SRoyC wrote:James, Mike and CS70, thank you so much for your responses. I would surely try those two software you have mentioned.
Could you please point me to a guide explaining how to record audio properly, in my case?
Regarding Microphone, Iam still searching for a better option in terms of budget-quality equation, but I am yet to find anything better than the second one that I have mentioned earlier, yet.
Guide, no.. what I would have replied here, I wrote once for all on a post at https://www.theaudioblog.org/post/what- ... -recording
(with the specific intention of answering this kind of question :)).
Be aware: simply understanding that (nowadays) the role of gear is fairly limited (in the sense that most gear is at least half decent) brings you miles ahead of most other beginners. Because it makes you focus on what matters. So kudos for posing the question!
Reading SOS will provide lots of answers. :)
A fun anecdote on how much performance beats everything, because I once again have been reminded of that just a couple days ago.
I play a little guitar, and I'm recording a classic jazzy piece that I love, just for the fun, and my drummer wanted in (sic) and wanted to use brushes, so I made him a guide demo with the right BPM, a quick bass line and a guide melody.
I did one with my phone, the way I usually play and hum it on the sofa, only with a click (another phone) and sent him the whole thing, so he can brush at will and we'll record the drums in the week. The room was a technical room at the studio - lots of spare parts and paint cans (dont ask) on the shelves. As recording rooms go, from 1 to 10 it was probably a -2.
However: the result sounded pretty alright, at least for a guide demo. I love the song and I made that arrangement years ago.
Then, I go back back home, and I think that sooner or later I will actually have to sing the thing "for real"... so I try different keys and finally settle on one which will I think, eventually, suit my voice outside the sofa.
So I think of making a better demo and that "there's nothing like now", right?
I take out a couple of my beloved AEA and Neumann mics, connect the Grace and UA preamps, the works. What's the point of having nice gear if you don't use it for your own stuff?
Then I create a DAW project and set up the mics (figure 8s for isolating guitar and vocals played at the same time), spend a few minutes moving them about while monitoring, sit down, grab the recording remote, long headphones cable, sit down and push "record"
Problem is, the key is new.
Which means my guitar playing requires different voicings, so it's not that effortless (aka "it sucks") and since I'm concentrating on the guitar, the singing is terrible - there's no focus nor passion (I'm focusing of making my pinky do what it does not want to do, and mommy and daddy and jumping fishes have nothing to do with my pinky).
The result is that all that quite state-of-the-art and rather expensive gear, carefully set up in a rather decent room produces an extremely good and detailed recording... of me playing and singing like crap.
In other words, the result is much
worse than the three-minutes demo played on the phone in the awful technical room at the studio.
Go figure. I need to go practice :D