0758920 Home Recording


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This integrated media series is about my interest in the field of audio recording and the technologies surrounding the possibility of creating a studio at home, something that would have been seen as impossible 50, 40 or even 30 years ago. Home recording has revolutionized the way music can be captured and shared by anyone from the beginning amateur to the serious professional.

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0758920 Home Recording

  1. 1. 0758920 Home Recording: How Technology has Shifted the Art of capturing music from the studios of the elite to the basements of the dreamers
  2. 2. The earliest known recording device was the phonautograph, invented in 1857 by Eduard-leon Scott. The first song ever recorded was Au Claire de La Lune. This recording was new, unknown, extremely exclusive and not very functional. http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/phonautograph.jpg The second major breakthrough in recording came with the Reel-to-reel, in which the sound was recorded onto a magnetic tape that could be split into layers and allow the recording to have several different layers of sound on it. This format was finally commercially developed and used to record popular music in the 1940’s by American Audio Engineer Jack Mullin. Despite this progress, recording was still very expensive, very prestigious and only took place in a professional studio that was capable of acquiring such equipment. http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/sound-editing-4.jpg The recording breakthrough of out time is the digital interface. This device first saw its use in the music industry in the early 90’s and quickly took over any other means. The interface allows the user to record the music in a digital audio format and transfers these files using USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and firewire 800. This is what sparked the creation of the home studio. It is accessible to anyone who can afford its purchase with prices ranging from just one hundred to the thousands of http://www.applelinks.com/images/uploads/fasttrackusb1.jpg dollars. This is the link between the professional and the amateur.
  3. 3. Number of Released Recorded Singles in North America According to Billboard.com 4,000 3,440 3,000 2,650 2,000 2,013 1,456 1,000 1,240 486 0 138 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 Year/Decade
  4. 4. But Why is it so special? home recording has not only revolutionized the tools and methods of capturing music, but has also changed the way we record music and what we later do with that music. It has made recording music a not so distant dream and has given opportunity to hundreds of musicians who would have otherwise gone un-noticed in previous decades because, they would not of had the chance to record their music, their art. Home studios have changed the world for amateurs but, have also changed the way professional musicians function. Now a serious session musician does not have to leave their house because of the accessibility to professional recording equipment and the easy of installing it at home. From basements or attics to garages and lofts, with a lap top and interface there has never been an easier way to record at a professional level. once the recording is done in can be uploaded with a click of a button to the internet giving fans and friends from all over the globe a chance to hear new art and find new favourites.
  5. 5. two budgets Two Different Home Studios High $$$ Low $$$ Interface & Mac Pro Effects Preamps Rack Computer Mackie Mixer 2 input Vocal Bass Amps Interface Guitar Booth with USB Amps Microphone Drum Booth with Mics http://www.absoluteguitartuition.com/Gibson-Les-Paul-Classic.jpg
  6. 6. small beginnings... There are 3 essentials to setting up a basic home studio for the beginner. A computer with USB or firewire port and some sort of recording software (ie.garage band, Cubase http://blog.nftecnostar.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/apple_macbook_pro_intel_core_2_duo_2_4ghz_2048mb_160gb_tft17_dvdrw_mac_os_x_10_4.jpeg A small interface that has at least 1 or 2 mic/Line-in inputs and can be connected to the computer with USB or firewire http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jul06/images/presonusinspire_l.jpg A microphone and a XLR cable to connect to the interface or, just a 1/4” patch cable to connect any instrument or amp with an output to the interface http://www.city-sound.info/SM58.jpg
  7. 7. Where does it all go? Independent US Release Independent Canada Release Major US Release Major Canadian Release 11% 20% 8% 60% According to Billboard.com 2007-2008 Statistics
  8. 8. Share it with the world! Now that you’ve recorded music it’s time to share it! here are a few ways of sharing your music with the Global community. https://www.noisetrade.com/# http://www.casabonitaproductions.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/MySpaceLogo.jpg http://www.gadgetell.com/images/2007/11/facebook-music.jpg http://hallmedia.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/ap_you_tube_logo_070820_ms.jpg
  9. 9. enjoy it! http://www.waynepubliclibrary.org/images/music%20notes.JPG ORIGINAL
  10. 10. RESOURCES AND CREDITS http://ieee-virtual-museum.org/collection/tech.php?taid=&id=2345805&lid=1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A3224936 www.billboard.com www.m-audio.com