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pavle



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 9:29 pm    Post subject: need advice on fostex recorder and LEM mixer Reply with quote

i need some advice.....
i'm thinking of buying some reel-2-reel equipment; i think i've found some good
equipment, but i want some advice on what exactly i need.
the equipment i might buy is:
1 - a fostex B-16 with 1/2 inch tape, recording 16 tracks.
2 - LEM mixer (studio 16-8)

what do you think? good for dubbing?
apart from these two pieces of equipment, what are the other things which i need
for basic dub recording? what is compulsory? i'm tight on money and so right now
need to buy only the things which are necessary....
so do i need a 2-track reel recorder for the final mix, or can i make do with
other equipment to get a final mix? if i need the 2-track, what should i look
for?
please, any advice would be a big help, because i can't find many people who can
give me useful information (especially since everyone is turning to computers,
thinking that analog recording is useless)

thanks
pavle

ps- also eventual prices

pps- i know there's a lot of info on internet but i don't have much time or good connection to surf and look for things... so even if you can just help me with specific links, that would be a great help!
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Mike Zee



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2004 3:16 am    Post subject: need advice on fostex recorder and LEM mixer Reply with quote

Hello, Pavle

First of all, I'd say you'll find allots of usefull info right here at this b-board. You have to look through topics thou..., allot has been discussed already. Look into recording machines, topics analog/vs/digital, mixers, effects ... There is a bit of usefull info pretty much in every topic there.

Now, I have created some basic 'how to start on dubbing' section at my site: dub production at ZDL, bassic idea on what equipment you need and how to. Also recommendation for equipment.
I also created 'auctions section' for some specific equipment for dub-production, which automatically searches and displays current available products at e-bay, here's the page: dub equipment auctions at ZDL, this may help a bit if you are searching for some vinage equipment for dubbing.

About Fostex b-16. It's pretty good machine, just keep in mind, that you have to be prepared to serve it and maybe repair from time to time, even if you find a unit in good condition.
I can't say anything specific about the mixer you are talking about. Mixer is mixer, man..heh heh, I mean there's nothing much to talk about em' really. Analog mixers get old ... need care.
For dubbing in general you look for maximum channels, maximum eq options on each channel, maximum send/returns your money can buy. And it is a very good idea to make sure your mixer's channels have insert/and direct out - this is where all your mad creativity will be applied if you are dubbing in analog environment. Also groups would be nice to have.
Remember, if you are planing on dubbing on the fly from analog multitrack, then you can not afford having old scratchy sliders/knobs mixer.... it'll kill you. Normally you can deal with it by trating with stuff like DeoxIt... but real old sliders or poor quality noisy mixer would be a problem.
So in general I would advise to try to buy a new mixer. Behringer mixers are not so bad nowdays and they are not so expansive. Check em out.

What other equipment you must have?
I'd say three things to start: spring reverb unit, some digital multi-effect processor (with reverb, delays and what ever...), phaser unit (can be part of your multi-effect (which usually sucks) - you can start with getting some guitar phaser pedal (boss green phaser pedal is OK), and you can also think about getting real tape delay, which are all used and only on e-bay or where ever you can find one... not cheap thing nowdays.
Well... then the list goes on... because dubbing is a 'mad science' ... you'll never stop there :)

There's nothing wrong with using computer for many things, including using it as master-recorder. With pro-soundcard you can get great result mustering to computer. Sure you can get stand alone two-track. Mastering to analog two-track is a trade, man. Can you afford a real hi-end analog mastering machine? It cost more than your car ..heh heh ... You 'll be better off mastering to a dat-machine, or pro-CD-Recorder - all much cheaper... or again, if you already have a so-so good computer, then just get pro-level soundcard with good a/d converter and master to computer, after all nowdays everything goes to CD (or maybe DVD ...hmmmm?)

okey, I can go on and on...
if you have specific question ...ask away...

respects,
/Mike Zee aka Dr ZEE
ZEE DUB LAB

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