Ernest J. Walker | midiman

Basic Recording on the PC

Jan 10th 2011 at 10:31 AM

     Hello there! A lot of musicians these days are not going into the major studios any more to do their music recordings-they are doing it themselves with the help of the PC and music recording software. Today, I will explain some basic things about do DIY(Do It Yourself) recordings, and touch on the software that are used to do the recordings, as well as give a few tips on getting a good quality recording out of a home studio.

     In a previous article, we found out what tools are needed for home recordings and we will start with the PC. A really powerful PC is not really needed to do real basic recordings. However, if you are going to have a ton of tracks, along with a lot of effects, the more power you have the better off you will be. I can't tell you what your needs will be, but a safe medium would be a PC with no less than 2Gigs of Ram and a Processor of dual-core nature would be divine as well. I'm not gonna try to explain the technical aspect of what I just told you, but just google those terms to get mofe info on them. Remember now that you are recording in the digital realm and nothing over 0db is gonna sound right and if you are trying to drive a lot of tracks and your PC is not able to keep up, you are gonna have major dropouts of the audio big time! You also will fair much better having a Hard Drive that is at least 7500RPM or higher if you can get it. This will ensure that the read and write process goes soothly between your incoming audio signals to the Drive-no skips and clithces. Ok, I know I have said a lot of thingsa that may sound like rocket science to some, but it is really not as complicated as it seems. Now that we have the PC running smooth and ready to take our great music, lets move on to the software.

     You have many DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations) available-Sonar, Presonus, Pro-Tools, Cubase, and Ableton live just name a few. All of these does the same thing-record midi and audio. If you on any of these and a midi controller or Midi Keyboard, you can record all of your ideas straight into this software in real-time! With this technology, you can do a whole song all by yourself right in the privacy of your own bedrrom! According to what kind of audio interface you have, you can record 2 to 8 tracks at one time! If you are solo musician, you can record all your tracks one at a time, get them synced up right if you are using midi, make all your adjustments and add effects, and then once all of that is done to all the tracks, render them all to a stereo for mastering and finally burning to CD!

      Voila! Now you know the basics of recording your own songs at home. This is not an exhausted reference for all that is involved in the process, but it is a starting point for all who wishes to explore this territory in depth! I'm hoping to be able to do maybe a video tutorial of this process very soon as time allow me? I hope this kinda helps someone out and inspires them to do thier own recordings!


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Jan 12th 2011 at 11:13 AM by Demax
That's good stuff, a lot of nuggets in there.

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