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Bogdan Radovic
GMC Admin & Bass Instructor
29 years old
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Belgrade, Serbia
Born Jan-7-1986
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Music,bass guitar,composing,tennis
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Bogdan Radovic

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13 Apr 2015
Hey everyone smile.gif

I always like to look for good music gear deals, even though I'm not really buying rather just window shopping. As I know that getting a home studio setup can feel complicated and sometimes intimidating to beginners, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to try to get together some suggested setups? We could do it together finding the "best bang for the buck" gear and then posting it neatly in organized manner explaining the setup.

We can get started here:

MY FIRST HOME STUDIO

* PC or Mac computer
* audio interface :
* monitors :
* software :
* other gear :

Intended purpose of the setup: record guitars at home over backing tracks. Being able to create simple backing tracks using free plugins and record guitar over them. This setup should be based on software only, no real guitar amp should be needed. This setup should also be as budget friendly as possible.

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I'll go first and suggest some possible components for the above setup :

* PC or Mac computer (can someone help me what would be the minimum required configuration where intended purpose of the setup could be achieved on?)

* Audio interface : since this setup is intended for recording guitars only, an interface with a guitar input should be enough. I personally have experience with POD Studio GX ($99). My second choice in this price range would be Focusrite Scarlett Solo. I like the POD Studio GX as an option as it comes with POD Farm software which allows for guitar amp and cabinet simulation right out of the box.

What do you think about the above audio interfaces? Does anyone have experience with any cheaper options which allow for recording guitar and doing in the computer mixing/midi programming of backing tracks?

* monitors : now at this intended use of the setup, I don't think real monitors are actually needed. A nice 2.1 computer sound system can do a nice job as well. Now, does anyone have any recommendations for "Best value for the buck" 2.1 computer speakers system? Or if real music monitors can be got for the same price, then that would present the better option I guess?

* software : I think the choice here is pretty straightforward and it would be - Reaper as the DAW (digital audio workstation or audio recording software). In case of using POD Studio GX, software for simulating a guitar amp/cabinet would not be necessary. To produce backing tracks, I'd suggest starting out with Addictive Drums 2 trial (it offers functional but limited drum kit). Again, I need your help choosing a free bass VST as well as some other instrument VSTs which are free (for piano, strings, organ etc).

* other gear : for this setup one would need a guitar cable to connect to the audio interface. Also cables or adapters will be needed to connect the PC speakers (or monitor speakers) to the audio interface.

I'd like to invite everyone to share their opinions and gear suggestions in setting up ultimate "my first home studio" setup smile.gif
23 Mar 2015
When I was a kid, even though my family doesn't really any musicians, I have always got support to start playing. At the very beginning, I was very interested in learning how to play the piano. All I was interested was to play rock n roll / oldies music and this is what I would imagine me playing on the piano :



After a long time of playing small kid keyboards I borrowed from a friend, my parents got me nice 5-octaves "arranger" keyboards which I spent hours playing smile.gif
Later on, quite later I have shown interest in playing the guitar - this was mainly in order to be able to enter a local school band.

Now to cut the long story short, I must say that looking back now I was very lucky to receive support from my parents when it comes to music. Of course, there were tons of moments where I would play (loud) and I would get : "turn that down immediately and similar comments" which I would literally see as "sabotaging my musical career hahahah smile.gif" . I'm so glad now that I picked up music as a kid and stayed with it as it makes me really happy and it is what I like to do. Of course, I can't blame any parents in not having a belief in music as a choice for their kids but it must be extremely hard for those to stick to playing in such non supporting environment? I made it a bit easier for my parents as my school grades didn't suffer much so they didn't have that "excuse" for limiting me.

How are your experiences with parents and the choice of playing music as a hobby or way of life? smile.gif
16 Feb 2015
I found this idea and video pretty awesome. I can't stop listening to it, there is something contagious about it smile.gif
It is really amazing what kind of music he gets just by mixing back and forth between guitar signal which is live and 4 seconds delayed.

13 Feb 2015
Just found this: http://playback.fm/birthday-song

It allows you to find out which song was #1 on the day you were born. Have no idea about the accuracy of the data though smile.gif

Here is mine:

13 Feb 2015
I was watching the movie Boyhood (what an epic movie btw!), and there was a scene where father gifted his son with a custom made CD - The Black Album, consisting of songs from Beatles solo carriers which when put together conway that special magic which made their music so cool. The idea is based on Ethan Hawkes real life experience and it is a really cool one to make such a CD smile.gif

Since this scene in the movie raised some dust, the cast later on gave more details about the actual playlist of the CD.

First, here is the scene :



Here is the official interview with the details and playlist: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ethanhawke/boyhood...bum#.cd1oAxdm7d

...and here is the Youtube playlist for the "black album" :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAOi...7FYodR81dPuKHO_
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MonkeyDAthos
Happy B' Bogdan wish the best for this day \m/
7 Jan 2011 - 1:47
Bjaron
hehe no problem :) then i hope you will have a nice party and much gifts.
8 Jan 2010 - 1:22
Bjaron
Happy Birthday Bogdan.
Greetings Bjaron
7 Jan 2010 - 23:30
Dexxter
Cool Bogdan! Looking forward to see/hear what you come up with, if you do :)
1 Aug 2009 - 13:27
Dexxter
Hi Bogdan, thanks for the add! :) Any chance of some Heavy or Thrash Metal bass lessons? ;) Even if that's not your style really, am I right? :)
31 Jul 2009 - 20:31

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