Category: Audio Advice

Home Audio Recording Studio Basics

Getting started designing a home recording studio can seem like a daunting task and, indeed, it is. It will require countless hours of research and product deliberation that can seem frustrating and overwhelming at times, but with the right amount of preparation it is entirely possible to have a cheap and effective audio studio right in your home!

Many factors will depend on what kind of music and instruments you would like to record, but regardless of this it is best to start simple, especially in the beginning. This avoids feeling overwhelmed or burnt out with too much gear. Once you have mastered the simplicity of a beginner’s studio you will know exactly what other equipment you require and what you can do without.

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A Guide To Acoustics

Every time you turn the knob on a mastering tool or mixer, it applies a certain acoustics for the recording.  If you are able to understand recording acoustics and how they work to develop a specific sound, you will have more recording capabilities and have the ability to portray the audio sounds you create.

Acoustics starts with a vibration of the air or an electronic device in some cases.  Air moves through a specific compartment, like the voice or an instrument, in the case of natural acoustics.  The more vibration from the air movement that there is, the more sound it can create for an instrument.  This results in sound waves.  They re-create the air vibrations that are moving through space.

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Signal Processors For Sound Defined

Audio recording seems simple from afar. Everyone can hear just fine, so they think they understand what it means to record. It’s akin to literate people believing they can all write well. It does not work that way, as you know. Making a quality recording involves a great deal of discernment. It means knowing what sounds you want and do not want, and being able to successfully filter out sounds you do not need.

Signal processors make this discernment and filtering possible and are typically used during the mixing and pre-mixing phases. The signal processors are vital in the proper set up of musical instruments. Collectively, they are used to define how the  sounds of instruments are turned into a wave. Then the mixing is used to optimize the quality of the sound of the instruments.

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Making it Work: How to Finish Your CD

Let’s face it: the recording process isn’t easy, particularly if you are working out of your home or have a small operation. Repetition is part of daily life, and it is often a struggle to pick out the levels and the parts of each instrument. It takes a long time to get to where you want to be, so you must have persistence.

Many bands try and fail to finish a CD. It takes them years to put out an album. This is all due to the fact that recording is so difficult. You have to pay attention to the smallest details and you are often completing the same tasks over and over again. It is easy to feel less than passionate about a song when you have listened to it a hundred times. And, it is easy for band members to get sick of the job when it seems never-ending.

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Equalizing Instruments To Keep A Good Balance

If you are performing or rehearsing with a group, then you know automatically that the final step before taking the stage is ensuring that everything blends together.  Nothing kills a musical performance more than when you don’t have the correct fit.  Many of you have no doubt experienced attending a performance when a female voice took over the whole band or noticed one of the mics had prevented the other instrumentation from being able to get into the proper groove.

In terms of finding the right balance, recording is exactly the same.  This occurs in two different areas.  One is the physical recording, which gets balanced through the use of equalizers, or EQs.  When working inside your studio, you need to ensure that you stay aware of what those sound levels are in your recording since it will make a huge difference in how the sound ends up.

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