So I've been interested in starting an effects rack for months now after seriously getting into music production as a way to stay out of trouble. Don't get me wrong, music has always been a major passion, but I've never been able to devote myself fully to it like I am now. I freaking can't get enough. Only problem is that I don't know where to start.
After some research, many folks recommended that the best way to start would be with a compressor. I think this would be useful but I have two compressor plugins that I absolutely adore. I will mainly be recording vocals for the time being, but guitars and bass guitars occasionally to record some friend's bands (haven't decided what were going to do about drums yet). I would really like quality from these recordings since I have not been satisfied with the results of my recordings so far.
Here is my setup so far:
- Akai EIE Pro Audio/Midi Interface
- Akai MPK 49 Midi Controller with VSTi plugins
- Korg KP3 Effects Sampler (only external effects I have right now)
- An assortment of DAWs and an even larger assortment of plugins
So I hope this isn't too many questions but will edit if necessary:
Is this a good place to start? Getting a compressor I mean. I have some money to blow, so I'm not too worried about that, but don't want to go overboard. If not what else should I do and what other requirements are missing?
And lastly since I'm not sure about this, but if you don't think I should start an effects rack (mainly starting with the compressor), is it because it isn't necessary for what I have so far? I ask this because I was thinking I could apply any of the effects I wan't but they would all be plugins and not effecting the input sounds until after they are recorded. I was thinking that I could send the vocal, guitar, or synth track I want into an additional channel with the effects applied in their so that it gets recorded with the effects applied as its recording. If you agree with the statement or question above, is it because of what I just lined up right before this question? Does that even work because I have no idea. My brain makes this hypothesis sound reasonable and not too much different than an external effect.
Any other recommendations for external effects that are required or would just greatly compliment it are welcomed to
I know that's a lot and I hope its not too many questions. Tried to make them all build off each other as a next step sort of thing. If I'm making some dumb assumptions here, feel free to give this noob a rude awakening.
Only thing to keep in mind: I will mostly be making electronic music and a lot of my sounds come from plugin VSTi's but I plan to use external synthesizers in the future. Thank you that is all.
EDIT: I'm planning to do a combination of mixing and recording mainly. I was curious if it would be worth it to get any effects to change my VSTi synth sounds or if this would even be possible or worthwhile.