Not so long ago, it cost a fortune or a lot of skill and a bit of luck to produce your own music. You had to have access to a studio not to mention the know-how to run the equipment. But thanks to new computer technology, all that has changed. Now, you can produce your own record at home.
You can get as fancy and complicated or ridiculously simple as you want when recording your own music. You can use a component based hardware system, like that used in traditional recording studios. Or, you can opt for a computer based recording system via a program.
If you are going for inexpensive and relatively easy, computer based recording programs are your answer. Most of the programs offer the ability to mix music and create special effects but with a much cheaper price tag than the old-fashioned way.
There are some great programs out there like Cakewalk, EMagic, GarageBand (for Apple users) and many others. Simply do a search to find various ones and then read the consumer reviews. I recommend reading reviews from a number of sources to assure they are not manipulated ones.
You can get a studio workstation for your home that provides what a professional one in a real studio does but at a fraction of the cost. You will have a full recording station and a large array of tools at your fingertips but in the convenience of your own home. There are tons of great ones out there and again, be sure to check out plenty of reviews.
Either way you go, you will need to record your music. You can do so in one setting or song-by-song. It is up to you which way works best for you. There is no right or wrong way.
You will then need to mix your music. If vocals are involved, you may want to start with them, but again, nothing is set in stone. Be sure to use a quality microphone as that will make all the difference in the world. They don’t cost that much but remember, the microphone is not a good thing to skimp on.
Adding drums, guitar and other instruments is simplified when using new technology because you can save the sound and play it back, time after time. You may save it on a memory card, a CD, flash drive or just on your computer.
An input jack is imperative. That is used to connect your microphone to the computer. It is how the quality sound will get in. For the instruments, you will bypass a mic and plug directly into the device you are using to record.
Of course you will blend your music which is called mixing. That is when the vocals and instrumentals and any special effects come together. You can control which of your recordings are softer or louder than the others and fade in and out if desired. It’s a good idea to play around with the blending and mixing so you get the perfect balance and equalization.
Once you have edited your production (called mastering), you are ready to burn it. If your computer has a good quality CD burner, you can use it or you can add an external one for little money. Just as in recording, you can burn the entire production at one time, or do each song individually.
There are simplified programs that give you step-by-step instructions and there are others that are more complicated. Each has its advantages. The choice is yours as to which you use and what kind of time, skill and money you put into your masterpiece and that is the key to producing your own music because now, the choice is…truly yours.