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From Demo To Final Mix: (Part 1 - Studio Tour)

Updated: 3 days ago


In this post, I will briefly detail the space and equipment that I will be using to undertake my Final Major Project (FMP).


First and foremost, it is important to state that my home "studio" is not a purpose built space. Instead, it occupies a spare room in my parents house, as can bee seen below.



Needless to say, the space has its logistical restrictions, rendering it a mixing / over-dubbing studio. However, for the purpose of this project, we can consider this to be our "virtual control room".



Equipment:


You do not need expensive equipment to make great sounding music. Does it help? Sure. Is it necessary? absolutely not! Take Billie Eilish for example. Her debut album cleaned up at the Grammy's earlier this year. An album that was recorded in her brothers bedroom!

So what equipment do I use myself?


Audio Interface - Focusrite 18i8


An affordable, high quality digital audio interface. I also own a Focusite Octopre, which is essentially an XLR extender, providing me with an additional eight inputs alongside the four already in the 18i8. However, given that the drums for this project are being recorded remotely, we won't be using this piece of hardware.


Monitors - Yamaha HS7's


A nice pair of relatively inexpensive near field monitors. And no... although they may look like NS10's, they sound nothing like them.


Computer & Software


A 2016 Mac Mini running Logic Pro X (Version 10.2.4 to be precise).


And that's it really!


Anyway, that's enough waffling from me. Why not check out a short video tour of my studio below. As they say, a video tells a thousand words... wait that's not right is it? Well... you get the picture (pun intended!).


Join me in the next blog where we will begin constructing a MIDI demo of our newly written track!







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