Do you know what “Nebraska” by Bruce Springsteen, “Exile on Main Street” by the legendary The Rolling Stones, “Wasting Light” by Foo Fighters, “OK Computer” by Radiohead, and “The Downward Spiral” by Nine Inch Nails all have in common? They were all recorded in kitchens, bedrooms or small places with low-budget tools and great enthusiasm.
Sure, it may not become your most successful album, but everyone has to start somewhere, and the intimacy of your own home is the perfect place to get inspiration and put all your soul into each of the songs. However, apart from inspiration and a cozy, improvised place to record, you’ll also need these following tools.
A quality computer and specific recording software
The wonders of today’s technology make recording an entire album easy and cost-efficient, even without owning professional equipment. However, you still need to invest in a high-quality computer with Internet access and good recording software programs.
And, although most people are pleased with their Airbooks and MacBook Pros, there are plenty of other options on the market, aside from the popular Apple products.
A decent DAW
Although some digital audio workstations (DAWs) cost several thousand dollars, you don’t need to spend a fortune on one just yet. In fact, any DAW will do the trick at the beginning, as long as you know how to use one. Just make sure it is compatible with your computer and you get to record, edit, master, and mix your music according to your preferences.
Some of the most popular tools include Studio One, Cubase, Pro Tools, Sonar, and Audition.
Quality studio microphones
High-quality microphones are crucial if you want to record your music as clearly as possible and remove interferences. The good thing is that you won’t need more than one or two if you’re working by yourself or you track each instrument at a time.
Microphones aren’t too expensive either. In fact, given the broad array of products available on the market, you shouldn’t spend more than 100 dollars on such an item.
Headphones are as important as microphones because they allow you to actually hear yourself while playing or singing. Headphones also help you remove all background noises and solely focus on your singing or playing skills.
However, bear in mind that each pair of headphones can slightly influence the way you hear yourself playing. In order to have a clear image of how you sound, use two-three different types of headphones from various brands.
Moreover, depending on the brand, these products can cost several hundred dollars. And, if you haven’t found the right item for you yet, just keep reading about it online or take a look at brands like Bose, Sony, and Beats by Dr. Dre.