Since this is really kind of off topic for the Apple religion thread (here)
, I'm spinning it off. Seems like there are quite a few people into it.
The eurorack has good bang for the buck. I used to have one before I got a Mackie Big Knob. For audio equipment, it's difficult to find that good balance between price and quality. The hardest thing is trying to figure out if the given price justifies the quality. There's so much bullshit in the descriptions and the touted features, it's almost impossible to know. Most of the so-called experts also spew a lot of bullshit. It's hard to know if it's a monster cable type bullshit thing going on or if something truly is expensive because its very good.
A lot of the equipment is also unbalanced in their feature sets. For example, for consumer grade mixers and such, I find that there are too many outputs and not enough inputs. There are a lot of knobs and holes, and it looks like you can do a lot with it, but in the end, it makes me feel like I could have done the same with a few cheapo adapters and cable splicers. There's seems to be a disconnect in the market between industry level studio equipment, and being able to achieve similar results on a consumer level. I would like to see more products that are affordable that offer neat solutions to the typical consumer setup: speakers, computers, and a couple of instruments and mics. But once you start trying to find stuff for your own setup, you'll run into a lot of really frustrating issues. Anyway, I'm always here to poo poo on the party, right?
I liked a lot in the Behringer Eurorack UB1204FX-Pro, but always had issues with cabling that I didn't like. I just could never get the crystal clear sound that I wanted, and know I could get. (You can hear examples at http://www.dotnetpreacher.com/
-- still very good, but when editing, I always had slight noise there.) I primarily use a Shure SM-58, but also have a Behringer B-2 Pro.
So, I'm still looking at new mixers, but this time around I want USB. I'm a bit skittish about Firewire as it seems to be on the way out, so no point in going down the avenue of a dead technology.
On the current "consideration list" are:http://www.behringer...oducts/X1204USB.aspxhttp://www.mackie.com/products/profx8Audio Equipment -- (Spinoff thread)
Still looking around though. I want something nice and small as I don't need more than a few inputs at most.
There's seems to be a disconnect in the market between industry level studio equipment, and being able to achieve similar results on a consumer level. I would like to see more products that are affordable that offer neat solutions to the typical consumer setup: speakers, computers, and a couple of instruments and mics.
I find that's true in most sectors. The professional level and consumer level are worlds apart. The exception seems to be in digital cameras where the quality you can get in a consumer level DSLR is enough to produce professional level results.
For mics, the Shure SM-58 is dead set at the consumer level price, but is still an industry standard professional level piece of kit. It's simply an amazing piece of gear. I'd recommend that for anyone thinking of buying a mic for the first time. There's no sense in buying a mic for $50 that will give you 1/50th of the performance of an SM-58 for $100. It's a no brainer. Spend 2x as much and get 100x more performance. But it seems to be another one of those exceptions, but only because it's so cheap. It's still clearly a professional piece of gear.
The ultimate consumer mic would be a USB version of the SM-58. That would be the absolute end of the market. Anything produced after that would always be trying to catch up. $100 for a mic that's virtually indestructible, and that you can plug into your computer with no other gear, and that delivers top-notch sound that rivals mics far above its price point. That would be a "sign me up NOW".
Anyways, while I need to get a new mixer anyways, one of the reasons why I'm looking now is that I may be starting up a new podcast with someone else. Still working on the format and things, but it's going to be his show, and he'll be the host with me as co-host.
Still looking around though... We'll see.