Equipment Recommendations


If you are planning to take our course and presently have no equipment - or maybe just a little, we strongly advise you NOT to buy anything right now.

Why? Because once you have begun your AIA studies, you will be much better informed as to exactly what YOU need for YOUR OWN particular style of recordings.

We don't want you buying the wrong stuff!

There are so many different pieces of equipment available that it is quite formidable to choose the correct pieces for your own special recording needs. If you are prepared to wait a bit, AIA will gladly help you make the right choice when the time comes.

BEWARE: There are many hustling salesmen ready to take advantage of your lack of knowledge and make a quick buck at your expense. We hear horror stories about people buying all sorts of equipment they don't really need.

However, if you are determined to set up a home studio right away, we can recommend a certain minimum of equipment so that you can practice as you learn. If you have not yet started putting together your studio, here are some of AIA's suggestions:

Minimum equipment recommendations

• Recent computer with a recording application

• Microphone

• Audio interface or a digital audio workstation.

• Headphones and monitor speakers

Dynamic microphone or condenser microphone?

An Interface will connect your microphone and instrument to your computer

A digital workstation (DAW) and a monitor system

Remember - AIA can help you choose the right equipment when the time comes. 

And it's not what you have - it's how you use it!

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Some of the topics covered in the 25 big lessons:

how to use recording software, setting up a home studio, mixing and mastering, digital re cording techniques, the art of mixing, how to make great mixes, professional careers, getting great guitar and bass sounds, making and editing drumbeats, setting up your own record label, a complete recording session is analyzed step-by-step from start to finish, how to record great sounding vocals, using EQ on vocals, compressing vocals, correcting out-of-tune mistakes, digital audio workstations, differences in computer software, how to be a master producer, mastering your final mixes, using various plug-ins, MIDI recording, how to set up compressors, selecting equipment, songwriting, song publishing, copyrighting your work, advertising and networking, Internet resources . . . plus much more.

Our course embraces all of the following recording software:

Pro Tools - Cubase - Reason - Cakewalk - Sonar - Logic - Adobe Audition - Audacity - Digital Performer - Acid Pro - Roland - Cakewalk V - Studio 20 - Fruity Loops - Garage Band - Sound Forge - Line 6 Backtrack - Traction - Motif - Sony Vegas - Vista - Waves - Nuendo - Turtle Beach Voyetra - and many others


MIX Magazine says this about our course...

"This complete course for new engineers provides a well-rounded music industry curriculum that doesn't just stop at the final mix. It does much to duplicate and augment the hands-on experience students need. The series of 25 big lessons in a 500+ page manual are rich in detail but presented in a gradual style, so one doesn't get overwhelmed by the technology."