If you're a computer geek like me, or if you like cool looking hardware, I think you'll get a kick out of today's blog post. Today I'm going to take you on a tour of my one of a kind, custom built studio PC. One of the key aspects of a home studio is the PC (or Mac) that'll serve as the hub for all your music making activity. With as demanding as modern DAW software can be, never mind all the plugins you'll want to run, as fast as you can afford is usually the best type of co
Sometimes, spending more on something simply means you wasted money because another less expensive item would have worked just as well. But, this is not one of those stories, much to my wife's and those hoping for a good budget story's chagrin :-).
One of my first blog posts was about my first mic that I bought, a budget $150 AudioTechnica. For what it is, and what I was able to spend at the time, it was pretty good. Recently though, I wanted to have more vocal pieces in m
You need some equipment to get started in a home studio, but one super important part of the setup is the room you're in. Pretty much every room will need some help to sound its best. There's a great tutorial on this over at E-Home Recording Studio. The way you acoustically treat the room can drastically change the way you hear sounds and will affect both recording (if you're doing that in the space) and mixing/mastering. Theoretically, if you're doing everything "in the box"
Now that we've got some software, an audio interface, and some speakers - let's take a look at headphones.I know its been a while. Lots of changes for the home studio, and our media business, but more on that later. For me, and I think for most home studios, a good set of headphones is imperative. There may be a time when you really need hear the details in your mix, or try to drown out the distracting noises in your house, and for this a solid pair of headphones is invaluab
Want to make some music? Here's what I use, and what I've learned, in creating my little homestudio work space and getting the first EP actually published and out there for people to hear. My plan is to have this be an ongoing series so that as 7-DAYZ grows it shows the progression in what I've learned, the gear I'm using, and my process. Hopefully, it will help you take a few shortcuts or give you a good reference point for starting your own musical journey. For a long time
So there I was. Two broken, old 1980's vintage speakers, which had been further damaged by my poor skills at wood staining. There were drips everywhere. Dried drips. And they were black, but not nice black - ugly-half-glossy-botched-stain-job black. All appeared lost. But as Capt. Peter Quincy Taggart would say - "Never give up. Never surrender!" Out came the sand paper - but this time I was determined not to have all the stain bead up on the oak veneer because I didn't sand
So I (re) made some. My dad had a pair of old Infinity speakers he'd gotten from a cousin many years ago - sadly these speakers initially came to our family because his cousin committed suicide and left his nice audio gear to my dad.
We used them growing up. I didn't know a thing about what made audio gear good or bad at the time, but my siblings and I loved that they'd get turned up with the Mannheim Steamroller blaring at Christmas time - they sounded great. Then one fate
A new audio toy has arrived. My new home studio mic came and I got it hooked up today. It's an essential piece of gear as I continue to build out my home studio - at least that's what I told my wife ;-).
I went with the Audio Technica 2035 for a couple of reasons, and so far I'm very happy with it. I wanted something I could record EDM vocals, voice overs for my YouTube channel, and also use to record my acoustic piano if I ever wanted. For those reasons I went for more of