How to Record Audio on a Computer
Computer audio recording technology has advanced significantly in the last 10 years or so. Today, a lot of people download or stream music online. You’re probably one of them. But not everyone knows that you can do a lot more than you thought you could if you get a hold of the right music apps and software. For example, did you know you can create your own ringtone? How about recording your very own song? Each of these things is well within the capacity of your Ultrabook™ device, all-in-one PC or laptop computer.
Why Record Music on Your Computer?
There are a lot of reasons why you might want to learn how to record music or how to edit music on your computer. Here are just a few.
- Making your own custom ringtones
- Recording your own music
- Sharing your music with family and friends
How to Make Your Own Custom Ringtone
If you’re bored with the ringtone choices that came with your phone and want something that’s uniquely “you,” there are free music apps and sound editing programs that you can use to create a custom ringtone or notification. Check out this helpful video which shows you how to create your own ringtone.
How to Make a Song on Your Computer
Got a song in your head that you want to share with the world? Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the right equipment that can help you express your artistic side. These days, you can pull off some truly pro-sounding audio recordings from your computer. But before you can do that, you’ll need two very important things.
- The right microphone. You can find microphones ranging from a few bucks to a few thousand. So how do you know what’ll work best? First of all, if you’re aiming for quality you’ll want to avoid using a super-cheap computer microphone. Those are great for recording audio messages to your mom, but not so much for capturing a good vocal performance for your potential hit single. One of the best overall microphones that’s both cheap and used by a lot of pros is the Shure* SM57, which you can get for around $100. With the right adapter, you can plug it directly into the microphone jack of your computer.
- The right recording software. You can do a lot with simple free recording software like Audacity*, which is a great introductory software program for beginners and can actually help you produce some decent quality stuff. But if you’re serious about layering numerous instruments on top of one another and you want some powerful effects and editing capabilities, a program like Pro Tools* is probably what you’re looking for. You can get Pro Tools for both Windows* and Mac* computers for around $600.
How to Capture, Edit, and Share Music
- Here’s a helpful tutorial video on how you can do capture, edit and share music right from your PC. Or, you can pick and choose from among some of the best music apps that will record the audio for you and save it to your hard drive in one of several audio formats, including MP3.
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