Did you know that you can record a CD using your home computer – with very basic equipment?

Did you know that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a demo recording done? and you shouldn’t need to spend your hard earned dollars on equipment either!

When I was in my first band and we needed to get a demonstration CD done we would have to spend hundreds of dollars going to studios and getting tracks laid down.

It would take hours and they’d have these huge 24 track analog recording machines and enormous mixing desks that looked really impressive.

The reality is that it is the music that you produce that’s the important thing… not how flashy the equipment is!

After a few times in the studio, like many others before me I decided to start my own home studio. I went out and bought mixing desks, microphones and software for my computer. I was constantly playing and fooling around.

I spent thousands of dollars on all this equipment – I had mixing desks, dat machines and the works!

When I had my first child we didn’t have the space for the home studio anymore – so it had to go! I consolidated into one computer which I used for my internet business, and sold off the rest on e-bay.

The point of this story… you don’t have to spend money to do things!

Just a matter of two or three years after I sold all this equipment I’m now looking into what I can do with my current computer.. and free software that is available online… and I work out that I can do nearly everything I did with my expensive software!

You can get an audio recording program called Audacity – Its an Open Source program (which means its completely free, with no nag screens, optional upgrades, or spyware included) that will do nearly all of the audio editing I used to do on my big computers.

You can set up this software on your computer, and then borrow a decent quality microphone. Then set it up and start recording yourself, one track at a time!

If you play guitar and sing you’ll be able to do quite a decent job of recording yourself that way. Simply record the guitar first, and then sing over the top.

You can also create midi file accompaniments completely free using low cost or no-cost midi sequencers as well. So if you’re a musician my advice is to do what you can for very little cost, and concentrate on your music… not the gadgets!

By: Kevin Tuck

About the Author:

Kevin Tuck is an internet entrepreneur and musician, and has several music related websites. One of his recent projects is to catalog and review low cost and free music software on a blog called the Music Software Guide

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