In recent years, recording music at home has become an accessible option for more musical artists. Equipment and hardware are becoming more affordable, and there are free digital recording applications available to get you started. If you want to record high-quality music, there are a few staples that you’ll need.
Hardware and Software
Putting a recording studio in your home can be a lot of work. Recording high-quality audio requires an additional audio interface, even if you have a port in your computer. You’ll need a microphone that takes a clear and high-quality recording of vocals and live instruments; one that works with what you are looking to record.
Studio monitors display a visual representation of recorded sound, and they are one of the most important things for putting down quality tracks. A lot of musicians and artists will use a MIDI keyboard to play virtual instruments through their computer or device. Virtual instruments can be complicated, and are valuable to learn for any recording artist. Many effects can be applied, with access to instruments that you may not have in your collection.
As any musician knows, cables are essential for playing live music and especially crucial for recording music. USB cables that are compatible with your hardware should be kept on hand in any recording space. In recent years, digital audio workstation software has become much more affordable and accessible. These software products have many tutorials, teaching you how to use the music recording interface. Each digital audio workstation will have different platforms, but most include highly detailed instructions and tutorials.
Virtual instruments, such as an electronic drum set, are highly effective in a recording studio space. These translate one of the crisp sounds while maintaining the live effect. Great virtual instruments blend in with live instruments easily.
Pick and set up a space to record. Setting up should be as simple as plugging everything into their proper spots, and turning it all on, but the room you choose is significant to the clarity of your recorded sound. A quiet place is essential, to decrease the amount of white noise picked up in the background. You won’t want to hear noises from a shoe in the background. Some applications will help you reduce the white noise, but you need to put up barriers, blankets and sound protectors to get the highest quality sound.
After you have set up and plugged in, all of your hardware and instruments, you’ll want to use your software to check for feedback or any background noise that can be fixed before recording. Get the details about your devices, and the software that you’re using.
Translating live music to a digital interface is complicated, and learning the devices will help you become a master of recording. Great music producers know their digital instruments and can work in the digital audio interface with their eyes closed.