Best Recording Software for Beginners

If you are interested in the art song genre then you probably enjoy singing art songs. If you enjoy singing then the next step would be to record your singing so as many people as possible can enjoy your singing. If you are just starting to look into recording your singing, you may ask, “What is the best recording software for beginners?” That is the very question that we shall address in this blog.

Let’s start at the very beginning

Depending on your level of knowledge about recording you may wonder about your financial investment. How much will it cost you to begin making recordings? Of course that can vary, even greatly. It will depend on the quality of the equipment that you use and where the recording is being made. In this blog we shall only address the software and the interface you will use.

The software is the program that will be loaded into your computer. The interface is the piece of equipment that is used to connect other tools used in the recording process. Full-fledged recording studios can run into the thousands and tens of thousands of dollars. But what we shall propose and recommend to the beginning recording artist will run you somewhere around $300. I think you will be amazed at the production that you will be able to get.

The software

The software that I recommend is called Studio One Artist 2. Studio One  Artist 2 comes either on a disc or can be downloaded from the PreSonus website. It does come at a cost but it is very decently priced. The Artist version is a less complex and not as versatile as the Studio One 4 Professional versions. But it incorporates everything needed to create or download and edit midis which are then used as your accompaniment. By clicking on the browser you can choose “instruments” and find a vast list of instruments to choose from.

You have the ability when you have completed your recording to save it as a WAV file. You can at a time when you have several recordings, group them together and put them on a CD. You can then share them with others. What the Artist level does not have is an MP3 producer. You can get an app that can reduce the WAV to an MP3 if you really wanted to do that.

This is probably the most important member of best recording software for beginners.

The screen view

The layout of the screen is straight forward and easy to access all the parameters necessary. At the top is your menu. It is self-explanatory. The main screen is your track screen.  At the bottom are your controls.

In the lower right corner, you have a choice of edit, mix, or browse buttons. If you click “edit” it will bring up a screen on the lower half on which you can edit which ever track you choose from above. If you click “Mix” it will bring up a console view of the tracks that you have created. This allows you to see how each track’s volume relates to the other track’s. If you click the “browse” button you will open a screen on the right-hand side which will enable you to access your computers files, the instruments available through the software, and the effects which come with the software.

The software is extensive and presents almost endless possibilities of creative productions.

The interface

Best recording software and hardware
Back of Audio Box

Recording hardware

The interface is the AudioBox USB 96. It records with a 24 bit resolution(that means it is really good, a professional level) and 96 kHz. This interface will give life-like reproduction of your music. It has two mic inputs using XLR or 1/4 plugs so you can get true stereo recordings if you use two mics.

It has midi “in” and “out” plugs so you can record midi, too. It also incorporates main out stereo plugs to monitors and a headphone plug as well.

The AudioBox USB 96 is, as it says, connected via USB, so your computer powers it up. It also comes with phantom power so you can use condenser microphones for your recordings.

So far, you have only spent a little over $100.

What else

Best recording software for beginners microphone
Condenser Microphone

There are just a few more items that you will need before you can begin making those hit CDs. You will need a microphone, preferably a condenser microphone, microphone cable or cables, and a pair of headphones. This is assuming you already have a computer.

If you are recording the accompaniment as well as the singer you may need another microphone and cable. Or you will need to position the microphone to be able to pick up both singer and accompaniment. This assuming a piano is the accompaniment.

By purchasing the software and hardware in a package you can save quite a bit of money. I shall share with you where you can find such a package for around $300. All this come in this package. AudioBox USB 96. The Studio One Artist 2 Edition. M7 large condenser mic. Notation(Composing software). PS49 USB Midi Keyboard. HD3 Headphones. Nimbit Account(sell your recordings on the internet). And a powered USB hub.

Best recording software for beginners and best price
Best Recording Software for Beginners

Presonus – Presonus Music Creation Suite – USB Hardware/Software Composing and Recording Kit.
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Let the show begin

With this package you are set up to begin your recording career.Yes, you can make professional grade recordings with the equipment we have presented. You can compose with the notation software on your computer. With the keyboard you can record your midis or program the midi. When you play it back you will have a range of instruments to choose from. Make it a chamber presentation or a concert hall event.

