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GAJOOB Magazine's Archive

By homemademusic, 2017-09-20
GAJOOB Magazine's Archive

I published GAJOOB in print from 1987 to 1994 and then online from around 1990 onwards. Yes, 1990. GAJOOB first went digital as a Mac Docmaker-format zine, complete with sound samples in Unix AU format.

The Ultimate Guide to Bass Traps for Home Recording

Too often, when beginners plan their studio… They forget about the most important element of acoustic treatment, which is of course: Bass Traps. Because, while regular acoustic panels are great at absorbing mid-high range frequencies, they aren’t that good at handling the low-end…where recording studios experience the worst problems.


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Top 10 Must Have Instrument Plugins For Producers

I've been doing a lot of weeding out VSTs and arriving at a solid arsenal  and Sean Divine's video about his top 10 really helped me. He's using Logic like me, but this should be helpful whatever the DAW you're using.

Top 10 Must Have Instrument Plugins For Producers

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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface

So I'm considering this audio interface. I hear good things about it. It has 2 headphone outs. I'm coming from sort of an old school setup; a MOTU rack firewire interface which served me very well, even recording into a very old iBook with OS 9 and Bias Deck II as the DAW. Now I'm on a MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X.

I've purchased a couple entry level audio interfaces since moving to the new computer. An IK Multimedia Solo and a Behringer Onyx. I got the Onyx because I used to run a Mackie mixer into the MOTU and liked that setup so I wondered if the mixer setup on the Onyx is what I was looking for. Also I needed something to transfer all of my cassettes to digital. I'm not sure it works well for either purpose, to be honest. It was cheap though. I gave it a shot.

The IK Solo works alright. Seems like I have to fight it much more than I ever had to fight the MOTU. I've made a good track with it (see below), but constantly unplugging and plugging instruments drives me crazy. To avoid that, I've even thought of stepping up to the 18i20, but I really don't need all the outputs. I never used any outputs on the MOTU except the stereo main outputs and the speaker outputs. Also, I like the rack since I have a road rack case, but do I really need the hardware outboard effects still? I kinda don't think so.

From the manufacturer:

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is ideal for musicians, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals simultaneously on your computer. Four natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency* and class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by a host of additional inputs and outputs; four extra line inputs, digital I/O, two main monitor outputs and two entirely discrete headphone outputs. An ADAT input allows you to expand with eight additional mic preamps for larger recording sessions. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To that end, Focusrite and Avid will continue to work together to ensure all Scarlett interfaces are thoroughly tested with the latest version of Pro Tools. Scarlett 18i8 is also compatible with all other major DAWs, on Mac and PC. Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. * Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2omri5H (supported link - thanks!)

About Homemade Music

By homemademusic, 2017-04-01
About Homemade Music

Homemade Music was started by GAJOOB Magazine's Bryan Baker (that's me) in 1999. At that time I wanted to have a niche site filled with albums by the home recording artists I was featuring in GAJOOB. It was fun for a while, but real life took a turn and I took a few years away from music to pick up the pieces. At least as many as I could. I'm still trying to do that, to be honest.

Now I've picked up this piece and I'm spending more time here. To me, Homemade Music is just something I love to do. I love making a good song and I love just playing around and exploring without structure. I also love connecting with other people into recording and collaborating on things.

So that's sort of what this site will be about -- just a place to hang out and play around with creating music. There's already a lot of cool things we can do. Share video, post stems or loops maybe; and songs of course. I'll be blogging and vlogging. Personally, I've never gone too far into the technical details of software, DAWs, MIDI and all that. I just go by feel. But if you're into technical you can get on a box here and talk shop as much as you like. It's all good. I do like to read about it all.

So please join in if you're home recording. I guess most musicians are these days. It's now the thing. It came true. Home recording killed the music industry. But now it's something different and I think it could be for the better if we decide to make it better.

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How the 1990s Changed Recording and Music Production Forever

The 1980s saw recording technology becoming more compact and cheaper to mass produce, kicking off a home recording revolution with cassette tape that would continue into the 1990s.

Tascam’s popular cassette-based  Portastudio  became increasing popular in the 1990s. While the Portastudio is now a digital recorder, its 1990s tape incarnation would spawn imitations from countless competitors. The low-quality recordings helped these machines enjoy recognition by way of a "lo-fi" aesthetic popularized by indie rock acts like Pavement, Olivia Tremor Control, and Elliott Smith.

Read more on Reverb.com .

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By homemademusic, 2014-09-06

GuitarFetish.com has a great selection of guitar parts you need to put together your own guitar. They also have complete guitars at low prices. Seems like a cool place to learn about building your own guitars. Check out the kits to get started.


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Tate publishes Audio Arts, 245 hours of material featuring 1,640 interview contributions

It was announced today that all the issues of the seminal magazine,  Audio Arts  have been made available digitally, for the first time, on Tate website. This unique publication, originally distributed via cassette tape and edited by the artist William (Bill) Furlong from 1972 to 2004, comprises 245 hours of rich material featuring over 1,640 interviews with artists, critics and art world figures. It provides an invaluable resource and fascinating insight into the art world over forty years. Audio Arts  is now available to the public at  http://www.tate.org.uk/audio-arts .

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