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

Michael Chambers, co-founder of Audiohackr

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47 Videos (4h 31m)
    • Course promo

      1:36
    • Course introduction and welcome

      4:07
    • Project overview

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

      4:45
    • Understanding your audio interface

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

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

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

      0:40
    • Setting up the tempo for your song

      3:54
    • Using microphones

      4:26
    • Getting audio into REAPER

      8:04
    • Recording an acoustic instrument

      2:53
    • Recording multiple takes

      2:53
    • Recording vocals

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

      5:36
    • Keeping your session organized

      5:22
    • [Activity] Record your first tracks

      1:16
    • Programming drums using MIDI

      9:24
    • Adding percussion loops to your song

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

      3:57
    • Installing virtual instrument plugins

      11:38
    • Setting up a MIDI controller

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

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

      0:59
    • Tracking changes and managing your project files

      4:23
    • Correcting the timing of a note

      10:15
    • Combining the best parts of each take

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

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

      13:36
    • Editing out a section of a song

      12:19
    • [Activity] Edit your project

      0:49
    • Organizing your project before mixing

      7:44
    • Adjusting levels in your mix

      7:10
    • Tuning vocals

      10:05
    • Using compression

      8:11
    • Using EQ

      9:46
    • Adding reverb

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

      6:23
    • Automating level changes

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

      1:10
    • “Mastering” your final mix

      10:14
    • Exporting your song

      6:18
    • Exporting your song as an MP3

      4:32
    • Exporting an instrumental mix of your song

      2:03
    • Exporting stems for remix projects or backup

      6:27
    • [Activity] Export your finished song

      1:18
    • 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!

6 of 6 students recommendSee All

A bit chalenging in terms of being time consuming but very informative, a good pillar to make your own music ideas upon.
This is a great class for those new to home recording and even those that aren't so new. I switched to DAW-based recording about two years ago and I still picked up a lot of great tips and techniques.

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Michael Chambers

co-founder of Audiohackr

Michael Chambers (aka moon:and:6) is a Canadian music producer, engineer, and (re)mixer. He launched his professional career in the 1990s, assisting on sessions for the Philosopher Kings and the Juno Award-winning Willie P. Bennett tribute album, Heartstrings.

As a founding member of Canadian pop/rock band The Golden Dogs, Michael recorded and produced the band’s debut album Everything In 3 Parts (True North/Universal, 2004).

Working under the name moon:and:6, Michael recorded and mixed Whitehorse’s self-titled debut in 2011, followed by their 2013 Polaris Prize shortlisted album The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss (Six Shooter Records/Warner Music).

Recent credits include Sarah McLachlan, Royal Wood, Nick Urb, and Boy With An Atlas.

Michael is the co-founder of Audiohackr. Audiohackr helps indie musicians, producers, and DIY labels make the most of technology.