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Take Your Home Studio From "Hack" to "Hero"

Are you interested in starting your own recordings at home, but not sure if you want to splurge on a Digital Audio Workstation yet?

Here’s my confession: I only enjoy tech to the point where it allows me to create music.

Sure, I ONCE knew enough ProTools to do a truckload of editing. And I knew my way around sound and lighting boards to pull off some nice effects in a live concert. But, truth be told, I really don’t get excited about making interfaces and keyboards and DAWs and microphones all work together. What I AM really excited about is making MUSIC. If you’re like me, and you’d like to record yourself, but you find your patience and budget wearing thin when you think about recording yourself, I’ll make a few recommendations.

Start Small

Remember those New Year’s resolutions you made to lose 10 pounds in two weeks’ time? How did it go? That’s my point. Rather than going from zero to professional studio overnight, what if you just tried getting a nice sound for your voice on a few measures of a song? Maybe explore what some EQ might do for your sound? It might not be something you go and post on social media at first, but you’ll be much more likely to stick with it, if you start with small goals, and follow your own curiosity.

If you haven’t done anything as far as recording yourself. I suggest you explore OCEN and Audacity (these are two absolutely FREE DAWs that I recommend to get started in recording yourself). They’re fairly user friendly and have a limited amount of options and effects that you can add in. It will help you put your feet in the shallow end of the pool until you get used to the water and learn to swim.

Make what you HAVE work for you

When Ryan Murray started sending me recordings, I was blown away to find that he was using a little Yeti snowball mic with a free DAW. I asked him how he got such a great sound, and his response was “YouTube”. He tends to think outside of the box and figure things out for himself.

So, it’s no surprise that he now has a four or five thousand live stream followers using a platform (Twitch) that is usually used by online gamers. He was one of the people who presented his audio recording station and set up in our webinar on home recording. I knew Ryan way back when he was a high schooler with limited access to gear. He didn’t let that stop him, and it became the basis for his creativity.

He talks about his set up from time to time, but it’s pretty cool to hear what he gets from his set up.

And, if you’d like to see the video that begins with Ryan and his talk about gear in our webinar, here’s a link for that webinar and I’m making it available for FREE. Just make sure to use the code RECORDING.

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