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Most of them must be having your very own laptop, a PC or MAC. There are some minimum requirements to start up your home studio may it be a PC or MAC. There is a norm what people say that MAC is always better when it comes to production. I would say maybe and maybe not. I have both and i work on both. I haven’t found much difference working on a PC comparing it with a MAC. The important factor is what software or DAW supports which operation system. For example, FL Studio, the most popular DAW doesn’t work on a MAC unless you install windows separately in a MAC and run it. So, as i said it really doesn’t matter. What actually matters is your creativity and how you put it and bring it out by using the tools. So, get yourself ready with the operating system you have and let’s get started with our next item for our studio and which i would say is the most important item to have – DAW (digital audio workstation) or you can call it in simple terms as the software which you use to produce your music or record. There are various kinds of DAW’s. I am listing them one by one below so that you have an idea.
  • Protools
  • Logic
  • Cubase
  • Ableton Live
  • FL Studio
And the list goes on. You can find loads and loads of software (DAW) which, you can choose from depending on your budget or depending upon your ease of use or how comfortable you are with which one. I personally use FL Studio & Protools. I have tried other DAW’s as well and finally i stuck my head into FL Studio and Protools. Now, you may wonder why? Every person has got his own taste or intelligence level. Depending on how you find yourself comfortable you choose and you will come to know which DAW suits your style of work.  Go ahead and try all the DAW’s which, i have listed and whatever you hear or find over the net or market and get yourself blended with the one you think you are comfortable with.
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Which DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or Mixing Software to use when it comes to your Recording, Mixing & Editing – Pro tools or FL Studio?

As discussed in our earlier post, you must have finally come up to a conclusion which DAW (Pro tools or FL Studio) you want to start your work with. Before you start buying other hardware’s and software’s for your studio, let us spend some time learning about our perfect DAW which, will help us setting up our studio as per our DAW (Pro tools or FL Studio) Pro tools is an industry standard DAW. It is widely used world wide in any biggest to smallest recording studios you visit for your recording, editing or mixing. To get your hands on Pro tools, you better make it sure you have that much of finance worked up with you as it might really get you spending more. But, to no wonder it the worlds best and the most powerful DAW. To start up with, if you don’t have much time or money to go around and spend or check which, DAW you want to work on with then, maybe it’s probably will be a good choice for you to try out FL Studio by image line. FL Studio gives you 30 days FREE trial before you purchase it. The only option which, is disabled is that you cannot save your projects unless you purchase it. But, it will help you out in learning your production skills and trying out the DAW actually before purchasing it  if you are a newbie in production. You can get your FREE download for FL Studio by clicking HERE. Go ahead and download it and try out your new DAW.

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A brief description about a Preamp: A preamplifier or a preamp is an electronic amplifier that prepares a small electrical signal for further amplification or processing. A preamplifier is often placed close to the sensor to reduce the effects of noise and interference. It is used to boost the signal strength to drive the cable to the main instrument without significantly degrading the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The noise performance of a preamplifier is critical; according to Friis’s formula, when the gain of the preamplifier is high, the SNR of the final signal is determined by the SNR of the input signal and the noise figure of the preamplifier. In a home audio system, the term ‘preamplifier’ may sometimes be used to describe equipment which merely switches between different line level sources and applies a volume control, so that no actual amplification may be involved. In an audio system, the second amplifier is typically a power amplifier (power amp). The preamplifier provides voltage gain (e.g. from 10 millivolts to 1 volt) but no significant current gain. The power amplifier provides the higher current necessary to drive loudspeakers.   Preamplifiers may be: incorporated into the housing or chassis of the amplifier they feed in a separate housing mounted within or near the signal source, such as a turntable, microphone or musical instrument. Now, depending as per your budget and need you can buy any kind of preamp from the market. The most commonly used by any home recording studios are from M-Audio. You can have a look at them over here.

Soundproofing is any means of reducing the sound pressure with respect to a specified sound source and receptor. There are several basic approaches to reducing sound: increasing the distance between source and receiver, using noise barriers to reflect or absorb the energy of the sound waves, using damping structures such as sound baffles, or using active antinoise sound generators. Two distinct soundproofing problems may need to be considered when designing acoustic treatments – to improve the sound within a room and reduce sound leakage to/from adjacent rooms or outdoors. Acoustic quietingnoise mitigation, and noise control can be used to limit unwanted noise. Soundproofing can suppress unwanted indirect sound waves such as reflections that cause echoes and resonances that cause reverberation. Soundproofing can reduce the transmission of unwanted direct sound waves from the source to an involuntary listener through the use of distance and intervening objects in the sound path. The first most important thing after reading the above, we all think – How much is it going to cost us? Well, as a matter of fact, as i told you we are discussing how to do soundproofing for your home studio in an affordable way. By all means, we will try to keep the cost down as much as possible. As you have gone through my other tutorials on setting up your own home studio; over here i would like you to take the most important aspects on selecting, organizing and implying the necessary to achieve what we are here for. I will guide you step by step and you will in no time will be up on your feet setting up your own studio. Materials required
  1. Curtains – We will start looking at our room first. Do you have a window in your room? if you don’t, it’s fine and if you do, definitely you must have covered it with curtains. If your curtains are thin, i would suggest you to have it changed. Go to a local market and buy any cloth which, you will find thick enough that it will not allow light to pass through your window. Remember the more thicker / heavier cloth (much better), as heavy materials absorbs sound in a remarkable manner.
  2. Carpet – If you don’t have a carpet in your room, please do get one. Cover your room fully from one end to other with THICK carpeting.  Now, we got more sound absorbing materials after carpeting the entire room. Stand in the center of the room and CLAP and listen if you can hear any echo or reverberation what you used to hear before changing your curtains & putting your carpet or rug.
  3. Soundproofing windows & doors – No matter how much hard we try to get our room soundproofed by heavy carpeting and curtains, the main culprits who lets the outside sounds in disturbing our recording sessions are the windows and the doors. As they have corners and access to get in sound and throw out sound from their corners, we need to seal them with soft foams which we get in the market for very cheap price. We can even use the window AC filter foams or if you can afford to spend a bit more then, you can find a bit thicker foams which, are already available in the local hardware store to purchase to soundproof the doors & windows. Once, you have sealed the corners, now we have to do something on the flat surface of the door. The door usually made of wood, but it’s smooth surface will hit back the sound and will not give the proper soundproofing. For this, if you have the extra carpet which, we used for our floor or extra cloth for the curtain; we can utilize that and stick it on the door. Or else you can even put a curtain in front of your door as a nice drape. After we have achieved this, once again stand in the center of the room and clap your hands and scream or shout and listen if you can hear any reverberation or echo. It must have drastically reduced now.
  4. Bass traps – This might be the last item which, will be a bit tougher for most of us to do. Let me give an idea about what bass traps are. “A BASS trap is simply a device designed to absorb low frequency sound and enhance your overall sound experience”. We can achieve this by building the corners of the walls of our room in a flat manner. Usually, when the sound travels, most of the sound gets into the corner and gets trapped over the corners. When those sounds reflect back we don’t hear much of clear bass. If you can build or get a carpenter to get this work done then, you can get a much better soundproofing.
The above mentioned ways are the most easiest and the cost effective way where you can actually achieve the soundproofing for a better home studio. As i have mentioned, this will not make your room as a professional looking studio, but yes i can guarantee you that your sound will sound much better for your productions in the future. Even, i had my own room built in the same manner when i couldn’t afford to have my own recording studio. I was very much happy with my sound then so am i now in a professional studio.