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Music Recording In Home Studios
The 1980's introduced to the music world a new concept and standard called, "MIDI." This acronym stands for (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), and in it's simplest terms of definition means a standard way for electronic instruments to "talk" or "communicate" to each other. A lot of confusion did exist around this new technology and to this day, a few people still have a hard time figuring it out. I will give every one a simple way to try and understand how midi can help the home recording guy/gal to get professional sounding tracks right from their bedrooms, garages, attics, or anywhere thier hearts desire!
Lets setup a basic studio using a "PC" (Personal Computer), any type of midi keyboard or controller, and a basic set of speakers for monitoring the sounds. You will also need a basic sequencing software; Sonar, Cubase, Logic, Audition-These are some of the higher end sequencers out there, but you can find more budget ones if you look hard enough. Now that we have the tools, lets hook it all together. Your PC will have either a soundcard installed in it or the onboard sound. You can make it with onboard sound, but trust me on this one and get a dedicated soundcard for the best quality. Most soundcard use to come with gameports that would readily take standard midi cables that would plug into this port and you would be good to go. However, most of the newer PC's don't have this type of gameport and this means that you may have to purchase a USB midi cable. They cost around 19-30 dollars. Okay, now we are hooked to the PC from our Keyboard/Controller, the sequencer software is loaded, and the PC is waiting for input from you and the keys! You now have a complete studio ready for recording!
Your Keyboard will send midi information to the PC sequencer-whatever notes you play, will be recorded into the sequencer in it's own track, lets say Piano 1st. After Piano is recorded, do a Bass track, then a drum and guitar; add all the tracks you want till you arre satisfied or your pc quits on ya! HAHA! Pun intended! Now, when all is recorded, save your work often-I forgot to mention this-Very important to do it! Now hit play and Voila! You have a complete song in less than 10 minutes! You may have to tweak it a bit and this is where you will love midi-you can go back into any track and transpose the notes, alter durations of notes, change time signatures, you name it! You can do all of this with little or no effort at all! Wow! Now tell me if you can do this with regular audio recordings like the way they did it in the past? People I have not scratched the surface on this technology, but just gave you a little taste of it! There will be more to come and I will gladly try to answer any questions on music that I can answer! Happy New Year!
Ernest J. Walker
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