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Creative Session: Advice for Beginners

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If you're new to audio, take advantage of the collective wisdom of the Audiotuts+ community. Here is a collection of useful Open Mic posts where our readers answer the question, "What advice would you give a beginner about..."

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    Open Mic: What Is the Best DAW for Beginners?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. Imagine a friend wanted to get into audio, and asked you about the best software to get started with. What advice would you give him?Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give a Beginner about Plugins?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. Imagine a friend has just got into audio production, and have chosen their DAW. What advice do you give them about plugins? At what stage should they look at adding plugins, and which plugins should they start with?Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give a Beginner About Mics?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. Imagine a friend has just got into audio production, and are getting their gear together. What advice do you give them about mics? At what stage should they look at buying a mic or two, and which type should they start with?Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give a Beginner About Loops?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. For someone who has never worked with loops before, the concept and workflow may seem a little foreign. What tips and advice would you give to a beginner about loops?Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give a Beginner About EQ?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. Imagine a friend has just got into audio production, have chosen their DAW, and are starting to produce their first song. What advice do you give them about EQ? Are there any strict rules you would tell them to follow? Do you know any tips that would stop them pulling out their hair?Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give a Beginner About Organizing Their Files?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. It doesn't take long to build up a sizable collection of files when you get into audio. Now's a great time to sort them out. What advice would you give to a beginner about organizing their files?Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give a Beginner about Computers?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. Most beginners getting into audio have a lot of questions about computers. "Is my computer good enough?" "What type should I buy?" "Do I need any special components?" What would you tell them?Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give a Beginner About Monitor Speakers?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. Most beginners don't own a decent set of accurate speakers. Well, maybe they have a good stereo, or reasonable multi-media speakers plugged into their computer. Should they go out and buy a pair of monitor speakers? Do you have any hints for them? Or can they get away with wearing headphones, or using the speakers they already have? Let us know the advice you'd give them in the comments.Read More…
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    Open Mic: What Advice Would You Give to a Beginner About Audio Interfaces?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. We all need a decent way of getting the sounds we're recording onto our computers. But a beginner is unlikely to have any sort of audio interface - just a mic or line-in jack. What advice would you give them? What sort of audio interface should they get? And how soon should they get it?Read More…