Term: equipment
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Studio equipment: How having the right gear will make you better

By mic on 8/21/2013

Guest post by Aurora Johnson on behalf of IT Rentals. IT rentals offers professional sound, IT, and AV equipment for hire.

If you want to be able to record and produce music from the comfort of your own home, whether you’re a solo singer/songwriter or part of a band, it’s vital that you invest in the right equipment.

Balanced audio and XLR

By mic on 11/8/2009

I am not an expert on this, but the topic keeps coming up every now and then. Some time ago I talked to a movie producer friend about his sound setup. He mentioned many interesting things. The one specific thing that caught my attention was: "unbalanced XLRs". I looked around for info on balanced signals and XLRs. This is what I learned.

Guitar necks

By mic on 7/17/2009

I play relatively cheap acoustic guitars when practicing at home. The sound is not so important, the comfort is. Up to a year ago I was playing a Jasmine by Takamine, model no. ES33C, acoustic-electric made in Korea. It goes for about $200.


Mixing with the Line 6 PODxt

By mic on 1/5/2008

This blog initially was about recording on the cheap. And mixing with the Line 6 PODxt is cheap. We use the POD mainly to get a good reverb and some equalizing and we do not want to pay for alternatives.


A new strat neck (again)

By mic on 10/29/2007

Some time ago I wrote about ordering a new strat neck from Warmoth Direct. I ordered a maple-rosewood neck, with boat contour, brass/nickel medium jumbo frets, compound radius, corian nut, a truss rod, no binding, clear gloss finish, etc. The neck arrived promptly, looked just as I ordered, and felt as I expected. The rosewood looked a bit cracked, but maybe that is just the way it was supposed to be. There was one problem with the neck though: the keys were not mounted on.


A new strat neck

By mic on 8/19/2007

I still want to write some more about reverb, but I decided that now will be a good time to take a break. So I will write a bit about my newest purchase – a custom made neck for my strat.


Our cheap home studio setup – the soundcard

By mic on 9/11/2006

The good soundcard is also a must for home recording. Standard soundcards that come with contemporary computers are not great. They do not have a good frequency response. They are not shielded. They do not have the necessary inputs. Unless you are recording only simple demos you should look for a better soundcard. There are many good soundcards and they all have various characteristics. Some characteristics are easy to explain and some are more complex. I will list some of the obvious ones: number and type of inputs, mixing consoles, and so on. I will skip esoteric ones such as signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio and analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion accuracy, as those will not help you in choosing the best sound – it is difficult to understand how those affect sound quality anyway.

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