For those who are in music production, from composers to arrangers, performers, instrumentalists, bands, even producers and dj’s the home music recording can be the best way to go.
It can be a simplistic, cost effective and fun way to record your tracks with your band, or on your own. Home music recording can be finished by any musician regardless of the genre of music that you want to create. But, if your home studio isn’t set up correctly, it can be difficult, pricey and stressful.
Make sure that you really want to record from home that you invest in good equipment and set up your home studio correctly. There are many websites online that can be really helpful in informing you on what sort of equipment you need for your studio.
If you are just beginning you should be aware that there are a few of alternate routes you can take when setting up your home music recording studio.Firstly you can use a simple, multi-track recorder that is stand alone. This can be utilized for both recording and then for mixing.
Depending on what type recorder you buy, your tracks can be mixed and then burned onto a CD, or saved onto a compact flash card and then transferred onto your computer. Some of the newer modes even allow transfer to the recorder and your computer by USB or a FireWire connection. This option is designed for musicians who are going to be using real instruments to create their music.
Secondly you could record direct onto your laptop or computer. All you have to do is purchase and install a simple recording programs and an audio interface onto your computer. You can use this sort of software with real instruments in your studio, or you can set it up to upload pre-recorded music and mix it with music beats that you create online. Both options are good and there are of course advantages and disadvantages to both. It really depends on what you want to create, your skill base, your knowledge and your budget…
They both work well as a start up for home music recording and really it breaks down to your personal preference. There are many things that you need to consider when you are ready to update the set up in your home music recording studio. You need to figure out if you need to apply an sound proof treatment for your studio room, there are options from this that range from relatively affordable to very expensive, and that depends on your budget, your style and your needs.
Do you have neighbours who are going to complain? When do you plan to do the bulk of your recording? You will also need to think about recording studio furniture, microphones, music computers, sound cards, audio interfaces, mixers and mixing procedures and monitors.I would recommend that you start out small, with a simple set up and build on it as your needs grow and your skills grdevelop. This will help you to avoid huge initial pitfalls, and running the risk of buying equipment that you don’t know how to use or that you will never need. With technology, the more equipment you have, the more possible problems you run the risk of facing.
So take it slow when you are starting out, there are some great cost effective options out there for first timers in the home music recording world, and there is some amazing recording equipment and software that will produce quality results on a budget!
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