How to Make a Digital Recording Studio

Type of digital recording studio

In this case, of course, some of you already know that a digital recording studio is generally divided into two types, namely a digital home recording studio and professional digital recording studio.

Electing to build a studio of one of the types mentioned above must be done in accordance with the needs/functions, and of course, adjusted to the funds you have.

The purpose of the function is based on whether the studio will be used to record only, for recording and mixing, or for recording, mixing, and mastering.

Equipment necessary to make a studio recording

Here’s some additional information, for those of you who are beginners, about what types of devices are usually used during recording, which may give consideration to those of you who want to start making a music studio, whether at home or in your place of business.

1. Microphone

A microphone is used during the recording of vocal sound, or to record musical instruments, such as drums, acoustic guitar, and electric guitars, and various other musical instruments.

The technique of microphone placement position and direction, towards the sound source from the amplifier or directly from a music instrument, is to be noted, as this should be in accordance with the type of microphone conditioning and the type of music instrument you would record.

A microphone is frequently used to record the type of condenser microphone because this type of microphone has a high sensitivity to sounds in the environment around the microphone located in the coverage area.

2. Audio Mixer

An audio mixer is used as a tool to mix the various audio signals, such as guitar, bass, keyboard, vocal, and drum set. The audio mixer allows us to be able to do the musical recording of instruments simultaneously (live), or do one at a time (tracking).

Audio mixers can be relatively expensive. You can still use the audio mixer in your home studio, using a digital audio mixer, or simply use the software that you can instantly install in your computer.

Although in the form of software, you can still use the features and results as well as analog audio mixer types, which determine the good and the bad aspects of a recording, depending on the skills you have to do the audio mixing.

3. Equalizer

The equalizer is basically used as a tool that serves to raise or eliminate certain frequencies from the musical instrument that will be recorded. Because each instrument has a different characteristic frequency of music, no overlap can be set by using the equalizer, so any sound of music instrument can sound good and are not mutually dominant over each other.

4. Audio Reverb

Audio reverb serves to give the impression or the nuances of sound that are issued by any music instrument that will be recorded.

Audio reverb also serves to strengthen the weak bandwidth and high bandwidth characteristics as well as upon the high tones and low tones.

So the sound coming from any instrument to record music will sound more uniform or fused, so the sound will be recorded from any music instrument as a single product, besides that this tool also serves as an instrument to generate any sound of music or vocals that are buried.

5. Audio Compressor

Audio compressors serve as instruments for stabilizing voice in the recording process where during recording, an audio compressor is used before the signal enters a tape or disk.

An audio compressor can also be regarded as an instrument that serves to keep out each incoming signal, in order to avoid digital clipping.

6. Computer equipment for the digital home recording studio

Computers are very important in the process of recording because, all the existing audio signals will go into and be store in the computer hard drive, which will then do the mixing process, premastering, and mastering.

To perform a recording you can select the type of desktop computer/PC/Mac by using a type of Notebook/Macbook.

But it is more advisable to buy a PC-type computer, in which case it will be easier when making additions or upgrades to several types of hardware, if one day it is required. This is because the computer technology in development can be very fast.

The recommended minimum computer specifications for digital recording

Processor: adjusted to the type of operating system to be used on your computer.

RAM: 2GB (it would be better if you choose a motherboard that has two to four slots of memory or more, so that you can do more than two GB memory upgrade, if one day it is needed).

Hard drive: 8GB of free hard disk space (in this case you can buy 200GB hard drivers with capacities up to 500GB or above, according to the funds you have or how much data you will save).

DVD-ROM: dual layer drive (can be used for both reading and writing the data to a CD or DVD).

Display Monitor: Advisable to use a monitor with a resolution of 1280 x 800 or more. Select the type of LCD or flat, reasons that the monitor tube is seldom sold now, but its monitors take up much space so that the tube could be said to be less efficient.

Sound Card: Sound cards generally consist of several types, namely onboard (included with the main board time of purchase), PCI (internal sound card), and the type of USB and Firewire which can be regarded as an external sound card.

All types can match you with the funds you have, for internal or external sound card type are almost as good, whereas you should consider when choosing a resolution or sample rate owned by the sound card, which is 16bit, 24bit, 32bit, and even 64bit, to note that the greater the resolution you select, the better the quality you will get.

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