Excerpted from the 3rd edition of Disc Makers’ revised and expanded Home Studio Handbook, these basic recording tips will help you make the most of your studio time. Read the post.
Different types of mics are categorized by the type of element used. The most common mics used in an audio recording situation are condensers, electret (condenser), ribbon, and dynamic. Differnt mics also have various pickup patterns (or polar patterns), which refers to breadth of a microphone’s area of concentration. In other words, it refers to how sensitive the microphone is to picking up a sound source relative to it’s central axis. Most mics have a fixed pattern, though many studio mics include a range of pickup pattern choices, typically by way of a switch on the mic.
For the recording enthusiast who has endeavored to outfit space in his/her home for the purpose of recording music, step two is amassing the studio gear for the task at hand. And yes, recording equipment and accessories are much more affordable than ever, but you’re still going to spend a chunk of money before you’re ready to hang a shingle and call your buddies over to record at your project studio.
The dividing line between what used to be referred to as “home studio” vs. “professional” recording gear is barely discernable – and the performance and specs of nearly all of the contenders in the home recording marketplace are now near parity. As a result, the differences that distinguish one model from another are often the user interface, the quality of tech support, and whether or not there’s an established user base that can offer ideas and tips for how best to use any particular system. Read more.
This post was updated September 2018. Ready to learn how to record your music in your own home studio? Looking for advice on recording and music equipment, acoustics and mixing? We’ve got a ton of guides, blog posts, and articles we’ve published over the past few years, and we’ve collected most of them here for you. Read more.
If you decide to convert space in your home to function as a project studio, it’s easy to spend a lot of money before you plug in your first microphone – but that doesn’t mean your dream of a quality recording space in your home needs to end before it begins. Read the post.