With personal computers getting more and more powerful, home recording doesn’t involve making a fuzzy-sounding tape on a four track anymore. We’ve arrived at the time when it’s possible to record a completely professional sounding album in your bedroom for a fraction of the price of renting out a studio. Sure, you’ll need the instruments and the microphones, but after that the barrier to entry is surprisingly low.
All you need on your computer is a powerful piece of recording software such as Ableton Live 7. Ableton is a robust multitrack recording suite, allowing you to both record live instruments and create synthesized instruments and effects on the fly. It’s got powerful Midi sequencers and a MIDI controller to allow you to record directly into it and adjust the instrumentation. It’s just like having your own full fledged studio, only it’s in your apartment and doesn’t cost thousands of dollars a day to rent out. Isn’t technology grand?