One of the best things about recent advancement in technology has meant that not only the quality of home recording gear has multiplied, but the costs associated with home recording devices has tumbled significantly, too. Whilst hiring a professional recording studio may allow you access to a producer if you can afford to break the bank, a professional quality recording is possible at home for just a fraction of the cost.
Depending on what kind of music you are wishing to record as well as how many musicians and members of your band there are, the equipment needed will vary greatly. The majority of equipment can be available to hire from many music shops, but if you want to purchase the equipment yourself, take note of some of the newest products on the market that can combine recording and editing.
If you are a budding singer-songwriter who wants to produce a simple acoustic album with minimal tracks, then a simple 8-track recording system will suffice for the majority of tasks. It is also a good start to get to know the types of recording equipment out there. Most “multi-trackers” are designed to incorporate a small mixing desk with a recording feature. These small devices are on which most bands start out to produce a decent quality demo.
Moving on from the smaller multi-trackers, you can purchase separate mixing tables when required. This is a great idea if you like to record live music and require the necessary additional mixing channels for the various instruments. Recording is made on a separate device, be it a laptop or computer or a hard drive recorder.
Use high quality microphones
To get the best quality from your home recordings, you need to make sure you have high quality professional microphones. The standard microphone for vocal applications in the music industry has to be the Shure SM58. This design classic is designed to last, give great frequency response and help project vocal tones across its range. Other instruments will require separate microphones that have other needs.
Whilst many instruments such as electric guitars, acoustic guitars and keyboards may already contain an output method, taking advantage of the right sound to improve recordings is an important and difficult task to achieve with home recording gear. In most cases, a direct output from an amplifier might give very different results from a microphone positioned to pick up its output. This is especially so with electric guitars when combined with specific vintage amps and cabinets.
Acoustic guitars can benefit further from the use of microphones positioned to pick up the music from the sound hole, as well as pianos and percussive instruments. For drum kits, multiple microphones may be required to reach a dynamic tone that sounds professional, so play around with microphone placements to achieve the sound that you like.
Once you start to record your own music at home, make sure you have a way of recording and distributing your music. Many multi-trackers contain CD drives that allow for direct recording onto physical media. Play around with different settings to get the best sound from your home recording gear. Take advantage of high quality microphones and practise your music to get perfect recordings and you could soon be on your way to music super stardom.