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Roland JUNO-G 61-Key Synthesizer Keyboard
Look familiar? True to its heritage, the new JUNO-G is affordable and user-friendly. But that's where the comparisons to yesteryear end. This modern marvel packs a studio's worth of sound, sequencing, and audio recording into one amazing instrument. Sharing the same high-powered processor as Roland's famous Fantom-X series, the JUNO-G puts a world of first-class sound and performance features under musicians' fingertips -- and allows more sounds to be added via SRX expansion. Songs can be created with the onboard audio/MIDI recorder, all for an incredibly low price!

New price $100 less
Mackie Onyx 820i 8-Channel Premium Analog Mixer with FireWire Interface  The ultra-compact Mackie Onyx 820i FireWire Recording Mixer combines the benefits of a powerful interface with the hands-on control of premium analog features like three Onyx mic preamps and Perkins EQ. Qualified by Mackie for use will all major DAWs, including Pro Tools M-Powered 8 (upgrade required*), the 820i is the perfect front-end to any home studio.
 
 
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Korg Kaossilator Pro Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer

Korg Radias-R Virtual Analog Synthesizer Rack  LOWER Price!

 

Hot Monitor DEALz!

Tweak: Excellent Deal for a Home Studio!  KRK RP8G2 Monitor and Mic Pack  In addition to a pair of KRK RP8G2s you get:

  • Samson C01 Large Condenser Microphone
  • Behringer C2 Condenser Microphone
  • Audio-Technica ATHM20  Headphones
  • 2  Tripod Boom Mic Stands
  • 2  Mic Cables
  • 2 XLR to 1/4-inch TRS Cables

The krk rp8g2 is winning in our poll!

Also See the KRK RP6g2 package deal

Poll Best Monitors $300-$600 a pair  Winning: KRK RP8G2

Mixing, mastering, and monitoring

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Polls

Poll  Best monitors under $300 a pair.  Winning: KRK RP5G2   

Poll Best headphones under $100  Winning: Sony MDR 7506

Polls on "Which Mixer?"

Poll Best Studio Monitors @ $1200 a pair.  Our new poll suggests the Adam A7.  Do you agree? Winning:  Adam A7 Powered Nearfield Monitor


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"There is _no_ theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. I love music passionately. And because l love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is a free art gushing forth, an open-air art boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea. It must never be shut in and become an academic art."

Claude Debussy

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Tip # 4 Headroom is more important than Loudness  

Making your tracks "as hot as possible" is an analog throwback that no longer applies to digital.  Recording at 24 bit, you'll get a better sound, and a better mix, if you give yourself a generous cushion between your signal and 0db on the meters.


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Tip # 5 Bass Kills

Many tracks have unneeded bass which when summed together can destroy your mix.  Get rid of as much unnecessary bass as you can on every track


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Tip #1 Great Sound

Excellent Microphone
+ Excellent Preamp
+ Excellent Converters
+ Excellent Monitors
+ Room Treatment
=Great Sound!


Essential Concepts


Audio Interfaces and Soundcards Department

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Polls

Poll Best audio interface over $1000
Winning: RME Fireface 800

Poll: Best FW interface 400-550 (new)

Poll   Best soundcard under $100   Winning: MAudio Audiophile 2496


Recording, Composition and Arranging Department

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Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar (Maple, With Case)

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Tweak Sez: Outstanding studio amp for the money!  Vox VT30

 

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Studio Rigs
If I were starting out today, I'd click this

Tweak's "I'm broke but I want to produce my band, rig"
tascam us1641

Just add your computer (with USB 2.0) and cables for the monitors.  No mixer needed!


Low cost Firewire Rig
"EZ to get started software based system"


Entry level Mixer Based PCI Soundcard System
"inexpensive but works and sounds good"

Discuss this rig!


PC/Mac DAW Firewire Studio with Motorized faders will run any sequencer or ProTools MP

More on this Rig!


Dream Mac Studio
"Awe inspiring solution for composition, recording, mixing and mastering!"

 

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Getting your studio Wired

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zZounds now carries Ready Acoustics Bass Traps


Software Instruments

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Tip # 6 Fun Factor

Whatever you are creating, don't take it so seriously that you can't have fun with it! If you are having a good time with your creations there is a good chance people will notice that. 


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zZounds now ships to Canada as well as the USA! Details

Browse the WHOLE Store by Price!

 
type in a range like this 19-25 or 50-55 or the range you want to spend.  

Keyboards and Modules

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Polls

Poll  Fantom G, Motif XS, Or Korg M3?  Our readers say: Fantom G

Poll Best multi-timbral synth under $600
Roland Juno D (very close!)

 


Microphones and Preamps

RE20SM58SM57

 

 

What do all these Mics have in Common? All of our members know.  Do you?  Start reading the Guide today!

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RNP
The FMR RNP an excellent preamp for the above average home studio.

Polls

Poll The Best All-Purpose Condenser Mic for $200 
Winning: Rode NT1a

 Poll  Best  microphone preamp $100-250  Winning: M-Audio DMP3

 Poll Best large condenser around $100 
Winning: Studio Projects B1

Poll Best studio dynamic Mic under $130  Winning:  Shure SM57


Department of Digital Sampling

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Cool Gear

Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard

Downloadable Sounds at zZounds (Hey that rhymes!)


Tip # 2 Knowledge
IS Power!


Great Performances
+recording technique
+ Inspired MIX
+ Mastering
= Professional Quality Production

Let Tweak shorten your learning curve.  Learn, Experiment, Gain Experience--that is the true road.


Sequencers and your DAW

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Polls

Poll: Which is Better? Logic, Cubase, Sonar, PTLE, DP  Winning:  Sonar! (but its close!)

Cool Gear

Logic Pro 9 is in the Logic Studio Package

CUBASE 5 is here at the TweakLab and under review


Tip # 3 Stop Comparing your Music to "OPM" (other people's music)

Your music is about you! Not them.  Yes. it's a scary journey.  But that is where your personal treasure trove of musical gold lies.  Don't be an imposter.  Dig yourself