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3 Things To Get Started Recording

September 14, 2013

ImageIn the last post, we talked about how easy it is to get great recording without going to a studio. But what are you going to need to get started at your home/church/etc? Here are, what I believe, to the three essentials to start working. (I’m going to assume you already have a laptop or desktop computer)

1 – Microphone – One of the best tools I recommend, is a get a mic and start using it. It doesn’t have to be a super-top-end mic. Try to find a large-diaphragm condenser mic to get started. Use that baby a lot and learn how to use it. There are plenty out there, I bought a used RODE NT1A for a litle over 100 bucks.

2 – Audio Interface – Okay you got the mic, how do you get that sound the computer? You need an audio interface. It doesn’t have to have a billion inputs, you can get away 2 channels. Go see what you can find. I first bought a Line 6 UX2 w/ POD Farm (though it has an emphasis towards guitarists) before upgrading to something with more channels.

3 – DAW – It stands for Digital Audio Workstation. It the software on the computer where you can mix and edit your recorded audio. You don’t have to buy an industry-standard giant like ProTools. In fact, you get a very adequate DAW called REAPER for only $60!

Keep in mind, this is NOT meant to be an end-all-be-all studio set-up. These are the bare necessities to get you started. There are plenty of other blogs and sites out there that focus on home recording. We cover a wide variety of topics on this blog and we are just scratching the surface of recording. That said, you should have a good idea of what you need to get started, so dive in there and get to work.

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