So, I have a little home set up, in a separate house, behind where I live. I am very used
to it, and I haven't changed much for a few years, other than some adding and subtracting
of outboard gear.
My daughter wanted to have her band practice at the house.
The studio tracking room was cluttered, so I told her they could set up in my living room.
It's got 14 foot ceilings, about 10m x 8m, and an irregular contour, with wide openings
into both the den area and the dinning room, and hardwood floors. I let her take my old
Silvertone Twin 12 inside to use for practice. I was helping her get everything set up
and, on a lark, picked up her '56 Duo Sonic (which, by the way, is a really cool guitar,
and which she had painted "sparkly coral," and which could be a model for what real
fretboard wear looks like, no relicing here) and plugged in.
Holy %$#! It
sounded great. I went and got the Ampeg Gemini, an old Champ and a different guitar.
Same result. Or maybe it just sounded different because of the big, live room.
I'm kind of a compartmentalizing type, so I have an acoustic guitar in my bedroom, but
don't play much in the house.
But now I keep thinking that I'd like to be
able to track, at least guitar, in that room sometimes.
I'm getting to my
question now . . . sorry.
What would you recommend for simple tracking here,
mostly overdub stuff. My home system is severely racked and I don't relish taking
everything apart to record across the yard. I have a separate rack with an Avalon 737sp, a
Summit 2BA-221, and a Summit TLA-50. This rack might be considered to be "portable," at
least in terms of lugging it across the back yard to the house, and there are only the
I/O's and power for those units to have to deal with.
I was thinking about
getting a truly, intentionally portable tracking device. I don't need mixing capability,
but obviously need XLR, and I would like to have some control over the levels. I don't
think I need more than four tracks at a time. I have a U87, a Royer 122, and a newer
stereo pair C414's (for room ambience), and I'd like to be able to take advantage of these
mics, not use mics intrinsic to a handheld portable, unless there's something I don't
know. For this experiment, I'd be fine with just two track capability.
yeah, I don't have a laptop. Gave it up for an iPad two years ago, all I need to check
email and surf the web.
So: Thoughts on portable recording, either using my
own pre amps or those in the postulated piece of hardware, but phantom power has to be
available. I'd rather not have to disengage my racked pre amps, though. Is there a
financially reasonable way to solve this? I am fine with 24/44.1.
Thanks for the input. I'm flummoxed. Believe I'll probably go small,
just can't decide between the H4n, the Tascam 680, and the Roland R-26. I like the idea
of the Fireface, and if I truly like this space after I've spent some time there, that may
be the direction that I go.
Anyway, if there are any 11th hour comments, I'd
welcome them. I'm probably going to make a decision today or in the morning.