We all have to admit that digital recorders are more convenient than tape recorder in the end. When it comes to buying one, you may be confused since they have so many different features, types and serve different jobs. If your job need a digital recorder software, which one you will be needing? So now, to save you from the pit, I make a list of things you should consider before purchasing any DVR.
You may not know but there are some digital recorders that are able to record up to 450 – 500 hours. Yeah and you will probably be amazed, and attracted to these things. Well it’s only a market trick, don’t be fooled, guys. In this feature, take note to yourself that the more quality you want, the less recording time you’ll get. Read carefully if there is any prescription about the total time recording in high quality. You are surely like the best stuff since it also means that the transcriptions, if you need, will be at the higher chance to be right. Who doesn’t want a right transcription, I mean. Then don’t believe too much in what the seller tells you but check that yourself. Don’t end up buying low-quality stuffs~
Begin with base good gear:The base of a good recording is a pair of a good audio interface and a good microphone. It’s no use spending a fortune on a mic, but at least don’t buy a trashy thing. A decent mic will do. Similarly with he audio interface, its preamps should be clear so as to give minimal noise in your record. Like I said, your recording software should begin good condition and easy to use, so that it wouldn’t take so long to render your track. Before recording, take a look check all your equipment to avoid any issues.
Have you ever wondered about the music in your phones, your computer, where did they come from? You recorded an audio file and out of the blue, you wonder how can you do that? Thanks to the development of the technology, nowadays we can get to enjoy all these kinds of digital sound and stuff. So, let’s take a look at the history.
In this era, acoustic recording studios were very simple, little and basic equipment. They have essentially soundproofed recording rooms that keep the artist from the noise outside. During this time it was pretty common for recording process to be done in any location that is isolated enough, such as a local ballroom, and people bring along their portable acoustic gear.
Thanks to the invention of microphone, the mixing desk, and the electronic amplifier, loud speakers… along with their commercial presentation, the recording industry has stepped to another level that the ancient mechanical acoustic recording style almost disappeared.
There is one question that always bothers musicians with home gear: Should I take this to the studio or just stay home and do it myself? Yeah, anyone wants to have their whole album made at the studio, right? But not everyone can afford that. So what now?
The Project Triangle.
Has anyone told you about the Project Triangle? Engineers often use this tool to illustrate the goals of the project. On top you will be placing the word “good”, then at the left point you put the word “fast” and the right you put the word “cheap”. It’s obvious that there are three, but you can only choose two of it. Either cheap and fast, or fast and good, or good and cheap. No matter what you’re gonna do, you’re going to have to sacrifice one item (which I hope is not “good” because… you need it, dude). The point is, I’m telling you, you can have all of it: a studio quality recording AND doing most of the work at home. Well, IF you know what’s best to do where.
- Set up your home studio:
To build your home studio, you are gonna need some specific equipment. I’m gonna list below the most crucial gear, but you can also buy more to intensify your sound system.
- Audio interface
- DAW software
- Digital keyboard
- Studio monitors
#Tips1: First and foremost, your guitar must be in its best condition. Before recording, check both the intonation and turning, even better if you can use new properly fitted strings for it. It doesn’t make sense when some artists keep using the old strings and tuning up and stuffs. It won’t work that way. Some even claim that the tone can be fixed in the mixing process, so it doesn’t matter. Well more often than not, it does. Avoid overlapping the turn since the tuning will slip if anything around the tuning machine don’t peg. And before turning again, or at the end, stretch the string as much as you can. Either you change the gauche or brand of strings you’ve been using, don’t forget to re-check the octave tuning on all six strings in order not to ruin the intonation.
#Tips2: Electric guitars with single-coil pickups will cause hum interference using equipment containing transformers. So, the best way in the situation is stay as far as possible from the interfering equipment and find the angle where you receive the least hum. You know the rules, “the more overdrive you use, the more serious the effect of interference”. Especially with computer monitors, ones that cause the most serious interferences with guitar pickups. I advise you to stay away from them, but it’s better not turn them on. Even when the monitor is in energy-saving mode, it can still cause interference because it is still powered.