New Music Setup/Thanks for the help

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CampDavid, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. CampDavid macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Over the last few months I've been posting and reading bags and bags of stuff on here and we've finally finished up with a really great home recording setup and my credit card is still, largely, intact.

    The need came about as my girlfriend is studying an MA in music composition so we needed to be able to compose and record at home.

    The idea was to use Logic Studio 9 in the main to replicate the set up she has at University. This meant a Mac was the only choice so a base model i3 iMac was the first thing on the list to acquire. Apple knock 12% off the price of the Mac and 70% off the software for students which was a bonus.

    Next up we needed some storage and backup. We went with the Western Digital MyBook at 1TB to run through the Firewire as a backup device. It’s totally silent and mirrors the hard disk then runs an incremental backup every hour. This means that if she changes her mind and likes what she did last Thursday but has since changed, she can go back. Ideal.

    We figured that two screens were a good idea so I did some research and found that the Dell SX2210 uses the exact same LCD panel as the iMac. Ideal. By placing it on top of the Mybook backup drive it’s also exactly the same height as the iMac screen. Winner! Winning a reconditioned one on ebay for £90 was also a highlight.

    Next up was to sort out an input device. Helen plays piano and also sings, therefor we wanted to be able to put a couple of devices into the Mac at a decent quality. Outputting at a good rate was also high on the list too. Apogee’s Duet seemed the best choice as it allowed two inputs and a couple of outputs. In reality the Piano we’ve since bought has a direct USB to Midi interface so we didn’t entirely need the Apogee as much as we thought but it’s a good tool anyway.

    Finally time for some speakers or “audio monitors” as they’re known. Some big sodding 8inch Yamaha efforts (HS-80m) seemed like a great idea in the shop, on getting them home and finding that at 12Kgs and actually sodding massive, we may have gone a little over the top. Still, they sound awesome and kick out an insane volume at full power. They’ll earn their keep next time someone down the street has a large party that needs to be drown out. :)

    Anyhoo, rubbish picture attached. Quite chuffed to have got the whole thing up and running for under £2000 (excluding instruments.)

    Thanks for the help an advice. I'm still reading a lot on here most days and we're really getting into the whole Mac thing a lot more

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  2. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
  3. CampDavid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    It's a full 88 key piano keyboard and about the lightest we could find. When it's not being used for Logic it's used for gigging so Helen needs to be able to carry it and she's only tiny!
  4. thejoshhoward macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Great looking set up! I'm excited for you. If I wasn't at work I'd post a picture of my similar set up. Your keyboard is a lot nicer than mine, though (it's a Casio).

    Looking at your photo, I wouldn't be surprised if you are getting a lot of extra bass because of your monitor placement. If you find out that's a problem, you may want to separate them from the walls a bit to get a more accurate sound. Probably didn't need for me to tell you that, just had that same problem myself after I bought my first gear.

    I LOVE the Duet, by the way. Best purchase I've made. Seriously trumps the MOTU gear I used to go with.
  5. silentnite macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2009
    Outer sight.. Outer mind
    Nice home studio set up, just be careful with the liquids near by. I never allow any food or beverages in my studio. :)
  6. jazzer15 macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2010
  7. CampDavid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Thanks for the tip, we';re using Gale SWB2U wall brackets, they're far enough from the wall but they're only supposed to be for speakers up to 7kgs in weight, these are much beefier at 12kgs.

    I'm thinking of swapping them out for something a bit tougher at the weekend, we have a use for these downstairs so it's not a massive issue
  8. pjo macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2006
    +1 on the liquids. what make/model is the keyboard?
  9. CampDavid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    That'll be a well deserved pint of finest Hobgoblin :)

    We don't have drinks near there most of the time, that said, I'm sitting here at work with a coffee next to my keyboard :p
  10. CampDavid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Roland FP4

    The equivalent Yamaha has a nicer touch but Helen would have struggled to transport it so this was the one she wanted
  11. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
  12. CampDavid thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Fully apparently
  13. cYbernation macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2008
    you should definitely think about the speaker placement. This close to the wall you won't get a balanced sound.

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