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Recording Your Music on A Budget

Updated on June 23, 2013

Recording does not have to be a million dollar production that only takes place in the biggest and loftiest studio. You can record anywhere in the world. Much of the music out today has been created on the go. Although if you get a chance to record at Sony Studios please GO FOR IT! If you are like most people, here are some simple solutions to getting it done without breaking the bank.


1. Computer

The most basic element you will need is a computer. Oh course the next question is whether or not you need a Mac to make music. The short answer is no. Any computer whether Mac or PC will do. It is not so much about the computer itself as it is other critical components,

especially the software. You'll want to opt for a computer that has 8+ GB for you to work with. This can work great with a laptop, especially since it will allow you to work on the go. You can even utilize your tablet now to get some pretty decent and in some cases great results.

If you do choose to go the tablet route, just make sure you have enough memory and the manufacturer you go with offers regular updates and good service. Between my two favorite companies, Apple wins in these categories. I love Samsung for portable devices but it is not known for updating it's tablet software. This can become a problem when you are trying to update your apps for increased usability.


2. Software

Choosing the best software for you is an objective thing. There are no right or wrongs to this as it's all about preferences. The industry standard for music production and recording is Pro Tools. There are so many other options available in various price ranges from Fruity Loops and GarageBand to Logic Pro and Cakewalk. Try going to your nearest music store, my favorite is Guitar Center and talk with the staff there. Read some reviews or just try a few programs out for size and see which one you are more comfortable with.

Also for your benefit, places like Guitar Center regularly offer free classes on how to use certain software such as Pro Tools. If you want to try some things out before you make the commitment to purchase, try one of these classes first to get a feel for what different software and hardware have to offer.


3. Hardware

The next two most important things you will get are a microphone and a set of headphones. These will make a world of a difference in the way your sound is recorded. Even with editing sound

through your software, your hardware can make the difference between a slight hissing noise in a song or a crystal clear sound made from heaven. All of the hardware you purchase after this is just icing on the cake. New monitors and a mixer would be the next step. From there, count to infinity and options will still pop up!


4. Promote

After all of your hard work make sure you promote your music. Add it to your social networks, tell your friends, do some shows. Have fun with it and get ready to do it all again!

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