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Creative Session: Buyers Guides

24 Posts

Ready to spend your hard-earned cash on some new gear or software? Here is a collection of posts that not only show you your options, but help you through the decision-making process as well.

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  • Music & Audio
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    What Is the Best DAW for Beginners?Preview
    If you're getting started with audio production, it won't be long before you have to start making decisions. These decisions will potentially cost you lots of time and money. And one of the first of these decisions is about software - which digital audio workstation (DAW) software should you choose?Read More…
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    Monitor Speakers Roundup: Audiotuts Readers’ FavoritesMonitors
    You can spend countless hours mixing and mastering, but if you’re not accurately hearing what your music actually sounds like, you’re wasting your time. There is no substitute for good monitor speakers. We recently asked you about which you use, and this article wraps up your answers. It summarizes the “hive mind” of Audiotuts+ readers on the best brands and models to use.Read More…
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    Headphones Roundup: Audiotuts Readers' FavoritesThumb
    Headphones are an essential tool for recording musicians, but there are a lot of choices out there - and some of them are very expensive. We recently asked you about your favorite headphones, and this article wraps up your answers. Just in time for Christmas, it summarizes the “hive mind” of Audiotuts+ readers on the best brands and models for studio use and listening for pleasure.Read More…
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    20 Windows DAWs Worth UsingPreview
    Most of the world use Windows computers, so the chances are you're one of them. So if you want to produce music on your computer, what are your options? Fortunately there are a heap of them - most of the big name digital audio workstation software works fine on Windows, and they're not your only choices. So sit down and take a menu. We list the "big gun" software you can choose from, some inexpensive (less than $100) alternatives, and a few free options.Read More…
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    Audio Apps - The Mac App Store Day 1Appstore icon
    The Mac App Store has just opened, and the first day was an unqualified success, with the download of over a million apps. What will the app store mean for audio software, and the future of the Mac? We have a look at the audio apps available on Day 1.Read More…
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    Your Portable Studio: iPhone Apps for MusiciansThumb
    The iPhone really does have some great offerings for musicians that you should know about, and I think it's a platform with huge potential for musicians, especially on the move. We've all experienced the frustration of coming up with a great melody and having no way to get it down, and subsequently forgetting it. Or lost a guitar tuner or forgotten the correct fingering for a chord.Read More…
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    25 Tempting Music Apps for the iPadIpadpreview
    What would it take to tempt you to grab an iPad? These 25 apps might just whet your appetite. And if you can't afford to buy an iPad, read on for how you can win one in AudioJungle's new competition.Read More…
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    All the Music Apps for Google's Android You Could NeedHtcdream200
    The HTC Dream Android phone (elsewhere known as the G1) arrived in Australia recently, and I've had mine for about a month now. I have been an enthusiastic user of palmtops, organizers, PDAs and smartphones since the late 80s, and this one is very nice, though the battery could last a little longer, and it sometimes feels more sluggish than it should.Read More…
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    117 Audio Apps for Apple Lovers - Appstorm RoundupAudiomactools
    If you sit on the Apple side of the great debate, you're probably already familiar with our sister sites Mac.Appstorm and iPhone.Appstorm.Read More…
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    40 Sites that Help You Choose the Right MicrophoneHomemicspreview
    If it’s worth recording, it’s worth recording well. To do that, you need a quality microphone. Purchasing your first microphone is a lot more complicated than you may have imagined. And discovering your favorite mic can take years of experience and experimentation. The job of buying a new microphone is an important one—and an expensive one. It can be a very complicated one. Fortunately, the Internet is filled with pages of useful advice and recommendations about microphones.Read More…
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    36 Audio Interfaces Under $1000Thumb
    Most home studios today are centered around a personal computer. (And yes - despite what the ad says, a Mac is a personal computer too.) An audio interface is the audio gateway from the outside world into your computer. Most computers come with a sound card with line and mic inputs, and many people use these when starting out with audio recording. But if you are serious about the quality of your work, you should avoid them. They have inferior audio to digital converters, and often produce a good deal of noise. You need to choose a professional audio interface that allows you to plug in your mics and instruments, and connects to your computer through a USB, Firewire, PCI or PCMCIA interface.Read More…
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    Buyers Guide: Audio Interfaces over $1000Digi003g
