Music & Audio Basics

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There will be several online articles on what you need for a home recording audio studio. Here are the key components you need – all available on the webstore.

  1. A Computer – buy it from a reputed computer vendor only to ensure good after sales support.
    • Intel i5 or above processor
    • 8GB RAM
    • 1 TB Hard disc
    • 19″ or higher LED screen
    • USB 3.0 ports
    • ORIGINAL Windows 10 Home or higher


    • iMac or Macbook Pro (after 2016 edition)
    • OS 10.12 or above

2. Audio Interface get your eSA guide>>

3. DAW

4. Studio Monitors get your eSA guide>>


5. Microphones  get your eSA guide>>


6. Headphonesget your eSA guide>>

7. Cables

8. Mic Stand and other accessories

8. Pop Filter

9. Ear Training Software (advisable)

10. Virtual Instruments and Plugins

We also have recommended filtered products under our PACKAGES menu to help you decide faster.

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  1. For more tips, watch this tutoREal video by Vijay Dayal…

2. Read this SAundCheck blog article by Ahitagni Dasgupta here…

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What is a dynamic microphone?

  • Used for: loud sounds, live instruments/ amps, drums
  • Pros: cheap, durable, doesn’t need a power source
  • Cons: not very sensitive to quiet or high-frequency sounds

What is a condenser microphone?

  • Used for: quieter more complex sounds with a greater range of frequencies
  • Pros: sensitive, accurate
  • Cons: more expensive, more delicate, don’t deal well with very loud sounds


No, phantom power isn’t some kind of mysterious force produced by ghosts floating around in your home studio nor is it “the ghost who walks”. It simply refers to the tiny amount of power needed to make the diaphragm move. Most Condensor mics require Phantom Power and your audio interface would have a switch for turning this ON after connecting the mic to it.


What are Ribbon microphones?

A ribbon microphone shares more similarities with a dynamic microphone. It differs in the fact that is has a thin ribbon (hence the name) of aluminum, rather than plastic as the diaphragm.

They are expensive and are extremely fragile. Even a light breeze could break one. So handle them with utmost care.


Buy various types of mics in India here >>

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When you listen to music – whether at home, in the car or in a recording studio, your ears ultimately will guide your decisions on what adjustments to make. The speakers you use for your playback make a big difference in how you hear those sounds. This is the job of a quality studio monitor in your recording room.

Studio monitors are designed to reproduce audio signals that are as flat as possible across the audible frequency spectrum. Unlike consumer stereo speakers that may be tweaked to produce a strong bass response and sound punchy, good studio monitors don’t emphasize particular frequencies over others. A good monitor will give you accurate, consistent response no matter the volume level. This allows you to listen critically to how certain elements of the mix sound at different volumes. They also capture fleeting musical transients that add subtlety and nuance to the sounds they reproduce.

Of course, it takes quality components and exhaustive engineering to make sure the signal remains flat, and this is one of the major differences reflected in the prices of studio monitors. That said, if you have a limited budget with which to equip your home or project studio, you’ll find moderately priced monitors that can do the job.

Our recommendation is to hear the monitors in your own room. But this is not possible for every model of every brand. Hence the best way to arrive at a decision is to go for the ones you have heard at a commercial studio or even better, a friend’s setup you have been to.

Download the eSA (electronic Shopping Assistant) monitor selection tips here>>

And with changes in acoustical treatment, positioning of the studio monitors could make them sound even better. We also recommend you to buy the Sonarworks Reference Kit to help you maximise the potential of your speaker setup.

You can go through the list of studio monitors here>>

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You can run more plug-ins with lower latency inside the DAW using USB 3 compared to FireWire. Generally, USB 3.0 has 5 times the bandwidth FireWire 800, and up to 10 times that of USB-2.

FireWire Limits you to 55 stereo UAD plug-in instances at 44.1kHz and 512 minimum sample buffer. USB 3.0 does not incur this added buffer, and hundreds of plug-in instances can be run (depending on available DSP power).

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Acoustics is the branch of physics concerned with the study of sound (mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids).

  • A scientist who works in the field of acoustics is an acoustician.
  • The application of acoustics in technology is called acoustical engineering.
  • There is often much overlap and interaction between the interests of acousticians and acoustical engineers.
  • Acoustics is the science concerned with the production, control, transmission, reception, and effects of sound.

All this theory apart, watch the videos below of the best professionals from the acoustics business, and use their suggestions / tips to improve your own home recording studios!

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1. Read about basic terminology of audio and music. Read here >>

2. Audio Glossary is given here >>

3. To TEST your audio basics knowledge with fun, PLAY PRO AUDIO GAMES here >>

The videos below are by audio experts who explain some audio terms to you using simple language.

Share this article supplies recording studio equipment to corporate studios, large media houses, TV channel studios and individual home studios also. We are the only dedicated music software distributors in India since 2003. And also supply hi-end and home studio equipment on our online store.

Below is our video playlist in which you will find a series of studio tours of recording studios from various parts of India (primarily Mumbai).
Yes, we will be covering the ones from South India soon 🙂

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Though does not deal in PA equipment sales or service at the moment, here are some articles written to help make you aware of a Public Address system.

  1. Basics of a PA system, how to hold a microphone on stage and much more. Read here >>
  2. How to check a PA system at a venue before going live? Read here >>

Watch the videos below to know about how live soundcheck is done by some of the top bands in India!



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These are basic music lessons for some Indian musical instruments given here >>

To read about Folk Music of India, go here >>


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