Understanding how audio and MIDI - the life blood of any music production - flow through your recording system is essential to achieving a smooth workflow and great results. In this short video from the course Audio Concepts 106: Audio and MIDI Signal Flow, recording expert Joe Albano explains the core fundamentals of the connections you need to use in your studio.
Joe Starts with the difference between hardware and software-based (in-the-box) studio setups. Even in a software setup there will still be some wiring - for getting audio and MIDI into and out of the computer, as appropriate. As far as audio goes, XLR, TRS, TS and RCA connections can be found in various combinations on most gear and you'll want to bypass your computer's internal sound card to use a higher quality audio interface. Joe demonstrates how to set these up in various combinations, including powered or passive monitors and more. Be sure to check out the full course for a complete and comprehensive guide to understanding your studio connections, to get great recording results.