Introduction to Home Recording

About this project:

In 2008 I completed my first recording studio, back home in Romania. I’ve worked in different recording studios since 2002 (when I was about 15 to 16) and one of my dreams was owing one. Remember now, in 2002 it was very difficult to record because all the tools and gears that you can order now from the internet and have them the next day were not accessible.

In 2011 I started a home recording community and focus more on the home/accessible side of the business. It was a success. In 2013 I pursued other ventures. In 2017 I came to Canada and purchase the domain homerecordingstudio.ca and translated the eBook that I already had. For different reasons, I never actually launched the site.

Up until October 2020. I’m pursuing other things now (SEO and digital marketing) but I still believe there’s valuable information in this eBook that covers most of the things someone is looking into learning about audio and recording. I also decided to leave it here on the home page, as a power page instead of separate blogposts. Feel free to leave comments and let me know your thoughts. Also subscribe to the newsletter and follow this project on social media.

Enjoy!

Logo of Home Recording Studio and a studio microphone image

Introduction to Home Recording

Disclaimer
The author of this book and collaborators from the HOMERECORDINGSTUDIO.CA community do not consider themselves authorities in the field of recordings. Many do not have specialized studies and all they share is the result of their own experience, acquired over the years. We were all beginners at some point, but the beginning for some of us is lost in the darkness of time… of the time when few were privileged in this mysterious art.

Although now, in the 21st century, recording technology has reached an unimaginable level, a level that 15 years ago seemed impossible (recording a song at home that will play on the radio); but people still hit walls imposed only by their own conscience. As humans, we tend to crave the approval of those around us, although most of the time, those around us are not able to have an opinion.

It’s also valid in the field of recording/music business.

Author’s note
2019 Notes

The first edition of this eBook was published in 2012 in Romania, my origin country from East Europe. It was (and I believe it still is) the first book to cover the basics of home recording. Some things have changed since – millions of people have dwelled into this world, from amateurs to award winning producers, mixers, composers, artists, engineers and so on. The industry has evolved a lot.

But the basics still remain the same.

I am still a recording studio guy; I believe the recording studio is the artists’ church. A temple where he needs to be in order to receive enlightenment and collaborate with other professionals in his area in order to be at his best.

But you can achieve great things working from your bedroom, on your own, and this book is here to help you do that. Especially if you’re a beginner in the field.

But at the end of the day, remember, it’s all about the music.

We use the tools and software to best capture a performance; part of your job is to ensure the artist (or yourself) performs at its best.

Original 2011 notes:

Thank you for taking the time to read this book. Its main purpose is to help those who are at the beginning of the road.

I hope you enjoy reading this book at least as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Follow our site.

There you will find the information you need to improve your records. Over time, I want the site to be more than a source of information. To be a center, a reference education institution. With time it can happen.

About the author

Full name Petrescu S. Emanuel Alexandru.

DJ Em.

Previously, I used the nickname “technicianu”. It was from an SF book by Isaac Asimov – The End of Eternity. Born and raised in Bucharest (since the year of Salvation 1986). With roots from the Prahova and Valcea areas.

Proud of my heritage.

However, I spent quite a long time and through our wonderful country – Timișoara, Piatra-Neamt, Rm.Vâlcea, Vălenii de Munte, Constanta. I also spend some time in Europe as well. I’ve met people from different places.

In 2017 I came to Toronto, Canada, where I live.

I am passionate about creation. I started with music in 2002. DJ since 2004. From 2006 was the owner of an independent record label. In 2008 I made my recording studio. I have toured my country as a supporting DJ for more than 250 concerts, performing in front of 15000 people at the most, but also in front of 10.

The first experience I had with a recording studio was sometime around 2001. I had been to a few radios and TV studios before, but actually in a studio where only music is recorded and worked on, never.

My goal was to record my first song into a “professional” studio so I called around and found 2 guys who were managing one. I do not dispute their knowledge in the field. But I question their ability to work with people, and especially children (I was 15).

The first track sounded like any other “first track:”. But it could have been better if the attitude of the studio guys had been different.

Unfortunately, I noticed this attitude everywhere I went (and later on in life, in most fields). That’s why I decided to make my own recording studio and help young artists have some of the best conditions for creating great material.

I can’t beat the big studios with millions of dollars invested, but I can create a special environment where you can enjoy working.

By writing this book I wanted to share my experiences in the field of audio recording, experiences that I have acquired during those 10 years of sitting behind a recording console. I’m not consider myself an authority in the field and all I can say is that I still have a lot to learn.

I have been helped by various people over the years and I would like to thank them in this way for the patience they have shown me. I know I can be annoying when trying to express myself without knowing the professional slang. They showed extraordinary professionalism.

The original 2011 eBook cover

I also sought to obtain the necessary information. The internet has been a tremendous help to me. Unfortunately, without the English knowledge I acquired from the television (Cartoon Network generation here – in East Europe, an entire generation – myself included – learned English from TV) I couldn’t have learned much.

Information for a beginner was practically non-existent when I started this project back home. Those who write generally write very advanced articles in the field, in a language difficult to access to those who are at the beginning of the road. Hopefully, this short book changes that.

Outline

  • Preface
  • The computer
  • DAW
  • VSTs and Plugins
  • Sound Card
  • Microphones
  • Studio Monitors
  • Headphones
  • Acoustic Treatment

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