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I have a question for the audiophiles:

I am doing a new build for an EOD friend who is also a musician looking to start up a band. He is looking to build a custom PC, and would like to be able to do recordings. I can build gaming rigs all day, but am lost when it comes to high end audio/digital recording. Can anyone point me in the right direction for an audio card/digital recording device and software?

Any additional advice on hardware would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!
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You're looking at serious money to record a band. What you should start researching (or your friend), is audio interfaces. You're going to need something with multiple channels and inputs, depending on how many people are in the band, if you want to record live. Something like a Focusrite Saffire PRO 14, plus microphones. You can record instruments directly through line input on the interface, or use dynamic microphones. The Shure Beta 58a is popular for vocals, but I don't really know much about instrument recording. Vocals can be recorded on set or mixed over later with a quality condenser microphone. I think ideally each person records their part individually and you mix it all together. The only software I've ever worked with is Sony ACID pro, which is pretty powerful, but I have no idea what most people use. Surely there is a real musician on here that can chime in.

Basically, if you just have to build the computer then you don't have to worry about anything. With $200-400+ for an interface and $150+ for each mic + software, your friend might want to actually start the band before taking the financial plunge. On the plus side, audio equipment holds its value very well on the 2nd hand market.
Edited by DrGroove - 1/19/13 at 11:07pm
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post #3 of 4
What DrGroove said. Any sort of half decent setup costs.
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Thanks DrGroove for the detailed post, and to both you and chinesekiwi for posting! This build is a few months down the road, but I wanted to start researching now. I assume CPU power is important for this build, but what about the video card? Should I just go for an entry level (sub $200 card)? I was thinking of a 3570K or 3770K with 16Gb ram (2x8Gb).
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