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    Setting up new JAM studio

    Hi guys

    I have been asked to help set up a jam studio in a community centre. Hope to get some opinions here with the equipment that you would like to see in the studio. Will be looking for good quality stuff that require lesser maintenance (break-downs). Budget is above average but no need super expensive.

    I have draft up a list, do give your views on this.

    Thanks for your help!

    Sound System
    MACKIE Thump 15A (Powered speaker)
    MACKIE ProFX16 (Mixer)
    K&M 37175 tripod w/gig bag (1 pair Speaker Stand)
    PRODIPE TT1 Pro-Lanen (Vocal Microphone)
    K&M 21077 (Microphone stand)

    Electric Guitar
    Yamaha Pacifica 012 (Guitar)
    Fender Frontman 212R (Black)
    Peavey Bandit 112 1x12" 80 Watt Combo

    Electric Bass
    HARTKE HyDrive 5210C
    Fender Rumble 350 2x10" 350 Watt Bass Combo
    Ampeg BA-115HP 1x15" 220 Watt Bass Combo

    Keyboard
    Yamaha MX61(Synthesizer)
    KORG X50 (Synthesizer)
    HERCULES KS240B 2-TIER (Keyboard Stand)

    Drums
    YAMAHA Stage Custom (22" kick, 10" & 12" mounted toms, 16" floor tom and 14" snare)
    ZILDJIAN ZBT 4 SET (CYMBALS)
    Mapex T570A Drum Stool
    DMA6450 Drum Mat 4x6
    Last edited by soft; 14-06-13 at 05:24 PM.

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    Re: Setting up new JAM studio

    Some suggestions:

    Guitar-wise, those Swing guitars are value for money. Do consider a HSS model so players would get both single coil & humbucker tones to work with. Ditto basses- a Swing Jazz-type bass would be cool.

    Ampwise, if there's gonna be a drum set & stringed instruments in the same room, please have at least a 60W amp in there. If a 100W unit could be acquired- why not? Need not be tubes though- it's high maintenance. Also, need not be a stack format, a decent combo of the specified wattage would suffice.

    For drums- consider having carpet for that :-)

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    Not really experience.. But all this is what i wish to see in a studio.

    Rally lp guitar. They are really awesome !
    A combo marshall amp is good enough.
    A cajon !
    Maybe maestro acoustic guitar ? (i'm not really sure which brand is worth the money, but a acoustic guitar is really a wish)

    And maybe rental of efx ? So players dont have to carry their pedals all the way to the studio ?

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    I have update the first post with a list of equipment. Are these ok?

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    very agreeable list :-) are the amps grounded?

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    haha i hate 115cab but thats just me, i think for bass if we are looking at below 600 bucks, yamaha bb series, bacchus bass(tymc), squier classic vibe those basses are great

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    Hi James, may I ask who's is running the studio? You or the CC guys?

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    If it is commercially viable, I would love to run it. But I am still unable to figure how to make it viable.

    For now, I am just helping them to do up the equipment list. Hopefully, we can use the venue to organise some SOFT events in the future.

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    Do remember to set aside some money on acoustic treatment. This is often times one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of a studio. In fact, I'd even say you should spend most of the money in this area. No point getting good equipment, but put them in a bad sounding room.

    Good luck, James!
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    Thanks for the input on acoustic treatment. I am just wondering what observations you have when a studio have bad acoustics?

    How do we define when a jam studio have bad acoustics? What's the cause and solution?
    Last edited by soft; 15-06-13 at 08:41 PM.

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