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How To Set Up A Home Recording Studio

If you’re a creative who likes the sound of your own voice, this is for you.

“Recording in 3… 2… 1…” I said and then hit the record button on my PC’s Audio Software. My announcement lead to an uneasy silence in the Living Room as my daughter realized that any movement from her might mean another take. I hit the play button on my keyboard and the music started. My mic picked up the raw audio coming out of the keyboard’s speakers. Then a biker revved his engine down on the Main Street and the recording was ruined. Time to change this setup I thought.

Back in the days of cobbling bits and pieces to my PC to record with whatever I had to hand, it was excruciatingly difficult to get a decent recording. I’ve burped, farted and sneezed my way through take after take and even recorded heavy breathing as a result of concentrating so much on keeping quiet. The fact is you need to invest in the right equipment to get a quality recording. Surprisingly, it doesn’t cost that much. I guess it also depends on whether you’re a podcaster or a band or anything in between. I’m a blogger, podcaster and composer. Here’s the basic building blocks which I use.

  • PC or Laptop
  • External Mic
  • Musical Instrument/Keyboard
  • Recording Software (Which manages Audio and Midi)

PC/Laptop

I haven’t found the need for any mega spec machine to be the hub of my studio. I bought a basic spec Lenovo home PC a few years ago and it has supported anything I’ve plugged or loaded into it since. Of course the PCs mic is not that great a spec for any kind of professional recording.

Lenovo All In One PC on Amazon

Mic

At this point I would agree with a lot of the Podcasters out there who say that you can get a decent recording through the mic on most mobile phone headphones. This is what I used for ages and the only headache was converting the M4A files that a mobile records into the more usable MP3 format. This conversion can be achieved through freeware or an app either on your PC or your phone.

Eventually however, I bought a pro mic with all the trimmings. I bought the economy grade, so I only paid around £43. For this I got a mic, an extendable mic stand which bolts onto my desk, a shock mount and a pop filter. There was an option to plug it into either USB or the 3.5mm Audio jack in the PC. I chose the audio jack.

Mic Kit on Amazon

All I can say is the vocals are amazing through this set up compared to previous and, of course, I can now record live without any file conversions. You can hear the quality in my podcast below. (I also recorded the music in this Podcast) If you like it, click Subscribe to get the new weekly episodes of the Podcast every Monday. It’s also available on most Podcast Players.

Inspiration For A Monday Episode 2 – Summit Night Kilimanjaro Inspiration For A Monday

In this short podcast you can hear the story of the years leading up to that moment and the incredible few hours which followed.
  1. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 2 – Summit Night Kilimanjaro
  2. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 1 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp

If Podcasting is you’re thing, I’d say your studio is now set up. Composers and musicians however, read on…

Recording Music

The two building blocks for making decent music recordings on your PC are your instrument (Musical Hardware) and the software which manages it’s input on your PC. For me, I have a midi enabled keyboard, cabled via a standard USB Cable into my PC and managed by Midi Software.

Simple Midi Input Keyboards can come in as low as £30 and may be all you need if you know what you’re playing and can work around the delay between hitting a key on the device and hearing the note from your software. For me, I compose so I need a keyboard you can play without the software. I’ve opted for a basic model and use a Yamaha PSR-S670. It has a good range of instruments and a few catchy features such as live controls if you’re into creating and working with loops. I mainly kinda just play piano.

Yamaha PSR-S670 on Amazon

You can use midi software to play the instruments and manage the features to arrange it. The better the software, the wider the range and more authentic the instruments and the more you can do with the samples you record. Previously I had used Cakawalk and I’m currently working through a trial with Abelton.

Below is my song, Crush, which I recorded using Ableton (with the vocals recorded through my new mic 🙂 )

Crush is part of my EP called Lockdown Love Songs. It’s available for stream and download on any of the major music players out there or you can buy it directly from me at a discount here.

So there you have it. A recording studio that people can generally relax much more around and produces a decent quality of recording without breaking the bank.

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What’s The Last Thing You’ll Ever Think?

A Morbid idea I came across in Youtube that I ended up having fun with

Surfing the internet with my morning coffee and a donut. I headed to Youtube to see if my latest video; viewed by me, a spammer, a strange stalker and a relative, had suddenly trended across the world. It hadn’t. But there in my feed was a video entitled, ‘The Last Thought You’ll Ever Have.’

“That’s a bit morbid,” I thought. Good thing is I then thought a few things after that. One thing was not to check out the video. I don’t really fancy Youtube telling me the last thought I’m ever going to have. Just imagine thinking anything Social Media suggests!

There’s also the fear that, once you know what the thought is, you’d spend the rest of your life desperately trying not to think it. You’d end up in a meltdown, a sobbing heap screaming, “Lalalalalalala” and your bewildered friend saying, “I only said biscuit?!”

