Recording a song professionally can be an expensive endeavour. If you are just beginning your rap career then spending thousands of dollars to produce a song probably isn’t something your quite ready to do yet. You want to practice getting your sound right. You want to practice getting your timing right. You just want to mess around an record a freestyle with your boys. These are all reasons not to spend the outrageous hourly fees at a studio. It is possible to get a high quality sound from a simple yet inexpensive recording system you can easily setup at home.
So you have your sheet of raps and a dope beat ready to lay’em down on. Here’s what you need to proceed.
- Condenser microphone
- Interface (optional)
And that’s it! Your ready to go. Well of course you need a computer as well but if your reading this, I think you may have one.
The software I use is called cool edit pro v2.0. It’s a little bit tricky at first but once you get the hang of it you will be able to do just about anything a professional studio could do for you. I self taught the program to myself and yes, its very easy. I highly recommend Cool edit pro because of how intuitive it is.
The microphone is important. Really the quality of your recorded voice will be excellent with a basic Condenser microphone. Something like a Shure PG48 Vocal Microphone, very basic, but very effective. You don’t need to run out to Tom Lees to buy a $600 studio microphone because a $50 microphone can work just as well when used in concert with the recording software.
Depending on the microphone you buy you may not be able to plug it directly into your computer. Instead you may need to buy an interface to accommodate something such as a MIDI to USB. The beauty of a USB microphone is that you just plug it right into your computer and your ready to go. The MIDI microphones require an additional piece of hardware to act as a bridge. Although A MIDI microphone may seem to bring undue hassle to setting up your studio, MIDI has been known to be more responsive and an interface such as one made my M-Audio will give the user addition modulation features. So its up to you, maybe begin with a standard USB microphone, and if you decide to go for a MIDI later, go for it.
And your ready to go!
When its all said and done the whole setup shouldn’t cost you more than 200 bucks; which is about half the cost you would pay to record a single track at a professional studio! So get out there an convince your team to pitch in for a recording system like this and you will be busy for hours on end as you pump out track after track.