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Home Recording Basics Made Easy

So you’ve decided to enter the exciting world of home recording? Congratulations, you’re about to start a rewarding journey that will bring you plenty of fun and maybe even fame and fortune. So the question is, “how do you get started?” I wrote this article to answer some of the most common questions I get about the home recording basics.

The Recording Process

Let’s start with an overview from start to finish. Your sound originates from a sound source. This can be from vocals, a guitar, drums, etc. Next, the sound is converted into an electrical impulse that can be read by your mixer and recorder. The mixer will allow you to combine the impulses and make adjustments. The recorder will store these signals. Now you can use signal processors to make all kinds of cool adjustments to your tracks, including chorus, pitch shifting, reverb and more. Once you’re satisfied, the final product can be rendered to an audio file and released to the world!

What Equipment Will You Need?

If you’re thinking, “mixers, recorders, mics, signal processors… how am I going to afford all this?” Don’t worry; technology has given us some inexpensive options here. After all, most of us start recording from home to avoid expensive pro studio time.

One option is to use recording software like pro tools, logic, cakewalk, etc. These programs combine the mixer, recorder, signal processors and more. Another option is to get a studio-in-a-box (SIAB). This is a physical piece of gear that also combines the vital components.

You will need to purchase a good microphone and some monitor speakers to listen to your work. Overall, start with the essentials and let your studio grow with your abilities.

Where to setup your studio?

Ideally, you would have a dedicated space, a way to isolate vocals, sound deadening material, and so on. My advice is to not stress about this too much in the beginning. Find a spot where outside noise is at a minimum and start recording. As you get comfortable and your ears “tune-in” you’ll get an idea of what you need to do acoustically.

Most importantly, experiment and have fun!

Mark Sloan is a musician and home recording instructor. His passion is teaching new artists how to fulfill their dreams of creating amazing music from home. Check out his site for all kinds of great recording advice including more on the home recording basics.

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