You can now record and produce your own CDs. But as your ability grows you will probably want to upgrade in all areas. But until that time comes, and when it comes, you can still use this equipment as your portable studio. As long as you care and maintain this equipment it will last for many years.

We shall give you some links where you can get this special and begin your recording career right now. Check the BUTTON below to get the special deal.


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Home Recording Studio Setup

You have invested in your music training and have made good progress.  Now you want to hear what you sound like to others. Rather than paying for a high priced recording session, you consider setting up your own studio.  What will you need and what will it cost you for a home recording studio setup? That is what we shall look at in this blog.

Location

We shall assume that you have a location in your home that can be set aside for a small studio.  It does not have to be a large area. However, it should have enough room for a small desk or table and a chair.  Along with that, there should be access to electrical outlets. It should have adequate light and air condition

With the above conditions met, we now address the equipment.

 

 What home recording studio equipment will you need?

Let’s begin with the things you may already have.  

Computer

Home Recording Studio setup
Computer

This is the heart of the recording studio.  You will need a computer with adequate memory.  If you plan to do a lot of recording you will need at least 100 GB of ROM.  Along with that, you will need at least 4 GB of RAM. If you can add an additional 4 GB it will be even better.  But, 4 GB will suffice.

Processor speed should be a minimum of 2.0 GHz.  The higher the better.

The best programs for home recording studios are usually setup for Windows or Mac.  There are some that are built for non-conventional platforms. But these are not as high of a quality as those for Windows and Mac.

Along with the computer, you will need a decent monitor to display the recording program and its many layouts and platforms. 

Interface

Audio interface
Audio Interface

The interface is the equipment that we plug into the computer that transmits what we record to the computer.  Depending on what equipment we choose, that can range from one input to multiple inputs. For a home studio, one or two inputs with a midi input should be adequate.  

The inputs are typically two microphones and a midi.  With two microphones you can record an instrument(i.e. guitar) and a vocal.  If you choose an interface with a midi input, you can record your midi along with the audio. With midi input, you can also program your accompaniment in advance.

You will also want to choose an interface that will accommodate condenser as well as dynamic microphones.  Condenser microphones are the choice for studio recordings. But dynamics will suffice if that is what you have.  To use a condenser microphone the interface must provide a 48-volt power supply. Condenser microphones provide a better recording and catch all the nuances of the singer.

Microphones

Home Recording Studio setup mic
Condenser Microphone

We have just mentioned microphones above.  Almost all recording studios use condensers.  The dynamic microphone is better for live performances.  Condenser microphones are the overwhelming choice of the recording studio.

Home recording studio software

Home recording studio software prices range from “free” to “extremely expensive”.  Since we are just beginning, we shall look at the “free” to “the best for the money”.

Audacity

Audacity is a “free” recording software and gives a general idea of how to record for beginners.  It is fine for a beginning experience. But, as you progress, you will want to graduate to a little more comprehensive program.  It will give you a good taste of what recording is like.

You can download a FREE version of Audacity HERE.

Sonar

Sonar is a very good software for not only home studios but for professionals as well.  I have used it to make many home studio recordings. It has several platforms from which to choose.  The program has several interfaces that it works well with. However, it would be wise to make sure that the interface you choose will work with it.  Check out Sonar HERE.

Pro Tools

The industry standard for many years has been the Pro Tools software.  It is for sure one of the top-rated software programs for the recording industry.  Almost any decent interface will work with Pro Tools. Pro Tools is probably the most expensive of the recording software programs.  It is probably worth the price.

I have used this software for many years and had good results.  However, as it has grown more and more complex, it goes beyond the needs of a home studio.

Check out Pro Tools Here.

Studio One

Studio One from PreSonus has consistently grown in the recording studio market.  Unlike Pro Tools, it has not forgotten the “little man” in the recording industry.  The software produces professional-quality recordings from the entry-level to the professional level.  

PreSonus develops software which complements its foundational Studio One.  It has also developed the interfaces that augment the Studio One platform.

This is the program that I use now.  It is on a par with Pro Tools and in some areas easier to use.  It is built to integrate with its other programs of composition and printing of works.  It also has a platform to promote your recordings.

