Recording Your Sound

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There are plenty of reasons to record yourself when playing guitar, from hearing your errors in the beginning to putting your next album together.

If you are working with other artists and putting albums together most likely you already have your studio situation figured out. If you need help getting started with your own home studio check out our article “Home Studio | How to Set it Up”, we can help you even if you have a tight budget!

For those of you at the earlier stages and are just interested in hearing how you sound here is what you’ll need.

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For the most basic setup all you will need is a decent microphone that plugs straight into your computer. There are plenty of options to choose from, something like the Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone by Blue Microphones would be perfect. You can hook it up to your mac or pc with the included usb cable.  Now you’re ready to go!  No need to install any drivers or other applications making it as straightforward as recording gets.

If you want to take the next step and start working with recording software, PreSonus has an excellent starter package. The AudioBox Studio includes headphones, a microphone, the mic cable, a usb cable, and a download for Studio One artist software. While this most likely won’t be your long term gear, it will get you going in the right direction. It will, however, last you as long as you want it too. You can always add and upgrade your equipment as needed.

Either of these choices will let you record your sound.  Thus, making it easy to find the areas you need to work on.


If you already have a setup, let us know what kind of mic you’re using. Would you recommend it to guitar players interested in recording? Feel free to leave us a comment, we love hearing from you!

One thought on “Recording Your Sound”

  1. Hi!

    For a budget, you can avoid mic recording (pro way) – I presume you don’t own, as a begginer, vintage 50’s gear or other snob stuff. I recorded a lotta guitar and bass parts, last 5 years, through a Roland MicroCube into Cubase! Not quite PRO level, but did the job! In studio, once, they put an SM 57 in front of one of my no-name cab (Harley Benton Vintage, I presume, with Celestions), driven by a 5 Watts amp (Kustom Defender or stuff) and it did the job, also.
    As a Windows user, I prefer Steinberg Cubase to Pro Tools: also, you can get great sound using plugins, like AmpliTube, Guitar Rig etc. – AC/DC did this.
    Mike into a speaker is OK if you have THE SOUND of your amp and your beloved speaker and wanna keep it. After 35 years of playing guitar and 8 of playing bass I still can’t find that sound. But I keep trying! Good luck!

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