The computer may be a musical instrument in itself, capable of creating every kind of sound you could possibly imagine, but it’s also the perfect platform on which to record ‘real’ sounds. Whether you want to capture vocals, guitar, or any other kind of instrument, a Mac or PC will see you right.
But how do you go about recording on a computer? What kind of gear do you need, and how do you use it?
These are the questions that will be occupying us throughout Recording Week, brought to you in association with Universal Audio. From plugging your gear into an audio interface to setting up mics and capturing the perfect guitar or vocal sound, we’ll show you the ropes.
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