Any advice for the ultimate beginner?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by OrangeSun, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. OrangeSun

    OrangeSun Guest

    I'm an 18 year old singersongwriter and I'd like to know at least the basics of recording so that I can start getting my material together.

    I have no idea if this is a hobby or what I want to do with my life, I just know it interests me more then what I'm doing at community college.

    I know extremely little about recording, except that it interests me greatly and whenever I can manage to record something onto my computer I feel like the man. My friend gave me a version of cakewalk, and I've just started recording things through my acoustic guitar amp (Fender Acoustasonic), using the XLR output, straight into the line in on my computer.

    I dont have a 24/96 soundcard or any of that stuff.

    But, my question is, how do I get familiarized with all these terms and concepts? Can anyone reccomend a book, website, anything?

    Much appreacieted, from the ultimate beginner

  2. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Spend at least a few hours a day reading through the archives here at R.O. Once you find the people that give you the most info and value, you can search for their postings specificly. Use google to search for topics related to recording. There is enough good info out there to keep you busy for at least few years which is what your going to need before you get the hang of applying the basics.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    David Miles Huber wrote a nice introductory book on recording called Modern Recording Techniques. It really hit the spot for me about nine years ago.
  4. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest


    not to take away from any of the valuable material on RO. but this is a great link that will help you decide what's good for you, then you can use this forum to tweak :)

    hope it helps


    , maybe we could place this a link in a locked topic for newbies to look at ???? just a thought
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    just start recording any way you can- what you doing is fine- as you do more you will be bitten by the bug like the rest of us, and you will start researching things you don't understand... get the book david suggested and devour it- keep it around for reference- listen to your favorite artists CDs with an ear for what they are doing in their recordings...
    the whole world is in front of you, man. It might seem (and it is!) a big an overwhelming place but when you start making your way is a lotta fun :mrgreen:
  6. OrangeSun

    OrangeSun Guest

    Thanks a lot for the replies everybody, very encouraging, I'll definatly check out the resources you all came up with and keep frequenting this site. thanks!
  7. gambit

    gambit Active Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Bristol, UK
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    As others have said here - just record - onto anything - even an ailing tape deck. This will ensure that you never get the dreaded "red light" syndrome and enable you to critically look at what and how you are recording. A cheap 4 track maybe a good start because it will teach you about layering and multi track arrangements that you will find in everything from cakewalk to pro-tools.

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