CHAPTER 7Putting It All Together

The last few chapters have talked about all the pieces of equipment you’ll need for your home studio, but how do all the pieces connect? What does a basic system look like, and how does everything plug into everything else? The following sections answer these questions in a few scenarios.

CONNECTION SCENARIOS

Connection Scenario 1

This scenario includes the most basic setup possible. First, the computer is a nice, simple, powerful laptop with both USB and Firewire connections. It is loaded with software from one of the five main DAWs. There is a two-channel USB audio interface that is equipped with two microphone/instrument inputs, monitor outputs with a monitor-level control knob, and a headphone output and control ...

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