How To Set Up a Home Recording Studio in 7 Days Flat - Day 6

by Ty Cohen
Having your own home recording studio is one of the biggest advantages you can provide for yourself as a musician. In this 7 part report on setting up your own home recording studio, we are discussing the necessary recording equipment and software that your home recording studio will need. As we arrive at Day 6, it is time to discuss the editing software you will need to make your recorded music sound its best.

As we have discussed in previous sections, technology has made modern music possible and opened the door for home recording studios. From freeware to expensive software suites, the editing software available to home recording engineers gives us the ability to deliver a professional quality recording from the comfort of the home recording studio.

While the huge menu of freeware applications available today may encompass every option you might need, you may eventually reach a point where you want options that are not available from freeware. If you find your home recording studios needs have taken you further than your current editing software is willing to go, looking at the other available options may be necessary to achieve the professional sound studio effect you are looking for.

In your search for editing software, doing your research can be an important factor in finding an editing program that you can be satisfied with. The various options you may want to look for are:

File Formats - Does the editing program you are considering offer the ability to edit files of different formats like wav,mpeg,mp3 and others? This can be important because any time a file is converted to a new format, it can lose quality. You want to minimize quality losses by insuring that your editing software can work with any file type you throw at it.

GUI - The Graphical User Interface is where you can see the interactions you are making with the software. Like the keyboard of your computer, you can see the available functions, even though the software will be carrying out these functions behind the scenes in a language of bits and bytes. Choosing the editing software that offers an easy to understand GUI will greatly simplify the process of creating the perfect recording.

Features - Software is only useful when it has the features you need and editing software is no exception. Does the editing software offer a timeline option and a visual field so you can make precise cuts when and where you need them? Does it offer mixing board features, such as panning sounds? How about beat making capabilities? If you are using freeware, feel free to try a few titles but if you are going to spend money on a paid software suite, make sure you get professional editing software that offers all of the features you may need or want in the future and upgrade abilities so you aren't spending hundreds of dollars on dust collectors.

As we reach the last section of our seven part discussion, we will be discussing the final, and perhaps most important part of your home studio, getting your sound from the recording room to a format the general public can use.

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