About Recording Equipment:
As technology has advanced, the definition of "recording equipment" has subtly changed. Where it used to be a simple list of microphones, mic preamps, mixer, tape machines and reference monitors, with perhaps some outboard gear like compressor/limiters and reverb/delay units, today it can be as simple as a keyboard workstation with sampling capability or as complex as a full-blown Pro Tools HD system with automated console and thousands of plug-ins to handle virtually any audio task. It all depends on just what it is you need to do.
A simple home recording studio can be a desktop all-in-one studio—the modern equivalent of the cassette multi-track units that were once omnipresent in musicians' spare rooms, or a compact, computer-based setup with a small multi-channel interface and a small mic locker with a variety of studio-quality microphones. Home studios tend to be a "one or two tracks at a time" type of setup, but are easily expandable, and as you add gear and capability, upgrading to a larger mixer, more mics, more signal processing or more plug-ins and computer power, you may find that you've stepped over the somewhat blurry line to morph your home studio into a project studio.
Where home studios are usually, though not always, the origin of song demos and scratch tracks, project studios generally have enough gear and capacity to track an entire band at once and get into the nitty gritty of producing what's traditionally thought of as a release-quality recording. Some "project" studios can come to rival commercial studios in capacity. By the time you get to the project studio stage, you start to think about things like more serious acoustic treatments, a separate control room with well-designed acoustics and multiple monitor systems
for comparative listening, isolation booths for vocals and other such niceties.
The recording tools available today are more powerful and more affordable than ever, and it's easy for even a musician on a budget to put together a recording studio capable of sounding as good as or better than what you used to need a dedicated multi-million dollar facility to produce. All you need is the space, the desire and the good advice you'll get from the Pro Audio department at Guitar Center.
In addition to the entry and mid level systems, our GC Pro
team of experts offers hands-on sales and support for professional solutions such as ProTools 11
, Avid HDX Systems and the Focusrite Rednet series
. These solutions are typically used in recording studios, post facilities and other professional settings.