HOME RECORDING GEAR: STEP-BY-STEP
With as much technology as we have, recording your own music at home has never been easier. Follow this step-by-step guide to help you find the most essential gear to get you started!
1. LAPTOP OR COMPUTER
Most of us already have one, but if you don’t, get yourself a laptop or desktop computer that can handle an audio workload. It should have at least 4GB of RAM.
There’s a big variety of microphones available for you to buy. Priced anywhere between $100 and $10,000, find one that works best for you. Large-diaphragm condenser microphones are best for vocal recordings. If you like something hand-held, the SHURE SM7b is a popular choice. Don’t forget the cables and a mic stand!
5 . MONITORS
The last thing you’ll need is something to monitor your audio. Speakers are crucial to get the right sound, but if you just need something to get started, look into the lower end KRK or JBL brand monitors. You can also use heaphones if you don’t want to use monitors!
2. AUDIO INTERFACE
This piece of gear is what you need to make your microphone, key- board, or guitar “talk” to the computer. Once you plug your instrument or mic into the audio interface, you can record directly into Pro Tools, Logic, or any other DAW of your choice. This device will also send audio to your headphones or speakers for playback!
4. DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATION
A Digital Audio Workstation or DAW is the software that you need to capture and playback your recordings. The most pop- ular amongst industry professionals are Pro Tools, Logic, and Ableton, however, there are free DAW’s such as Garageband.