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Overview: Digital recording can be broken into 2 categories: stand-alone recording units and computer-based DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation). Computer-based systems offer more flexability on the number of tracks you can record and effects that you can plug in. In my opinion, for a professional-quality recording, you'll be better off with a DAW. For either setup, you will need microphones, and with a DAW you'll need preamps to get the signal loud enough. Quality tube preamps greatly improve the quality of any recording regardless of the type of system.

List of required equipment for each setup:

Direct Injection via POD XT:
1. Pod XT; it can connect directly to your computer with its USB cable.
2. Multi-Tracking Software (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase)

Direct Injection via anything else:
1. Direct Injection Unit (Demonizer, Womanizer, Prophesy II)
2. Sound Card / Interface (RME, Delta)
3. Multi-Tracking Software (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase)
4. Microphone Preamp

Micing An Amplifier into a DAW (computer):
1. Microphone(s)
2. Sound Card / Interface (RME, Delta)
3. Multitracking Software
4. Microphone Preamp

Micing An Amplifier into a Stand-Alone Recording Unit:
1. Microphone(s)
2. Stand-Alone Recording Unit (Fostex, Tascam)

Direct Injection / Amp Emulators:

This is by far the easiest way to get a professional-quality recording without breaking the bank and acquiring YEARS of recording/engineering practice. I've been working on various types of recordings for years, and getting a great, distorted guitar tone is very challenging; you need to be in a great-sounding room, with great-sounding microphones, with great guitars and amplifiers, and the microphones have to be positioned perfectly to not cause phase cancellation and achieve the proper tone. However, DI's avoid all of these problems. You plug your guitar into the DI, the DI into your computer (or other recording device), and you're done. Quite honestly, it takes a heck of a professional engineer to beat the sounds coming out of today's DI's. Check out the PODXT, which is a digital emulation, and the Womanizer and the Demonizer which are tube-based analog DIs. Use the POD for all styles of music, the Demonizer for Metal, and the Womanizer for Rock.

Line 6 PODXT Amp Modeler with Effects

Line 6 PODXT Amp Modeler with Effects

The Line 6 PODxt Amp Modeler with Effects raises the bar in the world of amp modeling. Line 6 incorporates award-winning Vetta technology to give you 32 updated amp models plus 35 classic stompboxes and studio effects. Not only that, you also get A.I.R. II-based mic models plus amp and cab mix 'n' matching. 64 presets, tap tempo, and full MIDI control, plus all the knobs you need for on-the-fly tonal tweaking. USB I/O enables direct computer recording and gives you access to more downloadable models and effects. Classic effects and authentic reverb sounds plus full-time compression are always at your fingertips. The tap tempo features support for modulation and delay effects with note divisions.


Line 6 POD Mounting Bracket

Line 6 POD Mounting Bracket

Heavy metal construction. Rubber rods fit right in the holes on the back of your POD to hold it securely. Screwmountable. Slide under the handle of your amp or mount on mic stand.


Damage Control Demonizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal

Damage Control Demonizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal

Built around a dual 12AX7 preamp design, the Damage Control Demonizer Distortion Preamp Pedal reacts like a full-blown stack to deliver thick, chunky, high-gain tube tones. With knobs that shape amplitude and frequency, the special Bionic EQ allows massive tone shaping in both the pre- and post-tube stages. The Demonizer also features a revolutionary magic-eye biofeedback meter that organically reacts to your performance levels. Direct recording into your console for state-of-the -art, all tube amp sound and feel. Use it in front of an amp, and add an additional hot-rodded amp channel!


Damage Control Womanizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal

Damage Control Womanizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal

The Damage Control Womanizer Tube Distortion Preamp Pedal delivers tones coveted by generations of rock guitarists. The pure Class A preamp with dual 12AX7 tubes in a cascading gain-stage circuit bursts at the seams with unbridled sonic juice. The overdrive section cries out with all the beautiful and emotive tonal character that any guitarist could desire, while its multiple sonic moods can speak softly from a delicate and subtle whisper to a fat and frenzied scream of emotion. The Womanizer is also equipped with analog opto-compression, pre/post EQ, and biofeedback meter. This is a great unit for direct recording into your console with state-of-the -art, all tube amp sound and feel. Use it in front of an amp and for an additional hot-rodded amp channel!


