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Even the baseline unit is more than enough. Your audio interface is the heart of your home recording studio. Interfaces vary widely in features. Some have knobs to adjust the volume of your speakers and microphones. Others accomplish this through a software control panel. This is where high-end interfaces often differ from cheaper ones.
The more preamps, the more microphones you can record at once. To record drums or people playing together, go for 4 or more. When it comes to mic preamps, people get distracted by quantity. They think more is better, so they buy cheap interfaces with 8 preamps.
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Cheap preamps will add noise and distortion to your recordings. This will become a permanent part of your tracks, and it can add a harsh, brittle quality to your music. Quality is more important than quantity. Avoid cheap interfaces with 8 preamps. Instead, go for an interface with 4 or 2. You can then use software to shape the tone.
Pro Tip: This is an essential feature, and almost all interfaces have one. Make sure your computer has a free port of that type available. Microphones are the ears of your home recording studio. They convert sound into electricity which gets sent to your interface.
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Microphones work the same way. One might sound better than another in a specific situation. Avoid them. If you plan on recording lots of guitar amps, you may want to invest in an additional microphone. The Shure SM Studio monitors are speakers designed for use in home recording studios. These are different than the speakers you might buy for your living room. Whereas consumer speakers often flatter and enhance the sound, studio monitors are neutral and uncolored.
Great studio monitors will force you to work harder to craft a mix that sounds good. This will lead to tracks that sound great on a variety of different speakers, not just ones that sweeten or hype up the sound. There are, however, other uses for headphones.
Speakers need an amplifier to produce sound. If a speaker is active, it means the amplifier is built-in. This makes active speakers completely self-contained—you just need to plug them into the wall and your interface. On the other hand, passive speakers need a separate power amp to function.
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I would avoid them, as they add another piece of equipment to your home recording studio. Near-field monitors are built to be used in close quarters, like a home studio. Mid-field and far-field monitors are built to be placed farther away from your ears, and are more suitable for larger spaces. Go for a pair of near-fields unless you live in a castle. Most studio monitors have a fairly flat frequency response.
How To Set Up a Home Recording Studio: The Complete Guide
However, even the flattest studio monitors will sound different in your home recording studio room acoustics affect speakers dramatically. You can always use software like Sonarworks Reference 3 to flatten things out later on. Pay attention to how far the speakers extend down the frequency spectrum.
This will often be quoted as the bottom number in a range from 40 Hz to 20 kHz, for example.
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Try to find speakers that extend to 40 Hz or below. Make sure these are the same type of connectors your interface uses. Headphones are an invaluable studio ally. You can use them while overdubbing , mixing, or to avoid disturbing your neighbors. Like studio monitors, studio headphones are designed to be tonally neutral.
Open-back headphones have perforations on the outside of each cup which allow sound to pass through easily. They typically sound better than closed-back headphones, and are the preferred choice for mixing. On the other hand, closed-back headphones have a hard enclosure that prevents sound from escaping. This makes them a better choice for recording, when maximum isolation is needed.
T Prior , May 7, May 8, Yeah, find a refurbed quadcore mini and you'll be in real good shape. I had to upgrade the RAM in mine, but it was worth it and super easy to do. I spent about a decade recording on Linux PCs, and the support finally got so poor that I had to switch. It hurt my open-source punkrock feelings to do it, but I'm not sorry. It's rock solid, it plays nice with most hardware and software, PLUS it's tiny.
Audio Esoterica , May 8, I saw this at GC a few months ago and it really peaked my interest. What made me decide against it is the mics that came with it. The set I saw came with Sterling mics and that was just something I wasn't interested in. I have plenty of decent condensor mics and it would be cheaper for me to just buy the Mac Mini and what else I needed individually. MDMachiavelli , May 8, Got it. Everything loaded and is working. Just had to get a DVD burner. Good for you and have fun with it!
What are the specs on the mac mini? Rolling Estonian , May 8, Personally I'd have pieced things together individually, but the basic jist of things is pretty good. I've got an early Mac Mini that I still like for recording. Hellmark , May 8, The important thing is, now you got the basics to get going.