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Help needed in determining equipment needs to set up studio

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Hello

I am interested in recording music and performance, both in studio and on location. I want to be able to work with multichannels. I would like to be able to record plays and musical performances in 5.1 and at the same time record a binaural version. This would require at least 7 inputs. (8 if the .1 sub is actually recorded onsite.) I would like to be able to record good levels (safe/undistorted) when recording live. And I would like to be able to do the remix later. Having a binaural version done at the same time would allow for some "blending" later to achieve a more realistic experience. All I have done in the past has been to record events stereophically. I used to add the surround channels in while recording and I always wished I could have added the "audience in later when I was in my studio.
I am just beginning and I am uncertain whether I need Firewire or not. It seems firewire is the only way to get all the channels to be separate, as opposed to using a USB connected mixer.
Perhaps someone could direct me to a link where I could get more knowledge about all of the technical needs I would face. I want to work with my computer. (I can use my laptop when on location).
I used to film live stage productions and also want to know what I would need to be able to sync multichannel live sound with the video signal. In the past I always just used the videocameras two (hi-fi stereo) audio channels so syncing was not a concern. I don't know if there are small video cameras that can lay down 5 separate audio channels with the video signal.

And most of the work I want to do is with my own sounds and video images produced in my studio. I would like whatever equipment I get to serve both purposes. I presently work with Mixcraft 6 and Propellorhead Reason 6 for music, and am just starting to work with Vue and other animation programs for the visuals.

Any ideas/links would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mike
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you need to go to MIxonline.com or similar site dedicated to redording. Generally you need a multichannel recording system, which can be PC/notebook based (with a good multichannel audio interface) or standalone. You're likely to find that devices for use by mere mortals can record as many channels simulteneously as you want, (or as your interface and hard drive can stream) but max out at 2 or 4 microphone preamps, which could require you to obtain outboard mic preamps even for a standalone unit. But I haven't looked at the hardware for this stuff in forever.

To my mind, identifying the right microphones and mic locations to allow you to get a decent recording (shotguns?) may be as important as anything else you consider.
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Originally Posted by Cyrano View Post

I am interested in recording music and performance, both in studio and on location. I want to be able to work with multichannels.

I agree with JHAz that this is not the best forum to ask in. I have a lot of experience doing what you're asking about, so you're welcome to post the same question in my own Audio Expert forum:

http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/forums/24/1

--Ethan
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Thanks for the reply. I'll go to the site mentioned. I have a few mics (one shotgun) I do want the soundfield to be as uniform as possible. (I think of like the speakers in a home theater setup: when the speakers in the LCR and surrounds are identical the transitions between them are more seamless.) I might go with the same make mics for a straight 5.1 (or not smile.gif ) I am not interested in ping-ponging the sound so much. I want to get a very "present" effect. The front mics might not even be very far apart. I do want the sound well centered. (I know that for some work "groups" must be miced in order to not be buried in too much ambient sound.)
I did use shotguns when "taping" plays in years past as I couldn't get close enough to the stage for cardioids. I also want to experiment with using some sort of side baffles on the side front mics to limit crosstalk from the other side. The center mic I would like to be unfettered.
The surround mics are completely for audience/ambiance in live recording, mostly. (This could change according to performances.)

It's all areas to be discovered later.

What I am interested in knowing is which audio interface/mixer would I need to lay down 8 separate tracks in my computer. Can I use a mixer that has USB or do I need Firewire. I know that people who have USB connected mixers make posts that state you are limited to a stereo version on your computer regardless of inputs. I am probably not being as clear as I need to be here.

I appreciate the help,
Thanks
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Thanks Ethan. Will do.
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