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It’s Not Just The Instruments That Make A Successful Performance

Your first concert is one of the most special days in your life: the music washing over you and the artists pouring their hearts and souls out on the stage. Getting interested in music can be as simple as that, but once you’re older, you know it’s not just passion and instruments that make an artist’s music great. For performing musicians, recording artists, and producers, the right equipment is crucial to the perfect song. Getting all the equipment can seem daunting and complex, but with the right research, you can make your perfect studio.

What’s A Digital Audio Workstation And Why Do I Need One?

Whether you know what a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is or not from its name, you’ve probably used one. DAWs are what allow you to cut, edit, and interact with the tracks you record on your computer, and there are plenty on the market at every price range. To figure out what kind of DAW you need, you should consider what you’re willing to spend and what your goals as a musician are: do you want to get into the industry, or is it a hobby? For hobbyists, something as simple as GarageBand could work, but if you want to work in the industry, you’ll want to go for a more sophisticated application, like ProTools. Your choice of DAW should be about what works for you.

What Kind Of Microphone Is Best?

To work with anything on a DAW, you’ll need a microphone to record the tracks in the first place. One of the most important pieces of studio hardware is, of course, the microphone. There are thousands of microphones on the market, and you need to be aware of the strengths and pitfalls of any you’re considering. Like with your DAW, if you’re a hobbyist or only getting started, you don’t need to break the bank buying a microphone – a USB microphone could work for you, or you can delve into the diverse types of microphones for capturing different sound registers.

In a home studio or performance, you need equipment other than this – mic stands, clips, amplifiers, and headphones are just a few – but a DAW and a microphone will set you up with a basic at-home recording studio. If you find yourself getting frustrated with the wide range of products, don’t worry: there’s plenty of guidance out there to help you choose the right equipment. You’ll be sounding great in no time.

by Jane Sandwood

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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