Recording a song at home requires a few things to start off with.
- A song. [Preferably, one that is finished and ready to record]
- Recording equipment [P.C, music instrument. e.g. guitar and a microphone if you want to sing ]
- Time and patience.
Ok musos, are you the type of muso that likes to come up with original music and dabble in the lyric writing process and play your songs to any unsuspecting friend that walks into your house?
Then maybe its time to record some of those tunes and unleash them to the unsuspecting world and see what they think of your craft. [Does that sound cool]?
Lets start at the beginning. First of all we’ll assume you have written and can play your song from start to finish [music and lyrics], if not, then my website “ready for jammin” can help you with your songwriting processes to get your songs up and running and ready to record.
First thing we need to do is make sure our P.C. is able to record on it along with an appropriate recording program.
Usually a great beginners program is Audacity. It is a free download [it was my first recording program I used when I first started with my home recordings].
Next, you will need the proper connections from your instrument to your computer. Most home P.C’s use a 3mm plug input, so you will need a connecting adapter that will plug your instrument e.g. guitar lead to your P.C. Your local music shop can help with this. [Also, you can plug your guitar straight into your P.C. via usb cable
Once you have connected your guitar to your computer, and your recording program is up and running, it is now time to check to see if you can record sound onto your P.C.
First thing you want to do is press on the record button on your program. If the recording function is working properly, it should scroll from left to right across the screen and visible audio waves should appear on the first track, as you make sound into either you microphone or with your guitar.
Assuming you have been successful in creating sound on your computer and you are able to hear the audio back, then it’s time to start recording your song.
I’m using a basic setup for this post of one instrument e.g guitar and one vocal, but of course you can play as many instruments as you want in your recording as Audacity is a multi track recording program.
Next week, I will show how I record my first track