The developers are constantly updating and improving the product.

My Recommendation for Home Recording Studio Setup Package

The program that I recommend is Studio One.  The reason for that is that you are just beginning and are probably working with a budget.

We are assuming that you have a good computer and have a place set up.  Studio One has a nice setup and provides everything you will need to begin recording.  There are several packages that you can choose from, depending on what you wish to accomplish.

The simple package

There are two PreSonus packages that I recommend for the home recording studio setup.  Both are under $300. But each has what you will need to carry your music from concept to finished recording.

The first is Audiobox Itwo Bundle.  It comes with Studio One Artist software, AudioBox interface, M7 condenser microphone, headphones, and cables.  You also get a free account with Nimbit where you can publish your recordings for the internet. There is also a Free app from the Apple store to interface your software with an IPad.  All this for only $249.00. Click the image to get it now.

 


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Best package for beginning home studio

If you have an understanding of the piano keyboard then this bundle would be perfect.  It not only allows you to record but you can program your accompaniment, too.

This is the Music Creation Suite.   With this bundle, you get AudioBox interface, Studio One Artist software.  You also get Notation Music notation software. Along with these, you receive a PS49 Midi Keyboard.  Included are an M7 condenser microphone and HD3 Headphones. Rounding out the package is a Free Nimbit account to publish all your recordings. 

The cost of this bundle is only $299.00.  There is no better home recording studio bundle anywhere on the internet.  Get yours by clicking the image.

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Conclusion to home recording studio setup

Whether you take your music to the professional level or not, having a home recording studio setup is a plus.  By recording and hearing yourself you can make the improvements which you could not before. As you improve you can publish your recordings through various services such as Nimbit or SoundCloud.

Check out the packages and programs that I have shared with you and begin your adventure.

May God bless you and prosper you.

 

 

Strengthen My Singing Voice

Many young singers, eager to build a singing career want to know, “How can I strengthen my singing voice?”  Too many of these young people fall for the wares of vocal charlatans and ruin their career before it starts.  A friend of mine related one such incident.  

A young lady in his church showed great potential in contemporary religious singing.  My friend recommended that she study with a college voice teacher in their church. The teacher recommended a course of training which would take a minimum of three years.  This would give her voice time to mature and build the strength necessary for a career in concert singing. The parents opted for a “quick fix” with a popular teacher in Los Angeles, California.  

In two years the young singer returned home.  Her voice was all but ruined. The “teacher” had tried to manipulate the young voice with popular tricks taught to secular singers.  Just as people trying to do things physically which are beyond their ability can injure themselves, so can singers.

If the vocal muscle is not strong enough to accomplish a certain level, it must be strengthened.  That strengthening must be done with wisdom and knowledge. The vocal mechanism and its muscles must be built gradually and nurtured each step of the way.

Beginnings

Human beings by nature are singers.  Babies in the mother’s womb react to the mother’s singing voice.  Infants begin to sing before they can verbalize words. Singing is almost second nature to human beings.  I am convinced that this is because our Creator loves singing and there will be endless singing in heaven.  That is my opinion.

Many people think that birds, or other animals, sing.  They do not, in the real sense of the definition of singing.  Singing is basically “intonation of words or phrases to add emotion and emphasis to its meaning”.  Animals have no sense of wording or thoughts to their melodies. Their “music” however does carry forms of communication.  We shall not address that in this blog.

Foundations

To develop a good and strong singing voice one must first lay a good foundation.  One important thing I learned in the building business was the need of a solid foundation.  If you mess up on the foundation, nothing else you do will correct that error. No amount of tricks or cover-ups can produce a good product if the foundation is faulty.

Another truth I learned was that there is a necessary time that a foundation should set up.  In other words, it takes a while before the structure should be built on the foundation. Rushing any development structure will lessen the value of the foundation.  Build the foundation with patience. Then the structure will be strong and come naturally.

 

Foundational vocalise

It is always wise to begin warming up with light vocalise exercises.  By beginning your warmup in a predetermined structure, you alert your body and voice to get ready to sing.  One of the simplest exercises is that of humming. It is a simple way of activating the breathing muscles and the vocal mechanisms.  Along with those you can feel the sensations of the vibrations associated with singing.

