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Old 01-05-2012, 05:46 AM
Gazzamundo Gazzamundo is offline
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Location: West Kirby, Wirral, England
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First off, I'd like to say a sincere thanks to all of you who've joined in the discussion - AGF is just about the only forum I've been on where the members care enough to reply in any great depth and with any consideration.

Originally Posted by Scott Whigham View Post
We don't know what mics, what mic technique, what room treatment, monitoring, conversion - all of that matters way more...
Scott et al, I stated in my original post I'm using a SE Z5600 valve mic through an Alesis io26 audio interface through to a pair of Focal monitors. The mic and monitors are pretty decent, the interface might be a weak link in the chain, so I was thinking a good mic pre to bypass that link (at least the inbuilt pres).

I like the sound of my room, not too reverberant or boxy. I've treated it to a certain extent though not scientifically.

I've been recording for about 20 years, so I'm not a newbie. I've been playing the guitar for many years, though only taken it seriously the last 6 or 7. I see myself as a singer/songwriter who plays the guitar to support his compositions (not a guitarist who sings).

I recently left my job to give myself one last chance at doing something with my music. My redundancy payment will last me the next 6 months at least. I'm happy to spend a bit of that cash if it gets me better results that encourage me to play and record more.

I'm going to make a decision tomorrow - I may buy online through a supplier that gives a money back guarantee, that way if the naysayers are right, I've not lost out!

Thanks again guys - in the meantime, keep the comments coming!
Gary Stewart Smith
sings - writes songs - does other stuff
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