The recordings for the Solid Rock Blues Band, The Barking Aunts, Mirjam Tamara and some other demo’s for other bands and vocalists were al made using my computer as a ‘DAW’, a Digital Audio Workstation.
For many years I’ve recorded in the livingroom. But since 2015 I’m having my own small home studio. In this video I give a short tour of the studio and a short recording demo.
When I began recording I used my computers build in soundcard and a cheap microphone. These days I have some “serious equipment”. One of the things I made a rule of thumb: “It shouldn’t cost much”. So it is a budget studio, but despite that, it is possible to record decent sounding tracks!
The more-or-less full list of equipment in my studio can be found here.
A video about how I record songs in the studio using Ardour Studio software and Digitech Band Creator. I do not always use Band Creator, but in this case I did.
► UPDATE – there’s a new section with video’s about recording available on this page.
Many have wondered how to record with Band Creator in the studio and it ain’t difficult. Just plug the headphone out into the “tape in” of your mixer or audio interface and you’re good to go. It gives you a full stereo drum (and bass) track. There’s also an output for the “mixer” on the Digitech Trio pedal but that’s mono. Might be fine for some also but I prefer a stereo drum track.
I split drum and bass in to two different tracks. It’s not difficult to do so. Just make sure you have the ”count in” on, turn down bass. Record the drums. After that, repeat with the bass (turn down drums). You should record the drums in stereo, bass in mono. After that, allign the tracks using the count in.
KXStudio is a professional but free operating system based on Debian Linux. It is easy to install and includes Ardour, a free, open source, studio program allowing you to operate a studio at home or even a professional studio on a shoestring budget! Ardour is also included in Ubuntu Studio. Click here to read more about KXStudio.
Equipment and instruments used:
– Celeron Quadcore Computer;
– SoundTech 16 channel mixer;
– Behringer UCA-222;
– Dgitecht Trio Band Creator;
– Washburn Acoustic Guitar;
– Fender “Starcaster” Stratocaster;
– BM-800 Condenser Microphone (vocals)
– McCrypt Condenser Microphone (acoustic guitar)
Video recorded with the Sony Cybershot dsc-hx350 and edited using Sony Movie Studio.
So, as I’ve stated yesterday I will no longer upload new (music) video’s to Youtube. New video’s, and probably a few older ones, will now be posted on my channel at Vimeo.
Today I’ve recorded “Sing Me A Song”, a free song available on SoundCloud (and Audiomack also soon) in my studio. It’s less than two minutes(!) and the full lyrics are included at soundcloud. I’ve posted a short demo of it before. Including a video.
The song was recorded using Ardour Studio (here’s a video about the small and low budget studio I operate) and for the acoustic guitar I’ve used my Washburn guitar. For recording this great acoustic guitar I’ve used a (very) cheap Chinese pickup I’ve bought some time ago (video/demo). I also added a condenser mic in front of it, so it’s got two sound sources in the recording giving it more depth and ‘space’.
For drums and bass I’ve used my Digitech Trio pedal and finaclly the electric guitar is my Fender “Starcaster” Stratocaster on rhythm and lead guitar. For this guitar I used the JoYo “American” pedal. A superb pedal that works very nice with Fender guitars but also with my Gretsch of course.
Finally I recorded the vocals using my BM-800 mic. One of the best condenser mic’s you can get for the money, paid less than $20 dollar for it!