Originally posted by Wheely
I don´t think all that hardware is the way to go any more.
I use a macbook pro, a pretty good master keyboard and some software. I used to do it all with free software but it doesn´t cut it any more.
Get yourself something like Logic Express and a reasonable external sound module. It won´t cost much. Load up some of the loops, play a few of the sounds ...[text shortened]... o will be amazed at ust how far instrument modelling or sampling has come in the past few years.
there is of course a counter argument to this, for it is well understood that you need 'air', between your source and your microphone, otherwise what you are liable to get, is something which simply cannot capture they full spectrum of frequencies and harmonics and may sound artificial and flat.
my Emu 1616M audio card has a specific input for electric guitars, termed a high-z, designed to capture a broad range of frequencies specific to the guitar, but nothing sound as natural or as good as a miked amp!
if you want to produce electronic, computer generated sounding music, then that is all well and fine, but its like computer generated art, you can tell its done on a computer as opposed to a canvas with oils!
you should really have a look at adobe audition, for it supports full ASIO, VST pluggins (many of which are now free), its really easy to use, you get everything, and i mean everything imaginable to manipulate and enhance your audio, Amplify and fade, dynamics processor, channel mixer, envelop, hard limiting, normalize, panning, stero field rotation, full range of delay effects, chorus, digital delay, dynamic delay, echo, echo chamber, flanger, full reverb, multi tap delay, studio reverb, sweeping phazer, also many filters, dynamic eq, parametric equalizer, graphic equaliser, channel extraction, scientific filters, notch filter, also noise reduction, hiss reduction, pop eliminator, time and pitch, compressor etc etc etc etc.