30, some form of marshall plexi (59 slp, jmp, jtm45) marshall jcm800(!!!), and a whooole bunch of pedals, especially boutiquey stufff like fulltone pedals (they have a reeeeally nice tube-tape echo)

i also think a super invaluable tool would be something like the new line6 james tyler variax. one guitar that models a whole bunch of really cool electric AND acoustic guitars, as well as a great sitar model.

now that i think about it, how about the focusrite liquid channel? though i guess with the cash you have available you can probably just get more legit analog pres

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Yeah, it's certainly something else than my old bedroom setup :)

I'll primarily be using it for my own bands and projects. Guess there will be some renting and lending to friends as well. I probably should do some remixes too :)

Sixto: Yeah, I got a Randall and a Bugera 4x10, but a JCM800 has already been ordered. Is nice not to rely solely on Guitar Rig anymore. I'm not sure if i'll need the variax, I have a good strat, a Les Paul Custom and a couple of super strats (Ibanez) as well as a modified jazz bass that sounds sweet DI'ed. Regarding API's i've been thinking of some 512's for my drums, as of now i'm just using the build-in pre's on my Onyx desk.

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Yeah, it's certainly something else than my old bedroom setup :)

I'll primarily be using it for my own bands and projects. Guess there will be some renting and lending to friends as well. I probably should do some remixes too :)

Well whatever it is, I hope you get some income coming in from that. $60,000 on a studio for personal projects is just nuts. Most people are lucky to even afford 1/100th of that.

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$60,000 on a studio for personal projects is just nuts. Most people are lucky to even afford 1/100th of that.

Ain't that the damned truth. I'm still working on my own personal (albeit, transportable) studio, and I'm looking at a grand total of no more than 2 grand. 4 mic preamps with phantom, ~6 mics, and a lot of isolating foam.

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How about a great ribbon mic, like a Royer 121 or 122. Also, take a look at the A-Designs Pacifica--it has enough gain to power a ribbon, it has a impedance DI input on the front, which sounds killer!

It's a spectacular pre.

I love pairing the 414 with a ribbon, you get all the detail on the AKG and all the impact on the ribbon--killer for hand percussion!

Ribbons also make killer vocal mikes when you want that present velvety sound.

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Well whatever it is, I hope you get some income coming in from that. $60,000 on a studio for personal projects is just nuts. Most people are lucky to even afford 1/100th of that.

Tons of pros build a simple little studio for only 20,000 bucks. Dude, that's a lot of money. Of course, there was a time when studios were big and everything was recorded on analog tape and they would spend half a million bucks making a big studio.

There's still some magic about those recording studios (some which still exist now; it's just all digital recording now, of course)...

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Tons of pros build a simple little studio for only 20,000 bucks.

With 20k you get a drum, an amp, 3 guitars a bass and a few picks.

And 1/100th of that price is 600$, so i don't see how most people couldn't afford that if they are into music. That's the price of a cymbal. Building the place in your backyard is a few thousands not counting the acoustic treatment. When you invest you probably gonna buy good DAW with a console and a few expensive plugings for a few thousands + the computer; you're probably at 30k here. Throw a Neuman in there and some speakers and you don't even have any hardware yet beside one amp and a few instruments.

Well it's how I see it..

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With 20k you get a drum, an amp, 3 guitars a bass and a few picks.

And 1/100th of that price is 600$, so i don't see how most people couldn't afford that if they are into music. That's the price of a cymbal. Building the place in your backyard is a few thousands not counting the acoustic treatment. When you invest you probably gonna buy good DAW with a console and a few expensive plugings for a few thousands + the computer; you're probably at 30k here. Throw a Neuman in there and some speakers and you don't even have any hardware yet beside one amp and a few instruments.

Well it's how I see it..

No, no, I'm not talking about a studio with a whole bunch of instruments. I'm talking about pro recording studios. Ones where you have more compressors and EQs and such with maybe one keyboard or something.

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No, no, I'm not talking about a studio with a whole bunch of instruments. I'm talking about pro recording studios. Ones where you have more compressors and EQs and such with maybe one keyboard or something.

Yes well hardware compressors and EQs can be expensive. Even software.. I really want this piece of software and it's 80$ RE-2A which is an emulation of what the dude bought hardware:

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Can't live without the LA-2A limiter/compressor

I really wonder how much is the hardware when the soft is 80$.

I've seen compressors cost something like 30k in Steve Vai's studio.

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Ok comrades, just wanted to update you all on how my studio is shaping up. Just got some nice shiny stuff

like the DSI Prophet 08 and a Moog Little Phatty. Also picked up som nice older stuff like the classic Roland D-50.

Oh yeah, i also bought two vintage cassette recorders, Tandberg 310 for '76 so i can get some old school

tape compression if necessary.

Check it out: (im still looking for nice vintage gear - recommendations accepted :)

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Ok comrades, just wanted to update you all on how my studio is shaping up. Just got some nice shiny stuff

like the DSI Prophet 08 and a Moog Little Phatty. Also picked up som nice older stuff like the classic Roland D-50.

Oh yeah, i also bought two vintage cassette recorders, Tandberg 310 for '76 so i can get some old school

tape compression if necessary.

Check it out: (im still looking for nice vintage gear - recommendations accepted :)

Bratten5.jpg

Skau_28.jpg

Bratten6.jpg

tandberg.jpg

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