Obviously every indie artist’s dream to record their very first album! However, the barrier to entry can be quite high, with studio time being so expensive. This is why we highly recommending getting setup for home recording! You will save money and have complete creative control. Win-win!
First of all you are going to need to get enough original songs together to make an album, or at least an EP. Then you can get started with recording your music at home. Here are the bits you are going to need:
1. A Decent Computer
Obviously you are going to need a computer to do some sweet multitrack recording. Most computers these days can handle the kind of software that you need to record, but the higher spec that you can afford, the better.
2. An Audio Interface
This is a device that plugs into your computer and allows you to input microphones, electric instruments, etc for recording. These can come in various forms. The most popular being a USB version.
3. At Least One Quality Microphone
You are going to need at least one microphone to get started, preferably two. Condenser microphones are great for recording more delicate sounds like vocals. If possible you should also aim to buy a dynamic mic like an SM57 or SM58 – these are great for recording instruments, mic’ing up guitar amps, etc.
4. Some Decent Headphones
As mentioned in a previous post. Having a good pair of headphones is a must! Get yourself hooked up! This will help for monitoring your vocals, and late night mixing sessions.
5. Audio Recording Software
There are a range of audio software packages available to suit different budgets. You can normally get going pretty cheaply and still produce a great sound. For advice on recording software and other home recording related info, check out sites like http://cobaltaudio.com.
I hope that these pointers help you on the road to getting your first songs recorded! Home recording is a seriously fun experience, and you will learn a lot whilst creating the recordings that are going to make you an indie rockstar!
Have fun, and as always, let us know if you have any questions!