Racking AMPS, Networking Guitars and New Studio Setup
Slick Audio has been doing some updates to the studio and thought we would bring some updates to everyone on some cool new changes that have been put in place.
Jim Slick of Slick Audio reviews some of the changes being made to the office studio. How to rack multiple amps, with live switching. (How you can use all your guitar amps easily by Racking your amps, Networking Guitars or Bass to switch between the amps live easily.) Jim also gives an overview of how to get your audio into your DAW Computer for recording.
What DAW software should I use? We get questions from time to time about DAW software and if we could make some recommendations on what is the best DAW software for my needs? So we thought that we would share a question from Jakub Baranowski
How to Record Beats
Hi Jim! You probably try out many, if not every DAW on the market. Could you recommend one or two DAW’s which are absolutely for all applications? I mean recording, mixing, mastering, producing, beat making? There’s a lot of articles about this and most of them say – if your recording and mixing go for Pro Tools and if you wanna make “beats” then maybe Ableton or FL Studio… blah blah blah But what if you wanna make ALL of those things in one DAW?? Is it possible?
And my second question is: “How many HDD/SSD should have a typical DAW computer? I heard that you must have separate disks for OS/DAW, samples, projects, sounds libraries, etc. How it should be installed and use to get the speed, stability, etc. during work on DAW computer? Could you explain this topic more?”
Thanks in advance for answers and thanks for your great videos! It’s a mine of knowledge!
Jim took a moment to answer his question. Jakub, there are some options out there not great meaning that although some of the DAW software can do these functions.
Cubase, Nuendo, Studio One 3, even Pro Tools are the best option for recording, but mastering and making beats. Although each of these software suites can do these tasks via virtual instruments they are not the best options. Software like FL Studios was created for making beats and is very good at it. While Wavelab is the best way to do the mastering of audio. So pick the DAW software you know and like and use these other programs to fill and give you great beats or audio mastering.
If you still have questions, please call us at 570-371-5800 or use our contact form.
You got to love technology, just 10-20 years ago the thought of having a home recording studio would have easily set you back several hundred thousand dollars or more to record audio from your home. However, with advancements in technology, this is no longer the case. Now you can quickly and easily pick a room in your home, garage (or even a corner of a bedroom). And set up a really good studio to record in.
Jim Slick of Slick Audio made a video where he breaks down how to set up a home recording studio on a budget. The keys to success are some planning, a little research and knowledge from industry professionals to make the best investment for your new studio.
In addition to tips and tricks on “How to Build a Budget-Friendly Home Recording Studio,” we summarized some essentials for recording studio beginners.
The 10 Home Recording Studio Essentials for Beginners
Pick a spot – This piece should go without saying that the quieter the location the better. If however space is at a premium you can still create a killer studio to record your audio in. This could be your garage, attic, basement, spare room, or even the corner of your bedroom to start if you’re in an apartment and space is limited.
Next is a Computer – This one we got you covered. Slick Audio manufactures computers specifically for recording audio. This is important because as many aspiring musicians have found out the hard way that not all computers are great at recording audio. Slick Audio has the experience with over 30 years of profession I.T. experience and a wide array of computers from laptops, desktops, or rack style computers. They also offer FREE REVIEW of your needs to help you pick the right computer. Visit www.slick.audioor call (570) 371-5800 for more details.
DAW – (Digital Audio Work Station) This is a piece of software that is used on the computer to record, edit and create the audio in. The is a whole bunch available to satisfy anyone’s needs everything from a great low-cost one like Reaper. To a few that are more advanced like PreSonus Studio One3, and Steinberg Cubaseor Nuendo.
Plugin’s – Plugins are software or code add-ons that can be plugged into the DAW software. They are similar to synthesizers and other effects, like equalization, dynamic range control, and reverberation. There are a bunch of low cost or even free plugins available. If you can imagine the effect it probably exists as a plugin. Be sure to review your DAW to see which ones are available, some are preinstalled or available to download off the internet.
Interface – This is a key piece it takes the output from your guitar or other gear and gets it into your computer so you can record it in the DAW software. There are multiple options when selecting an interface. They come in all sorts of connections USB interface like Focusrite Clarett is a great option for a home studio they come in a few different options depending on the number of inputs Check them out here. A Thunderboltinterface is also an option. Although a bit more expensive, it’s really fast and easy to use. We like the PreSonus Quantum this is a piece of equipment that you will have for a long time. See PreSonus Quantum on our store There is the added benefit of using PreSonus DAW software Studio One, which will work seamlessly and a great choice for any home or pro studio.
