17 Jun Recording your own Music.
Hiring out a studio can be a great way to record a demo, but if you’re in it for the long haul it’s probably worth setting yourself up to be able to record from home. Your bedroom or a mate’s basement can be turned into a pretty decent recording space without it costing you the earth.
The simplest and cheapest way of recording your tunes at home is to use a portable multitrack recorder or computer with the right software. Allowing you to record several parts or instruments and mix them together. Recording at home also allows you a bit of freedom and time to find your feet.
Digital multitrack recorders are far less fiddly than computer software and won’t crash on you. The downside is that you may not be able to upgrade as you become more confident. If you want to record more ‘tracks’ or if you fancy using a more sophisticated mixer your only option is to buy a better multitrack. So before you buy, think about what you are likely to need, come and talk to our specialists for their help and advice and then go for the very best you can afford.
If you want to record and playback instruments or vocals, most modern PCs and laptops will be powerful enough to handle basic music applications. The more you want to manipulate, the more processing power you’ll need. We carry a range of interfaces and equipment that will allow you to plug your guitar, keyboard or microphone into your computer.
MacBook’s tend to come equipped with the Garageband and generally speaking, while the soundcards built into a standard PC or Mac will do the job for games, you’ll probably need to buy a new one if you want to record and produce your music to a professional standard. There are many options available, so it’s important to work out what your requirements are.
Recording your Demo, Preparation.
If you’re well prepared for your session, you will get more done in a short space of time and your end results will be better. If you know how you’re going to play your songs, and have all your gear setup before you start the session should be a smooth and enjoyable experience. It’s important to know exactly what you want.
.If you’re a live band, try recording your tracks on a simple recording device like your mobile phone or an iPad so that you can listen back to them before entering the studio. If a song is fun to play, it can sometimes ‘feel’ more exciting than it is to listen to. Many artists find that they need to up the tempo of their playing when recording to transfer that energy onto tape. Similarly, you may feel that adding extra orchestration or an additional guitar line to the recording helps to make the record sound bigger.
If you want to overdub some of your vocals, or add harmonies to certain parts, make sure you’ve practiced the parts and can execute them on the day. Rehearsal time is always cheaper than recording time.
Check over your instruments thoroughly before entering the studio. Any loose parts, dodgy connections, squeaks, buzzes or hums should be looked at by a qualified technician so that these faults do not disturb the recording process.
Make sure your kit is tuned to perfection. Remember that there are limits to what can be “fixed in the mix”, and the best way to get a good recording is to have the source sounding as good as possible.
In store we have a great selection of recorders, microphones, interfaces and and effects that will help you get the best out of your music. Why not come in and talk to our guys for some helpful advice and demos. To check out some of the gear click here.