How to record a song at home?
Many people just love to sing, someone knows how to play certain musical instruments, someone writes music, words, in general, ready-made songs. And at one fine moment there may be a desire to record your work so that not only close people can listen, but, for example, send it to some contest or simply post it on the Internet on a personal website or blog. However, to put it mildly, I do not want to spend money on professional recordings in the studio, or maybe they are already missing.
This is where the question arises in my head with what and how to record a song at home, and is it possible in principle? In principle, this is quite possible, you just need to properly prepare for this process: at a minimum, purchase the necessary equipment and correctly prepare everything for recording a song in your home. EQUIPMENT REQUIRED Besides good voice and hearing, a microphone plays an important role in recording a song at home.
And the better it is, the higher the quality of the recorded voice. Naturally, you can’t do without a good computer either, the speed of sound processing and generally editing the recorded material will depend on its parameters. The next thing you need when recording is a good sound card, with which you can record and simultaneously play sound. Headphones are also needed, they will only be used when recording vocals. The room in which the recording will be carried out also plays a very important role, so that there is less extraneous noise of the window and door, it is necessary to hang blankets. How to record a song at home without good software? But not at all, therefore it will be required. What music programs can be used for this, how to create music on a computer can be found in the articles of our blog.
PREPARATION AND RECORDING
So, the music (phonogram) for the song is written, mixed and ready for further use. But before you start recording vocals, you need to warn all households so that they do not distract you from the recording process. It’s best, of course, to record at night. This is especially true for urban residents, because the noise of a big city can penetrate into any room during the day, and this will interfere and affect the recording quality. Phonogram playback needs to be adjusted in volume so that it sounds approximately the same with the voice. Naturally, it should be reproduced only in headphones, since the microphone should pick up only a clear voice. Now you can start recording.
The main thing is not to rush and not expect that everything will turn out from the first take, you will have to sing a lot before some option seems perfect. And it’s best to record a song separately, breaking it into pieces, for example: sing the first verse, then listen to it, identify all the bumps and defects, sing again and so on until the result seems perfect. Now you can start the chorus, doing everything the same way as recording the first verse, then recording the second verse and so on. To evaluate the recorded vocals, you need to combine it with a phonogram, and if everything suits you, then you can proceed to recording processing.
Before proceeding with the processing of recorded vocals, it should be noted that any processing is a distortion of sound and if you overdo it, you can spoil the voice recording. So all processing should be minimally applied to the recording. First of all, it will be necessary to cut off the excess empty space, up to the beginning of the vocal part of all recorded parts, but in the end it is better to leave free spaces for about one to two seconds, so that when some effects are applied, they will not abruptly interrupt at the end of the vocals. You will also need to straighten the amplitude throughout the song using compression. And in the end, you can experiment with the volume of the vocal part, but this is already in conjunction with the phonogram. This option of recording a song at home is well suited for musicians, and possibly entire groups, as well as for simply creative people who don’t have enough money to make a studio recording of their work. How to record a song at home? Yes, everything is not so difficult as it might seem. Three constants are enough for this: a huge desire to create something of your own, with a minimum of equipment and, of course, the knowledge that can be gained in the articles of our blog.