For many musicians who are trying to break into the music industry, the cost of paying a professional sound engineer to record a demo CD is just too high. So, instead, many musicians have started learning how to record their music themselves. 

Recording your own music may sound a little tricky, but with a basic understanding of music production and recording techniques, it’s easier than you think. But, before you get started there are some important bits of kit that you will need. 

For our guide to everything you need to produce your own music recordings, read on: 

1. Computer 

The first thing you will need to produce your own music recordings is a computer. While the music industry standard tends to be apple macs, a regular PC or laptop will also work well. 

For ease of portability, a laptop is a good choice, as it allows you work wherever you are, and not just when you are at home.

Your computer is incredibly important for recording music, as it will be used to run software, record your music, play it back, edit it, etc. 

2. Digital audio workstation 

The digital audio station, also known as a DAW is an essential piece of kit. It is the main piece of software you will use to record your music. You will need a digital audio station to not only record your music, but also to edit and mix your piece, if necessary. 

You can download the full version of DAW to your computer, or if you are on a tight budget, you could download the free trial instead. 

As well as investing in digital audio workstation, you may also want to consider investing in the best vst available, as this will help to make your recording sound more professional. 

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3. High-quality headphones

To be able to properly hear and edit your recordings, it is essential that you invest in a pair of good quality headphones. 

4. Microphone 

A microphone is, of course, essential for recording your own music. There are so many different microphones to choose from, all of which offer a different recording quality. Opt for the best microphone you can afford. 

5. Audio interface 

To record any sounds from your microphone, you will need an audio interface.

An audio interface is used to convert sound from the microphone into a digital signal that can be easily read by your DAW software and your computer. 

6. Studio monitors 

If you are planning on working on recording your music for long periods of time, then a studio monitor is an essential buy.

A studio monitor helps to keep your ears from getting too tired and no longer being able to distinguish between different sounds,which is vital when you are recording music. 

7. Practice 

To become a good home music producer, the key is lots of practice. Just like any skill, learning to record your own music can take time, so be patient, and practice as much as possible.

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