Studio Monitors – Not to be confused with a computer screen, a studio monitor is a speaker. Which there is a wide variety that is designed to give you the creator the best way to listen to your music as you are mixing and editing your recordings. Studio monitors are different than speakers on your sound system they are designed for editing don’t skip these you work and listeners will thank you. Remember since there are a bunch of models out there check out a few and get what sounds best to you because not everyone’s ears are the same what sounds great to us might not to you. For anyone that wants a suggestion a look at Adams AudioWe really like the S series words can’t seem to describe how awesome they are.
Headphones – If you don’t already have a great set of “cans” or over the ear headphones this one an easy one. you’ve seen them everywhere
Microphones – this is a critical piece of equipment right? Everyone needs a microphone if they want to record audio. So be sure to have 1-2 at least to start with. They vary in price from a good entry mic around $100.00 and up. Just be sure to get a quality mic designed to capture the audio that’s best for you. (Just a suggestion) We like Blue microphones they make a bunch of great mics. Also Shure like the SM57 both of which are great microphone manufactures.
Stands – You got the mics and the instruments. So be sure to get some stands to hold and protect your gear. Hercules, Ultimate, On Stage, Atlas Sound all have some great gear.
Cables – Now that you got a space, computer software, mics, monitors. Make sure you got your cables. XLR, TRS, or 1/4 inch are just some of the types you are going to need. Check the gear before buying to make certain you are getting the right ones. ProCo, Mogami, Monster Cable all make quality cables they are worth looking at. A few 6 ft and 25ft cables they are great sizes and will be your go-to for everything from amps, guitars, or mics.
Understanding the Signal Chain: And Computers in Home or Project Recording Studios
Slick Audio will be giving a presentation on Understanding the Signal Chain and Computers in Home and Project Studios. This presentation will be at the first joint AES (Audio Engineering Society) and NAMM (North American Music Merchants) event. Which is a new collaborative alliance which will integrate pro audio educational training activities related to live sound, performance audio, recording technology, and other topics into The 2018 NAMM Show, January 25-28 in Anaheim, California.
Slick Audio can be also found on the convention room floor during the duration of the trade-show. Below are the details if you are interested in attending NAMM.
NAMM 2018 Booth# 12125
Sunday, January 28 — 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
El Capitan (Level 4)
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an IT person on staff—someone who knows audio every time you had a question about signal flow in your home studio, or when your computer seems to take over and leave you in the dust? We can’t promise you that, but in this session, studio IT wizard Jim Slick, CEO of Slick Audio, will explain how audio and IT can co-exist peacefully, answer your nagging digital questions, and show you common problems and fixes to make your recording system run smoother and happier. Check out NAMM for more details https://www.namm.org/nammu/understanding-signal-chain-and-computers-home-and
Jim, from Slick Audio discusses a trick dare I say, or maybe a work flow and why and when you might want to use track versioning or take the step to turn each of these new versions actually into new tracks of their own. Maybe a few of you out there already do this if you do tell us more about how you do it. But for those who are not certain about what I am talking about. You are essentially making a new version of the piece you are creating and turn it into a stand alone track. Seeing is believing so review the video below as Jim helps you understand why you’d want to record multiple tracks or multiple versions. What’s the difference and how you can make the most of your recording time.
If you are into recording audio, you know gear can really take up a bunch of room. Any Drummers out there know what I am talking about? So if you have a bunch of instruments then you can dedicate a lot of space to your instruments Like the whole basement of your house or Even your garage. But what is a someone in an apartment, condo, or touring musician to do when they are limited on space?
Slick Audio has got you covered with the Smallest DAW Computer (audio recording computer) imaginable. Slick Audio makers of The best computers for recording music. For the home or any pro, studio has made a-line of Ultra-Compact PC’s for recording audio and the M560 is the smallest in the ultra compact category.
Slick Audio designed line-of DAW computers for audio production with small spaces in mind. These small form factor computers might not take up much space on your desk. But they will impress you with the amount of power they have for recording your projects on your favorite DAW software.
This Tiny PC is powerful and made for anyone that needs to Record audio but needs a small computer.
Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. You can lay multiple tracks, virtual Instruments, and plugins with this little beast. The M560 is about the size of a few CD’s stacked up. It contains only-one small fan and its extremely quiet. Perfect for-a Bedroom, tour bus, or dressing room, where space is at a premium. There are no expansion slots on this because of its size, but, it kicks one heck of a punch for-a box this small. Comes standard with an Intel i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 525GB M.2 SSD. It also-has built-in Thunderbolt 3, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Intel Iris Plus 640 Graphics, as well as Ethernet and HDMI video outs. The M560 also-has two USB 3.0, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 and an SDXC card slot.
Discussing all things related to recording and creating audio. With 30+ years in Information Technology, and decades of being a professional musicianSlick Audio has the knowledge and expertise to provide guidance on recording audio and how to do it like the pros. Home Studios, for recording audio, are ever more available to amateur musician and the power of the internet can get you and your work noticed by the masses. A seasoned pro, well no worry we can easily handle all your pro audio needs. Will pro audio, gear, software, computer, interface, and everything a professional musician could ever want or need.
