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How to Set Up a Great Songwriting Home Recording Studio

March 15th, 2013 by

Setting Up Songwriting Home Recording StudioYou’ve written song songs and now you want to record them. Perhaps you thought of setting up your own personal songwriting home recording studio.  The problem you are facing is you lack equipment and software to help you record your songs. On top of that you have a very limited budget. Is there any way you can get started and not spend a ton of money?

Yes, it is possible to do this. The cost of equipment and software can get out of hand. This is especially true if you go for the high end stuff. But there is an alternative that can save you money. You can easily start your own home recording studio that will allow you to capture your songs for a few hundred dollars. Of course there will be some limitation to what you can do. However, with some creativity you can work around these limitations. To get started you need to evaluate your minimum requirements. Keep in mind that you have the choice to either purchase or item or opt to find a free alternative.  Here are the components you need to set up your home recording studio. (more…)

What Digital Audio Workstation Songwriting Software Should I Get?

March 10th, 2013 by

Digital Audio Workstation Songwriting Software

What is a Digital Audio Workstation Songwriting Software?

The digital audio workstation, also known as DAW, is used by recording artist and producer to record, edit and play back digital audio. The DAW consists of four basic components. If you are serious you will need to get some sort of digital audio workstation songwriting software.

The first item in the system is a computer. This can be MAC or PC depending on the user’s preference.

The second piece of the system is the sound converter/audio interface. This converts the analog sound to digital.

The third component is the software. The software provides a GUI that allows the user to work with the digital audio sounds.

Finally, there is a requirement for some sort of input device. This can range from a mouse, to MIDI keyboard, microphone or musical instrument.

For the best quality sound the computer needs a good sound card; along with a program that allow for editing and processing the audio. The range of software programs vary depending on the features available. The program could be a simple sound editor all the way up to a complete software suite.  (more…)

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    Consistency is important in all writing, especially songwriting. Work to keep the tone and language style the same throughout. Keep theme words the same meaning: e.g. ‘rain ‘- real rain or trouble. Always choose the appropriate gender for the story. While we’re on the topic, the verb tense is important, e.g. 1st person (I), 2nd person (you), 3rd person (he, she, they). Don’t change without explaining or introducing the new person.