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Everything posted by TimOBrien

  1. Before you start throwing around money (gets REAL expensive to buy gear that you dont need), get a basic book and learn how it all works: http://www.amazon.com/Home-Recording-Musicians-Dummies-Strong/dp/111810689X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414165617&sr=1-1&keywords=home+recording+for+dummies
  2. For $65 you can get it evaluated and if it's trash musically, make it into a lamp...
  3. No real differences now, Phil. Reaper is an excellent cross-platform solution (and they're even working on a Linux version, too.)
  4. Buy an interface, some monitors, download Reaper and get making music. If you're unfamiliar with the technolgy, I highly suggest you get some of the beginner books (this is not a 'computer does it all for you' hobby)
  5. I moved from Reaper on Windows to Reaper on Mac with zero problems. All sessions use standard wav files and there are no real differences between the platforms. Of course there may be commercial plugins you use that won't be available from one to the other (the settings for the Reaper built-in plugs work just fine) but anything that is written for both platforms will be fine.
  6. Dont understand your confusion. The Scarlet replaces all functions of your internal soundcard; you hook the monitors and mics up to it. Read the directions or get a basic digital recording book if this confuses you...
  7. Very nice. I'm itching for a soprano right now but just cant justify a $4500 sop. I do love my 82Z tenor tho; Yamaha does makes a great product.
  8. Open catalog; get one of everything. Seriously, you get tools/stuff to solve problems. Get to work and when you need something, get it.
  9. Yes, but I would go to 16gb of ram (best to just max it out... upgrading later will be more expensive. And don't buy ram from apple, install it yourself, it's much cheaper.) And you'll want to put 2 or 3 external 7200rpm usb3 drives on it. Best setup for any daw: Os, apps and plugins on boot drive, Sample libraries on second independent drive (if you use them), Audio projects and tracks on another independent drive.
  10. Too bad they didn't include Julie Andrews on the chart. Her range was a couple of octaves more than Axl's....
  11. Type of pipe into the computer means nothing. Everything is up to the manufacture and how they made their hardware and drivers. You cannot just say "this uses port A so it's faster".
  12. What on earth is "slew" ? I don't know, what's slew with you?
  13. Why not? You can try it out all you want and make up your own mind, sequencer choice is purely subjective as they all do the same basic functions. (by the way, you DO know that the guys behind Reaper originally wrote ACID, didn't you??)
  14. One of my buds started going bald in High School. By 22 he had the classic 'strip around the ears'. Nothing you can do about it...
  15. The original "Mission Impossible" theme was 5/4 (had to break out laughing when the Cruise movie changed it to 4/4. Amatures.)
  16. Look at the label on the power supply. If it says 9vac, there's your problem. If the plug is wired polarity-backward with + going to minus, there's your problem. If you check it with a voltmeter and get no power, there's your problem. (electrical troubleshooting isnt difficult...)
  17. 9v = octane of your gas Amps = how much gas you have in the tank to run your car
  18. Dont go with the usb adapter... that's for podcasters. Get a real interface (they're not that expensive). See the soundcard comment below.... ---------------------------------------------------------------- My obligatory standard reply-for-newbies that I keep in Wordpad so this is just a paste (I don't want to re-type this all the time): First off, immediately get a good beginner recording book (spend $20 before spending hundred$/thousand$) that shows you what you need to get started and how to hook everything up in your studio: Home Recording for Musicians by Jeff Strong - $15 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470385421?ie=UTF8&tag=myjescom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0470385421 (Wish I'd had that when I started; would have saved me lots of money and time and grief) You can also pick up this book in most any Borders or Barnes&Noble in the Music Books section! Another good one is: Recording Guitar and Bass by Huw Price http://www.amazon.com/Recording-Guitar-Bass-Getting-Record/dp/0879307307/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215734124&sr=1-1 (I got my copy at a place called Half-Price Books for $6!!) And you can get a FREE subscription to TapeOp magazine at www.tapeop.com Barnes&Noble or Borders are great places to start --- they have recording books and you can go get a snack or coffee and read them for FREE! Don't pass by a good recording book --- this is a VERY technical hobby and you REALLY want to start a reference library!!! Good Newbie guides that also explains all the basics and have good tips: http://www.tweakheadz.com/guide.htm http://www.computermusic.co.uk/page/computermusic?entry=free_beginner_pdfs http://www.harmony-central.com/articles/ http://www.gearslutz.com/board/tips-techniques/168409-tips-techniques.html 21 Ways To Assemble a Recording Rig: http://www.tweakheadz.com/rigs.htm Also Good Info: http://www.theprojectstudiohandbook.com/directory.htm Other recording books: http://musicbooksplus.com/home-recording-c-31.html Still using a built-in soundcard?? Unfortunately, those are made with less than $1 worth of chips for beeps, boops and light gaming (not to mention cheapness for the manufacturer) and NOT quality music production. #1 Rule of Recording: You MUST replace the built-in soundcard. Here's a good guide and tested suggestions that WORK: http://www.tweakheadz.com/soundcards_for_the_home_studio.htm (you'll want to bookmark and read through all of Tweak's Guide while you're there...) Another good article: Choosing an audio interface - http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep08/articles/audiointerfaces.htm Plenty of software around to record for FREE to start out on: Sony ACID Express (free 10-track sequencer): http://www.acidplanet.com/downloads/xpress/ Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net (multi-track with VST support) Wavosaur: http://www.wavosaur.com/ (a stereo audio file editor with VST support)\nKristal: http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/ Other freebies and shareware: www.hitsquad.com/smm Another great option is REAPER at http://www.cockos.com/reaper/ (It's $50 but runs for free until you get guilty enough to pay for it...) I use Reaper and highly reccomend it... Music Notation and MIDI recording: Melody Assistant ($25) and Harmony Assistant ($80) have the power of $600 notation packages - http://myriad-online.com Demo you can try on the website. And you can go out to any Barnes&Noble or Borders and pick up "Computer Music" magazine - they have a full FREE studio suite in every issue's DVD, including sequencers, plugins and tons of audio samples. (November 2006 they gave away a full copy of SamplitudeV8SE worth $150, November 2007-on the racks Dec in the US- they gave away SamplitudeV9SE and July 2009 issue they put out Samplitude10SE. FREE. It pays to watch 'em for giveaways...)
  19. Go with your spouse or girlfriend to the fabric shops. You can often get great deals on older styles of curtain fabric. Look for something heavy and think multiple layers.
  20. Noisy? How could it be 'noisy'?? The BCF passes MIDI commands to your daw, not audio....
  21. No, because when you get old enough you'll see that everything goes in cycles. Vinyl still sells and someday they'll be calling CD's "high-def MP3s"...... ;-)
  22. Lock it down on 24bit/44.1. The only time I'd consider doing 88.2 would be on something with a lot of dynamic range - say a small classical group or classical soloists. Otherwise its just not worth it.
  23. There is no downside to going 24bit. You will capture a greater headroom. There is NO reason to go 48k unless you have equipment that requires it (SBLives that are 48k fixed internal, ADATs or video gear - video is 16bit/48k to synch with NTSC video). Plus you'll have to worry about conversions back down to 44.1 Lock it down on 24/44.1 and forgetaboutit.
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