Gear Talk

Multimedia Studies 172 has no intention to focus on discussing audio equipment. However, avoiding it is not possible due to the course’s nature. And with many students coming in with little or no prior experience when it comes to audio production, guidance becomes even more important. This section will cover the essentials — the equipment to get you started and allow you to do quality work.But this will always fall short of telling you what to use or buy.

With that said, it would be remiss to note that this is a great time to get into audio production. The last one or two decades have also brought in major changes brought about by technological advancements. Audio equipment became smaller, cheaper, more readily available, and still maintain the capability of producing high quality content. It has now become possible to record, mix and master audio with little more than a laptop, a microphone and a small audio interface. It is even possible to get by with nothing more than the mobile phone you have in your pocket, beside your keyboard or are actually holding right now. These were things that I could only dream about 15 to 20 years ago.

If there is any downside to this, it is that there are so many choices that it can be confusing to navigate through all of them and build a setup that adequately suits your needs. Through this section, it is my hope that I will be able to help you with that.

Specific brands and models will unavoidably be mentioned here. But I will restrict myself to those that are available locally and will hopefully not require buying online or from abroad (outside the Philippines). Students residing in countries like the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore and Europe will have the advantage of many more available choices.