The humming should always be light and unforced.  This is just the beginning and should promote freedom of production, not forceful production.  A good “humm” will also give a good tingle to the lips and nose.

Below is a good humming exercise you can use to begin your warmup.  It will move up by half-steps to stretch the vocal mechanism. But, you should never get to a point of forcing the production.  Keep it light. If it gets above your comfortable range, just drop out and wait till it comes back. Over time you will gradually increase the range of your warmup.

 

Strengthen my singing voice
Humming warmup
      Warmup 1 - Thomas Harvey

 

Continue to strengthen your singing voice with these exercises

The next exercise is a slightly different approach.  We shall use the “Ooh” vowel. The structure of the mouth to form the “Ooh” should be the same as that of the “Ah” vowel.  The difference is in how the lips are shaped. The lips should be formed as if you were going to whistle. Make sure the jaw is still open for the “Ah”.

How to form “Ooh” with a dropped jaw.

Now, sing through the exercise a few times.  Always keep the “Ooh” light and floating. This is just a warmup.  Below you will see the notation of the beginning exercise. The recorded accompaniment will progress up by semitones and then back down.  Repeat a couple of times.

Notation for warm-up 2
Here is the notation for Warm-up exercise 2
      Warmup 1.2 - Thomas Harvey

 

Next warmup

Our next exercise in our warm-up regimen is a simple octave leap up and then down.  We shall use three different vowels. Go through the exercise completely using one vowel and then the other until using all three.

The vowels are: “e” as in “eager”; “a” as in “way”; and “ah” as in “father”.  Use them in this order. The exercise will move by half steps up, then back down.  Keep the voice light and unforced.

Warm-up 3

 

      Warmup 1.3 - Thomas Harvey

 

Bring focus to warmup

This exercise will conclude this warmup regime.  We use a simple major scale in eighth notes to conclude this session.  Use the same vowel for the whole exercise. Then repeat the exercise with the next vowel.

 

The vowels in order are: “ee” as in “see”; “a” as in “say”; “oh” as in “old”; “ah” as in “father”.  The tone should always be light. For men, if you need to go into falsetto, that is OK.

notation for warm-up 4
Warm-up number 4
      Warmup 1.4 - Thomas Harvey

 

Conclusion

This warm-up should take you about 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the rest between each exercise.  When completed, relax for a few minutes and then work on learning your songs.

By using these warm-up techniques regularly you will strengthen your singing voice.  You will also improve your singing voice as you grow proficient in your warm-up techniques.

Look through our site and find helpful practices to grow an even more artistic voice.

Services

Do you need a recorded accompaniment for your singing?  We can produce a general accompaniment for your practice needs.  If we do not have a particular composition, we can get it.

We shall give you the first three accompaniments free to see if they help you.  If you like what you get, we can produce more for around $3 to $6 per song, depending on the length.

Let us help you be all that you can be!

 

What Do You Need for a Home Recording Studio

 

If you are a singer or a player of a solo instrument you often would like to hear yourself perform.  But very seldom do you get that chance. One of the best ways to hear yourself is to record yourself.  “But, it cost so much to set up with a studio and record for just an hour or so,” you say. You are correct.  So, what do you need for a home recording studio?

What do you need for a home recording studio
Your Home Studio

What if I could show you a means by which you could set up your own studio?  And set it up for the price of an hour in a recording studio. The first time I heard that I was sold.  Even with that good of a deal, it took me a couple of weeks to get the funds for it.

What do you need for a basic home recording studio?

The first thing you need is a computer.  It does not have to be a top of the line computer.  It helps if you have at least 100 gbt of ROM and at least 4 gbt of RAM.  If it has 2.0 ghrz processor that will help. Most laptops and desktops have at least that these days.

The Package

Once you know your computer is OK, then we look at the equipment.  You may be thinking we should look at software. We are going to do just that.  But our software is going to be in the package of things that I recommend.

The package that I recommend is a bundle which includes the interface, a condenser microphone, a set of stereo headphones, and the Studio One Artist software to make all this work together.

