Whithin 10 years, home recording studio software had come a long way from what it once was. There have been too many improvements to any kind of effect and sampling technology that you can imagine. Ten years ago, we’re only getting started at what we can do and now it’s 10 times better!
This is great because superior systems are now about an arm and a let less and we can truely put out quality music. Now the only thing holding us back is our own songwriting and recording talent.
Here are 3 things that have been greatly improved in the last 10 years:
More Tracks – You can run more than just 24 tracks now. There were a few software packages that let you have what’s called “virtual tracks” that let you run more than 24, but if your RAM wasn’t to par, you could only run virtual tracks.Now computers come with an excess of 1 gigabite or more of ram. Plenty to get your point across in your song.
In fact, you can run as many tracks as your computer system has processor speed and ram for. Very cool.
Better Effects – Effects 10 years ago was amazing, but most of the time, you would have to shell out a lot of money to get those amazing effects. Well fast-forward 10 years, and a lot of those crazy effects are no further than a Yahoo search. And a lot of them are free. It’s crazy, I know, but they are no cost.
You can find , even free virtual amp heads for you guitar players (myself included).
Virtual Instruments – We didn’t have very many virtual instruments back in the day, and the ones we did have was NOT free. But you can do a Google search for “free VSTI’s” without quotes and find some excellant virtual instruments. My favorite is Synth 1 It’s patterned after a famous Nord keyboard (Nord Lead 2). Imagine having that keyboard for free. Amazing. And I use it all the time and I recommend you at least try it out.
Home recording studio software has indeed came a long way, but I’d like to think of what it will be like in the next 10 years. I can only imagine how great it will be.
I can see a lot of advances when it comes to home recording in the next decade. If you think it came a long way in this one, wait till you see the next one.
The new generation will think how in the world could they record on such primitive equipment. The old gear will still be called “vintage” but the software we work on today will be called “archaic”.
Anyway, you can only expect things to get better, cheaper, and more effective when it comes to home recording.
I’ve had a lot of problems getting the Fast Track Pro set up. I’ve actually had to reinstall the software. It doesn’t work when you need it to, it only works with certain software. That kind of thing.
I’m not sure how much more problems this thing’s worth. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ran into problems either. Maybe if I were running on XP it would work better. There are a few things I’ve found out while trying to get it set up like:
– It won’t run on 64 bit system
– The Protools demo they give you will not work (at least on vista it won’t)
– If you go online, most people have the same problems with it.
– I haven’t heard from M Audio so apparently they aren’t supporting it.
This is fairly disappointing. M Audio should show a little more class in my opinion.
I’ve made no secret of my fondness for Stylus. I’m so glad something like this has come along, if you don’t already have it, you really need to get it as it’s awesomeness is beyond compare.
When I’m stuck, I usually pull it up and it inspires me to the point where ideas start to come to me. Even if I don’t end up using the tracks I’ve created with it.
I wish there were more “idea generators” out there, but for me it’s mostly the stylus. Granted sometimes it happens when I Synth 1 up, but by and large it’s the Stylus that gets me started flowing ideas again.
I haven’t tried any of their other products yet, but I’ve been told they work like Stylus. I’ve never really looked in to it, but I should. Anyway, they may have a demo or something so you can see for yourself if you don’t have one.
It’s really good for generating ideas.
I recently had a chance to try the Sure PG42 Condencer Microphone during a session when a vocalist brought it in and said he would only record with it. I told him I had an Audio Technica 4040 that was almost just like it, but he didn’t want to hear that.
Now, you have to keep in mind that this vocalist wasn’t very “good” in my eyes. He rarely sang in key, which ment I’d have to use my Melodyne extensively. When we started recording, I couldn’t believe how warm and full this guy sounded. Now, whenever I heard him, he was singing through a Sure SM 58, and it sounded less than ideal.
But I couldn’t believe how he sounded through this mic. It sounded so well, I went out and got me a couple of them. That, with my Oasis preamp made this guy shine. So I decided to test while the band was on a break, and I decided to try my shittiest preamp I had. He sounded almost as warm and full with that too.
If you’re in the market for an affordable condenser mic, I would get the Sure PG42 Condenser Mic, because I’ve tried it on my shittiest of shitty equipment and it still was warm and full. This is exactally where I got mine, It’s at Musiciansfriend.com. You should really Try It Out.
In an earlier post, I was saying I got an M-Audio USB MIDI keyboard (Keystudio) and a Fast Track Pro. I made the mistake of opening them up and putting them in the same drawer. I was just going to come back to them when I had time.
Well, when I got around to it, I noticed this little USB interface and I didn’t know which product it came with. It was eating at me. So I went through the user manuals and didn’t find it in either one of them(Fast Track Pro OR Keystudio).
I just found out that it came with the Session software that came with the Keystudio. I haven’t tried it out yet, but damn, I wasn’t expecting to get an extra USB audio interface. Even if it sucks when I try it out, it’s still cool because I didn’t expect it at all.
Some people I’ve worked with don’t like to try many new things. I can’t blame them, if it’s not broken don’t fix it. But doing things the same way for long starts to get a little boring. You aren’t pushing boundaries. You are just putting the same stuff you’ve been putting out.
For those of us (myself included) that get board with the same way to do things, we need to freshen up our chops from time to time. What better way to do it than recording a different style of music. Something we’re not familiar with.
Two years into recording, I was getting board with recording rock all the time. That’s when I met some hiphop artists and started working with them. It was great. It was like I was experiencing the whole learning process again.
Learning different ways to record different styles of music really starts the creative process like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
If you’re growing a little stagnant with what you’re recording, I highly recommend going out and meeting new people in a different style of music than your own. The absolute worst thing that could come out of it would be that you learned something.
After rock and hiphop, I eventually went on to country, bluegrass(one of my personal favorites to record), and synthpop.
After you’ve recorded with a different style of music, you can look at your main style of music with new eyes and come up with some really great ideas and make the recordings even better.
That’s the way it is with me. Whenever I start to get tired of doing the same ol same ol, I’ll go to one of my friends in another style of music, record them for a couple of weeks, and I pick back up on my recordings and be able to come up with new fresh ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.