Upgrading Home Setup- Help? - Gearspace.com
The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
Upgrading Home Setup- Help?
Old 5th February 2009
Gear Head
🎧 10 years
Upgrading Home Setup- Help?

Hey guys,

I'd appreciate some helpful opinions on what I'm going to end up doing with my setup. First, a bit about my acoustical profile so you can make necessary recommendations.

I'm a singer/songwriter with acoustic guitar and vocals only. I tend to strum hard and fast, and my guitar is a Taylor DN8 (dreadnought), so there's that consideration. I'm a tenor with a high range, I don't tend to do a lot of my singing in the lower ranges because I don't have much of one.

Now, I already know my setup isn't the greatest, so please, no comments about, "Why the heck would you have gotten that gear, it's terrible!" I know it's not great! I purchased what I could afford 2 years ago and I'm looking into upgrading now on what I can afford. I'm going to be coming into some bonus money from work at around $600, so that's my target price range.

Current gear:

Audio Interface: M-Audio USB Fast Track Pro
Current Mic: Rode NT1-A

I'm very unhappy with my recordings due to the fact that there's no presence, sparkle, or life to them. I see a lot of complaints around the NT1-A microphone being too "bright", but for me, I don't seem to have that issue. Seems like the mid to high range frequencies are severely dampened or missing entirely.

My question to the experts on the forum here are:

1) What portion of my rig should I be upgrading? What is going to get me the best sound quality? Better microphone, or better audio interface?

2) Depending on what you answered for number 1, what do you recommend, based upon my sound profile, and that I want a lot of clarity and crispness to my guitar tone and vocal tone, that I get for new gear? This would apply to new microphones, and/or new interface, or both, if they both fit under $600.

Thanks for your help!
Old 5th February 2009
Here for the gear
🎧 10 years
I would say, keep the mic, buy a new interface. Are you on a Mac or PC. If you are on a Mac, go with the Apogee Duet, if you are on a PC, go with an Echo product. Both should give you the A/D conversion you are looking for and will keep you below the $600 mark. I also would suggest using a preamp but With only $600 you will not find one better than the one in the interface itself. As far as the Mic, you may want to sell you mic and take that money and buy a new one but I would first go out and do some research and or testing at your local music store. Good luck.
Old 5th February 2009 | Show parent
Lives for gear
🎧 15 years
if the acoustic is a main part of your song recording it with 2 mics panned to the sides is where its at. I'd suggest getting a pair of small diaphragm condenser microphones. The rode nt4s or nt5s are in your budget.

Actually i would say keep the interface and get stereo preamp instead for another option.
📝 Reply

Similar Threads

Thread / Thread Starter Replies / Views Last Post
replies: 83 views: 49729
Avatar for wendzelb
wendzelb 15th February 2016
replies: 1178 views: 264436
Avatar for bill5
bill5 1 week ago
replies: 3617 views: 397544
Avatar for Chet_Rockstone
Chet_Rockstone 11th April 2021
replies: 56 views: 11378
Avatar for TMOQuantity
TMOQuantity 15th November 2020
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearspace Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and Reverb.com listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.

Slide to join now Processing…

Forum Jump
Forum Jump