As a follow-up to my blog post titled Making Music With What You’ve Got, I figure I should discuss the gear that makes up the foundation of a studio. Everyone’s workflow is a bit different, but these 5 essential hardware pieces for the bedroom studio are what I believe to be the fundamentals of a good home music studio.
Essential may be a strong word. As I’ve mentioned before, we should strive to make the best music we can with the tools at our disposal. At the same time though, there are tools we should strive to add to our disposal ;). Here I will discuss what I believe to be the 5 essential hardware pieces for the bedroom studio.
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As with most jobs, we need tools in order to do them correctly. Mixing requires mixing tools. This can be outboard hardware or ‘in the box’ software. This article focuses on software Digital Audio Workstations and their mixing tools, most of which are called plugins.
There are plenty of plugins out there, both free and paid. DAWs come with their own stock plugins, which are often times of very high quality! 3 stock Logic X plugins are pictured in this post, but any DAW comes with (in my opinion) the 5 Essential Mixing Tools in Your DAW.
Whether you’re a mix engineer or a bedroom producer, the following 5 mixing tools are a must!
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The bedroom producer: An emerging breed of musician. We utilize the power of computers and the internet to develop our craft, produce our music, and share that music with the world. Whenever, however, wherever we want.
Okay, maybe “emerging” is a strong word. DIY artists, at-home recordists, and computer musicians have been around for a while. However, I believe that “bedroom producer” is what a lot of musicians are becoming. Musicians producing their own music will soon be the norm, if not already the norm.
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