Home recording

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Home Recording (derived from the English: home recording , German: Home recording ), the recording and mixing including possible music productions - not least for demo recordings and / or self-releases - in the private hobby recording studio (as opposed to professional recording studio ).


Analogous beginnings

The domestic pre-production of pieces of music finally established itself in 1979 with the appearance of the first 4-track cassette recorder with a built-in mini mixer (a type of device that is colloquially often referred to as a multi- tracker), the Teac / Tascam Portastudio 144. Bruce Springsteen was sufficient Device to record and produce a complete album ( Nebraska ) on it in 1982 .

In the mid-1980s, the Zündfunk editorial team at Bayerischer Rundfunk introduced musicians without a record deal who had made their recordings entirely using the home recording process.

Digital recording techniques

From the end of the 1990s (?) Onwards, home recording benefited primarily from the digitization of sounds, as well as from the availability of powerful computers, versatile sound cards and the corresponding software . Only then has it become possible to transfer several production steps from arranging to mixing and mastering to the computer and to carry them out at the same time in limited space. (This technical progress corresponded almost simultaneously with digital printing technology and the book-on-demand process, which, among other things, made self-publishing and self-publication of books and booklets for CDs easier and cheaper.)

Due to limited growth rates in the professional sector, the manufacturers of music software have been trying particularly hard for the expanding home recording market since around 2005 (?). Since then, recordings can be made with comparatively little effort that also meet higher demands and come close to professional music productions in terms of quality.

Follow-up developments

In the meantime, some music producers, such as Scott Storch and Timbaland, first make their recordings and arrangements in the home recording studio before further editing or finishing the tracks in a large recording studio. As a rule, the production is not created with large mixing consoles , analog effects and outboard equipment, but with the help of the possibilities offered by current PCs and small multi-track recorders .

In view of the expansion of home recording , professional sound engineers find fewer and fewer clients, which has already contributed to the decline of larger commercial recording studios.


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