This thread is for all those of you who are interested in entering the world of recording. The minute you open the door, you start to feel very small, because the sheer amount of information is simply overwhelming; the options endless! Here is my humble attempt to make sense out of all of it and lay it out for you.
So, most of you would love to just buy a set of mics and plug them into your computers, hit record, play and boom(!) there's a recording. Unfortunately it's not really that simple! Many of you are also unknowingly carrying many misconceptions and illusions around with you, and I will try to address them.
Audio recording has come a long way, and even in just the last 10 years we have seen huge changes. Never before has recording been so accessible to the average person! It used to be something that could only be done in professional studios, for a whole lot of cash. Now it seems like everyone and their dog can record at home and pop their stuff onto the internet and youtube to share with others. It's very exciting!
I will be adding to this thread as I go, it's going to be a lot of researching and writing!
Signal Chain <- VERY IMPORTANT!!
Before you get all excited about gear, it's important to understand what a signal chain is and how it works. If you don't, you will be greatly confused if you go out and buy a bunch of gear and try to make it work. Please read post #1 of (and more if you'd like too - great thread) PDF forum member Butnutz's "How Recording Works" Thread here: http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/sh...ks-quot-thread
The only thing I'd like to expand on is preamps. A microphone turns the physical sound waves of a source's sound intro an electric signal. This signal though is very low-level. A preamp is the next device in the signal chain (after the cable to connect them of course), because it is needed to boost this weak signal. A preamp boosts the signal to line level, which describes a signal strength which many audio devices like mixers are designed to work with.
Table of Contents
#1 Introduction and link to "How Recording Works" thread for detailed explanation of the Signal Chain
#2 Handheld and Portable Field Recorders
#3 USB Microphones and XLR to USB Converters
#4 Introduction to Audio Recording Interfaces and Dual Channel Interfaces
#5 Interface Mixers
#7 Multi-Tracking Interfaces, Core Card Interfaces and USB VS Firewire