I. The First Steps // JAN 11th
Welcome fellow tonebase academists!
This is the place where we will talk about the first lesson of our recording course. Please use this thread if you have any questions concerning the workbook or general questions concerning the first steps!
Make sure to download our DAW of choice using the link below:
The DAW is free to use for 60 days. After that, you can still always prolong the evaluation period. Though a little bit daunting at first, the routing is pretty straight forward once we get accustomed to follow the signal flow!
I will post the answers to the questionnaire on Jan 17th!
After the livestream, submit your assignments by replying to this thread!
Answers to the questionnaire:
What is a DAW?
- digital audio workstation like Reaper, a place where you can record, listen, and edit audio that is either being recorded or imported. Items in the arranger window reference files on your hard drive, so working within the DAW is (generally) non-destructive.
What is the difference between a USB-Microphone compared to a microphone that is connected to an audio interface?
- An audio interface converts analog voltage into discrete digital values for recording and vice versa for monitoring and playback. While an audio interface requires a microphone to record changes in air pressure, an USB-Mic usually comes already equippmed with some kind of AD/DA converter (aka audio interface). Since a computer usually can handle only one interface at a time, professionals use audio interfaces that have a multitude of digital and analog input and output channels.
What describes the Polar Pattern of a Microphone?
- A microphone's polar pattern describes its sensitivity for sounds arriving from different angles. The most popular polar patterns for music are cardioid, omnidirectional and figure of eight, though every polar pattern or directionality is being heavily used in professional productions in order to to achieve either spaciousness and enveleopment or speration and directivity.
See you tomorrow for "The Edit"!
I'm really bummed I won't be able to make this as I'll be at work. I'm actually struggling with a recording issue right now. I'm running a yeti x microphone in my MacBook Pro and trying to use an iPhone 11 as a camera using the epiccam application for video. It works through OBS but for some reason the recording quality is very poor. I'm not sure if it's the settings or the app. When I try to select the camera in iMovie or Final Cut Pro x I am getting the spinning wheel of death. Super frustrating. Anyway looking forward to watching the video and perhaps joining in for future classes
I am running Reaper on a Linux machine. In setting up preferences I don't have ASIO as an option for Audio System. I've selected ALSA as that show my USB mic (Tascam D-05X). I also have JACK as an option though I don't really understand what JACK is. Perhaps you could explain. I also have Impro-Visor as Linux equivalent to Band in a Box (I'm dabbling in jazz guitar) but don't really use it as the synth is so rubbish. I believe I may be able to use Jack to interface to Reaper to use its synth options but don't know how. Is this possible?
Greetings everyone. Do you think it would suitable to use Shure SM58 mic? It's a dynamic mic and I understand it's more suitable for vocals, where you can put it really close to your mouth if necessary. It looks I got it picking the level from acoustic guitar more or less OK, and I'm routing it through Line 6 POD HD 500X (do not anything else able to work as audio interface), but wondering how crucial it's whether you have a dynamic or condenser mic to pick an acoustic sound?
Another question - I have a classical-style acoustic-electric guitar (wide neck, nylon strings), so it can be plugged and recorded in line. Is it reasonable to record it that way for this course, or using a mic and following "acoustic" setup is essential?
Thanks in advance.
Hi, Martin. I won´t be able to join today -since I´m still at work-, but I´m really interested in the course. I´m new to (and a bit scared by) this recording world , and this is my question at this point: can I use my Zoom H4 as a microphone? Thank you!
By the way, I¨m not sure I´ll be able to keep pace with the course. We shall see..