Well, I am moving into a new neighborhood next week, and I don't know if loud ass practices in my attic is going to fly since I will now have neighbors on both sides. (Currently I don't have neighbors on either side, and we're in a basement which dampens the noise some). So I came up with a good idea, and am trying to find the cheapest way to make this work. So far i've guestimated I'll still need about $900 to do it, which I don't currently have.
The idea, is to up my PC's RAM to 16 GB, get an electronic USB (Alesis) kit, and plug us all into my DAW for practice using a Tascam US1800 and then distribute sound to all of us with a $50 4 channel headphone amp. So i'd need:
Drum Kit which is $389
Tascam US1800 $250
Headphone amp $50
16 GB RAM $90
I know I would lose switching amp channels during practice, but I could deal with that. Is there a cheaper way to do this? I like being able to record everything we do, and also the ability to play to a click without worrying about it getting drowned out, and also the ability to play with backing synth tracks if we wanted.
We'd need 4 mic inputs, 1 guitar, 1 bass, drums are USB obviously, and then 2 inputs for Keys. So I think the Tascam would be our best bet, unless there is a preamp with that many inputs for cheaper.
Do you guys think this will be the cheapest I could spend on something like this, or are there some cheaper gear i'm overlooking. I did look at the ION drumkit, which sells for $190 but I really don't like the bassdrum pedal, and our drummer uses a double kick pedal, which wouldn't be usable with that kit.
There's a thingy that looks like half a flying saucer that lets you plug in pretty much anything and each person gets their own customizable mix.
EDIT: It's called the JamHub.