Lifehacker has a nice little primer on how to get recording on the cheap going for you. The article isn’t exhaustive but it’s a good start if you’re new to the recording world. We’ve written about the importance of learning how to record on your own before. I believe that if you want to become a full time, sustainable, musician then liberating yourself from the shackles of the $50/hr studio is critical.
…With a few hundred dollars you can actually set up a pretty decent studio to start recording at home. There will definitely be a few limitations, but nothing that isn’t pretty easy to work around. Before we dive in, let’s take a look at what you’re going to need to purchase, noting that you may not want or need some of these items and some you may be able to get for free:
- A microphone
- An audio interface
- Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software
- A digital keyboard
- Studio monitors
This list assumes, of course, that you already have a computer. You don’t need the fastest computer to record and mix music, but it should be reasonably fast. Anything with a Core i- or even Core 2-series processor should do the trick…. (Read the Full Article at LifeHacker here)