• Zoe Lim

A Short Guide to Home Recording

A home recording music studio

Clairo, Cuco & mxmtoon are some of the most popular artists today who have recorded albums from the comforts of their own bed. With the rise of digital tools, it has become extremely easy and convenient for anyone to start recording in their own home.

If you are an aspiring musician looking for a way to begin your journey in music, these are the top 5 essentials that you need for a home recording studio. Let's check it out!

1. DAW - Digital Audio Workstation

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is a software program needed for producing, recording and mixing your songs. Some of the most popular DAWs in 2020 are:

  • Logic Pro X

  • GarageBand

  • FL Studio 20

  • Audacity

  • Reaper

  • Ableton Live

When it comes to choosing a DAW, you might want to consider 3 things - your music genre, compatibility with other platforms and the quality of your songs.

For example, Ableton Live is highly recommended for EDM (electronic dance music) producers. However, if you just want to create simple songs, you might want to get GarageBand which comes free with almost every Apple product (MacBook, iPhone, iPad).

2. Microphone

If the songs you are recording are vocally-heavy, you might want to consider getting a proper microphone with the best sound quality.

The 2 most common microphones in the market are :

  • Condenser microphones - Has superior sound quality due to its high sensitivity & accuracy

  • Dynamic microphones - Able to handle high sound pressure, relatively cheap

Each of these have their own sound characteristics and traits. It depends on what you are looking for when recording. If you want something basic and simple, you may even want to try out the microphone on your earpiece. On the other hand, if you want to record instruments with higher frequencies and harmonics, you might want to consider getting a condenser microphone.

Another factor to consider while getting a microphone is getting a pop filter. A pop filter is a noise protection filter for microphones. As suggested by its name, a pop filter reduces or eliminates plosives or 'popping' sounds when recording. Getting a pop filter is highly recommended when recording vocals or speech.

3. Microphone/XLR cables