When Your Soul Sings: How to Create a Recording Studio at Home
If you are interested in this article, your inner singer has matured enough to record first tracks. At this point you have talent, some practise and, most importantly, a desire to immortalize your performance, but limited technical skills and lack of know-how. This article will boost your confidence to handle even tricky problems like the choice of recording software or the best mic preamp for your studio.
In this case, common sense suggests turning to professional record labels and resign yourself to experts. The price for such services is rather hefty and you will need to book a studio in advance since they are generally busy. However, if you are low on budget, the most reasonable decision would be recording your tracks at home. This process may be broken down to three main steps: preparation, recording, and follow-up activities.
Get ready to rock the house
Preparation will take a lot of time, especially if you make your home recording studio from scratch. The effort and dedication put into this step make the difference between amateur and professional approaches. You will have to
- select and refurbish the place, make sure it is soundproof;
- choose, buy, install and tune the necessary equipment, paying special attention to a microphone and sound-processing software and hardware;
- write or select songs to perform;
- take time for extensive practice — this will greatly save time needed for both recording as well as subsequent editing.
It’s time to raise the roof
This is the time when exhausting preparation pays off, especially your vigorous practice. Less stumbling over lyrics or chords means fewer takes needed to complete a recording, which results in less time wasted. Regardless of whether you perform solo or with a group, for a better result you will have to record several tracks separately for each music composition. The optimal order is as follows:
- rhythm instruments that include drums and other percussion, bass, a rhythm guitar, and others;
- lead instruments, such as keyboards, lead and solo guitars, etc.;
- vocals (if required).
After that, you’ll have to mix your tracks into final forms, perform editing and fine-tuning with the help of special software. This is a tedious and time-consuming work that has a crucial effect on the ultimate quality of your compositions. Make sure you save often during this process and keep those saves as separate files. Remember, it is easier to revert unsuccessful changes or return to a previously saved file than to record multiple tracks for a single composition once again.
Impress the world or remain incognito
When you have recorded compositions on your hands, there are a few further options to consider.
- Keep them for personal use and listening at home. Perhaps, this is the least productive choice but it still may be the most reasonable option for some reasons.
- Share them in social networks, or upload and publish them otherwise. Mind the copyrights and disregard haters.
- Use them as a demo and contact record labels or radio stations. Note that it will require significantly more money and efforts.
Those records may become your ticket to stardom or just a pleasant memory of your passing fancy. In any case, you will remember fondly this experience and your own little recording studio.