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  1. #1

    Join Date: Nov 2008
    Location: NEPA
    ME: Customized 97' UV7Bk
    MA: Ibanez AW307cnt
    MB: 5 string P-bass
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    New recording rig advice

    Hey all, I'm looking to put together a recording rig and was curious what everyone here uses, computers, interfaces, daws, standalones, whatever. Currently I was using a Zoom R16 with Cubase on my laptop but a recent update for windows has fucked all my drivers and I can't use the R16 as an interface just a standalone. My laptop is old so I figure I should just upgrade everything.
    I'm probably going to use the new rig for audio only and I'm considering a Mac of some type. So let me know what you think. Thank fellas.

  2. #2

    Join Date: Nov 2010
    Location: UK
    ME: Legra Customs
    MA: Victor Garcia
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    I use Firewire interfaces (RME and Focusrite) into reaper.

    But firewires pretty much dead, so you're likely better off with some USB3 thing.

    Don't use standalones, they're niche and shite.

    Focusrite and presonus are the best bang for buck at the moment. I know this about focusrite from personal experience and presonus from pretty consistent user reports.

  3. #3

    Join Date: Sep 2013
    Location: Just outside Boston
    ME: Jackson DXMG
    MA: ibanez
    Rig: Jam Up/Bias

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    Using a Mac mini here with Reaper and Focusrite interface.
    There are no drivers.
    I just plugged things in and they work.
    There is no Dana….Only XUL

  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Boston, MA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Using a Mac mini here with Reaper and Focusrite interface.
    There are no drivers.
    I just plugged things in and they work.

    I'm also on the Mac Hype Train. I use an old MOTU 828mk2 and it works perfectly with Reaper.

  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: IL
    ME: JS2000/Warmoth
    MA: Seagull S6
    MB: Ibanez SRC6
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    Mac+Focusrite or Presonus+Logic X = win
    Disclaimer: I work ultra part-time for a local music gear dealer

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    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
    ME: Hacked tele and RGs
    MA: Freshman
    Rig: Mesa Mk V:25

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    I'm definitely on the mac side of the fence, hell, even with Hackintoshes I've had less problems than my previous Windows recording set ups.

  7. #7

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: King of Prussia, PA
    ME: PRS CE22
    MA: Richard Cogger Classical
    MB: Fender Bulletbass
    Rig: Mesa Mark V/TA30

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    Personally I dig the apogee stuff, the clocking and pres are both better than the personus stuff and the clocking certainly beats out the focusrite stuff. RME makes some great stuff as well thats compatible with pcs as well but it's a bit more expensive than the apogee equivalents.

  8. #8

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Arizona
    ME: Ibanez
    Rig: Mesa Triple Rectifier
    XBL: desertdweller56
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    You can build a great recording rig for very little these days. A system with an I5 and 4gb of RAM, a used focusrite Saffire off of eBay, and reaper, and you are good to go. You don't need a $1500 Mac.

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