Instructions

By clicking the Sound Pro button(see bottom of page), you will be taken to their site.  Then, in the products window, you will paste or type in the following: PS-AUDIOBOX-96-STUDIO

That will take you to the place where you will see the bundle that I have mentioned.  At this particular time, they are running a special.(Date of this post is 5/6/19).  Normally, it is a good deal at $299.00.  But they occasionally run it on special which it is now. They are selling for only $199.00 for the bundle.

(If you do purchase it through this site they will pay me a small percentage of your purchase.  But it does not affect your price. It is a great deal. Check it out.)

With that bundle, you will have what you need for a basic home studio setup.

You are in business, the recording business

Though you do not have the big speakers yet, you do have good quality headphones.  You have everything needed to make a recording and hear what it sounds like.

Here is what you get for your home recording studio

 

What do you need for a home recording studio

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Everything you need to record and produce a recording is in this package when hooked to your computer.

Start recording today with this complete, all-PreSonus package! Based on the AudioBox USB 96 audio/MIDI interface and award-winning Studio One recording and production software, PreSonus AudioBox 96 Studio is great for creating multitrack recordings, demos, live recordings, podcasts, field recordings for video and sound effects, and much more.

AudioBox USB 96: Simple, reliable, and portable.

The AudioBox USB 96 is the heart of the AudioBox 96 Studio. This simple, handy little audio/MIDI interface has just the right features for basic recording needs, including two combo mic/instrument inputs and zero-latency monitoring, so you can simply plug in and start recording right away. Bus-powered, built to travel, compatible with most recording software for Mac and Windows, and equipped with high-performance microphone preamplifiers and professional-quality, 24-bit, 96 kHz converters, the AudioBox USB 96 makes high-definition recording easy. Read more about the AudioBox USB 96.

Studio One Artist makes recording a breeze in your home studio

No other entry-level recording and production software is this easy to learn and use, yet is capable of creating studio-quality output. Studio One Artist lets you work quickly and stay focused on your inspiration, offers unlimited tracks and plug-ins, and delivers features not normally found in entry-level DAWs. Access powerful editing tools without wading through menus. Load and save audio clips, MIDI files, and effects by drag-and-drop. Studio One makes it easy!

Capture every nuance with the M7 condenser microphone.

Get your mic collection off to a good start with the M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone. Condenser mics are the overwhelming choice of recording studio professionals, enabling you to capture musical details, harmonics, and subtle nuances that would get lost with dynamic mics. Large-diaphragm condenser microphones, like the M7, tend to “warm up” a sound, making them the go-to microphone for recording vocals and a wide range of instruments.

Hear every detail with HD7 professional headphones.

PreSonus’ high-definition HD7 headphones take advantage of a patented, semi-open sound chamber to deliver exceptionally deep low frequencies with a balanced and yet powerful bass punch. Accurate midrange and extended treble response let you pick out the fine details of a mix or track. The lightweight, ergonomic design adjusts to any head size, offering a comfortable listening experience during long recording sessions.

Includes Studio Magic Plug-in Suite.

This suite of plugins adds a wealth of fresh virtual instruments and effects to Studio One. Cherry-picked from the first names in virtual instruments and effects, each plug-in brings a different flavor of practical magic to your songs. These plugins aren’t gimmicky one-trick ponies – these are real-deal workhorses that you’ll rely on for countless mixes.

Added advantage

Since you will be using Studio One equipment and software you will be able to easily upgrade at any time in the future.  All the equipment and software is compatible with all Presonus equipment and other software.

As you grow in your recording knowledge you can grow in the recording equipment also.  

With this equipment and your computer, you have everything you need to make a CD of your music.  This package has everything necessary to begin your growth toward being a recording artist.

Home Recording Studio
Your First Recording

Information

You asked, “What do you need for a home recording studio?”  Now you have the answer.

If you need more information please leave a comment or send me an email at tom@tomharveybaritone.com.  I shall be happy to assist you and inform you in any way I can.  

Now it is your move!

Here is the button to take you to Sound Pro.  Then type in “PS-AUDIOBOX-96-STUDIO” in the “Product Search” box in the upper left.   Or you can copy and paste “PS-AUDIOBOX-96-STUDIO” in the “Product Search” box.

 

DO IT NOW!

 

I look forward to hearing your first recording.

 

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