The Steps to Recording an Album on your Sound Recording Equipment

sound recording equipmentEveryone dreams of recording their own album and if you have the right sound recording equipment, then it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to get the job done. Getting the job done professionally in a real studio can actually cost several thousand dollars for each and every song, but if you are doing it on your own, things definitely get a bit cheaper. Setting up a home recording studio is a matter of ease so long as you have access to the right equipment and we’re confident that you will find all of the sound recording equipment that you need right in our online shop.

There are a few very important items that you’ll need to have on hand, though admittedly this article is going to be focused heavily on microphones. Some of the most important equipment for your recording endeavors will include:

  • Audio Interface – A device used for upscaling the sound used on laptops and desktops. More often than not, the sound that comes as stock with computers is not of the highest quality, using lower end cards and outputs. Interestingly enough, there are many who say that they can’t hear the difference, and maybe that’s true, but you don’t want to create a low quality recording that is going to be played through an even lower quality home sound system. There has never been a more amateur move and it’s not a trap that you want to fall into.

 

  • Mixing Board – The only way to make sure that all of the instruments and vocals work properly and in tandem is with a proper mixing board. There is obviously quite a bit of work that goes in after the recording is said and done, but it is important to make sure that there is a balance beforehand.

 

  • Laptop/Desktop – You can go with either a laptop or desktop for recording or output, or any of the other necessary functions, but we’re going to say right now that a desktop is highly recommended for this type of work. A laptop is more portable but the components are also in a more confined space, meaning they can overheat very quickly. No matter how many heat syncs your laptop has inside, and no matter how powerful the cooling pad is, you simply cannot ignore the second law of thermodynamics, and eventually it’s going to overheat. A desktop on the other hand can be fully customized with industrial cooling solutions and even swappable hardware so that you can upgrade to the latest and greatest to make your recording session a complete success.

The points we’ve made above are very important and you’ll definitely want to make sure that you have them in your recording arsenal, but as we said before, one of the most important pieces of music recording equipment is going to be the microphone. There are several different microphone types and we’re going to cover a few of the more important ones.

A Look at the Different Types of Microphones – Essential Sound Recording Equipment

Take a look at the following types of microphones and determine which of them meets your immediate needs.

Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics

You’ve seen these before, there’s no denying it. They appear in countless movies and television shows, and they’re actually the standard mic for vocals. If you’re starting a professional recording studio this one will probably be on your shopping list, but it probably isn’t great for home use, especially considering the pricetag.

Small Condenser Mics

These are generally known as pencil microphones and they are pretty popular in music recording equipment. This type of microphone is often used in recording simply because it is great for high frequency detail, and it is definitely more convenient to carry around. For singers and songwriters this is absolutely perfect, and it is a great companion for guitars or other stringed instruments.

Bass Mic

music recording equipmentBass mics are exactly what they sound like: they are designed to capture very low end sound. Sometimes this one is referred to as a kick drum mic, and it can be used to capture the low end thump – not really a voice mic but it makes a great addition to your recording arsenal.

Multi-Pattern

This microphone generally takes the form of a large diaphragm condenser and allows you to switch between three polar patterns including Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Figure 8.

Finishing Up your Set

Getting the right microphone for your home recording studio is important, but you should of course make sure you have a good studio monitor, headphones, and other odds and ends offered by Digital DJ Gear. Take a look at the website and get the equipment you need to make sure your next recording session is a success and your album becomes a smash hit.