With prices on most audio gear dropping substantially the last few years, there has never been a better time to start recording your own music at home. It can be daunting trying to decide what equipment you want/need, which is why we’ve put together this easy guide that covers the essentials for starting home recording.
An audio interface is what will allow you to plug in guitar/bass/keyboards/microphones in to your computer. A good audio interface should have a flat and wide frequency response (put simply, the interface should be able to handle a wide range of sounds without altering the tonal qualities of them, such as distorting). You also want an audio interface that allows different input types, importantly XLR (for microphones) and Phone/6.5 (guitars/bass/keyboards).
The workhorse of the studio! There are all sorts of microphones, each designed to record specific types of sounds in specific environments. For home recording, you’ll want a good all-round microphone that can handle a wide range of sounds (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano etc).
Studio monitors are somewhat different to regular speakers. Home speakers are usually designed to tweak the sound (add bass/treble) to get the best possible performance from them. Studio monitors are designed to add nothing to the sound being played through them. This is to let you hear the “pure” form of your recording.
For newcomers to home recording, the software used should be relatively simple to use. Many professional recording applications can cost thousands of dollars, which is why Audacity is such a good starting point; it’s free. For a beginner, it will be able to do everything you need to do to record your tracks.
Over all I am giving the crown for the “Best Podcasting Microphone” to the Rode Podcaster, it’s built in headphone monitor, support for Windows, Linux, and Windows (Linux & Vista/Win7 after a firmware update) really make this a fantastic mic. When you factor in it’s high-end sound quality, exceptional build quality, and Rode’s reputation for making great mics – it’s a clear winner!
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Incredibly talented vocalist Alexa Goddard shot to fame after her YouTube cover of Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On” amassed an incredible 1.5 million views in just four weeks. Like countless others, the RØDE NT1-A was the microphone she trusted to faithfully record her vocals.
Despite her sudden online notoriety, Alexa’s musical career has been years in the making. A seasoned performing professional despite her youth, Alexa has been singing professionally for over seven years, having first picked up a microphone at the tender age of four years old.
MIPRO wins “First Brand Award” by Republic of China (Taiwan) Fine Manufacturer Association.
The main judging criteria include unique and innovative products, outstanding market share and brand recognition in the industry, numbers of international and domestic awards, patents and certifications, sales performance and growth prospects, demonstrable commitment to customers and a commitment to the community.
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“In this episode Ric covers the best approach for recording high quality off screen dialogue for voiceovers (VOs), as well as his personal tips for getting best results from talent when using ADR (automated dialogue replacement).”
RØDE NTG-3 and Blimp put through their paces for UK’s Channel 4
In late 2008 freelance location recordist Chris Bruce was commissioned to make a programme that would put his brand-new RØDE NTG-3 shotgun microphone to the ultimate endurance test. The assignment was to record a new programme for The UK’s Channel 4 entitled ‘Ultimate Gap Year’, which follows a team of six backpackers as they slog their way across this spectacular corner of South East Asia.
A tougher test for production equipment would be difficult to imagine. For all its beauty and cultural mystique, Indonesia is an obstacle course of rugged and diverse terrain. The climate can hardly be described as benign, as it boasts most of the environmental extremes found in the natural world.
Having previously relied on Sennheiser’s popular MKH416 shotgun microphone for tough conditions, this time Chris opted for RØDE’s NTG-3 shotgun, giving it a trial by fire – and took both the NTG-3 and the matching RØDE BLIMP windshield system on the trip. He was very pleased with the results: ”I was familiar with the 416, it’s a solid and reliable workhorse that can handle most environments. But I’d read some rave reviews of the NTG-3, and was intrigued to find out how well a mic costing half as much would measure up to the old standard.”
Chris was very impressed by his RØDE NTG-3. “It’s difficult to overstate exactly how unfriendly the conditions were. Temperatures ranged from near freezing on the side of a volcano to the more normal 35 degrees plus, accompanied by 100% humidity and frequent tropical rain storms. Jakarta is a very densely populated city in a part of the world where, dare I say it, RF restrictions on electrical equipment probably aren’t quite so stringent as they are in Europe. In all situations the NTG-3 performed outstandingly well.”
“It was an exhausting trip, but the NTG-3 performed brilliantly throughout and was no trouble at all. I didn’t need to use anything else, and didn’t even have to dip into the bag for my spare. We went through a whole variety of environments and damp humid locations and it didn’t let me down once. I’m so happy with it, it’s going to be my main shotgun mic on my next trip to Ethiopia.”
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“Using the K2 on a bass amp is absolutely phenomenal. By getting it up close to the bass amp we get alot of that low frequency from the proximity effect whilst still getting an overall tone of the low, mids and highs.”
“Alot of engineers tend to use slight EQ curves sometimes to boost the highs or cut some of the mids. Using the NTK, you get all those frequencies so you can actually go in and carve out the frequency response as you see fit.”