Microphones for Recording Guitar

The microphones that you use to mic your amp make a WORLD of difference on the sound quality. Sm57s are standard and highly useful, but a 57 alone will probably not give you the ultimate tone that you're looking for. Traditionally pairing a ribbon mic and a 57 will give a much better tone than either by itself. Pairing a 57 with a Sennheiser 421 is another classic combination. Combining a ribbon, a 57, and a 421 seems to be the ultimate combination. Having a friend around to position the microphone(s) around the speaker while you are in the control room (maybe this is outside the bedroom) and listening to what is coming through the computer/recorder through headphones is necessary to achieve the best sound from your amp. When you hear the perfect spot, tell them to stop the mic there. Try all of the speakers in your cab; they do not sound exactly alike. Make sure the friend has ear protection or he may suffer damage. Don't forget mic stands and goosenecks to position the mic perfectly.

Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic

Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic

One of the most popular professional instrument/vocal microphones of all time. This dynamic mic is a reliable, natural-sounding performer, night after night. Its durable, bulletproof design stands up to road travel and abuse. Perfectly at home in the studio too. Its wide frequency response (40Hz-15kHz) and tight cardioid polar pattern are ideal for close-in miking of speakers.


Sennheiser MD421 MKII U4 Microphone

Sennheiser MD421 MKII U4 Microphone

The Sennheiser MD421 MKII U4 Mic is one of the best-known mics in the world. Walk into any drum booth in any major studio and you'll most likely see MD 421s on the toms. Talk to just about any seasoned FOH or recording engineer about their drum miking preferences for toms and percussion and the name MD 421 will invariably come up. Its excellent sound qualities also enable it to cope with the most diverse recording conditions and broadcast applications. The 5-position bass control enhances its all-round qualities. With very effective feedback rejection and a highly directional cardioid pickup pattern, placement is a cinch. Rugged construction.


Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone

Beyerdynamic M 160 Dynamic Double Ribbon Microphone

Beyerdynamic is one of few microphone manufacturers worldwide that still produce ribbon microphones. The M 160 dynamic double ribbon mic brings you the sonic characteristics of classic ribbon mics with a modern twist. Thanks to the double-ribbon design, the M 160 has an ultra-fast transient response, which gives you superior detail while maintaining the smooth highs that ribbons are famous for. The M 160 is an outstanding microphone that's very effective for all types of remote and in-studio vocal reproduction. In the recording studio, the M 160 is recommended for miking string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos and for pianos, saxophones as well as for hi-hat and toms. It can effectively handle sound sources from pianissimo to mezzo forte. The non-glare black surface of the M 160 and its small dimensions allow unobtrusive use in TV or film studios. When used in conjunction with the Beyerdynamic M 130 figure-8, double ribbon mic, the M 160's matched sound and hypercardioid polar pattern (side attenuation of 25dB at 110 degrees) makes it an ideal mid" mic for recording in stereo with the M-S (Mid-Side) technique.


Musician's Friend Low-Profile Mic Stand with Regular Boom

Musician's Friend Low-Profile Mic Stand with Regular Boom

Nonskid rubber feet. Fully adjustable with hard steel tilter to last your whole career. Tripod-base stand adjusts from 10" to 15" high. Fits standard and European-style microphone clips.


Musicians Gear Goose Neck Black 13 Inches

Musicians Gear Goose Neck Black 13 Inches

Solid steel male and female threaded ends. Flexible neck is made from interlocking rolled metal.


Microphone Preamps

Microphone preamps will be necessary to boost the input signal from your microphone to an appropriate recording level. One complaint about digital recording is that it lacks "warmth." Well, recording with tube preamps certainly helps restore warmth and life to your tracks. Tube Preamps range in price from under $50 a channel to well over $1000 a channel. Below you will find several tube preamps that I have worked with and think they are a great deal in their price range. If you're looking for a pro studio quality recording, i.e. you want your song to sound like one on the radio, I would buy a more expensive tube preamp as it will help you get there (Universal Audio, Focusrite).

