PC Recording Software – The Two Types Needed For Home Audio Recording

PC recording software has a lot different types and capabilities. What I want to focus on here is software you can use to record music or voice overs onto your computer. That narrows it down to two categories of audio recording software: programs to use for “tracking” or getting the sound into the PC or Mac, and programs used for editing audio after it has been recorded.

Audio Tracking Software

I should mention that there is considerable overlap between the two kinds of program I am describing, but the main distinction is that one is primarily used to record the sound (music, voice over, etc.), and the other is primarily used to modify the audio in some way, usually by altering the actual audio file (destructive editing). For audio tracking you will absolutely want the ability to multitrack. What I mean by this is that you need to be able to record one item on one track (say, an acoustic guitar), a second thing (say, a singer’s voice) on a second track that will play back AT THE SAME TIME as the first track, etc. If a tracking program can do multitrack recording, the number of tracks you can record (remember…all playing back at the same time) is usually unlimited. That means you’ll be able to do some very cool things like record yourself singing harmony with yourself (a quartet or entire choir!), add guitar, drums, piano, etc. and be a one-person band. This is truly the killer app for computer recording. In the old days it was difficult and expensive to do multitrack recording. When using audio tape, the professionals used tape so wide (usually 2 inches), and moving so fast through a recording machine (usually 15 inches per second) that there was minimal noise and maximum audio quality. Consumers were left with two choices, pay to rent time at a commercial studio, or buy a machine yourself. Regular people could generally only have multitrack cassette recorders whose maximum track count was usually 4 because cassette tapes were so narrow. Because of the limitations, audio quality was not great coming from these consumer multitrackers. So maybe you can imagine why it is such a big deal that software allows good audio quality and unlimited track count! Anyway, audio tracking programs are frequently referred to as digital audio workstations (DAWs). You “lay down” (record) one track, then another, then another, etc. until you’ve recorded all you need. Then you pan each track to make it sound like it’s coming from the left side of the listener, the right side, or the middle. You might also want to put some effects on each track to get them to sound just right. When you’re done with all that you mix all the tracks down into a stereo file. Nowadays this is also called rendering.

Audio Editing Software

Like I said, there is significant overlap between these two types of audio program. For example, most editors can also record audio as well. But you usually can’t do multitrack recording with an editor. For the purpose of this article, I want to focus on the editor’s use once multiple tracks have been mixed down/rendered to a single file. Sometimes this is called mastering. Though in truth, audio editors have many other uses.

So after you’ve mixed all your audio tracks down to a single final stereo sound file in your DAW, you’re ready to use your editing software. The primary difference now is that you’re working on how one single file sounds, rather than how a bunch of different bits of audio sound, alone and together with the other bits of audio. That is such a big mindset difference that in the music business it is common for different people entirely to do each job. For most home recording projects though, we frequently end up doing both jobs. You open the file in the editing program and turn it into a final product by slicing, fading, turning up, turning down the file, and other actions that modify the audio in some way. For example, if I were doing the final edits for a song, I would make sure any extraneous noise at the beginning and end of the song are cut out, and that the song starts and ends smoothly. Sometimes there’s a count-in, or someone coughing just at the start or end. An editor can slice those right off. Next you’ll want to pay attention to loudness. In order to get the entire song loud enough, you may need to turn sections of the song down before you can increase the average loudness of the file. You can read more about this process of compressing or limiting audio in another article on the Home Brew Audio site. Other things you can do in the final editing stage is filter out parts of the song that may be too loud, like certain bass frequencies, or SSS sounds, etc. Or you may want to turn up some frequencies. Then you might want to add some effects like echo or reverb. When you’ve finished editing your song, you save it as a single stereo file (though it could be mono or even surround these days), and now the audio is ready to use in any way you see fit.

Examples of tracking software, or DAWS are: Reaper, Pro Tools, and Cakewalk Sonar. Popular editors include Audacity, Adobe Audition and Sound Forge.

