I am brand new to the forum and recording. I am hoping some kind people can point me in certain directions, for content to read and learn. Im hoping to avoid aimlessly searching the net.
Here’s the problem, as is the case with all newbies to any profession/activity/hobby.
I don’t know, what I don’t know. I’m hoping someone can point me where to go to start learning.
Here is what I want to accomplish, and the gear I have, and the gear I plan to get.
What I want to accomplish:
Record myself playing drums. I would like to be able to record myself to send to a friend for remote collaboration. But I would also like to be able to play music he sends me, and play drums to it, as well as be able to play songs from known bands and cover the drums.
Gear I have:
-7 piece drum set, with lots of cymbals.
I usually have -
ozone stack x1
mini china stack x1
ride x1 (with bell effects stacked)
usually no more than i additional cymbal, usually a third crash or a splash.
-Peavy PVM DMS 5 piece drum mics
(This set includes:
snare mic x1
tom mics x3
kick mic x1)
I will explain how i want to configure these a little later - 5 mics in kit, 7 piece kit. We have a problem
-RE-20 mic (for kick)
-Cheap old Radio Shack wide/narrow, AA battery powered condensor mic
-No name, unbranded condensor mic
-Behringer EuroTrack UB802 6 channel mixer
-Steinberg mr816x interface
GEAR I PLAN TO GET
-Stagg SM-57 knockoff mic
-Behringer matched pair condensor mics for overhead
It may seem like I have enough equipment to know what Im doing! I don’t. My father recently passed and a lot of this equipment was his. My brother did some recording in the past, which is where all the recording equipment came from. Unfortunately, my brother is not available to help get me set up.
I guess my first questions are things like:
-Do I need a firewire to USB converter (I think I do since my laptop doesn’t have firewire…)
-Suggestions on a free DAW to get started
-Suggestions on sites/videos to learn the Steinberg Mr816x.
Here is what I would “like” to do with the mics.
SM-57 on snare
snare mic from Peavey set on 8" tom
3 tom mics from Peavey set on 10" and 12" rack tom and 14" floor tom
kick mic from Peavey set on 16" floor tom
I’d like to ditch the cheapy condensors and replace with slightly less cheapy Behringer set.
With all that said, is there any kind soul willing to impart some guiding wisdom and point me in a direction to march first?