Basics of Computer Recording

Ok, this is a HUGE subject, so we are really going to focus on the fundamentals of what you NEED and what you SHOULD have and what is really optional or more needed as you grow. 

Basic Terminology

1. DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) - this is essentially the software program that you will install on your Mac or PC to record, edit, arrange or produce/mix your music. There are a ton of options out there for this. Please take a look at our Guide to Popular DAWs article for a more in-depth look at your options. 

2. Audio Interface - this is essentially the software program that you will install on your Mac or PC to record, edit, arrange or produce/mix your music. There are a ton of options out there for this. Please take a look at our Guide to Popular DAWs article for a more in-depth look at your options.

3. Plug-Ins - this is essentially the software program that you will install on your Mac or PC to record, edit, arrange or produce/mix your music. There are a ton of options out there for this. Please take a look at our Guide to Popular DAWs article for a more in-depth look at your options. 

 

Understand Your Recording Goals

One of the most vital aspects of getting into digital audio is understanding what you want to accomplish. Do you want to record bands? Are you just wanting to record your own projects? Do you want to create electronic music, with very little need to record instruments or vocals? Are you just wanting to be able to DJ?