Focusrite Red 1 Quad Mic Preamp

Focusrite Red 1 Quad Mic Preamp

With 4 mic preamps in a single unit, the Red 1 provides stellar performance in a compact, stylish package. It's ideal for use with digital systems, and for on-location multi-mic recording. Ultrahigh quality Focusrite preamps feature custom-wound input transformers. Custom-made potentiometers and sealed relays enhance performance and reliability. General features include switchable phantom power, phase reverse, an easily read illuminated VU meter, and a handy scribble disc for denoting channels. Mic gain is switched in 6dB steps over a 66dB range, for accurate precise channel matching and recall.


Universal Audio 4110 4-Channel Precision Analog Mic Preamp

Universal Audio 4110 4-Channel Precision Analog Mic Preamp

The Universal Audio 4110 4-Channel Precision Analog Mic Preamp offers world-class audio fidelity with UA's classic musicality and warm euphonics. The pristine signal path uses no capacitors reducing phase distortion and avoiding degradation in audio quality and image stability. Each channel features custom input stage transformers, dedicated gain and level controls, input and output metering, dual input impedance selection, and a 3-way shape switch.The 4110's shape switch offers a variable signal path for maximum sonic versatility, providing harmonic variations, subtle compression, and soft limiting. There are 3 shape modes: Modern ultraclean, transparent, maximum headroom; Vintage transformer-loaded with harmonic enhancement; and Saturate transformer-loaded with soft limiting.


ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp

ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp

The ART Pro Channel Tube Mic Preamp is a great-sounding and highly affordable professional recording channel. A Variable Mu circuit fast, fat, and a bit aggressive has been added to the compressor module or you can switch to ART's award-winning optical/tube compressor. Its 4-band parametric equalizer has selectable Q for the 2 sweepable midbands. Other features include XLR balanced and 1/4" unbalanced connections plus 1/4" unbalanced inserts, a variable low-cut filter (-3dB @ 10Hz-250Hz), and phantom power.


ART TPS II 2-Channel Variable Impedance Tube Preamp

ART TPS II 2-Channel Variable Impedance Tube Preamp

The ART TPS II 2-Channel Variable Impedance Tube Preamp is coupled with ART's proprietary V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) functionality to deliver tremendous versatility. It features variable input impedance which allows users to dial in and match any microphone type from large condensers to ribbon mics. Like its predecessor, the DPS, the newly improved V3 feature provides optimized reference points to begin the recording process for guitars, bass guitars, synths, acoustic instruments, percussion, vocals, and more. Unique to its class, the TPS II provides level monitoring with 2 analog meters as well as 2 newly added input monitoring LED meters. High-Z instruments or balanced microphone signals are input through front and rear panel jacks. This newly enhanced TPS II can accept +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range, quiet performance, and incredibly low distortion. ART's legendary tube stage delivers classic warm sound and adds additional tube voicing specifically tailored to vocal, guitar, bass, and acoustic instruments, making it an incredible DI box. OPL (Output Protection Limiting) controls overshoots and normalizes levels before clipping occurs. The TPS II was conceived, designed, and manufactured to the highest standards to provide years of quiet, reliable performance. Audition one and you too will know why the TPS II is among the most cost-effective professional mic preamp system you'll find on the market today.


ART Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor

ART Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor

The ART Tube MP Professional Mic Preamp/Processor is a 12AX7-based mic preamp that provides high-quality sound and smooth response. You get 70dB of gain while maintaining a low noise floor suitable for digital. Features 1/4" balanced and XLR balanced inputs, 1/4" TRS and XLR balanced outputs, input and output level controls, a phantom power switch, "soft" power up and down, and more.


Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp

Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp

Designed for studio, live, and hard disk recording applications, the Behringer TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 Preamp features a carefully selected 12AX7 vacuum tube with UTC technology for exceptional warmth and lowest noise. Thus the Behringer MIC100 can be used to eliminate the "dull" sound of standard digital recorders and sound cards. Also, it perfectly complements studio-grade condenser microphones. When used as a high-end DI-box, the MIC100 Preamp ensures outstanding signal integrity. The TUBE ULTRAGAIN MIC100 comes with phase reverse switch, +48V phantom power, and 20dB pad. Balanced inputs and outputs provide the finishing Behringer touch.


