Recording Your Own Music: A Step-By-Step Guide for Musicians | Michael Chambers | Skillshare

Recording Your Own Music: A Step-By-Step Guide for Musicians

Michael Chambers, co-founder of Audiohackr

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47 Lessons (4h 31m)
    • 1. Course promo

      1:36
    • 2. Course introduction and welcome

      4:07
    • 3. Project overview

      1:28
    • 4. [Activity] Create your first REAPER project

      4:45
    • 5. Understanding your audio interface

      5:08
    • 6. Telling REAPER which audio device to use (PC)

      4:46
    • 7. Telling REAPER which audio device to use (Mac)

      3:44
    • 8. [Activity] Set up your audio interface

      0:40
    • 9. Setting up the tempo for your song

      3:54
    • 10. Using microphones

      4:26
    • 11. Getting audio into REAPER

      8:04
    • 12. Recording an acoustic instrument

      2:53
    • 13. Recording multiple takes

      2:53
    • 14. Recording vocals

      4:57
    • 15. Using “auto punch” to fix mistakes

      5:36
    • 16. Keeping your session organized

      5:22
    • 17. [Activity] Record your first tracks

      1:16
    • 18. Programming drums using MIDI

      9:24
    • 19. Adding percussion loops to your song

      6:30
    • 20. Recording electric bass direct (without an amp)

      3:57
    • 21. Installing virtual instrument plugins

      11:38
    • 22. Setting up a MIDI controller

      4:01
    • 23. Recording and editing a MIDI performance in REAPER

      11:11
    • 24. [Activity] Add overdubs to your project

      0:59
    • 25. Tracking changes and managing your project files

      4:23
    • 26. Correcting the timing of a note

      10:15
    • 27. Combining the best parts of each take

      7:27
    • 28. Cleaning up a “comped” vocal take

      9:49
    • 29. Cleaning up your project, adding fades and removing silence

      13:36
    • 30. Editing out a section of a song

      12:19
    • 31. [Activity] Edit your project

      0:49
    • 32. Organizing your project before mixing

      7:44
    • 33. Adjusting levels in your mix

      7:10
    • 34. Tuning vocals

      10:05
    • 35. Using compression

      8:11
    • 36. Using EQ

      9:46
    • 37. Adding reverb

      12:01
    • 38. Creating a realistic guitar tone without an amp

      6:23
    • 39. Automating level changes

      4:20
    • 40. [Activity] Mix and add effects to your song

      1:10
    • 41. “Mastering” your final mix

      10:14
    • 42. Exporting your song

      6:18
    • 43. Exporting your song as an MP3

      4:32
    • 44. Exporting an instrumental mix of your song

      2:03
    • 45. Exporting stems for remix projects or backup

      6:27
    • 46. [Activity] Export your finished song

      1:18
    • 47. Course conclusion and thank you

      1:03

About This Class

There's never been a better time to make music! Technology has changed the music industry landscape. Music creators can now produce their own music for commercial release at a fraction of the cost.

This course is a hands-on, project-based course suitable for musicians and songwriters with little or no previous recording experience. Whether you want be able to record high-quality demos, or you want to record music for commercial release — knowing how to record and mix your own music will help you get your music heard.

This comprehensive step-by-step guide for music creators will help you:

  • Discover the equipment you need and how to set it up to get the best results
  • Learn how to record acoustic and electric instruments (guitars, bass, vocals, etc.)
  • Extend your music production options with tools like MIDI and sample loops
  • Polish your recordings with simple yet effective editing techniques
  • Understand the basics of compression, EQ, and reverb and when to use them
  • Create a release-ready final mix with powerful and versatile mixing and mastering tools

By the end of this course, you'll have recorded, edited and mixed a complete song you'll be proud to share with the world!