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What you need to record a song yourself

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It is really hard for beginner artists to take the next step on their music production journey and start recording their own songs. As there is so much information online, it can be confusing at times. We at EKmixmaster know this overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to do next. So to make your life easier in this article, we will talk about the technical side of the process. We will discuss the necessary equipment starting from the very beginning. 

Let’s start with the foundation – your DAW. DAW stands for digital audio workstation, and it is an essential software to produce your music. There are many options for any budget. If you have a MacBook, there is free software that comes with it called Garge band so you can use that. Pro Tools, which is the industry standard, offers a free version as well – ProTools first. Some of the most popular DAWs are Cubase, FL Studio, Ableton Live, but they are pricy. It doesn’t matter which DAW you pick at the beginning. You can always learn another DAW later on and for now, choose the one which will be the easiest to learn and use. 

Sound treatment

If you are on a budget and want to do everything at home, you should soundproof your room and do the acoustic treatment. Soundproofing is aimed at preventing the sound from escaping the room. In simple words, it makes your room quieter. We use acoustic treatment to optimize the quality of the sound inside the room. In the beginning, you don’t have to buy expensive acoustic panels, just make sure your room doesn’t have hard surfaces. You can put a thick rug on the floor and cover hard surfaces with pillows or cloth, for example. 

Microphones

There are two types of mics to choose from. Dynamic and condenser microphones. Your choice depends on the instrument you want to record. In simple words, dynamic microphones are less sensitive and therefore are perfect for loud sounds such as drums. Condenser microphones are very sensitive and are usually used for vocals, acoustic guitars e.t.c. So if you can only afford to buy one mic, think about what you want to track. If you plan to have a lot of guitar tracks, you can use a condenser microphone to record guitar and vocals and program the drums in your

DAW using samples. 

Mics also have different pickup patterns. There are cardioid mics that pick up only the sound which is in front of them. Omnidirectional mics pick up the sound all around them. Bidirectional pick up the sound in front of them and behind them. Cardioid mics are the best when it comes to recording vocals. 

Headphones

You need a pair of over-ear headphones to record yourself. It prevents the sound from the guide track from seeping into the final track. But if you mix, you should use studio monitors, because they will give you the full representation of the frequency spectrum. 

Record

When everything is set and ready to go, you can start recording. A couple of recommendations here. First, track rhythmic elements and then track melodic instruments and vocals over them. Don’t forget to tune your instruments and make a soundcheck to be sure that you are not clipping.

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