Well now, my hobby has taken off, and I am very pleased.
It has all been rather too easy to be frank. I decided on what I wanted to do, and within a few days I had sourced software, got tips and sourced the hardware too.
The hardware was bought on-line and arrived rather before I was ready for it.
There was trepidation regarding the software DAW, but after I read page one of the user guide, and downloaded then installed the drivers, I was making virtual music within minutes.
The hardware needed drivers, too – and, again – it all suddenly came to life.
I can plug in my wee red box to the USB, plug in a mic, guitar, bass or keyboard, make and arm a track, and I’m recording. Easy as pie.
It’s then rinse and repeat to play along with the previous track, building up a song.
The audio graphic for each thing recorded can be trimmed, pushed through virtual effects, panned left or right, and more – I can loop it, mirror it, copy it to another track for adding an effect. Oh! The things that can so easily be done.
I could have done all this for under a hundred quid, and used my old stage mic, but I went for the fancy mic and headphones, new clean leads and the very latest model too. I’m really happy, and everything just works well together.
Today I went for a DAC so that my finished work (as well as all my other computer-played music and videos) will sound stunning. Yeah, I blew another £60 I didn’t need to. But that is definitely THAT. Really. I had been meaning to get a DAC for ages and ages ever since I heard the difference at a pal’s.
I’m excited to be back in music, and I am looking forward to hearing good audio again. My plan is to dig out and set up my old turntable, CD, cassette player, and my Wharfedales – and also rig things so that sound will always be sweeeet.
If this is a wee hobby that you think might also interest you, the links you need are:
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd Generation 2 In 2 Out USB Audio Interface
£111.66 at the time of publishing.
I bought the bundle:
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2nd Generation Studio Pack – Includes CM25 MKII Mic, HP60 MKII Headphones
£189 at the time of publishing
The DAC that I just bought today (it’s not here yet):
- Hifime Sabre 9018 USB DAC
£59.99 at the time of publishing.
The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) or music making software:
If you want to be (or have to be) really cheap, you can pick up the 1st generation Scarlett 2i2 for £80, use your own headphones and stuff, and Reaper is fully functioning as a trial. You’ll be good to go.