Presonus Recording Solutions
Published on 01 February 2018
When you're a guitarist in a band then there's nothing more exciting than getting kitted out with a new amp or pedal to make sure that you're happy with your tone. However, once you've gotten past that stage and you've already spent a small fortune on your guitars, effects and amp setup; there's nothing more frustrating than sub-standard recording or mix and there's nothing that kills your creative vibe more.
It's often tempting to take things into your own hands and having a decent quality recording setup at home can do your music the world of good. Whether it's the simplicity of being able to plug your guitar in, or the ambition of recording a full band, setting up a home studio of your own is an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can often be a confusing one for those who aren't particularly experienced, or who've simply lost touch with modern recording gear and the options available.
We often get visits from customers who'd love to have these options at their disposal but find the tech in front of them a bit mind-boggling. Now, while we're always happy to demo studio gear to make sure our customers are confident in using it, we thought we may as well run through some of our favourite options for different budgets and uses! A standout when it comes to studio gear, we're going to concentrate on Presonus, purely due to their consistency across a range of prices. From entry level, right through to professional standard, they've never let us down so far with excellent build and audio quality throughout!
For those boldy taking their first steps into recording, don't worry, all is not as perplexing as it seems. While internet searches to figure out your first purchase may be leaving you more confused than ever, we reckon that Presonus have got you covered. Providing a bundle that gives you all that you need to start the process, the Audiobox iTWO Studio Recording Package is the ideal started setup for those who are only looking for a simple recording solution at home. This package includes the acclaimed Studio One Artist DAW, along with 4+ GB of third-party software, loops, and instruments to ensure you have a platform to start making music right away. An AudioBox iTwo acts as your interface and is a versatile, great sounding and easy to setup solution for those who are looking to plug in and start recording. Also including an M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone to allow recording of high-quality vocals with plenty of warmth and depth and a pair of HD7 Headphones to ensure you hear every detail accurately and comfortably; this really is a perfect choice for your first setup. Allowing you to turn your Mac, PC and even iPad into a high-quality setup that's about as plug and play as you'll find, we'd recommend this package to anyone who's looking for a cost-effective way to lay down and work on their ideas.
The next logical step once you've got your recording setup is a reliable set of monitors so that you can actually play it out loud! Take it from us, constantly working from headphones can start to get a little claustrophobic after a while and regardless of that, there's nothing better than hearing your own music getting blasted back at you. Designed to provide an accurate representation of your music, the Eris 4.5's offer tremendous value given their quality. Easily competing with more expensive options in terms of their standard, these monitors are not to be judged by their small, compact size. With plenty of punch and a wide dynamic range, these are an excellent go-to set of monitors that you can rely on time and time again. An excellent addition to a small studio setup, the well-priced Eris 4.5s are just the right cherry on top of your new studio!
For those of you reading who already have your own setup that just needs a bit of TLC, the Presonus Quantum Thunderbolt could be the ideal way to step up the quality of your recording. Offering an unbelievable quality and almost unheard of speed, the Quantum 2 offers a whopping 22x24-channels for you to play with. A brilliant option if you have a larger home setup and are regularly recording from multiple sources, the Quantum 2 is capable of coping with pretty much whatever you choose to throw at it. With access to Studio Magic Plug-in Suite for free, which can totally expand the potential of your setup, recallable XMAX preamps, an incredible 24-bit resolution and up to 192 kHz sampling rate, giving you 120 dB of dynamic range; this is a seriously powerful addition to any studio setup. In fact, it's even expandable to 80x80 by stacking up to four Quantums via Thunderbolt.... Just in case this isn't already enough of a beast for you!