DAW Recording Systems

To record on any computer in a professional manner, you will need an aftermarket soundcard--one specifically designed for recording audio. The RME Fireface 800 is the top of the line with excellent, full-sounding analog-digital converters, a perfect word clock, and ease of use. The Delta 1010 is at the top of the more affordable sound cards, but it's Analog-Digital converters are lacking in fullness and its word clock is less consistent than the RME. I've owned both, and I could honestly hear the difference on the same mix with the RME sounding better. The Delta 1010 is a great card for the money, and I'd recommend to anyone wanting a quality soundcard at an affordable price. I'd recommend the RME to the person who is trying to compete with professional studios--it is that good of an input device. Jitter is the enemy in digital recording; it is a noise/glitch that results from a soundcard's wordclock not performing properly. Nearly all soundcards on the market do not have a wordclock that is smooth enough for professional recordings. Wordclocks are sold separately, but the RME Fireface 800 has an amazingly accurate clock inside already--it has no need for an external clock. The Delta and nearly every other card on the market could benefit from an external word clock. Having externally mounted A/D Converters results in more noise-free recordings; both the Delta 1010 and the RME's converters are externally mounted. For the cheapest card that will result in a high quality, but not quite pro level, recording is the Delta 44.

In short:

  • RME Fireface 800: use to sound like the pros.
  • Delta 1010: use in a semi-pro home studio; quality will be better than most, but will not sound like what you'll hear on the radio.
  • Delta 44: use to record a decent demo. It will still sound lightyears better than a tape 4 or 8 track.

RME Fireface 800 FireWire Computer Recording Interface

RME Fireface 800 FireWire Computer Recording Interface

The RME Fireface 800 FireWire Computer Recording Interface offers 8 balanced line I/Os with software-controlled switching of the levels in the analog domain. All levels are under software control except the mic pre-amps and the headphone outputs. High-level A/D and D/A converter chips, I/Os that operate up to 192kHz, and 119 dBA dynamic range on playback speak to the stellar level of sound quality. The front features 4 balanced mic inputs with class-A stage, 48V phantom power and individual jack and XLR inputs, which can also be used as additional line inputs. 2 of the 4 mic inputs are available permanently as channels 9 and 10, while the other 2 can be used together with or instead of inputs 7 and 8 on the rear. A hi-Z instrument input for guitar and bass includes a soft-limiter, custom-tuned for musical instruments, that affords overload protection of the A/D-converter. The limiter's harmonic distortion can be used for tube-like distortions. A special circuit delivers fuzz-box-type guitar distortions. A multi-stage filter hi- and low-frequency filter lets you clean up the sound as desired.The FireWire 800's digital I/Os include 2 ADAT I/Os for connecting and inserting effect devices, mixers, or external converters. The 192kHz SPDIF-I/O works concurrently with 10 analog in- and outputs at the highest sample rate, plus 2 digital ones. All inputs and outputs are active at the same time. For example, the...


M-Audio Delta 1010 PCI Digital Audio System

M-Audio Delta 1010 PCI Digital Audio System

The simple to set up M-Audio Delta 1010 PCI Digital Audio System lets you focus on your sound and mix rather than on how your music's getting into your computer. With 24-bit/96kHz bandwidth and expansive flexibility, this digital audio system boasts 8 balanced or unbalanced analog I/Os, S/PDIF, word clock, and MIDI I/Os, as well as external rackmountable chassis and outboard power transformer to avoid internal computer noise. Full duplex, +4/-10 operation, individually switchable. Works with PCs (Pentium II or up) and Macs (G3 or up). Included software provides digital mixing, routing, and monitoring capabilities.


M-Audio Delta 44 Digital Recording System

M-Audio Delta 44 Digital Recording System

The M-Audio Delta 44 Digital Recording System features 24-bit/96kHz converters that are the envy of the audio card community! The breakout box handles 4 balanced or unbalanced, +4dB or -10dB signal level analog inputs and outputs. Also included is the Delta control panel software to configure the card and control digital mixing and routing.


Software

To make multitrack recordings on a computer, software will be needed. The most popular three multitrack softwares are Sonar, Cubase, and Protools. All three work equally well; it is simply a matter of which one seems easier to use for you. I personally have used Sonar Producer Edition since 2002. Recording at 24bit 96khz is recommended--audiophiles are currently arguing over if there is any advantage at all in boosting the rate to 24bit 192khz. For informational purposes, standard CDs are 16bit 44.1khz, and DVD audio is 24bit 96khz. Try it for yourself, but 192khz is going to top out your machine's resources very quickly.

