A Guide to Recording Audio and Vocals At Home
Do friends tell you that they like your singing? Or maybe you’re a talented guitarist? If so, don’t hesitate any longer and express your talent to a wider audience all over the world. A recording studio in your house is all you need. And it can be all set up and running without much problem.
This is the list of equipment and hardware that you need for audio recording:
a) Multi-track digital recorder
c) Hi-fi receiver/PC sound adapter
d) Headphones of studio type
e) Voice recording studio software
Gadget a) – Make your choice of a stand-alone multi-track digital recorder or audio recording software. It depends on how you’re going to record the audio. Using software has advantages of flexibility and extensibility, and its cost is much lower. A hi-end sound card is capable of recording the audio at near-studio fidelity.
However, in case of voice recording studio software you should know about potential downsides. Primarily, computers can’t guarantee complete reliability, particularly older machines that have obsolete hardware (outdated CPU, motherboard etc.) on board. That can be a disaster to lose all your recordings accidentally when PC crashes or freezes. Also, keep in mind that such effects as reverberation and echo demand more resources from the computer like RAM, processor speed, and hard disk space. Consider upgrading mentioned subsystems of your computer. Or, if you’re planning to buy a new computer for purpose of audio recording, make sure it has hi-end CPU and high fidelity sound card to achieve best results and comfortable recording experience.
Controlling your voice recording software with mouse may be an inconvenient task if you’re making a recording consisting of more than 8 tracks. So if you’re having prospects to work on complex projects, it’s worth getting appropriate equipment for sound mixing.
Standalone multi-track digital recorders are not cheap, but provide higher reliability and sound quality compared to PCs. Besides, such recorders are integrated with good old faders for each channel, which are far more convenient than computer mouse. Among digital effects that are available out-of-the-box are: chorus, reverberation, pitch and delay. However, the number of tracks is usually limited (modern recorders have from 8 to 24 tracks).
When using standalone external recorder there are considerations concerning connection to other devices (such as computer) as well as options of synchronization with software. V-takes are being widely utilized by multi-track recorders, and so you have an option to record multiple versions of the same track (bass, for example), and activate one of those in your final compilation.
If you decide to use PC recording software instead of standalone recorder, but want to get rid of inconvenience of using the mouse for controlling tracks, go and get an external faders controller board. Just make sure that software you’re going to use supports this external controller.
In the next section of our article we will discuss the rest of equipment in the list above. Keep training your vocals till the moment you will actually record your own track that will be listened by many people. Your musician’s career will begin soon.