3 Tips for those new to recording at home

The licks and lyrics just seem to flow out seamlessly. Record a short rock song, house track or a soft acoustic song. Keeping a dedicated setup ensures you don’t have to do any pathway tweaking, and that your audio is always going to come out where you want it. Try writing a 1-minute song and then work on mixing that. Even if you think your song sounds like a turd, polish that turd! All these take time to connect and take up quite a bit of space on a desk. With the advent of new digital recording technologies, recording for aspiring artists has become much easier. Furthermore, recording a full-length song is a huge undertaking, from the writing to the final mix. The desire to record music can come up suddenly so having a station set up and ready to go the instant you want to record really helps with productivity. Everyone has their own musical tastes and inspirations and getting someone who isn’t as invested in the song to take a crack at it can often lead to a breakthrough in a particular part of a tune. A lot of, often frustrating, time. This included external hard drives, license keys, interfaces, and mics. It’s like giving yourself a sampling plate of mixing. But musicians get writer’s block too. But you must tell yourself it’s all in the effort of getting better. This also helps in determining what you want to work on in the future, and in what veins of recording your skills may be lacking. If you have friends who are also musicians, I suggest inviting them over and try to jam out the song together. I used it for school and for work and so when it comes time to record I had to go through the process of hooking up all my hardware to my laptop. There will be a lot less material to focus on, so you can really work on making that 1-minute shine. Especially for a student who is weighed down with loans, textbooks, and rent to pay. You’re going to record a lot of songs you never share, but maintaining that drive to finish a song, even if you’re not a huge fan, is key to improving your skills. Getting the hang of a new DAW or getting familiar with your plug-ins takes a lot of time. You don’t have to take their ideas, but music is often a collaborative effort, and having someone else to bounce ideas off of is a great way to suss out what is and isn’t working. Not to mention setting up pathways for audio on your computer can be a little tricky, especially when you’re switching between playback devices. Polish it until it’s the most beautiful sounding turd you can make it. Dedicated Work Station
Audio equipment is expensive. Over the years, I’ve found some techniques that will really help get the ball rolling and keep you motivated if you’re looking into recording music at home. But if possible, I would strongly suggest that you set up a dedicated workstation with a computer, interface, and mics. Try it with different genres as well. We all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to songwriting, so collaborating with people who have strengths where you may be lacking is a great way to get the most out of your music. I found myself spending 10 minutes clearing space to set up my equipment, another 10 to 15 hooking it all up, and by that time, the little spark that inspired me to record was fading. That’s the wrong way to go about it. Free plug-ins and DAWs have replaced expensive hardware in some respects. It’s a lengthy investment, so a good way to work on your mixing and recording skills is to write some shorter songs. I record at home myself, but being prone to procrastination, I’m always find reasons not to do it as much as I should. I get that. Jam With Friends
Sometimes, writing a song comes naturally. This isn’t to say digital technology is better, but for those looking to get into home recording, digital is a viable and convenient option. Record, Record, Record
Practice makes perfect, no matter how sick of the saying you may get. I’ve abandoned songs before because I just don’t like the way it’s turning out, or I can’t get the right sound. So many times, I’ve laid out a verse I like but for the life of me can’t figure out how to transition into the next part of the song. For the longest time, my issue had been that I use my laptop for everything.
3 Tips for those new to recording at home