A few days ago I told you about the basic tools you need to record yourself. I really do believe that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the tools needed to make songs that you’re proud of. But today I want to tell you why that’s true.
Recording is not something you’ll be good at the first time you do it. It’s basically another instrument that you have to learn. A lot of people start off recording, get a poor sounding recording, and assume that it’s a gear problem and that the solution is to buy something more expensive. This is not how it works. You’ve got to learn your equipment and know how to really use it. You’ve got to go through some trial and error to get it right.
In my last post I gave you some gear recommendations that totaled about $300. I am absolutely positive that the gear I listed, combined with some practice and knowledge, can give you solid recordings that are marketable and profitable.
If you’re excited about being a musician and excited about the prospect of releasing an album of solid recordings, then hopefully that means that you are excited about learning the art of recording and mixing. Hopefully the thrill of making that first recording will lead to more recordings, each one sounding better than the last. The best way to learn about recording is just to jump in and start doing it. Fire up the software, hook up some mics, throw the headphones on and start pressing buttons and turning knobs.
Don’t wait for the right piece of gear or the right sound to get started. Jump in with what you have right now.
Question: Have you been able to make recordings you’re proud of with inexpensive gear? Feel free to share in the comments below.