What Do I Need To Get Started With Home Recording?
With the recent boom in technology, recording your own music has never been easier than now. If you’re a complete novice or a more experienced producer you still might not know what else you need to complete your studio setup. This blog is intended to help you with that.
Firstly, you will need a computer.
Now that might seem a bit obvious for home recording, but the specs you need for your computer to run and record smoothly might not be as obvious.
You need to make sure your computer has a somewhat powerful CPU, an Intel Core i5 or i7 should be a great start. Make sure the speed is 2.7 GHz or above for optimum recording power. In addition to having an 8GB of RAM or more, so you are able to play several tracks of audio and MIDI at once.
Furthermore, make sure you have an SSD hard-drive so that your computer can read data faster, making tracking way easier.
An External Hard-drive will also be a massive advantage to you so none of your data is lost.
So after you have sorted out your PC, the next thing you will need for home recording is software that allows you to record, these are called DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation). There are a plethora of different DAWs out there and each one has their benefits but they mostly all do the same thing.
The industry standard is Pro Tools, which is an all in one package that allows you to do anything, from audio manipulation all the way to creating your own synth sounds; however, there is a steep learning curve that may be intimidating to a beginner.
If you’re looking for a simple program to use then Ableton is probably the best out there for simplicity. It has all the features of a complex DAW, but everything works on a drag and drop so adding new tracks, effects and post-processing has never been easier.
Once you’ve sorted out your computer and DAW you’re going to need something to record and process the audio, an interface. The most common interface that you’ll come across as a beginner is a USB audio interface. These come in all shapes and sizes but for the most basic purposes, you’ll want one that has 2 Mic and jack inputs so you can record in stereo. These are anything like the Focusrite 2i2, Akai EIE, Line 6 UX2 or the Mackie Onyx 2×2, which will allow you to process your audio to an output, and allow you to record whatever is plugged into them. These are essential if you want to record your guitar, bass, keys or drums.
After you’ve sorted out your interface, you’ll need something to playback your songs on. So you’ll need to get your self a pair of over-ear headphones for silent tracking and a pair of flat frequency response studio monitors so you can hear your songs out loud. Now beware, if you’re looking to produce your songs in full to a professional level then having a pair of standard Hi-fi speakers will inhibit your mixes, so it’s best to find a pair of flat frequency monitors, such as the Yamaha HS5s, Tannoy Reveal 5s or the Mackie CR2s.
Now, these are all the essentials to a strong home recording studio, there are extra bits that will help the process of recordings, such as a MIDI keyboard/controller, which allows you to live record with software instruments and fully controller your DAW.
All of the aforementioned products are all stocked here at Rimmers Music, so if you’re looking to start your own small home studio, then stop by any of the stores and someone will help you find the best gear possible for recording.