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Chapter 11. Play It Loud: Upgrading for ... > Application #8: Setting Up Your Own ...

Application #8: Setting Up Your Own Home Recording Studio

This is really a niche application, but one with appeal to a lot of musicians out there—turning your home computer into a digital recording studio. Whether you play in a band or are a budding composer, this is the low-cost way to put your songs on disc. (Setting up a complete home studio is a lot less expensive than even a single day in a professional recording studio.)

In this type of setup, you use your PC as both a mixing console and hard disk recorder. As shown in Figure 11.3, You connect your instruments or outboard mixers to your PC, typically through a MIDI or USB port. You then use digital studio software—such as Cakewalk (www.cakewalk.com) or Cubasis (www.steinberg.net)— to create the mix and record the sounds on your hard disk. After you've created the final mix, you burn your music to CD. It's really as simple as that.


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