- Discover how to get started recording music.
- Find our how artists like Childish Gambino, The Tornados and Beat Spacek have recorded their music.
- Learn about the tools needed to make a recording.
There was a time when to hear a song you had to play it yourself or see an artist perform live.
Recorded music changed all of that. Once a song was recorded it could travel far and wide.
Recording music is much easier than it used to be. In the past, music could only be recorded in a studio with the help of a producer. Music used to be recorded on tapes.
A producer is an expert in recording music and plays an important part in shaping how a song will sound.
However, it is easy for people to record songs on their own phones or computers. There are lots of apps and music software available and the studio could just be a space at home.
The basics for recording music are:
- DAW - Digital audio workstation - this is music software on a computer, tablet or phone.
Microphone - This is the device used to pick up the sound. The main ones are:
- Dynamic microphone - often used by vocalists on stage.
- Condenser microphones - often used in the studio.
Audio interface - used to connect microphones to the DAW or computer.
- Headphones - are needed so that the artist can hear themselves and to get a clean recording.
Listen to these examples of music recordings
Record your own music
If you have access to a phone, tablet or computer, try recording something. You could use instruments, hum, beatbox or rap over a beat - anything you like!
Listen back to your recording. Was it the right volume? Was it loud or quiet? Did the sound distort at any point?
Does your device have an input level? This will show you how loud the recording is.
Adjust the input level of the device so that whatever you record is the right level. If it’s too quiet you won’t be able to hear it. If it’s too loud it will often sound distorted and hard to listen to. Getting the hang of this is the key to making good recordings.
If your device doesn’t have a way to adjust the levels, try moving closer to or further away from what you are recording.
Listen to more
Listen to the recording of the band's song The Sound Of Us and then listen to the separate parts to see how the voice and each instrument sounds on their own.
|producer||An expert in recording music and putting music together using software.|
|DAW||Digital audio workstation - music software that you can use to create whole pieces of music.|
|dynamic microphones||A microphone that picks up sound from one direction, often used in live settings.|
|condenser microphones||Sensitive microphones used for studio recording.|
|audio interface||A device for connecting microphones to a computer.|
|input level||The level or volume of a sound as you record it.|