Audio File Formats Explained

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INTRODUCTION There are many different audio file formats and the topic can be confusing when new to recording. Let me try to simplify it by explaining the most common formats you are apt to run into: .mp3, .aif, .wav and .aac (can have the extension .m4a). The major differences between these file formats are how […]

Improve Your Recording Space

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INTRODUCTION Many people new to recording think the most important factor in getting a “good sound” is achieved by using a “good” microphone. But it’s really not that simple. Let’s look into it. The most important factors in getting a well recorded sound are: 1. The sound of the source. 2. The sound of the […]

Microphone Primer

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INTRODUCTION There are many, many different microphones from countless manufactures to choose from these days, but most fall into these basic categories: Dynamic mics Condenser mics Ribbon mics DYNAMIC MICROPHONES Popular models include: Shure SM 57 and SM 58, Sennheiser 421, Electrovoice RE20 Dynamic Mic Advantages: less expensive. do not require phantom power. sturdier, can […]

ITunes®-File Converter and Database

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INTRODUCTION The ITUNES® program from Apple is a fantastic professional tool for cataloging your music library and converting audio files to different formats. In this article we’ll discuss ITUNES being a lot more than just an app that stores your favorite songs. AS A DATABASE I catalogue and store all my song files in ITUNES, […]

Get the Vibe Recording at Home

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INTRODUCTION The beauty of going to a recording studio is that someone else is handling all those left brain technical chores (setting the mics up, getting the headphones going etc.), leaving you to concern yourself mainly with making good music. However, many of us love working in solitude at home at whatever time of day […]

Home Recording Preproduction

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INTRODUCTION Preproduction is a very important part of the recording process and is one of the areas where an artist can save money by being able to record at home. A good way to start is by recording all the songs that will be included in your project with a vocal and at least one instrumental […]

Home Audio Recording-Collaboration

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INTRODUCTION Collaborating with outside studios, co-writers and producers will involve exchanging proper audio and project files via the internet or by delivering the files on hard drive. Sorry to say, there are many things that can go wrong with file exchange that can cause you time, frustration and money if you’re not prepared. But you […]

Preparing Audio Tracks for Export

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INTRODUCTION In this article we are going to discuss preparing your individual audio files for exporting. The process will involve consolidating or merging your audio tracks, which we will be explaining in depth here. Basically, consolidating an audio track consists of making sure that the track is represented by only 1 audio file. If you […]

Exporting Audio Project Files

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INTRODUCTION In the previous article “Preparing Audio Tracks for Export” we discussed consolidating audio tracks into one continuos audio file for the purposes of exporting tracks that can easily be imported “in sync” into a new sequence. In this article we are going to cover the actual exporting of the files and make some suggestions […]

Audio Recording Templates

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INTRODUCTION All of the recording software programs that I am familiar with allow you to create and save templates as a starting point for every new song. Which means, every time you start a new song you can have many of the technical set up chores already done for you by starting with a template. […]