Help with my crappy home studio

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I have a P4
+Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
+Beringer Condensor Mic
+Shure Wind circle thingy
+Art Tube

Basically I'm using acid to record my raps, and the quality sounds like crap. Pure crap, when I bump it in my car, I can tell I did it on a computer. The sound is clear and all, but some how it won't sound like music I want to jump and rock my head into. Can anyone help me out a little? Please

my email is hayangome@yahoo.com
my aim is : findingkneemo

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Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 06:10 am

Well, I won't IM or email you, but I'll leave a comment here. Odds are the problem starts with the sub-standard sound card. Good for gaming and DVD watching, but not recording.

Beyond that, you kinda need to say what instruments you are recording and how you are trying to record them, such as mic placement and other stuff.

Ultra Magnus
Member
Since: Nov 13, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 09:05 am

There's so much to what you're asking, can you break it down a little so it feels a bit more managable to answer?

Ex-Wookie
Member
Since: Aug 29, 2003


Jan 24, 2005 11:45 am

"The sound is clear and all, but some how it won't sound like music I want to jump and rock my head into."

Because this is such a broad question, I will ask this with no implied disrespect.

Is the music good, written well, and produced well? If a song is good enough, people will listen and get ther body into it as you described even though it was done on a computer at home. (I know, as I have)

Then there is the problem of sounding bad due to lack of experience and sub par equipment.

Remember, the pro don't use Soundbaster cards so it is a little unfair to compair yourself to anything on a major label CD.

More info is needed to truely help.

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 11:55 am

Also, it is not mentioned what speakers you mix on...that could be a problem factor as well.

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 12:24 pm

i'd chalk it up to your mixing and mastering...i remember thinking the same thing about 3 years ago, i was like "ok i like what i'm writing, but it sounds thin and completely unpolished and unprofessional" that started my quest for good sound, and has been a never-ending process (althought i gotta admit, i'm gettin' pretty handy with the faders these days)....basically you're at a crossroads, do you want to have control and do everything yourself and spend a few years and a few thousand bucks learning how to record, or do you wanna focus more on yourself as an artist? i'm a DIY person, and do not care for Major record lables at all, so here i am. but if you're lookin' to get signed and all, then focus more on your art, and go to a studio and cut some tracks.

peace

wyd

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 12:28 pm

or have one of us DIY people do it for you :)

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:35 pm

you don't know what you'er talking about man. my home boy has a sound blaster, and that niggas songs are off the chain man. go to www.coop-show.com and click on my music. that niggas songs sound like studio time. anyways if ya'll don't know what you're talking about, stop trying to help me.

one question though, you know whne i have my headphones on to start rapping throughu the mic, some how the sound seeps out of my headphones, into the mic, and becomes a part of the recording, how can i stop this. thanks, peace

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 02:40 pm

OK, well, considering we are trying to help, I suggest you loose the attitude whether or not you agree with the opinion. Fact is whether you like it or not, SB's are inferior sound cards, and it takes extra measures to get it to sound decent in many occassions.

If your headphones leak then answer is to get headphones that are better isolated. Or don't turn them up as loud when you use them (if possible).

I don't care what your home boy has, SB's ARE NOT meant for recording, tho it can be done, and is on many occassions, life is a lot easier for people with better cards. And yes, I do know w3hat I am talking about and really don't appreciate being told I don't when I am trying to help someone.

Let me ask you this? Do you compress at all when recording your vocals? Or anything else? Compression alone can do a lot for adding some power to the recording by giving you a smoother signal to work with in the first place.

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:42 pm

dawg. listen man. i don't give a shet if you're the administrator or not. im asking for help, and don't be bullshetting me trying to make my music sound shetty dawg.

anyways heres how i record
i get acid pro. put a beat on it. put my headphones on, click record, and start ripping my freestyles, but the bottom line is, i got a good headphone, what other good headphones are out there.

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 02:43 pm

in any case, i've wrapped (pun intended) a towel around the headphones to help with the bleeding.

peace

wyd

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 02:45 pm

Dude, chill out, I mean it. we don't accept hostile attitudes and sure as hell ain't gonna take yours. If you are asking for help, tone it down and act like an adult or take it elsewhere.

I'm not BSin' ya, I'm trying to help. Do you compress? if not I suggest you try compression, especially with rap. Also, there are TONS of headphones to choose from, the bottom line is you need headphones with more pad around them to keep sound from leaking out, if you like the cans ya got, you'll need to rap something around them to keep it from leaking out...

What's with the friggin attitude, dude? People are trying to friggin help!

Oh, and in addition to the admin, this is MY site, if you don't like it, go somehwere else, we don't need an attitude like yours around here.

