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post Jul 12 2008, 05:58 PM
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Hello, I've got something that I really want to do... and that is building a studio, thats yet proffesional yet not going into millions. (sidenote, Angus the ac/dc guitarist, has a house nearby me with a basement with a few millions worth of studio). I know that it will take alot of money but I'm still interested. I was wondering what I actually would need to do something like this. Ok ok, I am broke... just bought a guitar case plus spend my last 100 dollars on chippin in on my birthday stratocaster. Still want to know what it takes, and maybe even build one myself, since I'm really interested in the technical parts. Thank you, Plus, why does almost any studio picture I see have those ... little midi keyboards? That's been buggin' me for years!

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post Jul 12 2008, 06:04 PM
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I would suggest you follow Andrews Blog to see what all goes into it. It can get quite expensive.

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post Jul 12 2008, 08:06 PM
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Yeah Andrew is the man when it comes to home studio building smile.gif

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Yes, check out my blog for some of the stuff you need to think about - getting the basics right doesn't have to cost a fortune, but put some thought intop basic acoustic treatment, then you will have a studio you canbuild upon as money becomes available for more gear smile.gif

You need a Midi keyboard for inputing certain types of data. If for instance, you want a bass part - you would often sequence it using a plugin to play the notes. You could put in each note in the sequence qith a mouse, but its a lot quicker to play it in on they keyboard and adjust the mistakes when it is in your DAW.

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In addition to Andrew's wonderful blog and just my two pennies worth:

Get a part time - probably unpaid - job in a local recording studio and/or sound reinforcement/PA Hire company. Hands-on learning here is great.

Read 'Sound On Sound'.

Plan your hardware/software upgrade path. If you keep changing platforms and/or don't specify well you will waste an awful lot of money and have a lot of issues and headaches. At a v early stage, for instance, you may (assuming you go for a software based sequencer) need to decide on and stay with a particular brand of sequencer and that may also have a significant affect on much of your other hardware.

I have to say though that there is a world of difference between putting together a good home studio and aiming for one that is 'professional'. Pro quality costs A LOT and is probably out of the reach of most home studios. A pro-end single channel Neve mic pre-amp costs over 1500UK Sterling. A Prism AD/DA is 2500UK. A Neumann UI87 mic is about 1800UKS. A cheap - for Neve- 32 channel Neve desk is 45000UKS and a 128 channel SSL over 100,000UKS. High end kit tend to have a house sound - a Neve is very different to an SSL. Think about the type of music you like, want to record and want to produce - look at the producers associated with it and the consoles etc that they prefer.

Regardless of this gulf - plan and aim to buy the best that you can within reason- including cables and wiring (a cheap mic cable can easily ruin the effect of an expensive mic and pre-amp) - within a planned upgrade path. Some home studios tend to focus too much on bells and whistles and forget fundamentals. Planned upgrade should focus on getting the signal path as clean, clear and as good as you can and also offer tight integration between all the hardware/software coupled with a distinctive 'musical' sound that you like.

For 'clean' as a minimum you need good preamps and cabling coupled with good AD/DA conversion and jitter correction. Integration - carefully consider what sequencer you want to use and specify the console etc appropriately. Since money is an issue for most of us be realistic as to your planning - a Neumann mic maybe be great to have but might be over the top compared to the rest of your kit and what your ambitions and abilities are and tbh there's little point in buying a Neuman and then coupling it to a cheap pre-amp (so plan the upgrade wink.gif )...

WRT the midi keyboard, +1 as Andrew has said but also to add that many semi-pro and pro studios also have numerous hardware synths and keyboards. The issue here is often availability and costs (both to buy and maintain) but often a collection will have been built up over several years along with guitars, basses, drums and mics and hardware comps, reverbs and other outboard. Many also have an acoustic piano if they have sufficient space to house it properly. A midi keyboard often sits in the control room to provide quick midi access to VSTs running on the host computers. They often aren't 'recorded' in real time but edited off line so a small one can be used. They're also usually small because most engineers prioritise the mixing console over the midi keyboard as that is where most time and input will be spent.


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