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Home Recording

Home Recording

Date: Jul 14 2008

Themes: Tech


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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Just a few decades ago, if a musician wanted to make a recording, he or she had to go to a studio and pay an engineer. But now, a studio can be anywhere you want it to be. Without even spending all that much, you can buy the equipment to make quality digital recordings. In fact, Soulja Boy recorded his entire hit album on free software!

Though it’s considerably easier to produce, digital music does sound a little bit different than analog equipment. While the cleaner sound of digital recording may work for Soulja Boy, rock bands and people who play older styles of music may prefer the warmer sound of tape.

Mason is excited that he can record himself playing guitar on his computer, but in the age of digital music, Beren’s band made an album the old-fashioned way. Listen to them talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each.


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Mason:  So Beren, you’re in a band, yeah? ‘Cause I just got one of these Mbox things where I can record my guitar into my computer and it just…I don’t even know what I’m doing. I tried and failed.

Beren:  OK, so I know the Mbox. You plug your guitar in and then plug that into the computer for GarageBand?

Mason:  Yeah.

Beren:  I think that’s like a different beast. When I think of home recording…Like we just did our full-length album on reel to reel 8-track and 4-track.

Mason:  Old school! Wow.

Beren:  Yeah. And it sounds awesome. And I’ve been in studio studios where you’re paying $500 a day and done the same thing, reel to reel.

Mason:  Did you just mike everything?

Beren:  Yeah, it’s like old-school style. If you listen to ‘60s Motown records, all the drums have one mic placed between the bass and the snare and that’s it. That’s why it’s funky. Clyde Stubblefield? That’s all he used. One mic. And then ambient room mics, that’s what we did, and then guitar mics and stuff. But we’d record live. It’s super fast and super cheap. But you should get a 4-track player. I have Garage Band too, and I don’t know. There’s something about it…I like computers. I’m pretty computer literate. But as far as recording goes, I don’t know.

Mason:  So did you even do any editing to it, or did you just play it live enough times that you’re like, “Yeah, that one sounded good. We’ll print it.”

Beren:  Kind of. A lot of the stuff on the record is the first time we’ve ever played it together as a band though, you know?

Mason:  No kidding? That’s kind of interesting. I mean, so many people with the proliferation of how available it is to do digital recording and Garage Band coming on everyone’s Mac computer, to go totally retro and do it that way.



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Mason asks Beren for advice on how use his new digital recording equipment because he remembers she’s in a band. But as it turns out, Beren doesn’t know all that much about digital recordings.

The Motown recordings of the 1960s had a distinct sound and were very popular. Beren’s band would rather sound like that, so they record using tape and only a few microphones. They all play their parts at the same time instead of one at a time.

Have you ever made a recording? Do you like the sound of new, digital recordings or the old analog stuff? Maybe you even own some vinyl records.



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I prefer the analog taxation, but in these days. recording digital music is more practical.

05:36 PM Aug 21 2012 |




 Actually , as far as I know, the opinions on this subject are divided, the old school might  prefer the analog sound. 

12:05 AM Feb 25 2011 |



I agree that the speaking is too fast to understand.especilly for the people whose fist lauguage is not english ,But  I believe by hard studing,maybe ,I can reach the level.

01:54 PM Jul 19 2008 |




10:21 AM Jul 18 2008 |




10:20 AM Jul 18 2008 |



that’s good although i have no ear for music.

01:51 AM Jul 18 2008 |





08:18 AM Jul 17 2008 |



I hope that the speaker  could be show

07:35 AM Jul 17 2008 |




colledit 2,very nice!cool!

02:58 AM Jul 16 2008 |

Michele Geledan


The speakers really speak to fast, but it´s a nice dialogue!!!

10:56 PM Jul 15 2008 |


Dominican Republic

wao! they speak so fast, i cant usnderstand without readFrown

02:22 PM Jul 15 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

of course yes….. i have my own tape cassette crecorded by myself.

singer… recorder….. music player….. music…. poem….. and all all i mean all is by myselfLaughing

11:15 AM Jul 15 2008 |




I always record for myself ,my own music, with my laptop and microphone. They are enough for recording, and the effect is perfect then.

i record several of songs sang by myself, i enjoy it.

Um, you gotta have a neat software to record with a PC, such as cooledit~

09:08 AM Jul 15 2008 |



United States

i know , like friend friend. ??

08:21 AM Jul 15 2008 |



I think the speakers speak too fast,but I think it is easy to read .

01:53 AM Jul 15 2008 |


Cote D'Ivoire

Yes it's more easy to me to read but listen is so difficult

and the speaker have to speak more slowly I think.

What is your point o view?


01:01 AM Jul 15 2008 |




The dialogue is absolutely  terrible. 

10:57 AM Jul 14 2008 |

Dan Evans

Dan Evans


where's the answer?

08:24 AM Jul 14 2008 |




i have never try  it ,so i do not know!!

04:03 AM Jul 14 2008 |

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