Recording your guitar and voice at home on your PC or Mac
Gone are the days where you would have to save up a small fortune to go into a studio to record your ideas, it can all be done at home now, with minimal investment. All you need is an up to date PC or Mac, audio interface, a pair of headphones, microphone and cables. (If you need personal advice, Mike or Paul at the music school will be more than happy to keep you right).
1. My favourite, Reason 9 by Propellerheads. It has everything you could ever possibly need under the hood. Rather that me going into what it can do, there are so many amazing videos that explain it best. Here is one of them: Announcing Reason 9! () It comes in at £295/$370, but I think it is well worth it!
2. If you have a fairly decent Apple Mac, there is Logic Pro X! This is also incredible and relatively easy to use. Just like Reason 9, the things that Logic Pro X can do is simply jaw-dropping! Check out this video: Logic Pro X Review –( ) You can also check out the Apple website: Logic Pro X ( ) The most incredible thing is, Apple are selling this incredibly useful software for only £199/$199 (Apple rips of us UK users!) 😉 This software used to cost way over $1000! But Apple is trying to take over the market and get people away from using other software. If you want to use Logic, you need a Mac, and they know once you buy a Mac, you will never go back! 😉
3. The industry standard for studio standard recording is Pro Tools 12. This is used in every professional recording studio I have ever been too. The issue with Pro Tools (in my opinion) is that, although it does the job BIG TIME, it is very complicated and aimed more at studio level people like sound engineers and producers, rather than musicians/songwriters. The other thing I don’t like about Pro Tools is that they are a nightmare to deal with. The hoops you have to jump through and the support packages you need, just to ask a question, put me straight off ever using it again, There are millions of people who will strongly disagree with me, but I would say, if you just want to sing and play the guitar, avoid Pro Tools just now! ProTools | Avid () The positive that it does have going for it is that you can pay $24.99 per month for the full package, or $599 outright.
Anyway, these are the main players out there. Watch videos and see what you think would be good for you. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂
P.s. To connect the microphone and you guitar lead into your computer, you will need a digital interface. A good cheap one that I use is the Focusrite (), and you should be able to pick one up from most music stores or online for around $150.