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Home Recording for Beginners by Geoffrey Francis

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Introduction

I still remember my first experiences with digital audio. I had the advantage of many years’ experience recording in an analog (tape) environment. I understood pretty well what were the main issues involved in recording and mixing. I also had been a reasonably high-level Windows user for quite some time. Surely it would be a simple task to marry the two together.

Boy, was I ever wrong! For starters, everywhere I turned, I got conflicting advice.

“You don’t want to use a computer. Get a dedicated hard disk recorder, like a Yamaha, or a Tascam, or a Roland. They’re better. They’re reliable, stable, and focused. No software conflicts. No more PC crashes!”

“Don’t even think of getting a dedicated hard disk recorder. The screen’s so small ...

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