Home, sweet home studio
Recording with a home studio requires investing some money. You need to get some gear and software. It is hardly conceivable to get free hardware, but free software do exist and are accessible on the Internet. Many freeware give very satisfying results, some are even better then commercial ones! So before you buy any piece of software, check if some of the following tools could not be just perfect for you.
You are in possession of a complete home studio equipment but now, how do you record and mix? TUTORIAL Make a song from the beginning to the end
Here is a tutorial about recording and mixing in a home studio, something I've done after my own experience. This will help you for your first steps in the home studio world, and probably even more than that.
The "mixing in practice" section is the complete mixing of a song from A to Z. Instrument after instrument, I show you the tools and settings I used, from the raw recorded sound to the final mix, and we'll wrap this up with the mastering stage.
Also, a glossary will briefly explain some of the words often used when doing home studio music.
Home studio guitar players face various dilemma: it's difficult to own all the amps you may dream about for obvious reasons of room and cost. It's also difficult to take advantage of your amplifier without having the whole family or the neighbors scream because of the noise. SIMULATIONS Amplifiers, cabinets, impulses
Fortunately, there is a solution: amplifier and speaker cabinet simulators that will virtually reproduce the sound of real or fictitious amplifiers thanks to the modeling of their circuits, and thanks to the impulses that mimic their sound characteristics. And that's simpler than it sounds.
Niagara demo of the JCM 800 HOT from Mercuriall "J'ai vu" (I saw) from the French band Niagara, played by Simon Chenu for these site's amp sim tests. INCOMPATIBLE VIDEO FORMAT This video presents the JCM 800 HOT amplifier simulator from Mercuriall.
To make music with a computer at home in a serious way, you need to buy some gear. GEAR From computer to audio interface and nearfield monitors
A computer, an audio interface, nearfield monitors or a very good headset for mixing, one or several microphones and of course your music instruments.
Of course, this comes with a cost but if you make a good use of the low-end gear, you can get pretty decent results.
Gear alone is not enough, you now need to think about the software that will allow you to record, edit, transform, mix your tunes, give them life, finalize them.
The Digital Audio Workstation (D.A.W.) is the main piece, the conductor, the one that will allow you to craft the music of your dreams. D.A.W.s come with a number of very useful tools called plugins, but many other plugins are available separately, for free or to buy. We will take a look at the most common ones: effects, software synthetizers, virtual drums.
I need drama in my life to keep making music. (Eminem)
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