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Hidalgo13 03-25-2013 02:01 PM

Anyone familiar with recording at home?
I'd really like to establish a small recording studio at home. There are a few reasons why, but mostly it's because I've been wanting to record some songs I've written and I really enjoy playing music in general. I'm a student and I am not intending to become some hit star or anything :-P, (this would really be a hobby), but I'd like to still buy some decent quality material so what I do end up producing sounds decent and almost studio quality.

I've researched the basics I need, and I plan to begin by buying a condenser microphone, a pop filter, a recording interface (i believe that's what it's called) and build a very simple vocal booth in my room. Later will come the headphones and speakers.

Any tips on the brands I should get for the techno stuff? And could anyone suggest me a free (or very inexpensive) program for the song mixing? There are soo many out there it's hard to decide. :-|

jinxremoving 03-25-2013 10:04 PM

No advice on the hardware but do you have a Mac or PC? If you have a Mac then you cannot go wrong with GarageBand:

Apple (Canada) - GarageBand - Learn about Flex Time and other new features.

Of course, if you had the money the industry standard for both Mac and PC is ProTools but that is a lot of money and has a huge learning curve. Another option would be FruityLoops and Cubase but they are both around $200. I'm assuming your budget is a lot less?

Hidalgo13 03-25-2013 11:21 PM

I've heard of garageband, but alas I have a pc. And yes i'd like to not spend much on a program, as I rather put money towards the other equipment. Eventually I might invest in a better program, but not yet. :)

jinxremoving 03-26-2013 10:04 AM

Your options are pretty limited for free, unfortunately. Audacity would be the most popular program then:

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

You could always "download" a copy of FruityLoops or CuBase off of BitTorrent for free... not that I would ever suggest such a thing. ;)

Hidalgo13 03-26-2013 07:53 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. :) I can't wait to actually buy the equipment, set up everything and start. Need to wait for school to end though. :(

Are there any good programs you're familiar with but that aren't in the 200$ range? (like under 100$?) Or is all the good stuff high up in the large figures? :P

jinxremoving 03-26-2013 10:31 PM

You can get FL (Fruity Loops) Studio: Fruity Edition for $99 at FutureShop:

Fruity Loops is an extremely popular program, even some big name DJ's and artists use it. Like I said, the industry standard is ProTools but after that it would definitely be FruityLoops and Cubase.

Looks like they even have a demo available:

There's a learning curve, but fortunately tons of people have demos on YouTube showing you how to do the basics. :)

jinxremoving 03-26-2013 10:39 PM

Another suggestion would be Sound Forge. They were popular a while back, but not as common as FruityLoops and Cubase. FutureShop also sells the software for $69:

They also have a demo available under Downloads section:

I'm not sure what one is better, just that I know FruityLoops is more popular with people. My suggestion would be to wait until you have the hardware, then download a trial of each and play around. You want to wait until you can actually use it before getting the trial, since most are limited to like 30 days or so. Once you find what you like best, go buy it. :)

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