Recording Your Musical Instrument

Here’s a brief summary on how to make a good recording:

  1. Don’t use the video capture app in your device, because we won’t be using any video, as it complicates the production.
  2. Download an app to record your instrumental part, and learn how to use it. Some recommendations:
  3. Learn the basic recording features of the app.  Please use the following settings:
    • mp3 file type, which could involve a Conversion  step, as offered within the app;
    • 44kHz sample rate;
    • mono;
    • 128kbps bit rate.
  4. A separate microphone on a stand will greatly improve the sound. You’ll need an appropriate adapter to connect the mic to your phone or PC.
  5. Microphone (or phone) placement will greatly affect the quality of the recording.  Here is a good non-technical article on How to Mic Woodwinds and Brass.
  6. To get the best tempo synchronization, you’ll need to listen to a reference recording we’ll send you, while recording your part.  That means you’ll need two devices: one to play back the reference recording (using headphones), and one to record your part.  (There are ways to do this with just one device, but that’s a rather advanced technique that should be left to the more tech-savvy.)
  7. If any part of this is too complicated, let us know, and we’ll either solve the issue, or figure out a simpler (but lesser) alternative. Because of the inherent limitations of the process, the better we make each step, the better the overall result will be.
  8. Don’t forget to have fun!

Musical Instruments

Past accomplishments include:

  • Successful market entry of microprocessor-based electronic keyboard with PC interface
  • Delivery of pre-production advanced-technology guitar amplifier
  • Patent filing for novel MIDI-based musical instrument

Product Development

AGC Systems has helped turn ideas into profitable businesses. Our capabilities include:

Product Development including product definition; technology development; cross-functional collaboration with design, engineering, manufacturing, finance; budget planning and management, product design process, developing white papers and project plans, project review presentations, prototype & test procedure development.

Technology Strategy & Implementation including needs assessment, requirements definition, technical specs, technology selection, vendor selection and management, assembly and management of implementation teams, documentation, and executive reporting. Intellectual Property management including developing/managing patent portfolios, patent evaluation, defense, assertion, litigation, and technology transfer.

Technology Policy & Expertise including interface with industry, regulatory & government agencies, technical standards, in-depth knowledge of technical issues and product functionality, understanding and development of US and international standards, including AES, ATSC, DVB and ISDB, as well as 4G/LTE/3GPP cellular telephony.

Our expertise includes:

  • Audio/video systems architecture and integration
  • Digital electronic design
  • Startup strategy
  • MPEG standards
  • VSB/QAM/COFDM modulation systems
  • MS Windows, Mac, Unix
  • Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Hummingboard
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
  • Radio & audio production
  • Test systems design
  • Long-distance photography
  • Optics

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