The decision to record at home is one filled with a number of questions. Do I have the recording knowledge to make it work? Do I have the time? Do I have the space? If you’re an indie artist on a budget, there are many ways to make home recording work for you. With a little creativity, your next masterpiece might come to life in your very own bathroom turned vocal booth.
Here are some things that independent musicians should consider when attempting to record at home:
- Comfort: It doesn’t get any better than recording at home if comfort’s what you’re looking for. Being at home will relax any nerves and hopefully ignite creative energy. Home recording allows you to perform without pressure from engineers or producers and eliminates the fear of judgment.
- Space: While the bathroom might be a great spot for you to record vocals (really), consider using all available space in your home, including your living room, bathroom or even a closet. Do you have that kind of room? If so, you’ll need to make the necessary tweaks to soundproof it, so do your research.
- Time: As opposed to recording at a studio on a budget with limited time, at home you can take as much time as you need. And you don’t have to wait for other people to show up or wait for them to get to work. But, don’t let this turn into a never ending project; try to keep a schedule so you don’t fall into an endless time trap.
- Keep it Simple: With a limited amount of space and gadgets to toy with, you’re forced to keep it simple when recording at home. There’s minimal gear to distract you, allowing you to get down to business, and fast.
- Experimentation: Budget constraints often force creativity so don’t be afraid to experiment when recording at home. New sounds, different ways of doing things, pots and pans, etc. Just be prepared to take the time to do so, and later, to make it sound killer.
- It’s Lonely: A major pitfall of home recording is that there is much less interaction with musicians (if any at all). It’s a solitary process so be prepared for that before diving in.
Tell us what you think! Have you recorded at home? Have you used your bathroom as a vocal booth? How did it turn out?
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