    Quality costs. And if you’ve decided to spend over USD$1000 on an audio interface, you’ve decided that when it comes to music you’re serious about quality. By making this decision, you have left a lot of compromises behind: just about any audio interface over $1000 will be at least 24bit/96KHz, have a generous number of inputs, and have good quality audio to digital converters. And there are very few USB interfaces over $1000 - almost all have low-latency Firewire or PCI interfaces. But budget will still be a consideration. $1000 is just the starting point, and the prices go up quite a long way from there. What are you hoping to gain in return for all of that money? Lots of inputs? High quality and better reliability? Additional features? Some combination of these?Read More…
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    Audiotuts+ Top 6 Software SynthsPreview
    I remember discovering pro synths way back in 1982. I was amazed - with one instrument you could create almost any sound you could imagine. I fell in love with them. Now we can do all that with software. About a month ago I asked you what you thought was the best software synth. You answered. Five synths stood out above the rest. In this article we explore them. [Update August 3rd: After I read NaitaOni's comment, I added a section for Synth1.]Read More…
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    11 Soft Synths to Add to Your RackThumb
    Synthesizers are amazing instruments. I used to love watching videos of Vangelis, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and Jean Michel Jarre play their racks of synths in the 70s and 80s. Their arms would jump from keyboard to keyboard with practiced precision, their fingers hitting buttons, moving sliders and changing patches between phrases.Read More…
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    Top 10 Places to Buy MusicThumb
    The Internet is changing the world, and has opened up new ways to distribute music, and new places to get it. We recently asked you where you buy your music, and this article wraps up your answers. It summarizes the “hive mind” of Audiotuts+ readers on the best places to buy purchase music today.Read More…
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    Music Streaming Roundup: Audiotuts Readers' FavoritesThumb
    Streaming allows you to play music over the Internet that isn't stored on your computer. You save storage space - but at the cost of bandwidth. Streaming is ideal on devices with limited storage, like netbooks, mobile devices and the coming iPad. It's also a great way to discover new music. We recently asked you about this, and this article wraps up your answers. It summarizes the “hive mind” of Audiotuts+ readers on the best websites to go for streaming music.Read More…
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    12 Books That Audiotuts Readers LoveThumg
    Making music can be both intuitive and technical, emotional and rational, so there is always something to learn. In a recent Open Mic, Audiotuts readers shared which books have been most useful in their musical education.Read More…
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    20 Flash Audio Resources for MusiciansActiveden
    To have your music noticed today, you need an online presence. While you may opt to show off your tracks on Myspace, there are certain advantages to having your own website. Our sister site, ActiveDen, has some fantastic and affordable Flash resources that will make you stand out from the crowd. We feature 20 of their best site templates and audio players.Read More…
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    Mixing & Mastering
    Field Mixer ThrowdownMusic and audio
    In this week’s Audio Premium video, Jonah Guelzo compares two field mixers – the PSC AlphaMix and the Wendt X4.Read More…
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    10 Secure Online Backup Solutions for Pro AudioPreview
    Backup, backup, backup. You put enough effort into your audio files to protect them. Spend time thinking about your backup strategy. Make sure it works! And part of any effective backup strategy includes offsite backup. Online backup services provide the easiest way of doing offsite backup. Here are 10 of your best options.Read More…
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    8 Free Professional Quality Audio Unit Plug-ins for MacPreview image
    Lets face it, software is expensive. It is also a necessity more so than a want if you are serious about making computer based music. While there are hundreds of free plug-ins available online, more often than not two problems will arise: One, most of them are for PCs leaving us Mac users feeling left out. Two, most of them are vary poor quality.Read More…
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    10 Last-minute Gift Suggestions for the Musician in Your LifePreview
    Problem. There's five days till Christmas, and you still don't know what to get your muso friend. While most musicians do wear socks and undies, here's a list of ideas that they'll appreciate even more - that you can buy at the last minute without breaking the bank.Read More…
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    Which Computer Should a Beginner Use for Audio ProductionPreview
    If you want to get into audio production, then you'll almost definitely want to use a computer-based digital audio workstation. What does a beginner need to know when purchasing a computer for audio? There's no one answer, and this article will help you think the issue through.Read More…
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    Mobile Audio – GuitarJack Model 2 ReviewPreview
    Sonoma WireWorks have updated their very popular iPhone interface, GuitarJack. GuitarJack. Model 2 is now out and is compatible with all the latest versions of iPhones, iPods and iPads. Read More…