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[Bedroom Recording] What do I need to record?
October 14, 2008

A question I am asked a lot is, "What do I need to start recording?" Obviously you need something, but is a mic and a tape recorder going to cut it?

I'm assuming you want more than a trashy, song-my-kid-sang-at-three-years-old kind of recording. This is better stuff. So in order to get a decent recording, what do we need?

I use a computer, and recommend you do too. A computer has almost unlimited possibilities for recording and processing, from dirt cheap podcasting to top level professional recording studios. In fact, the high end consoles are basically dedicated computers.

You need some kind of microphone. A simple formula to find out the quality of the sound is: quality of sound is proportionate to the cost of the mic. I hate to tell you this, but it's true. But, between $10 and $200 is much more difference than between $200 and $400.

You also need some kind of interface to work between your mic and the computer. These come in many flavors, from small 1 channel USB models to whopper 24 channel PCI card units. The goal of the interface is to take sound from the mic and route it to the computer. Sweet and simple.

Last but not least, you need some software. Free ones like Audacity or GarageBand are obvious starting points. Try them out and see what works.

This is an simplified version of how things work. For a full version, see www.bedroom-recording.com/recording-equipment.html. Hope you enjoy!

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