The Beginner's Guide to Home Recording
The purpose of this thread is to provide a simple introduction to making music at home. It aims to demystify the bewildering array of hardware and software that confronts all newcomers, so that rather than feeling like this…
…you'll hopefully start to feel more like this:
We'll be adding to the thread over time and if you want to contribute something to it yourself, then please do
Before we start, here are some pointers to keep in mind:
- Buy only what you need to begin with. Don't go splurging loads of ca$h on high end gear until you know exactly what you need… and you won't know that until you've been making music for some time (I'd say about a year). High end hardware/software can make your music sound better. But learning to properly use lower end hard/software can make your music sound even better. So keep your wallet in your pocket for the time being. Or spend your money on basses, as per usual
- Be patient. Don't expect instant results just because you're using a computer - it's you who'll be doing all the work. As with any new skill: keep it simple, start by grasping the basics (one step at a time) and don't stop learning. Speaking of which…
- Practice, practice, practice. Music production can be compared to speaking a new language. You'll start off frustrated by not being able to express the sounds in your head; over time you'll become more fluent and the balance will shift from battling with technology to getting the most out of it, once the basics become second nature. All of which takes time and regular practice. Follow tutorials on YouTube. Read books and magazine articles. Hire a tutor. Ask questions on forums (like this one!). Hoover-up knowledge wherever and however you can.
- Have fun! I know that's a corny thing to say, but it's true. Whey else would you want to make music at home, if not for enjoyment? If you're not having fun, then in the wise words of BBC's now vintage children's classic, Why Don't You: "go do something less boring instead". Music production has the potential to reward you with huge amounts of creative freedom and satisfaction, enabling you to produce the music you always wanted to make (and without needing to rely on other band members!). It also has potential to frustrate the bejesus out of you and cause your swear-box to runneth over. So don't sweat it if you're struggling. There's nowt wrong with dipping your toe in the water and deciding it's not for you.
Right, enough of the babble. Let's go to work….
Edited by Skol303, 06 November 2014 - 12:00 PM.