Your Realm

I have learned, throughout the course of my almost-25 years on this planet, that mental health is an issue for more people than you’d imagine. And it’s not as obvious as you’d make it, as visible as a scar on your cheek. Some of us (the more dangerously-aware ones) are extremely good at hiding it. Good at kicking it to the floor, covering it under the ground and standing on it. Good at denying it. Good at masking it. Bad at asking for help.

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Your song

As a songwriter, expectations annihilate me.

I find myself not writing for months on end - and 80% of the time it’s because I’m scared of writing something that isn’t as beautiful as the standards I have in my overambitious mind. I judge myself before I can hear myself.

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The best thing about being human (the importance of music in film)

How much do you think soundtracks impact what we watch? And, more than anything else, how much of an impact do they have on whether we want to watch something? How much more significant does music make a picture?

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Just listen

I abstain from judging music technically - both in terms of lyrics and melody.

It may be because some of the musical pieces that touch me the most are far from complex or technically perfect. It may be because I don't feel knowledgeable enough to judge other people's work. Or it may be because, even if I were, judging music is as much of a taboo to me as judging someone's very own and vulnerable expression of long-hidden feelings.

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Cream Unplugged

Pete Brown wandering into the studio on a fine mid-September Monday morning? We’ve seen that too, here at Sensible Music.

The world-acclaimed lyricist, mainly known for his collaborations with the band Cream, was here for three days to star in a film that will be released in the next few months by an American record label.

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Why recordings from your bedroom studio don’t sound pro

Nowadays it doesn’t cost the earth to build a decent enough home-recording setup. This can only be good news. It means that more and more musicians and producers are able to get their name out. However, if bedroom producers want their recordings to stand up in the big bad world, they need to sound awesome -m and that can be a lot harder to achieve than we anticipate.

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How to set up your home computer for a more powerful recording experience

When you’re just starting out sorting your own home-recording setup, it’s easy to think that you need a computing behemoth in order to handle extensive tracks and plugins. Here is some good news for you; you don’t… always. With a little bit of altering and a few upgrades, your current machine will (probably) cope surprisingly well.

Computers for home recording don’t necessarily have to be the bee's knees. Sure, it helps. But why would you want to spend a tonne of money on a massive media machine when what really matters are DAWs, plugins and the tracks you lay down. So long as your machine can sufficiently run these things then you’re on to a win in our books.

In this article we’re going to lay down some simple tips for optimising your computer for home recording. But first, a word of warning...

Be wary of the “easy” option

Spend a little bit of time on Google and you are likely to find some pre-packaged computers for home-recording. While on the face of it, these might seem like a cheap and easy beginner’s option, get under the bonnet and they aren’t always what they seem. It’s probably a good idea to steer clear here. Besides, it’s always a much better option to tailor your own setup for exactly what you need it for.

If you only have a small budget our advice would be, if possible, to upgrade your current system to cope with modern DAWs. This is a much better choice than blowing it all on a sub-standard computer or setup that you will likely want to replace in the short-to-mid-term.

Now that that nasty business is behind us, here is how to set up your computer for a more powerful recording experience…

Replace hard drives with SSDs

Solid State Drives are much much faster than traditional Hard Drives. They tend to be a little more expensive for less GB, but the experience is far better. They have no moving parts, make no noise at all and can open apps and programs much faster than their older counterparts. An SSD will give you a much better recording experience by boosting the speed and power of your computer.

Boost your RAM

If you want your DAW to run like Sonic then max out the RAM on your computer. Unlike their older counterparts where RAM wasn’t all that much of an issue, modern DAWs will eat as much RAM as is made available to them. The more RAM, the more power, the quicker the response in the mix. Simple.

Consider using an external drive

One sure-fire way to speed up your recording and mixing process is to hook up a Firewire/USB/Thunderbolt external drive that is devoted to recording to and mixing from. This way your system can focus on running the software, plugins and operating system. Another way this can be done is with two internal hard drives if you have them.

ALT-J @ SENSIBLE MUSIC

As Alt-J ready up for the release of their latest album “Relaxer”, they have been making home here at Sensible Music over the last couple of months running through pre-production for a busy summer of beguiling audiences with their distinct “Folktronica” sound around the country. 

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