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OK, so you are new. You have an idea of making and producing your own music. And you feel inspired. Perhaps you are a seasoned musician, tired of paying someone else to produce your music. Perhaps you are building a studio to record your band. Or you are into producing audio for video, film,...Read More
This article is going to be kept as simple as possible. It's just designed to get the new person up to speed on the issues and provide a strong sense of perspective on what really matters. We are going to talk about bit depth and sample rates, how these translate into storage requirements, and then talk about the subjective differences between the two methods of recording your music. In short, what is the relation of 24 bit recordings to the "sound quality" we all want.Read More
There are many ways to get your songs to final form. What matters is not how you get there, but that you do get there. Lets pretend you are enrolled in one of the world's fine universities and you are writing a Master's Thesis. This is not just "any" piece of drudge paperwork, but the culmination of you education. You know you have to write...Read More
With all the modern marvels that have been introduced in the last decade for our studios it may seem strange that the microphone has changed the least. A quick peek to the high end shows that some microphone designs used today were formulated in the late 60's, that's forty years ago!Read More
This is a guide for total Noobs, that have to do it THEIR WAY! And, the 1st test to see if you want to go further with making music on a computer. The basic steps of putting it all together...Read More
So you want to build yer studio, eh dude, ahem dudette... (Cool! we need more dudettes round here.) First you connect your keyboard to the computer. This can be done in many ways. Some keyboards have built in USB MIDI interfaces that use the familiar USB cable that comes with inkjet printers....Read More
How do I set up my Rig? What gear works best with What? Also cabling, and all issues regarding connecting MIDI, SCSI, Firewire, USB, S/PDIF, R-BUS, TDIF, ADAT, MTC, SMPTE and others. Also Racks and Studio Furniture can go here.Read More
Basic Music Theory, And I mean really Basic...Read More
Ok, lets go. People ask me all the time, "What's the best audio interface for my studio". You know, that's like asking someone what is the best car on the market, or which all night restaurant has the best coffee. "Best" is a 4 letter word; please don't ask me what's best, even if you can afford it (We'll start you with an Apogee Native Tools which lists about 8 grand). There is no universally acclaimed best audio interface. Best for what?Read More
There are now alternatives to getting a soundcard or audio interface. There is a new breed of firewire and USB based mixers that can be used to get audio to your computer. Look at the...Read More
Go to any computer gear-head forum, including studio-central, and simply ask this troubling question. Suddenly the air changes around you. For a moment, you sense a cold scrutiny from everyone around you, the same kind of vibe the significant other gave you last year when you forgot...Read More
Ok, lets start by hooking up your onboard sound device or soundcard that came with your computer. So our first stop is to take you to a place you will go to frequently if you get involved in studios. Where is that? Oh no, we are on a trip to... ADAPTER HELL And there are lots of adapters. These...Read More
Professional Mixologists, Filter-Heads, LFO-Freakoids, Vintage Synth-Masters, and Advanced Sample Rippers, This article is for the newbie who wants to get going using MIDI and audio to make their own music. This is the most basic...Read More
Hip hop has been with us for over 20 years. It has diversified greatly during this course of time as artists have explored, inventively, with sounds and rhythm. This article will keep it simple. My goal is to give you what you need to know to make beats that are...Read More
You are sitting there at your keyboard, surrounded by the latest wonders of music technology, waiting for the muse to strike. You have endured the learning curves of your gear, you have tweaked your computer into a smooth and speedy audio processor. Some of us never get beyond this point. We finally have the DAW in shape and its time to make music we find ourselves staring at a blank screen. Was all of this for nothing?Read More
As your digital audio rig gets larger you will inevitably have to deal with word clock distribution. At first, synchronizing word clocks of different digital audio devices is easy. In most cases, you can generate and transmit the word clock signal along with the digital audio signals passing from master to slave through...Read More
It seems easy... You just get some lines of words into an audio track and tweak it down. But it is not. The truth is that recording and processing a vocal is one of the more challenging things for a studio to do. Basically, there are two phases to getting a good...Read More
...we will cover a lot of mixers and approaches to building your studio. My goal is when you are done reading this article, you will have a really good understanding of mixers, enough to make an intelligent decision on what you need...Read More
Firewire AudioInterface Comparison Chart -- also see the PCI Chart and USB 2.0 Chart Soundcards and...Read More
The Delta 1010 LT PCI Audio Interfaces Comparison Chart 23 PCI interfaces compared also see the Firewire Chart and the USB 2.0 Chart on a budget? See the "best...Read More
...things sound in here And how I feel in the space where I spend more time than anywhere else on this planetTweaks room is a mixture of bass traps and Acoustic foamSo the critical thing for me is to have a good sounding room that enhances what I am doingrecording instruments vocals s...Read More
You should know a little about me by now. My first computer was a Tandy TRS80 which only made bleeps as audio. The Commodore 64 had a sound chip inside and actually did 8 bit music. Huge improvement! My next was an Atari ST 1040 STE that ran an application called Notator (which today is called Logic, by the way) that could do multi-channel MIDI (not audio!). After my Atari Mega ST2 diedRead More
These are the answers to The Guide's final exam. If you happened to find these answers first, go the the end of The Guide and take the test.Read More