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:45 pm

yo stop being gay man. just help a sister out m an.

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:47 pm

ok no more attitude. thanks. now i know u're trying to help, with that long *** paragraph. haha.

anyways. whats compress. i hardly know about producing, i just rap. and what can i rap about the headphones, seriously u can use a towel? haha thats hilarious, im me on aim yea?

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 02:47 pm

If you're gonna act like a brat, no figure it out yourself. I don't help people that come in here and EXPECT everybody to tell you what you want to hear and show no appreication for it.

Take the attitude somewhere else. I have given you valid opinions based on what I know, that's it, I'm done with you.

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:48 pm

yo this is really your site?

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 02:48 pm

compression is this www.homerecordingconnecti...story&id=13 and a compressor is a necessary part of any studio, especially rap.

Yes, it's my site and I don't take kindly for anyone coming to my home and giving me ****.

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:48 pm

yo bro, can u teach me how to make stuff like this. forums and shet. i apologize for being bad.

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 02:52 pm

yes it is his sit man, search here or on google about "audio compressors" and how to use them, they WILL help...also if your friend is dooin' good with what he's got, ask him to help you with your setup. and yes i've tracked vocals with a towel on my head.

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:52 pm

hey sorry. i didn't know u were a smart cat making stuff like this. i thought u just work for this forum. but seriously, no more disrespect to u.

by the way, i have this service.bfast.com/bfast/c...mp;bfmtype=gear

does that help?

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 02:52 pm

Teach you? Hell, you are one mouse click from getting your membership banned.

We aren't like other forums around the 'net, we show a little respect for each other around here...

Ex-Wookie
Member
Since: Aug 29, 2003


Jan 24, 2005 02:53 pm

"yo bro, can u teach me how to make stuff like this. forums and shet"

funniest thing I have read in a while.

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:56 pm

well its up to u man. i'm an ill nigga, and i could help get u mad traffic.

but if you want to act like a hoe, thats cool too.

anyways if u could teach me how to make a forum and email stuff and shet, i'll hook u up with some cash money,! [edit]

coo thanks

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 02:58 pm

yo i like this forum cus its fast as heck dawg. i click the post button, shet is posting ffast like my heartbeat and shet

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 03:00 pm

i gotta say, you're only person i've ever seen disrespect someone, then ask them for help, then disrespect him again, and then proceed to ask the same person for more help....it was good entertainment, but i think we won't be seein' you much...

peace

wyd

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 03:00 pm

I don't want this kind of traffic, thanks...and I surely don't want any of your hoes...nor do I act like one, you're the one making problems, not me.

Yeah, it is fast, I built it myself from the ground up, glad you like it, but you gotta loose the friggin attitude if you wanna get along in here.

Prince CZAR-ming
Member
Since: Apr 08, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 03:06 pm

not sure what kind of hoe you'd need this time of year, i mean really! there's 2 feet of snow out there. Ground's frozen too.

great stuff =)

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 03:08 pm

I don't care who you are, what color, who you sleep with or anything else, I don't wann hear about it, we talk music here. So drop the offensive chat.

Kids hang out here too. Keep it family friendly, I appreciate your cooperation.

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 03:09 pm

yeah man, this community takes pride in the fact that everyone here is here to help eachother

www.homerecordingconnecti...=6691&frm=4

so if ya tone the language and respect everyone, you'll get it in return...neat concept ay!

peace

wyd

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 03:13 pm

that's it, sorry, your banned, to many edits and you just didn't get it. I don't think anyone has gotten all three strikes so fast before.

Please, just find another forum that is more fitting with your attitude.

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 03:15 pm

haha yeah dude, i saw that he posted on the link i left, then i went to read it and it was gone! pretty handy with that clicker finger there dB!

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 03:17 pm

this person has to be very young.

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 03:18 pm

I'd say, or a very young mentality anyway. I hate banning, but some people just don't get it.

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 03:18 pm

i don't blame ya bro...he was askin' for it

Banned


Jan 24, 2005 03:19 pm

yeah, i admire your resilience. impressive!

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 03:20 pm

actually, a she that wants to become a he...but I deleted that post.

OK, move along now, nothing to see here...

Hold 'Em Czar
Member
Since: Dec 30, 2004


Jan 24, 2005 03:25 pm

tea anyone?

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Jan 24, 2005 03:27 pm

I just hate it when people just wanna come in a raise hell. It was a good question from a newbie, in which had a lot of great advice, but just HAD to get nasty...I dunno, it's just disappointing.

if people want to act like that, that's fine, I just wish they'd either take it somewhere else, or lighten up and try and fit in when asked. Coulda been some great conversation and cool info being shared walking them thru the beginnings of the studio.

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