Anyway, then I started thinking, I wonder what the last thought I could conceivably have could be. I wrote a list…

  • Should I tell her I preferred her hair longer?
  • Does that thing bite?
  • Do they drive on the right in this country?
  • Aw crap! I keep forgetting that facemask!
  • I guess I’ll just push the button and see what happens.
  • I’ll cut the blue wire.
  • They look like a nice crowd. I’ll ask them.
  • What’s the worst that could happen?
  • I’ll just have the one.
  • Would you look at the size of that!
  • Nice dog.

Go on… you know you’ve thought something I didn’t. Drop it in the comments and, while you’re at it, share and subscribe to this page.

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Inspiration For A Monday Episode 1 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp

Leave your desk and, for just a few moments, engage with the idea of realizing a dream.

Welcome to my new series of Podcasts called Inspiration for a Monday. The intent is to release something inspirational every Monday. Simple but, believe me, it’s amazing!

In today’s episode, we look back at my trip to Everest Base Camp in 2016 and discuss what it took to get there. Not just along the trek in Nepal but everything from imagining the dream through training towards it to the final realization of the dream.

Episode 1 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp

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Episode 6 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp Worth Your Weight In Gold

When you've seen a place in your dreams and a hundred times in Youtube, it's truly special to finally see it in front of you. Referring largely to my trip to Everest base Camp in 2016, this episode contains heaps of inspiration to help you feel what it's like to realize a dream.
  1. Episode 6 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp
  2. Episode 5 – 9 Ways To Get Moving Again After A Muscle Strain
  3. Episode 4 – It's A Stretch But You Can Do It
  4. Episode 3 Putting Your Heart Into Your Dreams
  5. Episode 2 – How The Tortoise Won That Race
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The Dream Of Everest Base Camp – Podcast

Episode 6 in the Worth Your Weight In Gold series

When you’ve seen a place in your dreams and a hundred times on Youube, it’s truly special to finally see it in front of you.
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Podcast Episode 5 – 9 Ways To Get Moving Again After A Muscle Strain

As an overweight person who trains regularly, I’ve pulled a lot of muscles over the years. Here are the ones I’ve encountered and what I did to keep moving.

Listen to Episode 5 – 9 Ways To Get moving Again After A Muscle Strain – on Anchor.fm here

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Lockdown Love Songs

Tell a key person in your life how much you love them.

We’ve just lived through times unprecedented in generations. There has been tragedy, uncertainty, chaos and heroism. Yet love has still prevailed.

Buy Lockdown Love Songs EP for £2.00

Instructions to access your EP:
  1. Click on the ‘Buy Here’ button
  2. Enter your details into the Pop Up, including your email address
  3. The Pop up will thank you for your purchase and notify you that an email has been sent to you
  4. Open the email and click on the Adventures Among The White Horses link
  5. The link will take you to what appears to be the page where you made the purchase but ‘Buy Now’ section has been replaced by a link to access your music.
  6. Enjoy the track 🙂 and thank you for your purchase

Hi, I am an independent singer, songwriter and producer of music. If you buy, or license, a piece of music from me, you can guarantee it is original,. Only a few other people will have heard it, yet it’s message will be conveyed as deeply as anything you will hear on the telly or in the charts.

Recorded during these unique and difficult times, the 4 songs in this EP have been written produced and recorded by me. Each track delivers a heart felt message of love. Any or all of these songs are an ideal way to tell someone how much you love them.

Available on all major Music Platforms for downloading or streaming or buy, stream and download them directly from me at a discounted price. Lockdown Love Songs can be yours for just £2.00 Click on the link at the top of the page to make your purchase. I hope you love them.

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Podcast Episode 4 – It’s A Stretch But You Can Do It

The importance of stretching and relaxing your muscles before and after exercise cannot be over emphasized.

Listen to Episode 4 – It’s A Stretch But You Can Do It – on Anchor.fm here

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Podcast Episode 3 – Putting Your Heart Into Your Dreams

Understanding and monitoring your Heart Rate during exercise can give you amazing insights into your general health and performance

Listen to Episode 2 – How The tortoise Won That Race – on Anchor.fm here

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Podcast Episode 2 – How The Tortoise Won That Race

It’s more about taking part than looking the part.

Listen to Episode 2 – How The tortoise Won That Race – on Anchor.fm here

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Love Prevails Through The Lockdown

Lockdown Love Songs EP now available for streaming and download

We’ve just lived through times unprecedented in generations. There has been tragedy, uncertainty, chaos and heroism. Yet always there has been love.

Some people may even remember these times as the time they fell in love. The excitement and joy of that time is recounted in The Quickening Heart. For others, there may have been the loneliness of unrequited love. Crush explores those feelings.

Sharing empathy to anyone who has suffered Mental Health issues during these or any times. Dedicated with all my heart to the people who can reach in and light up the darkness of depression, The Power Of Your Smile goes out to you.

Lockdown Love Song goes out to everyone who has suffered the pain of separation because of this terrible pandemic.

These tracks are available now to be streamed on, or downloaded from, your favourite Player whether Amazon, Spotify, iTunes or any of the major Music Apps. Click on the link below to sample the songs on Spotify.

Preview Lockdown Love Songs Here