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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Record Music At Home

So you want to start your own music recording studio at home. This can be very simple for people who thrive on the technicalities of any equipment, but for the rest of us, the process might not be that easy. This article gives you the basics of the studio equipment purchase and set up; for more elaborate understanding you could refer to the scores of books available on the topic.

Purchase of equipments for your home studio is the first thing to consider and it is the least daunting of the entire process. Thanks to the intense competition in this market, you will easily get most of the equipments on discounts. You should always try to check out how well the equipments are working in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises at home. You could also use the trial period offer and return the goods if they are not to your liking.

Often second hand purchases are perfect for the first music recording studio setting – the equipments will be very cheap and you will be able to learn and improvise before trying for the brand new costlier ones. Naturally, you will have to be careful when dealing with such transactions, but if you are savvy enough, you will get some good equipment from auction sites like eBay. Try not to buy equipments that are too old as electronic goods tend to have a limited life span. You should also check all the switches and other parts for wear and tear. Too loose parts can signal the poor condition of the recording studio equipments.

You could look at the manual to find out how worn out the equipments are. Ideally, the whole set of equipments must be cleaned and set to appropriate levels for optimum recordings. Again, if you are purchasing them from overseas, you may have to be careful about the voltage levels, as different countries follow different standards. So always check with your seller and also check every instruction in the manual before plugging in. You do not want your costly purchase to be destroyed due to a minor oversight.

After the purchase is successfully made, you can look into the manual for the exact settings needed to ensure the optimum working conditions for the studio. You have to set the correct level of the signal in order to prevent any unnecessary loud noises during recordings. Noise is a common problem in recording studios and you must try to minimize it as much as possible. Every device can be a culprit in noise creation, leading to distortions. Since it is impossible to turn off all the noise, the best you can do is set the desired signal at the correct level.

Another important noise distorter is the microphone. You will have to set the microphones at the correct level too, depending upon the instrument it will be placed near to. Besides, different microphones give different signals near the same instruments. Hence you may have to use a device called mic pre-map to handle such problems.

These ideas are very basic at best, and home recording enthusiasts can get more detailed information from the manual itself and also from the experts in this field.

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