Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jan 2011 12:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV I generally need a billion words to explain the problems inherit in the current copyright system. Joss Stone needs just one minute. "I don't care how you hear it - as long as you hear it." Can we please appoint Ms Stone as supreme overlord of the universe?
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RE[5]: performing artists
by sparkyERTW on Mon 17th Jan 2011 20:05 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: performing artists"
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Last time I checked (it was some years ago, though), it was easy to find dirt cheap to free high-quality audio software on the web (Audacity, REAPER, Kristal Audio Engine, and all the linux stuff, to name a few), but hardware remained quite costly. Examples : good dynamic mics started around 100€ each, preamps started at 100€, static mics at 300€, sound cards began around 100€, and active speakers were around 300-400€ if you were ready to go with some quirks like poor bass response. And that's without the hardware mixing stuff, which becomes quickly nice to have considering that low-end sound cards generally have only one or two stereo audio inputs...


I don't know if hardware prices in Europe are far worse than North America when it comes to recording gear, but 200€ could get you an 8in/8out audio interface with decent mic-preamps built-in. Same goes for some small powered monitors.

Check out a song or two on Jonathan Coulton's website (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songs/) from the thing-a-week series and give me your take on whether they are of good enough quality to make an actual album out of (which he has, by the way). I've read interviews with him discussing his home recording gear, and it's pretty reasonable stuff all-in-all.

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RE[6]: performing artists
by Neolander on Mon 17th Jan 2011 20:39 in reply to "RE[5]: performing artists"
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2010-03-08

I don't know if hardware prices in Europe are far worse than North America when it comes to recording gear, but 200€ could get you an 8in/8out audio interface with decent mic-preamps built-in. Same goes for some small powered monitors.

I didn't check audio interfaces with preamps built in at the time, so it's well possible that with integrated preamps it costs only this price around here too (just replace euros with dollars, as usual when dealing with any stuff including electronic components)...

About monitors, I've just checked, and indeed those BX5 which I were eyeing at the time have now dropped at around 220€, which is close to half their original price...

(Ah, those years where I tried hard to make something sounding decently with a 60€ camera mic and various portable sound recorders, dreaming of becoming a sound engineer, before I changed my mind and chose to get into physics studies instead ^^ *memories*)

Check out a song or two on Jonathan Coulton's website (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/songs/) from the thing-a-week series and give me your take on whether they are of good enough quality to make an actual album out of (which he has, by the way). I've read interviews with him discussing his home recording gear, and it's pretty reasonable stuff all-in-all.

More than decently-sounding indeed. Maybe a few gripes with the way he did his mix and occasional artifacts (themselves probably due to my terrible linux audio stack + mp3 encoding), but it's not about sound quality of the takes themselves.

However, be careful, he's Jonathan Coulton. You shouldn't believe that discussion about his home recording gear you rode, it's probably just as much of a lie as the damn cake was ;)

Edited 2011-01-17 20:59 UTC

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