About Us

About Me

My name is Patrick Mahinge and I’ve been recording my own music at home for nearly 20 years. I’ve studied and lectured in music technology, and I’ve recorded in several professional recording studios in my time. I’ve used a lot of different equipment and techniques during that time and I’d like to think that I’ve got a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t.

There are a lot of other people like me out there, there’s no denying that. However, I hope that my matter-of-fact style and ability to turn technical ideas into simple language will resonate with readers of my website.

I genuinely believe that making your own music is one of the most fulfilling things that anyone can do. If I can help even a few people get on the path to doing so, my time and effort will have been worthwhile.

Loose Synths came about because people kept asking me to record them or help get their studio going.  The goal of this site is to help YOU build a home recording studio fine tuned to your budget and needs.

Home Recording Studio Equipment

You can’t build a recording studio in your home with no equipment.  But you probably have a budget.  My job is to help you get the best equipment you can given your budget.  You may even already have some equipment.

We will show how to better use the equipment you have and recommend the equipment you might like to get.

Not everyone will be able to afford the best or most expensive equipment.  We understand that.  In fact, if that is you, then that is even more reason to pay attention.

Home Recording Studio Setup

I can also teach you ways to cheat and still get a decent sound.  The setup of your home recording studio will determine a lot.  I can help you learn how to use your equipment given real world limitations, not some pie in the sky million dollar studio someone tells you that you need in your home.  Good luck with that.

Why Should You Listen to Me?

Because I have been there and done that.

My early “home recording studio” started with a mono reel to reel recorder in high school, soon replaced with a Teac stereo reel to reel that I modified so I could do overdubs.  Next I purchased a Teac 3440 4 track reel to reel.  Tape hiss and noise was a problem but finally we were getting somewhere.  My first mixer was a Tapco 6200B.  That was a fine mixdown in its day especially if you were a starving musician like I was.

Eventually this got replaced with a marvelous Mackie 16:8 console.   Wow what an improvement of features.

Next we moved on to an ADAT.  If you are not familiar let’s just say it was digital recording on a SVHS tape.  Pretty cool for the day.

Finally I said “enough of tape!”  I wanted features that could only be had with a fully computerized DAW (digital audio workstation).  I haven’t regretted the move for a single second.  I have learned the value of unlimited undo capability.  OK maybe I need it more than MOST people.

I use software as well as outboard hardware effects.  Truly you can make great recordings at home without breaking a sweat.

Partially for fun and partially to teach others I set up a laptop based fully portable recording studio.  This is an extremely affordable system that will work well for many.  It can record my electric guitar , add samples, midi sounds and more and do it anywhere as long as the laptop has still got power.  This includes the capability to interview people on location with studio quality mics and much more.  This is just one example of what you can learn on this site.

I can help you with computer selection, A/D converter choices, audio recording software selection, mixers, inboard or outboard effects, guitars, keyboards, studio monitor speakers, recording console furniture and more.

No… I am not a famous record producer.  What I am is an electrical engineer who designed consumer electronics for over 10 years.  I also have played guitar and had a home recording studio the entire time.

Do I know everything about home recording?  Certainly not.  I can always learn.  Everyone can.   Can I help you get up and running faster for less money?  Probably.  I have been there.  I have tried to record with  no money and no knowledge.  I have tons of books, equipment and the school of hard knocks on my side.  I can save you time and money.

I played for decades in bands.  I found that home recording studios, my interest in music and my electrical engineering background all play together quite nicely.  I have even designed numerous sound effects for guitars.

All of this is fun to me. I imagine that it is to you as well or you wouldn’t be here reading this page.

So why don’t you go on this journey with me and let’s see where it leads.  I hope you will have as much fun as I do building your studio and recording in your own home recording studio.

Who is This Guide For?

I know what it’s like when you’re starting out. There are so many questions. What do I need? What’s the best equipment? How long will it take to learn how to use it? How much is it going to cost?!

The Home Recording Studio Guide will show you step-by-step exactly what you need to make your own music at home. No BS, no technical jargon and no hard selling.

Just clear advice and information in plain English to help you turn ideas into music.

And with this guide, and some basic home studio equipment, you’ll be recording, mixing and producing decent-sounding tracks and songs in next to no time!

Who is this guide for?
This guide is for you if you’re a musician who wants to make your own music at home. Podcasters, YouTubers and would-be live sound engineers should find the tips very useful too.

Everyone has their recording goals and an idea of what they want to achieve. The areas that I’m especially interested in include:

composing and recording guitar-based music
making beats and loop-based electronic music
using recording software and virtual instruments like drum machines and synths
recording vocals
creating a virtual band
I’ve found that most musicians interested in setting up a home recording studio have these same aims in mind.

But even if you want to achieve something else, like record violins and pianos or live bands, you can still apply the information and techniques here.

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