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HOME RECORDING GUIDE

UPDATED FOR 2014

TODAY, TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP YOU OVERCOME THE LIMITATIONS OF MONEY

 


GETTING STARTED

Even if your financial resources are limited, opportunities are available to jump start your recording career by using the cheap technology that is now on the market.  All it takes is your own creative spark, a little money, and an Internet connection.

This guide points the way for artists, composers, DJs, and musicians who would like to move their recording careers from ground zero.  The advice in this guide is based upon our experience with certain kinds of equipment and software.  It does not represent the final word in recording at home.  We may recommend a certain computer program or piece of equipment, but our recommendation does not mean that other kinds of equipment and software are bad choices.  Quite the opposite is true, in fact.  Although we do not guarantee the results you will get, all of the software listed below, as well as much of the equipment available on the web sites we list, is worth using. We have no finanical connections with any products mentioned here and make no guarantee that these products will work for you. You can learn a lot from looking through what is available at a site like Musician's Friend.


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WEBCAMS AND MICROPHONES

So how can you get started recording if you don't have any recording tools? If you're reading this from a modern laptop, you probably have the basic tools needed to get started.

Most laptop computers come with built in webcams these days. Simply find the webcam program on your laptop's desktop, open it and click the record button to get started. 

Most audio recording software will recognize your webcam's microphone.


If your computer doesn't have a built in webcam, or you would like a better one, check out the following links below. Most desktop computers don't have built in webcams.

NOTE: Even if you already have a built in webcam, it is still possible to add another one or a better microphone.

Also, most audio programs will automatically use your built in webcam unless you specify otherwise.

 

EQUIPMENT

Logitech Headphones, Headsets, Microphones and Webcams

The Blue Mic (Quality USB Microphone)

 


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PORTABLE RECORDERS

 CAPTURE THE MAGIC OF THE MOMENT

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Creativity does not fit nice, neat schedules. If you want to capture the spontaneity of the moment, we recommend using a portable recording device.

For the purpose of capturing a clear surround sound, we recommend the Zoom or the Olympus portable audio recorders. The Zoom is a product capable of capturing sound from multiple directions.

Simply place the Zoom down on the ground and capture a three dimensional sound. This is great if you are trying to record your at home garage band.

The Olympus also carries a reliable line of products that we have been using over the years. More expensive audio recorders will allow you to plug in a guitar directly.

EQUIPMENT

Zoom Products

Olympus: Digital Voice Recorders


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RECORD WITH YOUR PHONE

If you can't afford to buy a portable recording device, but have a smart phone, you may want to explore the option of using your phone as a recording device. There  are a number of programs.

Your phone may not have the same sound quality as the digital recorders mentioned above, but it can still get the job done.

For example: If you have an idea for a creative guitar riff at 3 in the morning, you can record it on your phone with the click of a button.

LINKS

The Recorder for iphone

Frequently Asked Questions for iPhone Recorder

The Recorder for Android

Trouble Shooting for the Android Voice Recorder


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AUDIO SOFTWARE

WARNING: When downloading any kind of software from the internet, make sure you have a reliable firewall and virus detection program.

AUDACITY (FREE SOFTWARE)

Okay, so you want to get a bit more technical, but you don't have a lot of money.

Audacity is one of the most prominent free audio software products today.

It is easy to use and contains a large number of audio effects.

Audacity

How To Record A Song With Audacity WikiHow

The only problem with Audacity is that you can't automatically save a file as an MP3.

You have to download the encoder listed below to do this.

Guide to Installing MP3 Encoder for Audacity

Encoder for Audacity

AVS AUDIO SOFTWARE

We ourselves have used AVS frequently for audio recordings.

The great thing about AVS products is that they are all part of a software suite that works together.

This includes video and photo editing programs as well.

The entire software suite includes 18 different products total. $59 for lifetime use, $39 for one year use.

These are the AVS products we recommend for the recording process.

AVS4YOU Software Suite

AVS Audio Recorder

AVS Audio Editor

AVS Audio Converter

  MORE AUDIO SOFTWARE

CAKEWALK

Music Creator 6


Sonar X1 Essential

Sonar X2 Essential

SONY

Sony Music Studio

Sony Audio Studio

 


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WHERE TO BUY

ONLINE

Musician's Friend

Amazon

IN PERSON

Guitar Center

Best Buy


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WORLD FUTURE FUND MEDIA

World Future Fund's Global Media and Popular Culture Project

Encouraging great art and music to discuss serious issues about our planet's future.

World Future Fund Multimedia Page

Creative videos and audios.


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CREATIVE LINKS FOR MUSICIANS

World Future Fund Home Recording Links

World Future Fund Resources for Musicians

Lyrics.com

Dark Lyrics

Songsterr