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Adventures in Home Recording

Project Studio Upgrades, Pt. 3 – Keyboards

This is the third installment of my studio upgrade series.

Part 1: Microphones

Part 2: Preamps and Channel Strips

Part 4: Mixers and Audio Interfaces

Part 5: Computers, DAW’s and Control Surfaces

Part 6: Monitoring and Acoustic Treatment

Now on to my favorite part of this list and the one I have probably the most experience with: keyboards! I’m talking synths and MIDI controllers and digital pianos and even more.

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July 1, 2011 Posted by | Home Studio | 1 Comment

Project Studio Upgrades, Pt. 2 – Preamps and Channel Strips

This is the second installment of my studio upgrade series.

Part 1: Microphones

Part 3: Keyboards, Synths and Controllers

Part 4: Mixers and Audio Interfaces

Part 5: Computers, DAW’s and Control Surfaces

Part 6: Monitoring and Acoustic Treatment

In the first installment we changed acoustic signals in the air into electric signals in a wire. There’s still a step to take before we can record this signal. Continue reading

May 22, 2011 Posted by | Home Studio | , | 6 Comments

Project Studio Upgrades, Pt. 1 – Microphones

I’m baaack. My life has been in transition for the last several months, but I’m now at a point where I have some free time on my hands. Yes, I’ve been laid off.¬† So, being laid off with no immediate income, it seemed a perfect time to fantasize about spending a large load of cash on a dream project studio. Why not, eh? This post has gone through several revisions, so let’s see what we’ve got. Continue reading

April 3, 2011 Posted by | Home Studio | , , , , | 3 Comments

New Input

I picked up a new tool for music writing this week. Last year when I bought a decent laptop computer (Toshiba Satellite dual-core) I thought I would be able to compose anywhere, any time I had it with me.

That turned out to be somewhat wishful thinking, mostly owing to my inability to hear the notes accurately in my head before playing them. Last Sunday I was working at my laptop sitting in the cafe at church¬†– again staring at a double brass quartet I’ve been working on, unable to move forward. I decided at that point that I needed to substitute a software purchase for a hardware purchase.

The software would have been the new Garritan World Instruments, although by the time it is released, I may again have the cash to buy it. The hardware is a small MIDI keyboard that can easily connect to my laptop. After some research, I chose…

The M-Audio Oxygen 8 v2.

2 octaves of velocity sensitive keys, 8 knobs, mod wheel, pitch bend, and transport controls. Bus powered so I can power it directly from the laptop, and class complient so I don’t need any special drivers.

But, most importantly, I can now play instruments as I’m writing. Already I’ve used it to rework a section of that brass double quartet, and I look forward to many more hours of use.

February 1, 2009 Posted by | Home Studio | 4 Comments