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Home Recording Software

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment
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.

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.

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Home Recording For The Next Decade

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

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.

There are some really exciting software in development that will be ready early next decade that will completely  change the way we record.

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.

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There’s A New Page On The Blog

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

There’s a new page on the blog that I’d like you to come to from time to time. It’s about songs and mixes that I really like that I’ve found online. It’s called “Favorite Recordings” and you’ll find it just above this post where the “About Me” and “Websites I Like” pages are.

I’m really pickey about what I’m going to put on there, so you can be sure that the songs I link to are very good quality.

My criteria are this:

1. It has to have a memorable melody and good song structure.

2. It has to have the right balance as far as frequency and mix is concearned. It has to sound artistic and professional.

Those are the only two demands that I make with the songs I find. As of right now, I have two or three that I really like.

Listen to the mixes and give your opinion. 🙂

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Bouncing Tracks : Is There an Easier Way?

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

audition3Why is it that even with today’s computer processing speeds, we still have to bounce tracks? I know it’s a stupid question. But it gets aggravating when you’re in your “zone” and find out you have to bounce some tracks before you can do anything else. You have to somehow keep yourself in that zone, and only after you’ve bounced a few tracks can you go back to what you were doing.

What if it’s more than a few you need to bounce? Well, I guess you’re out of luck and you might need to spend time “away from the mix” as they say.

When they build processors that can handle a lot of plugins, what do plugin companies do? I tell you what they do, they build their plugins that are more processor intensive. A wicked circle insues.

The only thing I know to do is use Pro Tools TDM where they have a hybrid system.

Is there any alternitaves to TDM? Something simi-native?