Lets begin on some of the stuff you will be needing to record music at home . Just remember this is for beginner home studio fun. This isn’t for setting up a professional recording studio. But no to worry, you will be able to make pro sounding music.
your going to need a half way up to date computer. I use this system. Pentium 4, 160GB HD, 2g of ram. your going to need a sound card and a CD-R drive. If your system is more powerful then mine, you should be able to handle the requirements. also, I run on a system that I only do home recording on. There are no other things done with this computer. That’s why i can get away with an older system.
Now that we have the system we need an input to get our recordings with. This also goes by other names such as soundcards or mixers. What this does is connect the audio to your system. This can be used to connect your instruments/vocals or what ever it is you would like to record. Some can get costly, other you can get for next to nothing. I purchase one off E-Bay for around 20 bucks. we can discus the ones you should buy later. For now we can make it easy. They come in 2 types. External or Internal. The difference is that one is plugged in to your computer from the inside (Internal). The external can be plugged in on the outside. I like external to record music at home. It’s simpler to install. most are Plug and Play. Some are midi enabled.
I like the Tascam US-122 which is not produced anymore (They make a new version of it). It has everything I like to use for recording music.
Software and Applications
This is the backbone of recording. This is what is used to record, mix, and polish your music. Now i’m not sure which is the greatest choice, (Remember we are not making a pro-studio.) but i can direct you to good software for good prices. the one i like is the Sony Acid line. This stuff is simple to operate. It uses multi-track recording and sound effects. You can get this one for about 60 dollars. Some input devices come with software.
Have fun and Record Music at Home.