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Musician Charlie Glover-Wright explains what you’ll need to start recording music at home.
For musicians, the worldwide pandemic and travel restrictions can provide a much-needed break from normal life and give you some time to do what you love the most. Since being stuck at home, I have been entirely consumed with getting my band’s demo list and songs up to scratch. Home recording has provided me with a welcome distraction, in a colourful and happily all-consuming private universe.
If you are frustrated with the lack of activities on offer during lockdown and wish to get some of those musical thoughts from your mind to the microphone - now is the time to start!
Firstly, you should think about how seriously you want to take the recording process. With modern technology we now all have some form of recording apparatus. All phones and computers have small microphones built into them and often come with a recording app, such as the ‘voice memo’ app on iPhones.
If you are an aspiring singer-songwriter but have never played to an audience before, there is no better way to start than recording yourself onto your phone or computer. You can listen back, see what can be improved and then try again. It is a priceless tool in aiding self-improvement, and all can be done behind closed doors. When we’re all out of quarantine and gigs begin again, you can step out and show everyone the star you have become.
If you want a clearer and more professional sound, with a small financial investment you can get closer to a professional recording. There are two things that you’ll need to think about:
Firstly, gathering your equipment, which usually includes:
Secondly, developing a basic understanding of the science behind microphones and audio recording. For example, knowing where to position a microphone at an instrument or mouth will greatly affect the sound produced.
There are several different DAWs to consider, from the fairly basic to the highly professional. These are the most commonly used:
There are hundreds of dedicated music engineering websites and books that will help you navigate and learn how to use the equipment that I listed above. My go to website for recording tips is Sound on Sound and in terms of books, I’d recommend Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior and The Mixing Engineer's Handbook by Bobby Owsinski.
Once you begin this musical recording journey, you’ll find yourself slowly learning more and more about the processes that enhance your music and creativity. Not only will you improve your sound, but you will also learn to use the recording process as an extension of your creative mind. You only need to look at the genius of great musicians like Brian Wilson or George Martin to see how much a good recording can positively affect the music you are trying to convey!