Looking to start recording your own podcast, album or soundtrack with a DIY Apple based home sound studio?
Today, home recording is easier than it has ever been before (especially when using a Mac). Unlike prior digital storage methods, current virtual sound recording can deliver high quality digital audio without significant interference or loss. Whereas digital once was seen as a step down from traditional methods, it is becoming a standard in most recording studios. While the mixers, microphones and software platforms used in many professional studios end up negating the cost advantage of digital audio; nearly anyone can obtain the basics for beginning recording on a Mac.
There are really only two necessary components to beginning recording:
First is sound recording gear; the microphones, FireWire or USB audio interfaces, digital recording consoles, headsets, and any other necessary requirements for software based audio recording. There are many brands available (Mackie, Alesis, M-Audio, Presonus, or Blue – to mention a few). With the availability of products online, it only takes a few days to obtain your own gear for recording. When looking at potential music equipment it is always best to consider whether the device will function with your Mac. Unfortunately, many companies remain very proprietary in their audio units compatibility. The first consideration is always whether or not it will function with Mac, the next is whether it will function with the software platform your using. Making sure a device is compatible with multiple suites ensures your gear will function with later software.
The second essential component is the recording software. Luckily for most Mac users, the computer comes stocked with the necessary software for recording. While GarageBand does not quite have the plugins or audio quality of apps like Pro Tools or Nuendo, it still packs a decent recording environment. For anyone recording their first album, or an ongoing podcaster, GarageBand can provide an adequate mixing and recording console. With its multi-tracking capabilities, built-in audio plugins, and significant system integration; the recording software is a great introduction to the digital recording world. In the end, if its features are a little lacking, you can always upgrade to a higher performing app.
Regardless to say, recording is hardly the restricted field it once was. While it still requires a small sum to begin any home studio endeavor; it still is possible for anyone with enough ambition, and research to begin their own recording projects. If you are looking to start recording either podcasts, music, or any other audio, creation of a home studio should be a serious consideration.