The first step with computer music recording software is to get comfortable with a program such as Garageband. If you use a PC, check for comparable programs such as Audacity, Mixcraft, or Acid. Use of recording software is just as vital for your music career or source of second income, as is becoming proficient on your instrument or vocal skills.
The power of this software is the multi-track recording ability: standard on Mac in the form of Garageband. This amazing software has revolutionized music recording methods, making recording affordable and doable for anyone willing to dedicate some time and effort to learning. Does that sound like you? If so, read on…
The First Time You Open Computer Music Recording Software
This is a touchy situation. You must relax, take some deep breaths, and go in with an opened mind. The best way to learn is “in person” from a teacher or friend perhaps. If you want to learn right now, you can use video taped tutorials, such as the one on our “3 Free Sound Recording Videos” site.
How Does Computer Music Recording Software Record Sound?
In real time, you sing or play an instrument and your computer converts the music from analogue to a digital format. This empowers you to plug into a computer, play, and record.
If you want a higher quality sound, you can introduce hardware external to your computer.
About External Hardware
For some recording processes you may need a converter box: it will send signals between your computer and external equipment such as a mixer or guitar amplifier. This box is sometimes called an IO box– which means incoming-outgoing. Usually the IO box plugs into the Firewire or USB port on your computer.
NOW that you’ve connected via the USB or Firewire port, adjust the audio options built into your computer. Be sure the audio is set to accept IO interface.
The I/O interface is what transmits all sound as it is being recorded and as you listen back to it.
The I/O interface replaces the sound card that came with your computer. It converts sound from analogue to digital. This component will run 40.00 and up, available used if you are budget conscious.
Now for using the recording software:
Open the program and click on “new track”. The software has a visual area for each track you have or will be recording.
Set the track for mono if only recording one thing – i.e. voice or a solo instrument. If recording 2 or more tracks, set it to stereo.
Click on record: begin playing/singing.
To add many tracks, simply repeat steps one to three. Now you are doing multi-track recording, which used to only be possible in a professional recording studio.
Recording secrets: Check on this page for some tips to make recording fun and make recordings you’ll be proud to share, sell or use for promotional purposes
The fact is, this type of software makes a genuine professional sound provided you have the right microphone and external devices. Of course, it helps if you play and sing well But you do, or why would you be reading this!