At 9/8/12 12:43 PM, DeadRewind wrote:
though Macs run so much better.
False. Lets not break out into a mac vs pc thread here, but just know that studio/professional use of computers does not show any particular system to be "better" than the other. Its just a matter of comfort, price, and compatibility.
The axiom: personally I think the action of the keys, rotaries, and pads are shit. M-audio hasnt really gotten a hold of that yet. It will work, and like the keystudio it will be cheap, but overall its a pretty crappy controller. For that functionality I'd definitely step it up to either an MPK or an Impulse.
As for an interface, mihai had a good suggestion with the focusrite. You really shouldnt go for an ASUS sound card, an external device is a much smarter buy. The companies that are most on top of solid preamp and a/d converters right now are focusrite, apogee, and motu. If you arent recording much, then the a/d converter along with monitoring options are gonna be the features that matter most. In that case, the mackie onyx as well as the presonus audiobox are some good entry level ideas next to the duet & scarlett. For higher end stuff, theres two interfaces dominating right now. The apollo and orpheus. Although I somehow doubt youre gonna want either of those just yet. I personally am about to buy a Roland Octa-Capture which is one of the best interfaces you can get for under a thousand.
Monitors: For starters you pretty much only have 3 directions. The BX5s, Rockit 6s, or the mackie MR5s. Each have their advantages, but personally I think the BX5s are the most solid. The rockits still need some work but are the cheapest of the 3.
Headphones: Not much point in getting too awesome of headphones since they are mainly used for monitoring during tracking, or just when youre trying to be quiet. Id say the good models to look at are the ATM50s, the HD380s, and the DT-770s(these are my new favorite just because they are beyond comfy).
Plugins - stay away from Nexus. I know its a gloryhole of sexy sounds, but you really wont learn anything about synthesis using a preset based plugin. Sylenth is pretty powerful and definitely not a bad choice. You should check out different native instrument plugins. Massive, absynth, reaktor, and FM8 are all standards amongst the professional sound designers and musicians. Omnisphere is another great plugin to look at. Ultimately though, just about any synth will work just fine once you know what youre doing. Synth1 is an example of a good free synth.
You dont really need a seperate pad controller unless youre doing live performance, but if youre set on one, I would be a BIT hesitant with korg. Their nano series is really awesome priced but you get what you pay for. Akai seems to know what their doing best with pads(which they have built into their MPK), but I also hear good things about the maschine from NI.
All in all, Id suggest taking your time buying this stuff, and dont cheap out on things cuz they will come back to bite you in the ass.