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Build Your Own Home Recording Studio the Easy Way

It does not take an Einstein descendant these days to construct his very own recording studio. But for someone who is about to start a business of its own, is it very difficult to take a leap start. Without a guide, or someone that can serve as a mentor, you will probably undergo a lot of headaches even before your studio can be utilized. More often than not, not only you will experience the hassles but as well suffer an evacuated savings account, as a starter would spend a thousand bucks to open a recording studio. A business planted inside your very own home saves you a lot from rental fees, but the other equipment and gears would cost you plenty of money.

Revolution of software

Gone are the days wherein you packed your place with plenty of hardware-outboard processors, Multi-track recorders, mixers, and loads and loads of cables. They are still important, and their usage is not yet out question. But if we are talking about necessity here, it has trimmed down ever since the invention of the software almighty. A single software can perform the functions of five (or six) hardware altogether. Almost everything is being taken cared of that software. And you can skimp on space too. You do not have to buy those expensive, space occupying hardware anymore. Obtain nice recording software and your studio is a mile short from being ready.

A computer is urgent

Recording software would never work without this hardware-a computer. This is the most important hardware of all times when you have a studio recording business. You choose between a Mac, or a PC. It is your choice. Some software agrees on Mac alone, while others run smoothly with PC. If you want less expensive, go for a PC. However, Mac you will not be interfered with virus injuries. Pick whatever suits your taste, comfort and type, as long you do not skimp on the computer memory and RAM. Higher than 100 gigabytes will do good, but you can go mightier than that. Motto: the bigger the gigs the better.

The other hardware

There are hardware in which their importance will never be outshone. Grab good qualities of both dynamic and condenser microphones, Pre-amplifiers, sound-cards, MIDI interface, and studio monitors in the market. Ask, canvass and compare. Either you have the extra cash or not, go for the expensive ones as they will surely deliver great quality of help. Purchasing less pricey gears require frequent upgrades, and this will steal more money than you thought of.

These are the basic reminders when preparing of building your recording studio business inside your home. You do not need to think a lot of materials. After the successful launch of your recording enterprise, you will have a great deal of time to upgrade it.

-By: Dan Morrison

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CD Mixing Tips – 10 Tips to Get Your Music Mixes Rockin

With the widespread availability of affordable computers and powerful software for music mixing, the average musician is now able to set up a reasonably decent home studio on a relatively small budget. However, even though the software is extremely powerful and versatile, what seem to be missing are tips on how to create a great mix.

So, without any more fanfare, let us get right down to the 10 mixing tips you can try IMMEDIATELY to improve the quality of your mixes:

