Sound setup recommendation

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by northernmunky, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. northernmunky macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2007
    London, Taipei
    I'm an FCP editor, not a sound man.... So I know very little about sound production... but I need to set up a mock studio and on an extreme budget. I know I'm going to need a mixer, I'll only ever have one mic attached (maybe two if I do any interviews).

    This is my cheapest possible plan so far:


    I thought about the Alesis Multimix6 USB for approx £85
    The Mic is the one usually attached to my camera - not the best for what will be mostly voice work. Would anyone say that this is ok for a budget or a big no no?

    Is this a remotely appropriate setup for budget sound recording?

    Thanks for any tips!
  2. foxx0775 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009
    you will need an audio interface to add the mics to your mbp. there are cheap 2x2 interfaces with the pre-amps you need all in one some even with some mixing capabilities. m-audio are great for mac peripherals. this is your most important thing, alongside mics, so spend as much budget on this as you can. the alesis mixer you have hear is not an audio interface so you would be limited to 1 channel - and it might not have pre-amps? you will know more about it than me..

    then you'll need a nice pair of monitors (or headphones) to listen to your work. these are completely flat so you the sound as intended.. i work on music so have spent alot on monitors, but with your voice work any set of monitors will do a cheerful job. behringer? *shudders* but they are cheap..

    this is all you need to get started apart from cables and such...

    oh and try a large condenser microphone for your speech.
  3. foxx0775 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009
    just a thought, you won't even need a mixer. you could use an eq plug-in if you needed to tweek anything.

    i recommend M-Audio Fast Track Pro - its all you need to start recording.
  4. foxx0775 macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2009
    or just a usb condenser mic! Everything in one!

    Samson C01U.. ~ £50
  5. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    Just leave the mic attached to your camera and record to that, then capture in FCP when you're done. No additional expenditures required.

    But if you want to set up a mock studio, any old mixer will work. If it's truly 'mock' it doesn't have to be functional.

  6. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    totally off topic but why is there a picture of Simon? your interviewing him?

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