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What to look for when buying a computer for audio production January 29, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Apple, Computers, Project Studio , 8comments


Wow, what a big question. There are so many options. When you install software for editing and manipulating audio onto a computer equipped with audio input/output hardware, you have what is called a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

As in my post about building a home studio, you need to ask yourself some questions:

1) Would an upgrade to my current computer be sufficient?

2) What would I like to be able to accomplish with my computer DAW?

3) What is my budget?

4) Do I want to use a Mac or a Windows PC?


Apple Leopard and Digidesign Compatibility January 29, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Apple, Digidesign, Pro Tools , 11comments

Pro Tools 8 is fully compatible with Leopard (and ONLY compatible with Leopard for that matter. Click here for more information.

For Pro Tools versions before v.8, see below.

Edit: Pro Tools LE is now compatible with Leopard, click this link to be directed to the most recent information. This article was written before the release of 7.4.2.

So… if any Pro Tools user is like me and just couldn’t wait to get their hands on a new Mac (which of course now comes with the Leopard OS), you are probably having some compatibility issues.Currently, Pro Tools is NOT supported or even technically compatible with Leopard. On top of that, the new Mac Pro’s are not supposed to be able to run Tiger (although there is a tricky work around… I would be happy to talk anyone through it via email).


Build a Home Studio for under $650 January 29, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Setup , 2comments

I get a lot of questions via email and forums about buying equipment to setup a small home studio. Many people will say “I have X dollars, what should I buy??”. Well, here it is, the first installment of the “Build a Home Studio” posts. This particular post is all under the assumption that you have a computer (either Mac or PC, desktop or laptop) that you will be using to record. For studios with a little bigger budget, I will make recommendations on computers.

I give two examples for audio interfaces in this sample setup. This is simply because one is FireWire and one is USB (and also because they are bundled with different DAWs). They are both great devices, just choose the one that suits you better. This setup will include an audio interface, recording software, studio monitors, a MIDI keyboard, a condenser microphone and the necessary cables to hook everything up.

“The $650 Studio”


Creating Your Home Studio January 29, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Project Studio, Studio Setup, Troubleshooting , 2comments

When putting together home studios, many people consult forums and other sources about equipment purchases and setup. If you are starting to put together a recording setup, I would suggest asking yourself these questions first:

1) When all is said and done, what would I like to be able to accomplish in this studio? (i.e. tracking full bands, tracking solo artists and rappers, composing beats and loops, film scoring, mixing… etc etc.)

2) Do I have any equipment now that could be incorporated into the new setup?

3) Do I have any preferences? (Such as, Mac vs. Windows, Computer Recording vs. Multitrack recorder, etc.)

4) What sort of room will I setup in? What are the dimensions?

5) What is my budget?


Studio Files Commercial January 22, 2008

Posted by ConnorSmith in : Digital home recording studios , 3comments

This is a promo video that we are working on for The Studio Files. The artist is singer-songwriter Jim Hiller from Dayton. He plays weekends at Madison’s Bistro in Kettering. Thanks, Jim! We are working on more web episodes profiling local Dayton, Ohio independent recording studios and artists who are recording their own songs.

Welcome to The Studio Files January 15, 2008

Posted by Damon Sink in : Digital home recording studios , add a comment

The StudioFiles website is officially launched! The Studio Files Team is here to answer your questions about project studio setups, digital audio workstations, the latest production software like Logic Pro 8, Pro Tools, Reason and GarageBand (plus lots of other software!) We will be posting articles about free software solutions for audio editing like Audacity, mixing and mastering, digital delivery of music and video and many other topics.

We would love to hear from you with questions that you would like to see us cover in the blog or with specific tutorials. Keep us bookmarked, or better yet, subscribe to the RSS.

The Studio Files Team

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