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Section A.1. Creating the ultimate web sound studio

A.1. Creating the ultimate web sound studio

The key to building the ultimate web sound studio is to select professional-grade equipment that captures the highest fidelity audio while avoiding equipment that adds noise and low-level distortion. Professional gear should have balanced XLR inputs (large, three-pin connectors) instead of 1/4-inch or RCA jacks, built-in power supplies instead of external "wall warts," and high-grade, sturdy electrical components that resist age and rust.

This appendix outlines the standard equipment, software, and accessories used for professional web audio production and sound design. Where appropriate, each featured professional grade studio component is listed with a "pro option," along with its manufacturer's "list" price versus its "street" price. Keep in mind that these prices are as of June 2000. The professional grade equipment listed in this appendix is targeted at a reasonable, small-scale audio production studio budget of $25,000. Many professional studios used for film scoring and music recording spend hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars on equipment. If you just want to add some audio to your site, the budget option targets the home studio builder with a budget of a few thousand dollars.


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