Getting Started in Home Recording

So as some of you may have noticed, I'm an indie artist. I got into home recording in 2006 after a few attempts to really understand what was available on the market to allow a newcomer to successfully record. What I found and still see all the time is an abundance of "home studio bundles" on the market that may or may not suit one’s particular needs.  Before doing anything involving money for gear (and, more importantly, software) you don't know how to use (or in my case, forced me to get a newer computer because my old one couldn't handle the software), I would check out an online recording studio where you can get a free membership and start recording right away.  Start with that, and maybe you’ll figure out that recording to the computer is or is not right for you.

I have friends that work retail in guitar stores, and know a few guys who teach the basics of recording software. I have seen people come in to their stores, take a few free classes, then purchase $700 recording software that's 100 times more powerful that they'll ever need to record their church choirs or even for just getting a solid demo down.  Before you buy, ask yourself what you really want to do in recording (and be brutally honest)! 

So what do you want out of recording?  Are you in a band looking to get a solid demo? Are you a guy with a consuming day job who dreams music and can't wait for the weekend to crank out a rough "sketch" of the idea? Are you a choir director looking to record performances live but you don't know where to begin? First off, feel free to email me with questions at leonardfaraday (at) I went to online school for recording and producing for over 2 years and took training from two different engineers to learn as much as I have, but I’ll be the first person to tell you there's a ton I still want to learn. Still, I can point you in a helpful direction.  

My answer to the question is simple: I wanted to record albums -- so I started doing that. If you want to be a professional recording artist but lack the faith in yourself to do it, or if everyone around you is telling you to quit, or if you are afraid to look like an idiot to the guys pushing this stuff retail, let me ask you:

What is really stopping you? Go for it!!!

BY THE WAY -- I think you also need to ask whether you feel that software or a stand-alone recording unit is the right way to go. (Hint: if you buy a stand-alone recording unit, it probably comes with a "lite" version of a decent recording software for free that works on either Mac or Windows...a beautiful thing)! These recording units can probably get you up and running in a matter of an hour or so, an there are free training videos on YouTube. This is how I got started, with a digital 4-track that had 42 pre-programmed drum patterns built in. I recommend this to anyone!

So I wish you luck! Email me with questions, please! Happy to help! Have fun!

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