Most people don’t want to build a studio in their house,but if you are recording a lot it may behoove you to invest in some simple gear. I could write a whole eBook on each of these points, so I’m just going to generalize. Here’s the basic set-up:
- Analog to Digital (A/D) converter
- recording software
- Garage Band
- Reason Record
- Pro Tools LE
- a decent microphone and preamp (call a sales rep or visit a local music store)
If you record often you will save money and the gear will pay for itself.
OK, I have the gear. What now?
I would suggest that you do some basic reading on how to record vocals. Build a simple vocal booth or use your clothes closet. Practice until you get the sound you want.
- do as many takes as you want
- sing when your voice feels good
- no pressure from behind the control room glass
- off the studio clock $$$
- no immediate feedback ~ you’re all alone
- better mics and preamps at the studio
- someone else is running the board and you can concentrate on just singing
DIY always saves money out of the gate, but if you are having to do the vocals over because of a gear issue or your producer doesn’t like what you’re doing by yourself, then in the long run you don’t save. This is a personal and professional decision.