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Equipment and Software for Recording Music

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Home Studio Setups: Live Audio

If you intend to record a live band, you are likely to use this setup. The live audio setup requires more microphone connections and rarely has MIDI devices running into it. The diagram shows how you would [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Inputs

To move your audio signal around within your home recording sound mixer, first you need to get the signal into the system via inputs and then adjust the signal level. You perform these steps with the input [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Trim Control

The Trim control is a knob that’s used to adjust the level of the input signal as it enters the home recording sound mixer. You usually find the Trim control at the top of the front panel of your hardware [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Channel Strip

The set of controls for each sound mixer channel makes up what’s called the channel strip. The channel strip contains a lot of information, and the visual position of the various functions often doesn’t [more…]

Home Recording Sound Mixer Routing

After you have an instrument plugged into the mixer channel strip, you want to send that signal somewhere. This is referred to as routing or busing. (The place where the signal ends up is, conveniently [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Outputs

Most home recording sound mixers have a bunch of output jacks that are located on the back of the hardware, to the left. You often find output jacks for the master bus, headphones, and monitors. [more…]

Home Recording Basics: MIDI

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 Studio Setup

After you decide on a space for your home recording system, the next steps involve setting up the system and preparing your space to work for you. Here are a fair measure of tips and tricks thrown in to [more…]

Optimizing Your Recording Room: Isolating Sound

When you start recording in your home, both you and your neighbors are probably concerned about the amount of sound that gets into and out of your room. Sound waves are nasty little buggers. They get through [more…]

Optimizing Your Recording Room: Controlling Sound

After you create a recording room that’s as isolated from the outside world as possible, you need to control or at least deal with the way sound acts within your room. [more…]

Optimizing Your Recording Room: Sound Control during Tracking

Tracking is what you’re doing when you’re recording. Imprecise sound control, too much or too little sound reflection results in a bad environment for tracking. [more…]

Sound Control during Home Recording Mixing

After you create a recording room that’s as isolated from the outside world as possible, you need to control your sound during mixing. The following information details the steps that can help you control [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics

For the home recordist, mixers come in several varieties: the analog desk, the digital mixer or computer control surface — with or without sliding faders and fader banks — and software mixers controlled [more…]

Home Recording Analog and Digital Mixers

Sound recording mixers come in a variety of types, two of these types are analog and digital. If you’ve ever been to a recording studio and watched a great recording engineer create a mix, you’ve probably [more…]

Home Recording Computer Control and Software Sound Mixers

Sound recording mixers come in a variety of types, two of these types are computer control and software sound mixers. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages for the home recordist. [more…]

Home Recording Mixer Basics: Channel Strip Signal Flow

One of the most important things to understand when recording is how the signal moves within your home recording system. This knowledge lets you make the most of your tracks and helps you tailor the sound [more…]

Digital Connections for Home Recording

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…]

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