Tracking Software

Cakewalk SONAR 6 Producer Edition

Cakewalk SONAR 6 Producer Edition

SONAR 6 Producer Edition is the definitive choice for music creation and audio production, designed to take you from inspiration to masterpiece faster than ever before.At every step of your production from composing with virtual instruments, to recording, mixing, and beyond SONAR gives you the professional tools and inspiring canvas that adapt to your unique style of music creation. Change the way you work with instruments forever through SONAR 6's innovative new Active Controller Technology (ACT). Tighten up your entire band with the revolutionary new AudioSnap feature set. And sound better than ever with the new VC-64 Vintage Channel and SONAR's industry-leading 64-bit double precision mix engine.


Digidesign Pro Tools M-Powered 7 Multitrack Recording Software

Digidesign Pro Tools M-Powered 7 Multitrack Recording Software

Digidesign Pro Tools M-Powered 7 Multitrack Recording Software supports select M-Audio interfaces including Audiophile 192, Audiophile 2496, FireWire 410, FireWire 1814, and Ozonic (one of these devices is required). The world's best-respected and most-used professional digital recording software has been adapted to give you award-winning audio recording, editing, and mixing capabilities and instant compatibility with Pro Tools TDM and LE systems around the world. Features fully integrated MIDI sequencing and readily accepts ReWire output stream directly from applications like Ableton Live for further mixing and processing. Includes Beat Detective LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool for flawless time. Supports Digidesign's Command 8 control surface for hands-on mixing. A huge selection of optional plug-ins and applications are available. Works with Windows XP and Mac OS X (10.4 and up).Ships with over 30 free plug-ins for controlling EQ, dynamics, effects, and more. You also get Bomb Factory which includes Essential Clip Remover, Essential Correlation, Essential Meter Bridge, Essential Noise Meter, Essential Tuner, BF76, and Funk Logic Masterizer. Also comes with DigiRack, which includes Chorus, Click, DigiReWire, Dither, D-Verb, D-Verb-AS, Dynamics II, EQ II, Flanger, Invert-Duplicate, Mod Delay II, Multi-Tap Delay, Normalize-Gain Change, Ping-Pong Delay, Reverse-DC Removal, Signal Generator,...


Steinberg Cubase 4

Steinberg Cubase 4

Designed from the ground up for professional music production, Cubase 4 sets a powerful standard for integrated music production software by combining powerful audio and MIDI recording, synthesis, editing, mixing and effects. 52 VST plug-ins (including 34 new VST3 FXs )and four integrated software synths (including sounds powered by the Yamaha Motif) give you the power to create, record, and mix. The Control Room eliminates the need for an external mixer and gives you virtual control room functionality right inside your DAW. SoundFrame universal sound integration manages any sound from any source hardware or software while the MediaBay file management system provides an ideal way to organize all of your media files. Cubase 4 also features Steinberg's unique Play Order Track, for creating and arranging patterns and AudioWarp for realtime time stretching and pitch shifting of audio. Harness all this production power with a user interface redesigned to speed-up your workflow and boost your creativity.


Plug-Ins (Computer Effects)

These effects are run through your recording software (Sonar, Cubase, Protools) to add effects to your guitar tracks, to emulate amplifiers, and generally enhance your recorded guitar tone. Why use these effects? Why should I doctor up my amp's sound when I already love it? No microphone or combination of microphones on earth will ever sound EXACTLY like your amp does in real space. If there were a perfect microphone, then everyone would be using the same mic, and there would be no need for a recording engineer at all. Using some of these effects, esp. reverb, makes the recorded sound much more like what you hear in the room when you're playing. The Waves Platinum Bundle includes effects that are useful for all instruments and vocals.

Waves Guitar Tool Rack Native

Waves Guitar Tool Rack Native

Waves and PRS got together to give recording professionals and guitarists a level of sound quality and performance previously unattainable with software. From the custom-designed interface to the powerful software, it is engineered to provide the first choice for guitarists accustomed to the very best in tone and feel. You get real amp, cabinet, mic, and effect samples to produce tones of unmatched realism.The Waves and PRS Guitars hardware interface is designed to accommodate the high-impedance electric guitar signal with its wide range of frequencies and dynamics. It captures all those dynamics with full fidelity through an extremely transparent preamplifier circuit engineered to match up with various pickups. The interface features custom-designed circuitry, extremely high-quality components, studio-grade jacks, and pristine wiring to maintain tone. Includes a Hi-Z input with XLR mic and 1/4" line level outputs for signal routing flexibility. 3-LED indicator shows signal present, nominal level when lit occasionally (showing that the best balance between level and S/N ratio is being delivered), and over. The Waves/PRS Interface delivers a superior signal to your recording system, ensuring that every nuance of tone and dynamics are reproduced.Designed to re-create the sound captured in a traditional guitar recording session, Waves Amp was developed using entirely new, proprietary methods to sample...


IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2 Electric Guitar Amplifier and Effects Modeling Plug-in Software

IK Multimedia AmpliTube 2 Electric Guitar Amplifier and Effects Modeling Plug-in Software

If you're not already a IK Multimedia Amplitube player, then AmpliTube 2 is the perfect time to become one. AmpliTube 2 raises the bar on guitar amp and effects plug-ins by giving you more of everything you want to build an arsenal of killer guitar sounds. It has models of 14 preamps, 14 EQs, 7 power amps, 16 cabs, 6 mics, 21 stomp boxes, 11 rack effects, plus a high-precision tuner. IK has expanded the number of available modules as well, to Tuner, Stomp, Amp, Miked Cabinet, and Rack. Best of all, AmpliTube 2 gives you two guitar rig chains for even more setup flexibility and is even easier to use, with hundreds of presets ready to go. AmpliTube 2 is organized the same way a guitar rig is laid out, so using it feels natural from the start.Ultra-accurate models of the most sought after gear, with DSM techologyOver 80 guitar gear emulations, including popular amp models based on Fender, Vox, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, THD, Supro, and more. Stomp Box effects modeled after rare vintage gear including models based on Arbiter FuzzFace, Ibanez Tube Screamer, MXR Dynacomp , MXR Phase100 , Electro Harmonix Memory Man and more, with AmpliTube's unique DSM (Dynamic Saturation Modeling) technology.Mix and match components to build up to 20,000 amp combinationsAmpliTube 2 offers each individual guitar amp component modeled separately, allowing you to freely create a staggering 20,000 amp combinations! You can...



Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 Software Edition

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 Software Edition

Creating authentic guitar and bass sounds in the studio has never been more affordable. Native Instruments GUITAR RIG 2 Software Edition supplies an enormous selection of perfectly emulated amps, cabinets, mics and effects in a single exceptional package. Honored by the international industry press, GUITAR RIG has already received over 20 prestigious awards and is unmatched in its audio quality and versatility. GUITAR RIG 2 Software Edition is identical to the original version in its range of functions, with the sole exception of the foot controller.Instant Action GUITAR RIG 2 is fun right from the start! You don't have to tweak knobs or "cable" components together to find a perfect guitar sound: more than 500 presets, programmed by professional guitarists and bass players, offer instant tone satisfaction!The enormous preset palette brings you an endless range of guitar and bass sounds and setups in nearly every style from the 50s through to the 90s, rock to pop, jazz to funk, from country & blues to metal, hard & heavy. And the list goes on... The presets include sounds ordered by genre as well as presets that represent popular guitarists and famous studio productions. In addition you'll find a bass bank with electric bass presets, an "experimental" FX bank, and banks with presets designed for use with sounds like drums, synths, keyboards, and vocals.Preset Categories (banks): 50s - 70s Rock, Pop, Metal...



Native Instruments Guitar Combos Bundle Hybrid CD Win/Mac

Native Instruments Guitar Combos Bundle Hybrid CD Win/Mac

Guitar Combos software from Native Instruments comes with AC Box Combo, Plexi Combo, and Twang Combo. These lovingly emulated tube combos produce pure tones with authentic warm and dynamic sound using Guitar Rig's critically acclaimed and award-winning Dynamic Tube Response technology. Each one can be used as a standalone application or as a plug-in and comes with 100 professional presets. Each combo consists of an amplifier, microphone, cabinet, tuner, noise gate, and limiter, as well as a selection of effects matched to the setup. The modules are arranged in order and can be toggled on and off for use.



Waves Platinum Native Bundle Hybrid CD Win/Mac

Waves Platinum Native Bundle Hybrid CD Win/Mac

The Waves Platinum Native Bundle gives you all the essential tools plus sweetening and mastering processors and sound design mindbenders. Combines all the processors from the award winning Gold bundle, plus new Masters and Renaissance Maxx processors. Visit us online for a complete list of included tools.


