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Recording Music with MIDI, AES/EBU, or S/PDIF Digital Connectors

If you’re going to record using a digital recorder or mixer in your home studio, you’re going to run into digital connectors (plugs and cables/cords). Digital audio equipment is a recent invention, and [more…]

Microphone Overview: Dynamic Type

Dynamic microphones have several qualities that make them unique. They can handle a lot of volume (technically known as SPL, meaning sound pressure level [more…]

Home Recording Basics: MIDI Ports

MIDI is a protocol that musical instruments use to communicate with one another. They do this through a cabled connection and a language that allows each one to understand the other, regardless of the [more…]

Home Recording Basics: MIDI Channels

MIDI channels allow you to designate which messages go to a particular machine. You can program each machine to receive messages on one or more of the 16 MIDI channels. For instance, you can set your drum [more…]

Home Recording Basics: MIDI Messages

For MIDI instruments to communicate with one another, they need to have a common vocabulary. This is where MIDI messages come in. MIDI messages contain an array of commands, including the following: [more…]

Home Recording Basics: Managing MIDI Modes

Your synthesizer, drum machine, or other MIDI module has the following four operating modes that dictate how your instrument responds to the MIDI messages it receives: [more…]

Home Recording Basics: General MIDI

If you compose music for other people to play on their MIDI instruments or if you want to use music from another composer, General MIDI is invaluable to you. General MIDI [more…]

Home Recording Basics: Initial MIDI Gear

Okay, so this MIDI thing sounds kind of interesting to you, and you want to know what you need to buy to do some MIDIing yourself. Well, you can’t do any of this cool MIDI stuff with your vintage Stratocaster [more…]

MIDI Studio Sound Generators: Synthesizer

Synthesizers are one of the primary sound generators available for your MIDI home recording studio. Your home recording studio synthesizer, like the one shown in the following illustration, consists of [more…]

MIDI Studio Sound Generators: Drum Machine and Sound Module

The sound generator is the core of the MIDI home recording studio, two of the available sound gnerators are the drum machine and sound module. [more…]

MIDI Studio Sound Generators: Samplers

A sampler is a sound module that contains short audio samples of real instruments you can use in your home recordings. Most samplers come with sound libraries that contain hundreds of different types of [more…]

MIDI Studio Sound Generators: Soft-Synths

If you’ve chosen a computer-based system for your home studio, your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software enables you to produce great sounds by using soft-synth plug-ins. [more…]

MIDI Home Recording Studio Essentials

If you plan on establishing a MIDI home recording studio there are some essentials you will need to acquire, including controller, sequencer, and interface. [more…]

Microphone Overview: Construction Types

Whether a home recording microphone is a $10 cheapie that has a cord permanently attached to it or a $15,000 pro model with gold-plated fittings, all microphones convert sound waves to electrical impulses [more…]

Microphone Overview: Condenser Type

The condenser microphone is, without a doubt, the most popular style of microphone used in recording studios (home or commercial). Condenser mics are sensitive and accurate, but they can also be expensive [more…]

Microphone Overview: Boundary Type

A boundary microphone is essentially a small diaphragm condenser mic mounted in a housing that directs the diaphragm parallel to the surface onto which it’s mounted. You can see a diagram of a boundary [more…]

Microphone Techniques for Electric Bass Recording

When you set up a microphone for an electric bass, getting a good sound can be a real bear. Your two adversaries are muddiness (lack of definition) and thinness [more…]

Ribbon Microphones for Home Recording

The diaphragm in a sound recording ribbon microphone is a thin, narrow piece of aluminum suspended between two magnets. Ribbon mics were popular from the 1930s through the 1960s but have, for the most [more…]

Microphone Polarity Patterns

As a home recordist considering microphone choices, remember sound quality is dependent not only on microphone construction but also on polarity pattern [more…]

Assessing Your Home Recording Microphone Needs

Buying microphones is, without a doubt, one of the most critical decisions that you make when setting up your home studio. Using the right microphone for the job can mean the difference between recording [more…]

Building Your Home Recording Studio Microphone Collection

You will likely build your home recording microphone collection over time rather than buying all your mics at once. This is the best way to buy mics, because it gives you time to develop an understanding [more…]

Home Recording Basic Microphone Setup

A basic microphone setup consists of a couple of dynamic microphones for drums, guitar amps, or other loud instruments and a decent large-diaphragm condenser microphone for vocals or other acoustic instruments [more…]

Home Recording Studio Microphone Extras

After you have your basic microphones, you can start to add a few more. If you intend to record your band, you need to at least microphone the drum set [more…]

Microphone Luxuries for Your Home Recording Studio

As your home recording microphone collection grows, you’ll probably start looking for a vocal microphone that works best for you. In this case, you may look at large-diaphragm tube condenser microphones [more…]

Finding the Right Microphone for the Situation

Certain microphones work better than others for particular situations and in general, microphone choice is fairly subjective. The following list contains basic suggestions based on what is typically used [more…]

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