We hope to inform, inspire, and provide guidance from the perspective of musicians, that happen to be I.T. experts so you don’t have to be. Let us impart some wisdom, a few laughs and even a bit of frustration all in the pursuit of the best audio you can record. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for yourself, recording and producing a top-notch worship service, business commercials, game audio or for pro music recordings. Slick Says Blog is designed for helping the music community.
Who will benefit from our blog? Well anyone that wants to know more about recording audio or love technology. But a few that will find it particularly useful will be.
Now to the fun stuff below are a few topics we feel passionate about or feel are worthy of sharing so please feel free to join in an and give us your thoughts. But keep it friendly, remember it’s about the music, the song, or the love of music.
If you’re an audio professional and Windows user, then the Slick Audio 5000 series might be the ultimate machine. Jim Slick of Slick Audio has been in the IT business for 33 years and is also a musician with a home studio. This crossover of knowledge along with collaborations with other industry veterans led to the development of the 5000 series — a pair of super high spec PCs that are optimized for use in audio, video and various other demanding situations. Jim talked us through the specs at Summer NAMM. Full article.
Can I use a PC I purchase from a “Big Box” store to record audio for my DAW?
A question that seems to crop up a lot so we decided it was time to directly address it. Jim said that there are a few things each of we need to know. First, the “Big Box” stores buy vast quantities of PC’s not just in an effort to save you money like you would when buying toilet paper.” They do this because the PC they get are often made with inferior components. The “Big Box Stores” Cheap PC’s are not QC (tested) the same way that a business (like Slick Audio PC’s) quality machine is. The Big Box stores are designed to run a few hours a week at best and designed for a light use so don’t get them confused. So the life expectancy of these cheap PC’s can be as low as one year.
The other thing we hear a lot is But the guy at the computer store said!
this is a comment we hear a lot, but don’t trust that guy at the computer store. Sure the “computer guy” understands computers, but chances are he doesn’t know about computer audio or what it takes to record audio on a computer. Business or gaming computers, well they are not designed to record audio and cannot give the performance that a Slick Audio recording computer will. We custom build computers for designing, creating, recording, making audio. They are simply the best.
Slick Audio PC’s a true business class PC designed to run and just work as hard as you do. We design and engineer the computers to be the best, fastest PC computers for recording audio. We back our beliefs up with 5-year warranty* on our Tower or Rack PC’s. We know technology, we know music, we know how to make rock solid systems that will just make recording easy. Give us a call 570-371-5800 or visit us on the web www.slick.audio
Don’t buy your recording studio computer where you buy your toilet paper.
Don’t mix up gaming computers with audio recording computers.
Slick Audio knows computers, recording, making music and what it takes.
The Slick Audio T2000 Audio PC is a powerhouse machine and would be an amazing centerpiece to any modern recording setup.
It’s the day before NAMM 2018 and we wanted to update this article a little bit. Since the time of this review from Performer Magazine, Slick Audio has added a few new models and making some very powerful computers for recording audio. The T2000 and R2000 models have since been replaced with T2100 our tower computer and R2100, which is a rack-mounted computer. These newer versions are just as capable as the ones mentioned in the review, and now faster due to some new innovation in motherboards and processing. In addition to the upgrades, this model received we have launched a few powerful lines of laptops in both 15 and 17-inch screen size with a crazy amount of speed to and power which can easily replace your desktop computers. Then there is a T3000 and an R3000 made for Pyramix software. Then our tower T4100 and rack R4100, which are super-powered I9 processor making a very fast and powerful audio recording computer.
Excerpt from the Performer Magazine article
We met up with the folks fromSlick Audioback at NAMM in January and we’re excited to see a company focused on making great PCs aimed squarely at the audio market. For too long, home studios and even commercial spaces have had to piece together systems or make do with off-the-rack components that sometimes worked well together, and sometimes didn’t. When you want to focus on your latest session, worrying about fitting together a powerful system to run yourDAW is the last thing you probably want to worry about.
Out of the box, we were impressed with the rugged, tank-like construction of theSlick Audio T2000 (since replaced by the T2100, just faster than its predecessor)tower we got on loan from Slick Audio. We had a chance to speak with CEO Jim Slick several times on the phone during the course of our evaluation, and there are a few things worth noting about this particular unit. For starters, even though we didn’t test these features, the OS itself has been optimized by Slick’s team specifically to run DAW applications smoother and to handle core audio functionality and processing. It must also be mentioned that these machines are Windows-only, so if you have a certain affinity for a DAW that runs on Mac, or if you’ve invested heavily in Mac software, take that into consideration.