  1. While mixing, keep a close eye (and ear) on all those plug-ins. Each one of them will distort if the output signal exceeds the acceptable threshold level. Because the output meters are out of sight when the plug-ins are closed, it is fairly easy to be unaware of the distortion, all of which can absolutely ruin your mixes.
  2. Make use of the high-pass filter found on many equalizers to cut off the low frequencies on tracks that do not need the presence of low frequencies (e.g. frequencies below 100Hz) in order to sound right in the mix. These include vocals, hi-hats, keyboards, etc. Of course, all this depends on the song itself. For example, if you are mixing a song that is just piano or guitar and voice you might run a high-pass filter much lower down, around 40Hz or so, in order to maintain some of the bottom end in the mix. However, even the bass and kick drum can be improved by rolling off frequencies below 20Hz. Most project studio mixes sound terrible because there are too many sounds competing for space in the lower frequencies. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can use a low-pass filter on instruments like bass and kick drum that do not need the presence of high frequencies.
  3. Try using compression to even out volume variations and control the attack of a sound. Using a FAST attack will accentuate the body of a sound, while using a SLOW attack will increase the definition. Bass, kick drums and vocals tend to benefit most from compression, although you should listen to all your tracks with and without compression to see what works best. Keep an eye on the other settings on the compressor (Input, Release, Threshold, Ratio, Output Gain) since these can dramatically affect the results you are trying to achieve. It’s also important to remember that compression can raise the level of background noise in your mix as well as accentuate sibilance (esssssss’s) in the vocals. It may help to place a de-esser after the compressor to take care of excessive sibilance.
  4. Listen for tracks that can be cleaned up by scooping out (reducing) the frequencies between 150 – 300 Hz. This is generally where the ‘mud’ tends to be in most tracks. Be careful when you do this however, since this can also be where the meat or warmth resides on some tracks. Listen for the track(s) that can benefit most from this action, and do not scoop out too much of the track or else your mixes will start to sound thin.
  5. Always listen to your mixes IN CONTEXT! It doesn’t matter how great that kick drum sounds by itself if it sounds terrible once you turn everything else up. Its okay to solo a track briefly to get a sense of what is happening to the sound as you apply processing, but only do that for a few bars and then listen to it with everything else in context.
  6. A parametric equalizer is an extremely powerful signal processing tool used to sculpt sound. It is generally better to cut (reduce) than it is to boost (add) frequencies, although you should always do what is right for a particular track. Begin by making the track sound terrible (by boosting a specific frequency dramatically and sweeping slowly across the spectrum at a fairly narrow bandwidth as you listen), and than cutting the frequency that sounds bad in order to reduce the presence of the ‘bad’ sound. Do that several times using each band, listening for when a cut or a boost is necessary, until you either run out of ‘bands’ or don’t need to make any more cut/boost corrections. Don’t feel the need to use every band available, though. When using EQ and other signal processors, less processing tends to be more beneficial to the overall sound of the mix (i.e. less is more).
  7. Don’t mix entirely in headphones, or at extremely loud volumes through your monitors. Spend most of your time mixing at moderate and even low volumes, occasionally cranking it up to see how things move at those high energy levels. Try listening to your mixes through several different headphones (which can pick up clicks and pops not heard in the monitors) and at different volume levels through the monitors, as well as on different monitors if possible. The mix will surely sound different on the different systems, but the objective is to get things to sound good on all systems, not great on some and terrible on others. Occasionally walk away from the monitors and listen to your mix from another room. This gives you another perspective on level imbalances not apparent inside your normal mixing environment.
  8. Concentrate on the busiest parts of your mixes first. This may be the hook (chorus), or bridge section, and this is where your mixes tend to get away from you the most. As you listen, make a determination as to whether or not EVERY SINGLE TRACK and EVERY SINGLE LAYER absolutely NEEDS to be in the mix ALL THE TIME. Mute / un-mute and add / remove tracks one at a time to evaluate their contribution to the impact of the song. It may be necessary to strip away some of those layers in order for your mix to sound more punchy and energetic.
  9. Make good use of automation. If that is too complicated (based on your understanding of your music mixing software) you can try breaking up your tracks into song sections (e.g. VOCAL intro, VOCAL verse 1, VOCAL B-section, VOCAL hook, VOCAL verse 2, VOCAL bridge, etc). The reason for this is that the signal processing and volume / pan settings that work for a track in one section of the song (e.g. VOCAL verse 1) may not necessarily be right for another section (e.g. VOCAL hook). In this instance, you may need to set your EQ, chorus, compression, reverb, pan, and volume settings differently for the different song sections. The same may apply to other instruments as well.
  10. Tune your instruments often during your recording session, or at least CHECK the tuning often. Even though this is a no-brainer for bass and guitars, don’t forget that even drums (kick, toms, and snare) need to be tuned in order to sound their best. No matter how well you process the tracks for your mix, out-of-tune instruments will distract the listener and contribute to the impression that the mix sucks! It is sometimes possible to tune your instruments after the fact, but that time could be better spent on other crucial areas of your mix.

And there you have it! Try out some of these mixing tips and you will find yourself on the way to better mixes in no time.

copyright 2007 Jeremy Rwakaara

-By: Jeremy Rwakaara

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Music Production – How to Get a Professional Sound

music production is carried out by a professional production team. No matter whether you have a single song or a complete album you want produced, hiring a music production company is a smart choice if you want a top quality professional sound.

This side of the music industry is very competitive, so if you shop around a little you are sure to get the results you want at a price you can afford. A good producer will help you control the recording process from start to finish.

Production usually starts with a basic outline of your song. Many producers only need to hear a simple version of the song with either guitar or piano backing to get a sense of how to enhance and present your music and help you produce a professional track. But don’t worry if you don’t have any instrumental backing – professional music production companies will be able to supply musicians and create a backing track for you.

Once a producer has a rough sketch of your song along with an idea of how you think it should sound they will then bring in session musicians or programme up a guide backing track, or a combination of the two. You will then be able to review this version. This will not be the finished product, so you can change things around if you feel something is not working quite right.

At this point you would be encouraged to sing along and see how it feels, and make any changes in terms of key and tempo.

Once sketch stage has been sorted out, the producer will record a final version of the backing track, incorporating the instruments you want used for backing with the song, drums, keyboard or guitars – the choice is up to you and your budget.

Throughout the process you can decide whether it’s the sound you were looking to create and advise the producer of any changes you feel necessary – after all, you are the client.

After this, it’s time to put the vocals together with the music. Sometimes you will record the vocals yourself, but other times you may hire a session singer. Production companies have this eventuality covered as well; as they generally have a selection of singers they can call on in many different vocal styles to suit any sound or genre.

Once everything has been brought together, you should get your final mix within a few days. Often the producer will deliver the final mix of your song or musical masterpiece to you through the use of a link you can listen to and then download.

Here is a sample of the sort of things a production team can offer you;

  • Fine quality recordings: your finished song or track will be of CD and Radio quality.
  • Top musicians: Whether its drums, guitars or keyboard, producers have access to professional session musicians.
  • Production Professionals: You’ll have your very own producer who will oversee every step of the process.
  • Complete control: If you’re not happy with any phase of the work you can ask for it to be changed or done again.
  • Fast efficient service: Generally, you could have a finished song in less than two weeks.

If you are after professional results seek out the services of a professional music production company. It will pay dividends are the hard work is done.

-By: Alan De Vendra

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