Seeking opinions on home equipment!

There is a really nice ampeg sim, I can’t remember which one. But those amps sound amazing. These days amps are pretty much for Live performance…even then…you can get some good sounds DI into a PA and using a cab sim pedal. Live I think I still prefer the tone on a real amp, but you have to weigh that (no pun intended) against carrying a heavy head and cab around.

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Plugin Alliance are currently offering an Ampeg SVT plugin for free if you sign up to them which I’ve nabbed. Like actually for free, not signing your soul away on a trial or anything :slight_smile:

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Hey @kerushlow I just bought a used presonus usb (the older version right before the 96) works great. However given it’s age the key code that comes with it was for Studio One 4 Artist. Not the worst but not the best, was wondering which version and edition this recording was? Also I have a few Studio One questions in general I can PM you about after. Thanks!

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Nice! I just got my 96 right now. Setting it up. That recording was on 4 I want to say, it was before 5 was even out. I’m new to personally using it at home solo, but did the whole process with home equipment and the band. Ask away.

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Wow I’ll have to grab it. Though need to upgrade to professional I think. That’s how they get you!

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Free plugins happen all the time and yeah that’s when you want to grab them :slight_smile:

Plugin Boutique has giveaways all the time. I mean literally, there is nearly always something free there, usually with purchase, but since purchases can be as low as a couple bucks…

Got a thread for this:

Never buy plugins unless they are on sale, that’s their real price.

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Anyone have thoughts or experience with the Behringer U-Phoria? I have no strong requirements - I’m a beginner and would just be recording for myself… Is there a reason to spend more on a DAI? I intend to use Reaper or CakeWalk for the DAW, if it matters… Appreciate any input…

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I don’t own one but have heard good things, and they seem fine to me. And like most Behringer gear, if it ends up being flimsy and breaking, it’s no big deal because you can just buy another one and still have spent less than a competing product.

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@skydvr I don’t have any experience with it myself, but I’d say that, with a 16-bit 48 kHz D/A converter, the sound quality may be lacking somewhat… You might want to look at a slightly more expensive model that should offer better sound quality, such as this one (24-bit/192 kHz):

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Starting to feel like I got a really good deal on my Zoom U-24 for the equivalent of $99. No idea why the price went up on those so much. Nice interface, though.

edit: that must be the export price difference - still ~$99 here, but $150 on Sweetwater.

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@Mike_NL - very helpful detail - thanks!

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@skydvr I have one of these and am quite satisfied with it. I am also a beginner at home recording and didn’t want to spend a lot of money, at least not until I have some idea what I’m doing. The Behringer UM2 is about the cheapest audio interface available. Behringer has created a niche for cheap copies of more expensive interfaces, pedals, etc. that usually work pretty well.

You get a plastic case instead of metal, but it is still solid enough for home use. You get 16-bit/48kHz a/d conversion, but I’m just using it to record myself playing to backing tracks and so far this hasn’t been an issue.

My setup is a Zoom B1FOUR multi-effects pedal running into the UM2 and I use Audacity for mixing/editing. Audacity has limited features but so far has been adequate for my needs, although eventually I’ll probably upgrade to Reaper.

I also use this with headphones for 95% of my practicing. I can’t remember the last time I turned on my amplifier.

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Yeah, that’s what led me to finally sell my amp. No regrets.

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@skydvr well, according to @spidey9 it’s not a bad piece of kit, so take my comments with a grain of salt :slightly_smiling_face: I did read some reviews from people saying that they had trouble installing the necessary USB device drivers, but I don’t know if that’s still an issue.

@howard I hardly ever use my amp (a Fender Rumble 15) either, but every now and then my family wants to hear me play something, and I can’t have them all wear headphones :grin:

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24 bit is useful (or 32 ; it doesn’t make a big difference but it’s useful to have more than 16 bit) ; 192 kHz is way less useful and it does not really garantee the sound quality. The DAC quality (components, circuitry) is way more important than the numbers, in my opinion. but it doesn’t mean that you need a crazy expensive DAI.

same : I didn’t bought another amp after selling my Ampeg last year. I will eventually get one sooner or later because I’m an amp geek, but I definitly can live without an amp.

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It’s €85 over here, which is about $102,50. Tariffs, maybe?

Could be tarriffs, yeah.

I use my studio monitors for that :slight_smile:

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It’s nice to see more people with these kinds of setups, in a lot of places I’ve looked the conversation always seem to be focused on having the biggest combo/cabs possible even just for a home setup - which obviously doesn’t suit everyone!

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Frankly, at this point amp+cab sims simply sound better than miked amps for recording, at least IMO. And are much, much more versatile.

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yes. amps are fun AF, but not the best option for studio recording anymore.

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