I record acoustic-guitar-driven pop/folk/rock stuff. It's hard to describe because it doesn't fit into any one genre. I use Cakewalk Sonar HS7 on a Dell Dimension 8600 which is still super fast even though it is about 5 years old. I use an Alesis QS 8.1 mainly to trigger soft synths but I still get some organ sounds out of it that are tasty. My interface is an M-Audio Delta 44 and I use a Pre-Sonus BlueTube dual preamp with AT2020 and MXL990 mics. Guitars: Wechter Pathmaker Deluxe, Seagull CM6+, Squire Classic Vibe Strat. I record electric guitar trax either with a Digitech RP-250 or through my Line6 Gearbox USB interface. I plug the outputs of the two interfaces into a Behringer 6-channel mixer and then out to my new Alesis M1Active 520s that I have sitting on the styrofoam blocks they were shipped in, plus some Auralex foam on top of that.
I won't list all the software plug-ins I use. Here are a few, though:
- Cakewalk TTS1 - multi-timbral software sound module
- Melodyne UNO - Like Auto-Tune, only better. Every vocal you hear from my studio has been polished in Melodyne
- Dimension LE with Garritan Pocket Orchestra - Mostly for cymbal swells but they have some nice organs and basses
- Boost11 - Probably THE reason I upgraded to Sonar HS6 two years ago was for this plug-in, which is a final-stage limiter. It makes my mixes so much more tight and balanced. This plug-in is my magic mixing pill. It does for my mixes what steroids did for Mark McGuire, except that I'll never have to explain myself to Congress for using it.