01-22-2010 03:20 AM
Hi im an aspiring singer-songwriter BEGINNER producer and i need to know the basic equiptment or/and software needed to create and mix music and record the vocals to make a demo for distribution. I have heard of Protools 8 but im thinking i may need more than that since i hear protools is for creating loops and such i need something to create beats aswell as the music the whole 9!!! Any suggestions is HIGHLY APRECIATED thanx!
01-22-2010 05:14 PM
01-25-2010 03:58 PM
I'm glad to hear you're getting into songwriting and production! It's exciting to write your own songs and even more exciting to be able to translate your ideas onto a recording for others to hear.
There is a lot of different software/hardware out there that would be able to take care of your basic vocal and instrument recording. Some key things to consider when shopping for the right gear is what you're willing to spend, features, and if the tools are easy for you to use.
Protools can be simple if you stick to the basics but also has a lot of depth features if you really want to get into detailed editing and recording techniques. The same goes for many of the other programs so my recommendation would be to go to each supplier’s website and check out their marketing videos to get an initial impression of which one you might like. You'll likely be able to see videos and screenshots of the software they use and get a feel for how complex it will be. You'll also be able to see what types of hardware interfaces they recommend or are compatible with. You can get by without any hardware interface but I wouldn't recommend it because you end up using a lot of different adaptors just to plug a mic into your computer.
Depending on what your instrument is, you could probably get by with a relatively low-priced condenser mic for both your vocal and instrument. Condenser mics are ideal for picking the subtle nuances of your voice and instrument.
You can shop for those interfaces, recording software, and mics via our Musical Instruments page on BestBuy.com here to see some of what's out there.
Hope that helps a bit! Happy songwriting and recording!