Did you ever want your own recording studio, but always thought that this was just not possible given your budget? Indeed, many of the extra accessories are simply too expensive for the average starving musician, such as microphones, tracking material, speakers, sound-proofing. Fortunately, with today’s computer technology, much of the extra heavyweight equipment has become for the most part outdated. With today’s technology it’s now much easier to have a recording studio at home—with sounds that often match some of the best studios—simply by turning on your laptop, plugging in a cheap microphone and headset, and turning on the guitar.
There are many reasons why having your own recording studio is really accessible today. First of all, a lot of the software out there is often free to download and try, which allows you the possibility to first test different programs before you actually buy one, which means you can try out different features until you find the right music production software to suit your own interests and style. There is also the fact that much of the software is fairly easy to use, even for the computer ‘dummy’, and for those who really have a hard time, software often comes with easy to use help contents and manuals.
Some other great advantages of home recording on the laptop is definitely the fact that you can record multiple tracks and store it easily as a file, and thus when it comes to making your own music and distributing it, having a digital music recording is the best way to get your music out there for others to hear. If you simply want others to get to know you, you could post your music on websites for others to download and listen to, and thus become famous over night! Well, at least, that’s the idea.
Another reason to look into computer software for recording is the fact that you also don’t need a top of the line laptop in order to use it, since much of the software today is really quite simple while still combining some very necessary features for musicians. A lot of the software will even run on those old dinosaur models you keep in your basement (and no, I don’t mean your commodore).
With much of the software out there, there is also the added feature of music instruction for those among you who are just starting to get into the art of making music or simply taking some extra time to enjoy what you hope to be a long lasting hobby. Using music software is a great way to record your own music, to listen to yourself and rate your progress, and many programs come equipped with different instrumental sounds and beats, from violins to flutes, violas to drums, there are thousands of options and variations for the interests of each individual musician.
In the end, whether you’re an experienced musician who is tired of paying large fees for less than adequate recording studios, or you’re just starting to get into the groove, you might want to consider looking into the cheap solution, and turn your laptop into a recording studio. Whether for creating music from scratch or for fine tuning your recordings with audio mastering software, the way to go today is definitely digital. Doing so, you’ll find that your laptop has a lot more character than you originally thought!