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Old 10-05-2017, 05:59 PM   #1
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I'm doing some planning for my budget mini-studio. I'm using a Mac Mini and Garageband but I may switch to Reaper or similar later on. I want a minimal 1-person hobby studio and practice station. Small and budget friendly but useable.

Inputs
* Mic
* Lnstrument / amp
* Line-in (aux-in)
* Mac audio: Music, videos, system sounds, etc.

Outputs
* Monitors
* Headphones
* Maybe live monitor out?

For the outputs, I want everything plugged in all time with separate volumes and a on-off toggle of some type. I could potentially make an on-off toggle panel. I'd like to avoid using the monitor headphone out jack.

I have a cheap audio interface today. I'll probably upgrade to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and pair that with Presonus Eris monitors.

It seems like I have very reasonable, simple needs. Any advice or tips would be appreciated.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:37 PM   #2
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That's a pretty simple setup. I'm assuming you plan is to mostly do multitracking, so you can do quite a bit with just 2 inputs. I started with a simple 2 channel interface and an SM-57 clone.
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I'm doing some planning for my budget mini-studio. I'm using a Mac Mini and Garageband but I may switch to Reaper or similar later on. I want a minimal 1-person hobby studio and practice station. Small and budget friendly but useable.

Inputs
* Mic
* Lnstrument / amp
* Line-in (aux-in)
* Mac audio: Music, videos, system sounds, etc.

Outputs
* Monitors
* Headphones
* Maybe live monitor out?

For the outputs, I want everything plugged in all time with separate volumes and a on-off toggle of some type. I could potentially make an on-off toggle panel. I'd like to avoid using the monitor headphone out jack.

I have a cheap audio interface today. I'll probably upgrade to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and pair that with Presonus Eris monitors.

It seems like I have very reasonable, simple needs. Any advice or tips would be appreciated.[/SIZE
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Hello DanRode :

Can't go wrong with the 2nd.Gen. Focusrite series interfaces . I down loaded the bundled software >> Ableton / Pro Tool DAW's , but
The Reaper DAW was easy peasey and I'm beginning to use it . The prices are really good too now on the 2i2-4i4-& 6i6 , the solo is
$99.00 https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...AaAmXrEALw_wcB..

A Shure SM57 and a Samson C01 large diaphragm phantom powered mic round out my system's mic's for the high end fidelity sound .

On the monitoring I have several options to use in the Scarlett I have with it's double headphone's with separate volume control in
front and the 4 line outs it has in the back

This pic is of a Scarlett 6i6 1st.Gen. issue , the 2nd.Gen. have recessed jacks on the rear panel . The 2nd.Gen also solved hot guitar pick ups
from over driving the TRS/XLR inputs and got the latency even lower .

The monitors you have chosen will work nicely .

I know a few things about speakers . I've made quite a few .

I have a few different speaker systems to draw from . I by accident found a portable AC/DC with a single 8" and X2 hihz tweeters
pumping 150 watts in a bi/tri amp'd configuration that works great as a small studio monitor or stage . Live or at home it has really nice
stereo projection . Looks like a boom box but it's way beyond that with aux in stereo or Bluetooth control . As a acoustic guitar amp it
excels , vocals too X2 XLR/TRS. it's got a great FX engine . The reason I mentioned this is because the cost of those M-audio monitors
comes close to what I payed for my P.A./monitor .

I'm thinking on a small sub woofer to finish out this system , but as it sits it's a keeper . Great for busking and monitoring my
computer for listening to my DAW work and other stuff like just digging sounds or movies while at my computer .

EZ & good luck :

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The monitors don't have to be overwhelming but of good quality.

Having a sub lets you get into the music without damaging your hearing.
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