I forgot the mention which laptop I chose for my budget studio recording purpose.
I opted for the very affordable (around £250) ASUS X501A:
- 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-2328M, (dual-core) – I think the i3 is perfectly good enough for most multi-track sessions.
- Windows 8 64bit
- 4GB 1,600MHz DDR3 – Enough RAM for most applications, I have not had any issues with 4GB.
- 320GB, 5,400rpm HDD – Space isn’t a massive need for me. I archive sessions when done and most sessions tend to be less than a gigabyte in size.
- 15.6in (1366×768) gloss LCD – Portability is the key small screen, thin and lightweight. I will be purchasing a TV to run HDMI output to for session views.
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 – I don’t play games on this so no real requirement for super graphics performance.
- 1x USB 3.0 – Excellent for when USB 3.0 Interfaces surface.
- 1x USB 2.0
Overall for someone starting out who needs a powerful enough machine for audio engineering with portability for recording sessions outside of the studio it’s a solid little performer.
So gathering new gear on a budget is still on!
I had been checking out bookshelf style studio monitors for a while now and a particular pair kept popping up online with excellent reviews – the Edifier R1600T’s.
What intrigued me was the pricing of these along with an excellent frequency response of 66hz – 20Khz.
These are active 16Watt x2 RMS with high performance crossovers, 5″ driver and 18mm silk dome tweeter with aluminum phase cone.
People are raving about the sound quality for the price range and overclockers.co.uk had a sale this week only priced at £53.99 down from £77.99.
Let hope the sound great because the certainly look great. I can’t wait to see what my mixes sound like on these.
Obviously a review to follow…
So I bought a mic preamp previously for my planned studio rebuild. Next up was a mic filter!
Again another half price eBay buy. These are a great option for not only getting clearer vocals in an untreated room but also portability as they fold up and are lightweight.
This is a StudioSpares model. My girl is a singer so she will be the Guinea pig on this one.
I have no idea of the quality but again it’s cheap so review coming on this too…
If you have been reading my blog you will know I am a fan of free and affordable plugins. I’ve tried Waves and other ‘leading brands’ and I can’t see the justification in price with some in the range of £500+!
I stumbled across a company called Minimal System Instruments. It happened that the where giving away a few free plugins.
Ultracompressor a vintage compressor was up for grabs so I downloaded it. I’ve now used it on 3 mixes and it’s performed really well overall.
Link here: http://minimalsystem.com/Store/index.php?route=product/product&path=77_80&product_id=63
So they are super affordable and they happen to have a MASSIVE 50% off sale on right now until next month.
Prices range from £19.99 for a mixing and mastering suite down to £4.99 for a compressor!
What a steal they are! These are pro-level plugins and worth every penny.
Demo’s are available from the website http://minimalsystem.com/Store
I’m about to pull the trigger on a few of these. I don’t often buy plugins but with the sale I can’t pass these up.
Reviews coming soon…In the meantime grab a free plug and see for yourself.
[EDIT] 26th July 2013: Downloaded the demo version of MSI’s Master Compressor, wow what a great compressor for the master bus. Tried it on several mix sessions and the way it glues the tracks together is excellent! Also there is an added body to the mix with a smooth and more powerful impact overall. Best of all it’s half price at £4.99!!!! Deal! Very happy with this find.
Following on from the building a studio on a budget theme. I was looking for a mic preamp and I wanted something with a few different settings to mess with on the input.
I found a Behringer MINIMIC800 on ebay and bidded on it.
I snapped that up for £9.99 so that was a steal!
For that money you cannot complain. I will post a review and some sound samples soon.
Short comparison video on a track showing what the differences are from mastering.
I master artists and all my own music in a similar fashion to this.
You can here the prominent increase in volume as well as overall sound.
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OK so here’s a track I’m mixing for fun. The purpose here is to show you the differences of a mixed version of the track and unmixed to make a comparison.
It’s subtle but important differences that make the tracks sit well together using EQ, reverb and compression mainly.
Clearly this song is mixed and panned with the faders, so I’m really only demonstrating the removal of effects and eq etc. It still gives you an idea what a difference there is.
Remember thought this is not mastering this is just mixing.
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Hope this helps.