The Secret To Getting Ahead... Is Getting Started
It's In The Way That You Use It...
Taking The Plunge...
- Choose a DAW. Your Digital Audio Workstation is the program you will be doing the majority of your production in. These include:
- Digital Performer
- Studio One
- Choose an Interface. The interface you choose will depend on both your budget and how many audio tracks you plan on recording at any one time. Here are some companies to look into:
- Universal Audio
- Antelope Audio
- Choose a Set of Speakers. It's been said that 70% of the results you get are based on the speakers you use. Do not skimp on your speakers. Here are some companies to look into:
- Purchase all the Cabling necessary to connect your instrument, microphones, and/or midi controller to your interface, your interface to your computer, and your interface to your speakers.
- Learn The Basics of Navigating your DAW. At the very minimum, here are 6 processes that you must know no matter which DAW you work in.
- Setting the Audio Inputs and Outputs Correctly
- Arming and Recording an Audio/MIDI Track
- Editing an Audio/MIDI File
- Creating Crossfades
- Adjusting Pan and Levels
- Using the Included EQ, Compression, Reverb & Delay Plug-ins as well as Virtual Instruments
Expanding Your Sonic Palette
- High Quality Microphone. The sound quality starts at the microphone, so invest in a good one.
- Preamp. I recommend using an external preamp over the onboard preamp in your interface. Like a high quality microphone, a high quality external preamp will really give your audio signal some sheen.
- Compressor. This is a personal preference, but sending signal through an external compressor after your preamp, and prior to your interface converting the analog signal to digital, can make a major difference when recording vocals and acoustic instruments.
- Plug-ins. Instead of just randomly buying a plug-in pack, after you've become familiar with the plug-ins that came with your DAW, you'll have a clear idea on what you'll need in order to complement the ones you already have.
- Virtual Instruments. Most DAWs come with some pretty impressive Virtual Instruments. After you've experimented with them, you'll have an idea of what third party ones you'll want in order to complete your arsenal of sounds.
Overcoming the Overwhelm...
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