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Thread Trying to get some cheap recording equipment. WIll this setup work?

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1 Trying to get some cheap recording equipment. WIll this setup work?
Hi everyone, I'm just trying to get something to record some vocals and guitar with. Occasionally a full band. I just need relatively clear sound quality, nothing professional, more like demo recordings.
I've been researching some cheap stuff, and I'm wondering if it will actually work if I set it up:

M-audio 990/991 Mic duo ----> M-audio audio buddy preamp -----> My laptop

the mics are to be connected to the preamp with standard xlr to xlr cables, and the preamp is to be connected to the laptop with a 1/4" jack to 1/8" jack cable (I'm not sure what sound card I have but theres a 1/8" jack for a microphone on the side of the laptop)

I'm running windows media center edition and i've seen that m-audio products don't work with WMCE, but just a preamp connected to the 1/8" jack could work cause it doesnt require any software/drivers?

The program I'm using is Adobe Audition 2.0.

I honestly have no idea if this is even meant to work, and any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm also trying to keep this under $200 (don't laugh). My current "setup" weighs in at $155, but this would be my first endeavor into home recording gear, so suggestions are welcome if what you think what I'm buying is complete crap.

Thanks! :)
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%1$s a écrit honestly ur guna have to invest in windows xp home or pro.... cuz ur guna need a FIREWIRE interface no matter what, otherwise ur guna have latency and probly hiss... so first invest into another version of XP... then go for the m-audio firewire solo... it will cost u a lil more than u wanted, but its really worth it


What's wrong with WMCE?

since he's not going to use any external interface, i don't see a problem in the OS. Why should he invest on another one?

also, hiss and latency are problems that you can have with firewire too...
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not near as bad as with usb... but there are also programs and vst's that dont work with mce so it can get to be a big pain

but for right now that setup will work fine... ull need a compressor tho (cant beleive i forgot bout it in the first post).. the dbx 266xl, its like 140... if you dont then ur vocal levels are guna be like "DAdadAdaDADAda"...u need it all at a consistant level "dadadada"... if u need help with setting up the ratios and treshholds and all that i can help with that...

what u have right now will work, but ur levels are guna be all over the place without a compressor...
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honestly ur guna have to invest in windows xp home or pro.... cuz ur guna need a FIREWIRE interface no matter what, otherwise ur guna have latency and probly hiss... so first invest into another version of XP... then go for the m-audio firewire solo... it will cost u a lil more than u wanted, but its really worth it