Build Your Own PC Recording Studio by John Chappell

By John Chappell

Whether your style is heavy steel, hip-hop, or classical, this booklet will assist you manage, function, and hold a operating domestic recording studio. discover ways to select definitely the right gear to your track, produce audio for the web or a CD, or even get building advice for construction an optimum recording setting.

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Most interfaces past a certain point of sophistication include MIDI jacks along with their audio capabilities. This way, you don’t have to employ a separate box for MIDI functions, and you don’t use up another port on your computer just for MIDI. All digital information, audio and MIDI, share the single USB or FireWire cable of one device. MIDI connections from your instruments plug into the interface via circular, five-pin jacks, and the MIDI information is then commingled with the audio data onto the USB or FireWire cable.

Figure 1-7 The pull-down menus show choices made for price ($1,000–$1,500), processor type (Pentium 4/2600), and hard drive size (80MB), but unselected menus have allowed for all the possibilities of other components, such as RAM, CD speed, video card, and so on. vp Monday, March 31, 2003 1:52:10 PM Color profile: Generic CMYK printer profile Composite Default screen Build8 / Build Your Own PC Recording Studio/ Chappell / 2904-7 / Chapter 1 A Recording Studio in a Box 25 Turnkey Solutions In the interest of granting equal time, I’ll mention turnkey systems, a phrase that describes a preconfigured system expressly designed for some specialized musical purpose.

But that distinction is less clear now, due more to Microsoft’s improvement rather than any slacking on the Mac side. Mac vs. PC The debate regarding “Windows vs. Mac” gets a lot of attention because the two computer platforms are natural business competitors and because users tend to learn and use one and not the other and therefore develop a certain brand loyalty. But as far as music production is concerned, both are virtually equal in power and usability, and many software programs are written cross-platform, which means the same program is available for both Windows and Mac (much like Microsoft’s business software suite, Office), and files created by one can be opened by the other.

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