Stand-Alone Hard Disk Recorders: No Computer Necessary (some may require an external cd burner)

Alesis ADAT-HD24XR Digital 24-Track Hard Disk Recorder

Alesis ADAT-HD24XR Digital 24-Track Hard Disk Recorder

The Alesis ADAT-HD24XR Digital 24-Track Hard Disk Recorder has all the incredible feat'ures of the HD24 plus 96kHz, 113dB A/D/A converters. The world's first 24-track, 24-bit/96kHz hard disk recorder designed to fit comfortably into any standard ADAT environment and match ADAT's legendary performance and affordability. Low-cost IDE computer drives are as affordable as traditional ADAT tape on a per-track basis. Two hot-swappable media bays provide convenient access to the recording drives and allow quick backup from one hard drive to another. The only HD recorder that includes ADAT Optical format and ADAT Sync to work efficiently with existing ADAT systems. 44.1kHz and 48kHz internal sample rates, slaved to external word clock, with 96kHz and 88.2kHz option. 12 tracks at 88.2 or 96kHz through the digital or analog ins and 24 tracks at 44.1 or 48kHz. Internal editing including cut, copy, paste, and track-move with undo. Multiple units can be synchronized to create a larger system. 24 analog ins and outs. 3x8 channels, ADAT Optical in/out, word clock in. Comes with Alesis LRC remote control.


Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner

Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner

Greater software reliability and faster CD writing/reading make the popular Fostex VF160EX 16-Track Recorder with CD Burner better than ever. Built-in CDR drive provides one-stop convenience. The recording engine features a total of 16 tracks, plus 8 virtual tracks. Simultaneous 16-track recording (using 8 analog ins and ADAT lightpipe for additional 8) to a large-capacity 40GB Maxtor hard disk gives you hours of recording time, and FDMS-3 technology enables more efficient disk and CPU usage for more track minutes without data compression, plus faster editing and DSP operations. Its superb digital mixer provides 60mm faders for all 16 channels, 3-band EQ with parametric mid and high, master EQ, channel and master compressors, 8 mic inputs, ADAT optical I/O, 2 effect sends and 2 aux sends per channel, and 99 mix scene memory. It also comes with 2 independent multi-effects DSPs including a preset library with great effects. Other special new features include Scrub Zoom, Fader Pairing, Channel Solo, BPM Delay, Event Map Locate, and Locate to Last Rec Point.



Fostex MR-8 mkII 8-Track Digital Recorder Black

Fostex MR-8 mkII 8-Track Digital Recorder Black

The Fostex MR-8 Mk II Digital Multitrack Recorder makes capturing your music a snap thanks to its intuitive design and wealth of controls. All of the unit's major controls are placed on the top panel for easy access and a smooth workflow. Killer digital effects are built right in, as well as guitar amp and microphone simulators and handy mix-down effects. USB connectivity makes it simple to transfer your data for computer editing or CD burning with an external burner. The MR-8 Mk II records in 16-bit/44.1kHz Normal Mode or 16-bit/22.05kHz LP Mode for double the recording time. Records to CompactFlash (128MB card supplied). Self-illuminating keys and a 132x64 dot-matrix keep your status up-to-date at all times. Analog guitar distortion on Input A and DSP effects including reverb and delay give you no-fuss enhancement to your recordings.



TASCAM 2488MKII 24-Track Digital Portastudio Recording Workstation

TASCAM 2488MKII 24-Track Digital Portastudio Recording Workstation

The Tascam 2488MKII has all the amazing features as its predecessor the Tascam 2488, but with an 80 GB hard drive, an improved LED display, and a colorful user-friendly unit design! With the Tascam 2488MKII 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation you can record 8 inputs into the XLR and 1/4" inputs simultaneously. 20 physical faders control the mixdown channels, and each channel has 3-band EQ and access to 3 built-in effects processors. A built-in standard MIDI player and General MIDI sound module provide an additional stereo sound source for fuller arrangements. For the final mix, the built-in CD-RW drive can record the 2-track master mixdown in addition to backing up the hard drive and importing and exporting WAV files. A high-speed USB 2.0 jack connects to PC for data backup and SMF/WAV file transfer.



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