Wednesday, January 12, 2011

what do we need to strat our own music production (home studio ) ?




1 Write a plan of what you want to do. Do you want to build a recording studio? Is it a singing booth? Is it an engineering booth? Is it for computer based music production? Knowing
what you want before you start can help you decide which equipment you will need.



2 Acquire the appropriate equipment, such as: amplifiers, microphones, mixers, electric instruments, cables for connecting it all together.
A modern computer built or purchased within the past 3 years should be sufficient.

We Recommend : Any desktop with ( 8gb RAM, 1terra HDD, Intel® Core2 Duo 3.2 or Quad core 2.0, VGA 1gb up to 2 gb )
If possible, acquire a working high-quality soundcard, such as an M-Audio Fast Track Pro or DigiDesign Mbox 2 Mini. Creative Labs DOES have a Pro Music line called EMU. I'd recommend a 1212M PCI system if you were going to go that route.

Monitor speakers are helpful if you are looking to stick with this for more than a hobby. I recommend the M-Audio Studiophile BX8a's, KRK RP-8 Rokit, and if you've got money to burn, the Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors.

If you're into hip hop, techno, or dance music, a set of turntables will be needed to record your sets or scratches on the fly.
A midi keyboard will be useful if you want to use midi software (which you can use to write bass lines, piano parts and drum beats) Nothing fancy is needed, but each person will have their own preference.

We Recommend : ULTRA NOVA or AXIOM 61



3 Buy or download music-editing software for your PC. The following are recommended Reason, Pro Tools (comes with Mbox 2 Mini), Cubase, Ableton Live . If you have a fairly new Mac, it will already have GarageBand preinstalled. This will work well, although if you want to be more professional you can also buy Logic. Play with it, learn the keyboard shortcuts.


4 Select a room in your house. Sound-proof it if possible. If not, try to use special carpet or insulation that can at least reduce external noise.


5 Connect everything up. This is where most of the genius (and perspiration!) comes in. In general, keep it as simple as possible. For best playback quality run from the sound card into a mixer or amplifier and then to your monitor speakers. For best recording quality, run instruments/mics into a mixer(make sure you are getting a clean, clear, undistorted signal) then run from the mixer into the sound card.


6 Learn how to record a sound from an input line and how to arrange pre-recorded sounds. Also learn how to turn an arrangement into a .wav or .mp3 file. (After all, eventually we want to make a CD with all this awesome music!)


7 Start writing simple tracks. Start off with a drumbeat. Add a bassline or piano or vocal track. Start mixing. Explore! It's all about experimentation. At the beginning, you don't have to write a masterpiece - just focus on having fun!

8 Once you've learnt the basics, start breaking it down. Lay a bunch of tracks together. Experiment with processed effects. Experiment with plugins, loops, new hardware and anything else you can get your hands onto.

If you have trouble with any of the above, pick up a Mixing / Studio Book or get online courses . It will help you understand the underlying concepts needed to keep you going for a lifetime.