Home Audio Recording Fun
Author: Steve Leedy
I'm not even sure how old I was when I got the gift for
Christmas, but I remember thinking it was a pretty impressive
piece of electronic hardware. It was really cool looking
(technologically speaking), and I was awfully proud to own it.
It certainly made for lots of fun times.
What was this high-tech gift, you ask? Why, it was a tape
recorder! It was a monographic, reel to reel tape deck that came
with it's own plug-in microphone. I could hold that mic up to my
transistor radio's speaker and record songs onto tape. I could
also play the guitar and sing and record every second of it. I
could even hide and record conversations from unsuspecting
family members. I was in recording heaven!
Years later I owned an 8 track stereo recording deck (ok, that
was a mistake). At another point in time I had a stereo cassette
recording deck that would physically flip the tape over when one
side was finished recording or playing. Now I own a more
conventional stereo dual cassette deck, but I no longer use it
for recording or much of anything else for that matter.
All my recording is now done on my computer. The audio and midi
software available today for computer recording is quite
amazing. You can record multiple tracks, edit the recordings and
add special effects as desired. Many of the audio recording
programs come with their own native special effects such as
reverb, compression, flanger, and chorus, to name a few. Some of
the recording software can also accept third party effects such
as vocal removers, tube amp effects and many more.
Multitrack recording software allows for recording various live
instruments, vocals, etc, onto individual tracks. After
recording one track, you can play it back while recording
another. Once finished, you can mix all the individual tracks
down into one stereo track. Some recording software will import
and record both audio and MIDI, some audio only. If you have a
MIDI keyboard or other MIDI instrument, be sure to pick software
that handles both formats.
Creating a simple home audio recording studio is easy. In
addition to software, an audio and/or midi interface will allow
you to plug in all kinds of audio components, microphones and
instruments into your computer for live recording, recording
from tape or even from your old vinyl lp's. You can also use a
home stereo system as an interface for audio components by
running cables to it from your computer's sound card. A laptop
with recording software and a USB interface can serve as a
totally portable recording studio. And again, if you have MIDI
instruments, be sure to get an interface that will allow
connecting them in additon to audio components and instruments.
The digital revolution has made music recording easily available
to anyone with a computer. If you enjoy music and want to do
more than just download mp3's from the Internet, get some
multitrack recording software and start your own home sound
About the author:
Steve Leedy is a computer technician and sound hobbysist. His
website, at http://www.pcmusicstuff.com, contains information
and diagrams on computer music recording.