So as a review, there are two main types of audio software, tracking programs and editing programs. You use the first type to record all the different audio onto tracks, apply track effects and mix all the tracks together to create one single audio file. Then you open the file in your editor and snip, stretch, massage, squash and polish it until it sounds just right, and you save it as the final product. Believe it or not, that is a nutshell version of audio production in general:).

How Significant Are Multitrack Recording Software?

Making music can be whole lot of fun and exciting. It can be encouraging as well knowing that your music influence others and are worshipped by some. Some people make music for fame, some for money while some make beats for free and just for fun. Making music can be somehow easy, what is complex is recording it so that people would hear your music.

There are various methods of recording audio sound and recording is one of the most common types of recording sound. Multitrack software is a way of recording sound that enables for the separate recording of multiple sound sources to create a consistent whole. Multitracking became a reality with the idea of recording different audio channels at the same time to separate discrete tracks on the same tape, a track was simply a different channel recorded to its own discrete area on tape whereby their relative sequence of recorded events would be preserved, and playback would be simultaneous or coordinated. But now with the help of innovation, technology helped a lot in recording that multitrack software were created for ease and convenience. This recording software revolutionized the way people and artists record their audio sound and music, making recording quickly, of high-quality and simple. Whether people are making music to earn a living, to be famous or just make beats for free, they always rely on multitrack software for perfect recordings.

Multitrack software provides multitasking audio because tracks can be recorded while playing along with previously recorder ones. High-quality editing is also a great feature is multitrack software. Mastering, mixing and digital recording can be as easy as 1 2 3 with recording software because of the fact that computers are the ones helping you out in the recording process thus making it very convenient and so much easy to use. Recording on with the help of technology can be as easy as tape-based, conventional recording and its well thought out and powerful platform and process makes it easy to use and can be pretty cheap as well.

Forget about those traditional multitrack methods from the past. The future is here and innovation and technology paved way to a much better, easy, cheap and quick recording system, the multitrack software.

Music Recording Software Made Easy

Music recording software has evolved so rapidly that anybody can record music that is on par with major recording studios. Regardless of how powerful the music recording software has become, you still need the experience and knowledge to get the most value from it. It’s important to determine your musical goals, find software that can help you achieve them and hopefully not break the bank doing so!

Music recording software packages

ProTools (PC or Mac). You can’t go wrong with this software; this is become a measuring stick for all other software packages. Great for multi track recording, mixing and mastering your music.

Logic Audio (Mac) The single most complete music software available on the market today.

Cakewalk Sonar (PC) I use the software when I first got into the music business and found it relatively easy to use compared to ProTools, and would recommend that any beginner start with Cakewalk.

Digital Performer (Mac) Clean interface and professional sound. Certainly a strong performer.

Cubase (PC/Mac). Along with ProTools, Cubase makes multitracking incredible simple to handle, though it’s not as intuitive as some of these other packages..

Music Recording Software for Loops: Make Music In Minutes

For any aspiring beatmakers and hip-hop producers you can obtain cheap music recording software that will help you produce music quickly and professionally. The learning curve for the software is not as steep as those for the overall packages.

Acid Pro (PC) Created by Sony, this is the premiere leader in the industry.

Fruity Loops (PC and Mac) this is my personal choice for beat making software.

Music Recording Software For Free: Great for beginners.

Music production can be an expensive hobby, and it only gets worse with time. Unfortunately, many beginners purchase high a recording software for hundreds if not thousands of dollars only to become frustrated with the steep learning curve that comes with all the bells and whistles. I recommend anyone who is interested making music should start out with free software before moving onto an expensive package like the ones listed above.

I recommend to recording software to start with: Audacity and Kristal Audio Engine. Both of these software allow you to record, edit and makes your music using a very simple recording interface.

The two software packages are Kristal Audio Engine and Audacity. Both offer multitrack recording, editing and mixing capabilities. There are loads more free software packages, but these two offer the novice all the functionalities they need to get started without the confusing added features like those on ProTools. Whether it’s country, rock, blues or hip hop, these software packages provide a low barrier of entry into what may become a lifelong passion of making music.