(a work in progress)
Dragon Does Digital
Well, I finally went out and did it.
After years of using nothing but analog (a series of TASCAM cassette multitrack recorders, from the Porta 03 to the 488 MkII), and even foolishly telling some of my friends how I'd "never mess with digital recording", I went out and did it anyway.
Why wasn't I interested before?
So why did I decide to join the binary side of the Force?
After a great deal of research on the Web, including reading every review and page I could find (and believe me, I know how to find stuff!), I settled on the following equipment (usual disclaimer: what was right for me might be totally wrong for you):
One thing I learned from my research was that if you're serious about
music on the computer, try to dedicate a computer just for music. This
will let you optimize things for recording, and because you'll have far
less software on the thing than if you used it for everything,
much less likely to crash. I've found this was excellent advice, though
obviously not everyone can afford to do this.
More to Come!
Including software and hardware reviews of the above, how I work with it (and how I use the digital stuff with my older equipment), and a complete step-by-step guide...from recording to mixdown to burning CDs!
P.S. Even if you're a confirmed Cubase hound or Cakewalk hater, it turns out that the Cakewalk newsgroup is one of the best resources anywhere for learning about digital recording on computers (if you click the link and your news server doesn't carry it, try news.cakewalk.com or DejaNews). If I had found it just one week before I did, I would have not only saved myself tons of debugging problems, but also would have learned a few tricks of overclocking and the latest hard disk advice that might have gotten me a much bigger disk for the same money.