If you have a couple of songs written and are ready to record them, you don't have to rent an expensive studio or hire technicians. With just a computer, a guitar (or other instrument) and a microphone, you can record your songs at home in decent quality.
Part 1 of 4: Doing a Home Study
Step 1. With a home recording studio setup, you can use reflection filtering products like SnapRecorder
You will need it to record the voice.
Step 2. Then make sure your computer has enough RAM to run a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
It can be GarageBand, Logic, Cubase, ProTools, or even Audacity.
Step 3. Organize what you want to record (guitars, bass, or drums)
Make sure you have the necessary equipment to record them. For guitars and bass, your amp and 1 or 2 cables are enough. For drums you may need microphones, which can be expensive.
Step 4. Connect your guitar to your amp as you normally do
Remove the end of the cable that is connected to the amplifier.
You may need a small adapter to convert one end from 6.5mm to 3.5mm (the measurement of a standard headphone jack), then plug it into an audio input port on your computer (usually found next to from the audio output, where you connect the headphones or, in the case of recent Mac models, you can use the input or output port, they are the same)
Step 5. Click "Record"
Make the necessary adjustments so that the digital audio workstation recognizes your connected guitar and so that the program records from that line (either in mono or stereo).
Part 2 of 4: Record Other Instruments
Step 1. Use the microphone and amplifier
You can also put a mic on your amp. Just put the mic close to the amp and set the program to receive that signal.
Step 2. Record the drums
For drums, you can use the drum machine included in some digital audio workstations (for example, GarageBand or Acoustica Mixcraft).
Step 3. Record the keyboards
Keyboards generally have either a MIDI output or a USB port, so you can record directly. Otherwise, use the headphone jack and connect it like you connected your guitar, bass, or microphone.
Step 4. Record other instruments
To record instruments like violins or pianos you need a microphone.
Step 5. Record your voice
Your voice can be recorded by connecting a common microphone in the same way as you connect the guitar or you can use a USB microphone. The “Guitar Hero” or “Rock Band” microphones work perfectly. People have recorded a full extended replay with them, so don't be afraid to give them a try.
Part 3 of 4: Record Quick and Dirty
Step 1. Record on your phone
Phone recorders are getting higher and higher quality, so you can easily record quick ideas to play back again while creating a DIY study on your computer. All you have to do is click a button and place the phone close to the fountain.
Try to download higher quality audio recorders than the default that comes with the phone. HD options are available for a few dollars (cheaper than ProTools or other professional programs)
Step 2. Consider investing in a high-quality handheld digital recorder
Digital recorders like Zoom microphones are very good at recording acoustic music in quiet environments. They are as good as recording and capturing the atmosphere of the room. You can make the recording directly on the recorder, play it again and upload it to your computer as mp3 to listen later and share it with your friends.
Step 3. Get an old portable boombox to record acoustic music
If it was good enough for the Mountain Goats, who recorded their first albums on a portable cassette player and developed a huge following, it may be good enough to record quick ideas for demos or to record rehearsal sessions.
If you got an old-model analog cassette stereo, put a new tape in it, hit record, and play acoustic instruments near the entrance. For best quality, consider attaching the appropriate connector to an AV microphone cable
Part 4 of 4: Record Your Own Song Using Apps
Step 1. Decide which backing track to use
On YouTube, there are many different backing tracks that you can find to write your own song.
Step 2. Find a melody that matches the instrumental
Once you have in your head what kind of melody you could sing, the whole process will be easy.
Step 3. Write the letters
Use interesting words and exciting phrases to do them. Use things that will hook the listener.
Step 4. Save the instruments using an application such as TubeSave
Then load it into a sound editor in software like Roxio's Easy Media Creator 10. Then, you will have it as your first layer.
Step 5. Use a tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire HD), to download a very good sound recorder
Then upload the instruments to your phone. This will help keep your music organized. Put on the headphones, then hit the record button in the sound app and play back on the song. You will be able to sing in time.
Step 6. Upload the recording to your computer when finished
Then add a second layer in your sound editor, and put it on.
Step 7. Increase or decrease the volume of your voices to the volume you want in the song
Step 8. Save the finished song
Rip the track to a CD, and everything is ready.
- When playing a note, make sure the show is recording.
- Make sure you have enough RAM on your computer.
- Check your instrument to make sure it works well.
- The only things you will need are: