Basics of Recording Music

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Detailing Your Home Recording Digital Options

Even with the fast pace of today’s technology, one thing is for sure in the home recording world: Digital is here to stay. Digital recording has become the standard for home recordists and most commercial [more…]

Home Recording Essentials

Whether it’s a $100 porta-studio or a million-dollar commercial facility, all recording studios contain the same basic components.. To take the mystery out of recording gear, here are the essentials that [more…]

Home Recording Process Basics

The heart of home recording over the last 30 years or so has been an approach called multitracking. At its core, multitracking involves recording all the instruments on separate tracks so that you can [more…]

Distribution and Sales of Your Music

Formatting your finished and mastered songs for distribution and sales is one of the most exciting parts of the recording process. At last, you have a product, a complete musical statement that you can [more…]

Establishing a Home Recording Studio

For many people, building a home studio is a gradual thing. You may start out with a synthesizer and a two-track recorder and add a microphone. Then you may decide to buy a multitrack recorder. Then you [more…]

Determining Your Home Studio Needs

Whatever your budget, your first step before purchasing a home recording system is to determine your recording goals. Use the following questions to help you uncover what you truly need [more…]

Stand-alone Home Music Recorders

The first affordable stand-alone home music digital recorder to hit the market was the Alesis ADAT (which stands for Alesis Digital Audio Tape) in 1992. This machine revolutionized home recording, making [more…]

Web Resources for Digital Music Makers

The Internet offers all kinds of info for digital music composers. The sites listed here are just a small sample of the educational journals, independent music distributors, professional music forums, [more…]

PC Recording Studios: Elements of a Full-Featured Mixer

Mixing is one of the essential elements of all audio recording programs. Mixing is the ability to blend your individual tracks together into a single pair of stereo tracks. Simple mixers let you control [more…]

10 Invaluable Home Recording Tips

Here are a few simple and effective tricks that you can use to improve the quality of your home recordings. You find ways to increase the overall feel of your performances. [more…]

The Signal Chain in Home Recording

The signal chain is the path that your sound travels from its creation (your guitar, keyboard, or voice) to your home recorder. This path often includes several steps — and pieces of gear — that need to [more…]

How to Deal with Ear Fatigue when Recording at Home

Yep, even you ears can get tired when you record at home. If you’ve ever had a chance to mix a song, you’ve probably found that you often do a better mix early in the process, and the longer you work on [more…]

How to Copyright Your Home Recordings

Before you set your home recordings loose and put your music out into the world, get it copyrighted. Getting a copyright on your music is easy and relatively inexpensive, so there’s no reason not to do [more…]

How to Duplicate Multiple Copies of Your Home Recordings

You can have someone else duplicate multiple copies of your home recordings. Duplication involves making copies of your master CD-R the same way you made the CD-R in the first place. The only difference [more…]

How to Replicate Multiple Copies of Your Home Recordings

Replication is used for making commercial CDs and involves recording a glass master (the master disc from which all your CD copies will be made) from your master CD-R. The glass master is then used to [more…]

Downloadable Music File Basics for Home Recordings

You’ve probably heard about MP3s or maybe AAC. These are a great option for home recordings. You’ve also probably experienced firsthand the immediacy that these types of files offer. You go to a website [more…]

Bit Rates for Home Recordings

The bit rate determines the quality of your encoded music. When you encode your home recording, you have to choose your file’s bit rate. Bit rates range from 20 to 320 kilobits per second [more…]

File Modes for Home Recordings

Modes essentially refer to whether your home recording file is in stereo or mono; however, your choices include more than just plain stereo and mono. You have the option to choose mono, stereo, joint stereo [more…]

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