Gig at Home – Record and Share Your Music from Anywhere
These days, with venues, theaters and other concert spaces closed, more and more artists are turning to podcasts and live streaming to share their music with their friends, family and followers. Between YouTube, Instagram Live, TikTok and countless other platforms, musicians are adapting to this new normal and turning their living rooms into concert spaces.
Whether you play rock, country or jazz music; whether you’re in a string quartet or a singer-song writer with an acoustic guitar; whether you jam with friends or prefer to set up alone with keyboards and other gear – you can create a perfect setup to record or broadcast your sound.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money or have a huge amount of space to create an intimate, comfortable and great-sounding area for recording or streaming. Rest assured, you can create high-quality, do-it-yourself sound with a handful of key items.
Before you start buying gear or diving into streaming, take some time to assess your space. Whether you’ll be doing your recording in a bedroom, your basement, the garage or some other area, take a moment to understand how the environment will impact your sound. Can you hear sounds from the street, from other rooms, or from HVAC systems or laundry appliances? These sounds will affect your recordings or livestreams, so try to find the quietest space in your house or apartment.
Once you’ve assessed your space, it’s time to gather the gear you’ll need to make the most of your DIY livestreaming or podcasting opportunity.
Computer, Tablet or Smart Phone
If you’re looking to do some simple livestreaming, then you probably already have a device that is capable of broadcasting your music – a laptop, smart phone or tablet.
But, if you’re really looking to step up your game to create a home recording studio, make sure you have a computer (PC or Mac) that can serve as the hub for your equipment. In that case, try to get as much RAM as you can to improve system performance while you’re running multiple programs.
Microphones are Critical
Microphones are critical for capturing sound. There are lots of options out there. Consider what you’ll be miking – voice, acoustic instrument, horns, strings, percussion? What you’re miking will drive what kind of microphone(s) you need. If you’ll be streaming multiple voices or instruments, you’ll probably want to stock up with multiple microphones. Here are some great options from Shure, one of the best-known microphone companies:
- Shure PGA58 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone - the Shure PGA58 is a professional quality vocal microphone made with Shure quality construction to ensure exceptional performance.
- Shure Beta 98H/C Clip-On Condenser Microphone - a premium cardioid condenser instrumental mic that clamps onto the bell of wind instruments or onto the rim of percussion instruments.
- Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone - perfectly at home in the studio, the Shure SM57 boasts wide frequency response (40Hz-15kHz) and a tight cardioid polar pattern that are ideal for close-in speaker miking.
A Great Tabletop Interface
The interface is what will turn your analog or acoustic sounds (from your horn, keyboard, guitar or voice) into a digital signal. There are many options, such as the Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 USB Audio Interface. This is a quality tabletop interface with low latency and great mic preamps to let you capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels – making podcasting, live streaming and sampling tasks easier.
Think About a Video Kit
Sure, you can use your smart phone or laptop to livestream yourself. If you’re really looking to impress your followers, invest in a high quality but affordable video kit.
The Shure MV88+ Video Kit features the MV88 Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone which offers content creators unrivaled convenience and professional-quality audio on the go. Simply plug it in and hit record in your favorite audio or video recording app to get life-like stereo recordings. This kit comes with a mini tripod, phone clamp, shoe mount mic clip, Lightning and USB cables, bag and windscreen.
Respect Your Neighbors
Depending on where you’re planning to play and broadcast from, you may need to invest in some gear that will keep your neighbors, parents or roommates happy. If you’re a drummer, look into an electronic drum kit, like the Simmons SD350 Electronic Drum Kit with Mesh Pads. You’ll get a bigger-than-expected drum sound with a less-than-expected price with this full-size, 5-piece mesh-head electronic drum kit that is the ideal, convenient setup for recording.
You’ve got your space, you’ve got your gear, and now you can start streaming. Having a space at home where you can play, collaborate and share your music is a great way to adapt to physical distancing and closed concert spaces. Experiment, research and try out some DIY recording techniques and have fun!
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