06 December 2017

Rockin the studio Blog, Part 2

Sorry for the delay in writing part 2 of the blog – life’s been hectic anyway, I’m here and you’re here so lets start at the best place…. The beginning.


So, you have a guitar/microphone, and you want to write and record you own songs, that’s cool, but you don’t know how and you think it’s too expensive. Well, obviously it can be as cheap or expensive as you want/need as for knowing how – that’s what I’m here to tell you about.

The ‘signal chain’ is as the diagram below:-

Your instrument, Plugged into an Audio interface, which is plugged into a USB slot on your computer. On your computer you will needs a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

I’m expecting that you already have the instrument. Audio interfaces vary in price. You can pick them up from about £50. I can recommend this one. (we’ll talk settings later).



You need to check that your computer spec is up to scratch to run the ‘DAW’ you choose. There are loads to choose from – again, prices vary. You can get free ones or you can pay 100’s. for entry level, look at Ableton and Reaper.


If you have a MAC then you have Garageband which is a built in entry level DAW. MAC users also have Logic, which is the big brother of Garageband. (this is what I use).


You can also look at Cubase or Protools. If you are just srarting out, I would suggest one of the free ones to see how you get a feel for it. Do your research and most softwares these days, have ‘how to’ videos all over Youtube.


Right…. So now you know where we are heading with this….. I’ll give you a few days to let this sink in and then I’ll come back (Promise).


Just in case you’re worried – Noisey amps or drums – not a problem!!!

I know for a fact from some friends inside ‘the business’ that a lot of the ‘big bands’ us amp simulation software for recording and possibly drum software too.

Gone are the days of bands needing to mic up a Marshall stack in a room, crank it and then hit record. Sadly, a lot of bands think that if the fans knew, then they would feel cheated. Does it matter? Do we care?…. well as long as they are using the  best tools that help them get the best performance recorded, that’s all that matters and it’s the same for you. Using amp simulators is actually more flexible – you can tweek it at a later date if you want, and obviously it means that you can record in your bedroom in your terrace house in Aston without annoying the neighbours…. So I can’t really see any negatives to using Amp simulation software.


So…. I’ll touch on this in the next entry.


Any questions, then e-mail me on rockinthestudio@midlandsmetalheads.com