This is the age of the home recording studio. In fact, just using an old laptop should suffice in order to produce high fidelity recordings in comparison to those made in expensive recording studios.
That said, here are 4 way to better your home recordings almost immediately:
#1: Purchase one large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
A good condenser microphone makes a big difference. In fact, this piece of equipment can make a big difference so it’s worth the purchase even if you are on a shoestring budget. Better still, you can not only record your voice but a host of other instruments as well. The Rode NT1A is probably your best bet but there are a number of options under $200.
#2: Get a Preamp
Instead of plugging your guitar into the recording interface, use a preamp to get a better source sound. You can get one for at least $50 and this will ensure that the sound you create has volume, warmth and everything else you’ve hoped for. Also, buy a balanced TSR or XLR cable for the output.
#3: Invest in Mastering Software
You don’t need to turn to professional engineers to give your new track that punch or loudness that gives one the impression of professionalism. All you need to do is invest in mastering software that is inexpensive, easy to use and very effective. It costs just under $200 and one such example used by a number of artists is Ozone produced by Izotope.
#4: Decent Monitors should suffice
A number of home recording artists make the mistake of purchasing expensive monitor for playback. You don’t need to spend so much money actually. For example, just a pair of M-Audio AV40 speakers should suffice. To be on the safe side, compare how the quality of sound play on your monitors as opposed to other speakers.