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Tweak's Guide
to Recording
Success

 

Introduction

For Noobs

MIDI Basics

Audio Basics

Studio Rigs

Studio Pics

Past Studios

Signal Flow

System Guide

Mac vs. PC

Audio Interfaces

Latency

Install Issues

Buy Gear 

Writing Music

Inspiration

Recorders

Keyboards

Controllers

CC Events

MIDI Routing

Mixers

Understanding your Mixer

Digital Mixers

Analog Mixers

Mixer Hookup

Control Surface

Microphones

Mic Preamps

Converters

Monitors

MIDI Modules

Effects

Sequencers

VST, AU, RTAS 

Soft Samplers

Soft Synths

Audio Plugins

Synth Prg Tips

MIDI to Audio

Cables

Impedance

Patchbays

Studio Setup

Room Acoustics

War on Hum

Quiet Room

Dual Monitors

DJ studio

Networking

16 vs 24 bit

Word Clock

Timecode

Build a DAW

Tracking

Record Vocal

Session Tips

Vocal Editing

AutoTune etc

Using EQ

Harmonizers

Guitar Tracks

Guitar Tone

Drum Tips

Drum Patterns

Hip Hop Beats

Cymbals

Sampling

Samplers

Compressors

Pan, Vol, FX

Mixing 101

Mix Methods

Mastering

Field Recorders

Archiving Songs

Make Money

Sound Dev Tips

Surround

Audio for Film

Podcasting

Publishing

Congratulations!

Final Exam

 

Reviews

Forums

JukeBox

Guitar Gallery

Store Links

Recording

Multitrack Recorders
Microphones
Mixers
Signal Processors
Monitors
Accessories
Studio Racks

Computer Music

Audio Interfaces
PCI
USB
Firewire
Computers
Software
Sequencers
Soft Synths/
Samplers
Plugins and FX
MIDI Interfaces
Control Surfaces
DSP Cards

 Keyboards

Keyboard Synths
Samplers
Keyboard Accessories
MIDI Modules
Groove Boxes
Sounds
Keyboard Controllers
Keyboard Amps
Expansion Boards

Guitars, Amps,
and Effects

Electric Guitars
Guitar Effects
Guitar Amps
Acoustic Guitars
Accessories
Classical Guitars
Folk

Drums

Electronic
Acoustic
Drum Machines
Drum Hardware
Cymbals
Accessories
Other Drums

Accessories

Cables
Bass Guitars,
Live Sound/PA
DJ

 

How Tweak's Guide Works

EZ PCI Mixer Based RIG

A Really Nice Starter Studio that will take you all the way to recording your own CDs
 M-Audio Audiophile 2496

M Audio's Audiophile 2496 card is the latest addition to its highly successful Delta family of soundcards. he Audiophile 2496 is an all-in-one high fidelity soundcard solution for a wide variety of applications, ranging from multi-track recording to computer-based home theatre  Tweak:  Great M-Audio DACs and excellent drivers.  Has MIDI too.

Install this in your computer is a PCi Slot  Connect the line outs to your mixer

Behringer XENYX 1204FX Mixer with Effects

Tweak: Connect the "control room" outs to a stereo or a set of powered speakers.  Connect the "Alt 3-4 bus" to your soundcard's line inputs.

SONAR lets you explore your creative depths, providing the tools you need to take your music in new directions. Now you can produce projects faster than with any other Windows-based multi-track recording software available today.

SONAR offers you speed, precision, elegance, and stability, providing the complete software-based production environment

Tweak: Install this program on your computer.  You might consider using Cubase SX or Logic instead of Sonar.

M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller


Studio Projects B1 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
The Studio Projects B1 condenser microphone is a large diaphragm cardioid microphone in a pressure-gradient transducer employing high quality transformerless design and extremely low noise. It will enhance any professional or project studio application at an unbelievable low price. As a result of uncompromising dedication and today's advanced production abilities, Studio Projects has broken the barrier of quality vs price for today's recording studio environment.

Connect to your mixer  This is a large condenser mic that has crisp clean sound.  It will work with audio interfaces and mixers that have phantom power. 

A Mic Stand
 Main

Connect to you mic!  Ok you knew that one!

The Guide to the Guide

Note the list of classes on the left

hand  this way is left

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You don't have to read them all in order, but I do explain basic concepts in the early classes and assume you know them in the later classes. 

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So you think you know "your stuff"?  What?, you are a "Producer", after all?!  Oh that's tight!  Just go take my little test now, see if you really have your basics down.  If you can pass my test you do know the basic concepts behind studio production quite well.  Go to the forums and help us out, OK?  If you don't then...

Don't worry, be happy.  Spend a few days reading the guide and not only you will be able to walk into any studio and talk the talk, you'll be able to build your own.

Assuming you have already read the Newbie section you start right....

 

.....HERE

Class #1 Studio 101: Part A Getting Started with MIDI  Part B: Hooking Up your audio card   After reading this you should understand the basic components of the recording studio, the difference between MIDI and Audio and have a good sense of the different ways to configure a studio.

 

Or you can use "The Hand" which is on every page of the Guide

Go to the First Class

  This is the hand it will take you to the NEXT page

Tale a second to scan a few of the topics we'll be covering right away

Class #2 Basics of Building the Studio.  My handy chart shows you how to put it all together

Class #3 Buying a SoundCard: What you must know There's a snake pit of options and confusing acronyms for drivers.  I'll get you through this painlessly.

Class #4 The Intelligent Person's Guide to Buying Gear 
This article gives you a sense of the different types of gear and offers tips that will help you avoid costly mistakes

Class #5 The Basics of Writing a song on a Computer with Midi  Here is what it is like building a song on a computer, step by step

Class #6 Overview of Multi-Track Recorders goes into the different solutions from simple 4 track cassette decks for songwriters to advanced 24 track hard disk recorders that integrate with computers. 

newbQuestions and Answers:

Q) Newb: Hey Tweak, I was wondering if you could tell me where to find the guide?

A)  Tweak:  Go to the start of the page and read

Newb: Gee, can't you just tell me??!  This is getting complicated!

Tweak: Ok you are at page one of the guide right now.

Newb: Thank you!  But where are the classes? 

Tweak: They are in the sidebar to the left.

Newb:  Left? 

Tweak: Right!

Newb:  Where on the right?

 

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