12 Home Studio Necessities #2 – DAW/Recording Software


Alright, so you’ve determined that your computer is up to snuff for recording¬†music. Congratulations! The computer is oftentimes the most expensive piece of the whole studio (especially starting out).

You’re creating a DAW, a Digital Audio Workstation. Now that you have a computer, you need some recording software.

“What should I get?” you ask.

Free Software

There are a ton of options, and many of them are free. If you’re not sure how serious you are about recording, you may need to start with one of the free programs. I’ve found Reaper to work well on the PC. If you’ve got a relatively new Mac, then you’re already off to the races with GarageBand, which is included for free.


You’ll Never Learn

My new friend Eric Block said this to me the other day:

“Knowing how to use a word processor and knowing how to write are two very different things.”

Imagine you’re an aspiring writer. You sign up for a class to learn how to become a better writer. But as it turns out, the class is all about how to use a word processor. Bummer.

Or maybe you’re an aspiring fisherman. You take a fishing class…but all they teach you is how to drive the boat.

Those examples are ridiculous, of course, but you know what? A lot of home studio folks do the same thing.¬† (more…)

Ask Joe #5 – Setting Up a Home Studio

This episode of Ask Joe is a bit on the long side, but Chris asked some really good questions, and I think a lot of readers have the same sort of questions, so here we go!

Chris wrote:

First, great website. I’ve been dabbling in home recording for a few years now, and this is by far the most user-friendly and intuitive user-generated website I’ve seen. It’s a great service, and I really appreciate it.

As I indicated, I’ve been “dabbling” in home recording for a few years. I initially got into it to make hip hop beats (a phase I went through) and to record basic guitar/vocal demos. Here’s my current rig: