Hits At Home: Tips For Creating A Home Recording Studio

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Music has certainly changed in the past 15 years. Not only are there the big record labels cranking out hit music, but many artists are releasing independent albums and achieving mainstream success. Surprisingly, many of these indie artists record material in their own homes with simple set ups, fairly inexpensively, and you can do the same. All you need is a sound proofed room, a decent microphone and a computer with enough power to run  recording software, or a standalone digital interface and cables. There is no substitute for natural talent, but if you have it, we will give you some basic tips on how to get started recording hits at home in this guide.
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Gotta Have Material

If you are songwriter but do not have the ability to create music, there are online websites like Soundclick, Soundcloud, PMP Worldwide and others that host producers’ music, who want to get to know you. They sell productions that will not break the bank, with options to lease or buy. If you are a singer and are not particularly good at writing or creating music, many producers offer fully written songs that you can buy or lease and record for yourself. This will allow you to create a vocal demo that might land you a deal or at least let everyone know that you are ready to get your music career off the ground.
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Fully Equipped

Workstation - There are tons of ways to record at home. To get your vocals or instruments into your computer though, you will need a computer based or a standalone  workstation. The standalone works as well, but for a more dynamic experience, opt for computer-based recording. Computer interfaces connect to your microphone and instruments and digitally records them from further processing. 
Interface Programs - If you are pretty fancy with mixing, you can use free programs like Mac’s Garageband, or Audacity and Reaper that work for PC. Use them in tandem with a simple audio interface, or opt for more tried and true methods. Premium programs like Avid Pro Tools, Presonus Studio One, Cake Walk Sonor, Logic for Apple, Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason are used industry wide and will let you record as many tracks as your hard drive has room for and RAM for. 
Mic, Headphone & Monitors - When recording, you want a condenser  microphone that captures vocal warmth and a pair of good studio headphones to accurately judge highs, mids, and lows in your mix. You will also need a boom microphone stand and a pop screen to keep hard Ps and Ts from picking up in your recording. Also, do not forget connectivity by picking up shielded stereo jack to jack cables, and  XLR to XLR microphone cables. After mixing, you will want to hear your mix through a decent pair of speakers. Even though you could record fully and hear everything through your headphones, monitor speakers offer a drier mix so you can mix more objectively.
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Isolation Is Best

After you have a song and home studio set up, it is important to have a quiet environment for a recording. Excess noise can enter your recording from passing traffic, stomp-y upstairs neighbours or children playing. Even in a quiet room, your vocals bounce off walls and records bad reverb that interferes with mixing. One option to prevent this is  studio foam blocks. The blocks come pre measured and usually ship with adhesive strips for wall mounting. Blew all your money on equipment? Use egg crate foam instead of the blocks, or hang a couple of blankets to absorb extraneous noise. Remember, you want the vocal to be as clean as possible. Also, plug any instruments that you can directly into your system so you get cleanest, strongest signal for mixing.
Home recording could seem like a tough and arduous process, but it really is not. Your experience in recording will grow over time and you will learn how to add and take away from your studio to make it perfect for you. In recording, there are many ways to skin a cat to achieve the same sounds. Do as much research as possible by perusing Youtube and the internet for recording tips and tutorials, but after learning the basics, the road is wide open. So read up and get started recording your hits at home!

Written by: stupiddope1
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