There was a time when, if you wanted to record any kind of music, you essentially had two choices. You’ll must spend some professional studio time or make some lo-fi recordings into an old 8 track player. However, thanks to the rise of digital music technology, the ability to record professional quality music lies directly in your hand. You can abruptly be a musician, engineer and producer all without delay. However, for many people, it can be difficult to know where to start, and the entire process can seem very complicated to a beginner. Luckily, things are literally a lot simpler than you might think. All you need to do is follow these steps to turn your home into a home studio.
Choose your instrument
Everything you record must undergo an audio input device, but there is no real limit to the number of instruments you can record. Of course, this depends on the instrument you play. If you’re a singer, you need to buy a high-quality condenser microphone. Guitarists will ideally want to use a high-quality amplifier recording through a microphone, but you even have the option of recording directly to a computer via an audio input device. The same goes for drums as you may not have the room, or neighbors patient enough, to accommodate a full-size kit. If you want to record drums without making too much noise, then you should try and find the best electronic drum set in your price range. Many acoustic instruments are best recorded with the same type of microphone you use for vocals, but there are many tutorials online for matching instruments to the right type of microphone.
Find the right software
When you record music, you need something to record it with. There are many various programs you can use and which one you choose will depend upon many various factors including budget and hardware. Garageband is very popular software for novices because it is free with Apple products and has a fairly gradual learning curve. However, it does not really have as many options as other software. Programs like Audible and Logic are costlier and have a steeper learning curve, but they provide you with more freedom overall. Not only is there music software out there but you can use things like Adobe Spark as well album cover maker. That way you can record and release your own music as professionally as possible.
Think about sound quality
If you record music, it is very important that you can listen to it. That means that your output must be of the highest quality possible. Make sure you get a pair of high-quality headphones so you can listen carefully and make informed decisions when recording and producing music. Not only that, it is a good idea to prepare some good talker so you can step back and get a different perspective on how your music sounds. Remember to hear your music in as many places as possible. It might sound one way on your headphones, another through your speakers, and one on your car stereo.
Once your music is recorded, you are then in a position to start getting it out into the world, making waves and building a fan base.
Once you try recording at home, you will have a pretty good idea if that’s something you want to do. If you find that you prefer to record an album in a real studio environment but do not have the means to do so, you can start a fundraiser for your band and collect fans to support you.