Nowadays, making music is not confined to only specialists. For a long time it was believed that music recording and production were things that could only be performed by people who have received technical training in that particular field. While there is no way we can deny that people do actually undergo rigorous training to start working professionally in this domain, for people who are starting off their journey as a musician, or want to make music out of passion in an amateur attempt, there are several methods emerging these days enabling them to do the same, while at home.
There has been a rise in the number of Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) available in the market. These DAWs are a complete package. They come with a wide variety of features that help the users record, edit, mix and master any audio track. Besides the standard features, some of them also offer a number of advanced features and effects that add a professional touch to the music produced. Most of these DAW software are usually available free of cost. This helps the musician produce better quality music at almost no cost.
In order to record music at home there are several components that will be required:
l A computer desktop: This will be required for installing the DAW, connecting to the audio interface. On the desktop, one can check the various input levels, select and use the features of the DAW, upload any tracks and download the final product. A computer desktop helps visualize the entire procedure and makes it convenient to control the various components.
l A Digital Audio Workstation: This is a software that is used to record, edit, mix and master any audio track. GarageBand is an example of such software that is developed by Apple Inc. It is available on all iOS devices. For those who do not own any Apple or iOS device can also use GarageBand. There are a plethora of features available for making the user’s music of a better quality. It is a useful application for all music makers, be it somebody expert or novice. Inferable from its easy to use interface, sorting out an approach to utilize and navigate GarageBand is something that can be managed by somebody who does not have any technical knowledge. GarageBand offers a wide range of audio effects, sound control and editing options. Any individual who has the essential idea of how to edit a track, cut and join various tracks, can shockingly quick begin creating their own tracks. GarageBand has in every practical sense, all fundamental instruments like guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, drums, and so forth. It has some 250 preinstalled loops for those clients who wish to work with pre recorded tracks. These tracks or loops are so good in terms of quality that performers like Rihanna have used them in their widely famous songs. GarageBand in addition allows its clients to record sounds with their microphone and import it to the platform.
l A microphone: If one is merely starting off their musical venture, they can, by all means use the built in microphone of their headphones or computer. The user can very conveniently record a decent quality of sound using these. The best part about using these built in microphones is it costs nothing. Though for those users who aspire for better sound quality and wish to produce music on the professional level, they can definitely use an external microphone.
l A microphone cable or XLR cable (in case of an external mic): This is used to connect the microphone to the computer where the input from the microphone can be processed on the DAW platform. This cable should be around fifteen to twenty five feet in length for convenience of the user.
l An Audio Interface: For most computers available in the market, they usually lack an XLR port. In this case we require a medium that converts the signal from the microphone to a form that is compatible with the computer and the DAW. This role is played by a USB audio interface. This interface is available in the market at very low cost, but the more one pays for the interface, the better is the quality of the sound produced.
#Using a microphone alongwith the necessary cables and interface can add to the cost. If an amateur musician wishes to record music free of cost they can easily avoid using these.
l Headphones: Using headphones is an integral part of recording music at home. The built in microphone enables good quality sound recording. The user while editing and adding effects to the track monitors and checks how it is sounding using the pair of headphones.
In order to setup a DIY music recording arrangement, the user will essentially need to perform these steps mentioned below:
Step 1: A DAW of the user’s choice need to be installed on the computer desktop
Step 2: The audio interface needs to be connected on one end with a microphone and on the other end with the computer (this step is amenable if the user wishes to record without a microphone)
Step 3: After setting up the hardware (if used), one should check for the levels of the microphone on the DAW software being used.
Step 4: The user, after checking the optimum levels, can start recording their track.
This is how one can very easily start recording and producing their own music at home, with absolutely basic prerequisites, and that too almost for free of cost.