Recording Software

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About Recording Software

Recording Software is now present in virtually every studio in the world, and thanks to their inherent speed, functionality and affordability, music software packages have opened up the world of recording and production to anyone with a computer. This opens up a world of possibilities for home recording, with powerful software for recording music and instruments including guitar, vocals, keys, drums, and anything inbetween!

DAW's such as Ableton Live offer a wide range of features which are ideal for not only recording and mixing but also for multitrack playback for live music and DJing. While virtual instrument plugins (VST, Audio Units and AAX) offer producers and musicians access to iconic synthesizers, digital pianos, drum kits, or even whole orchestras at the fraction of the price of the real thing, practically any instrument or sound you can imagine is now available as a virtual instrument. Audio effects plugins complete your virtual studio set up. These can be anything from compressors, EQs and delays to distortions, bit crushers and analog tape emulation.

For decades the process of professionally recording a song was expensive and laborious, but thanks to computers it is now both affordable and accessible to everyone.


Why Do I Need Recording Software?

  • Complete professional recordings with your computer
  • Program MIDI as well as record audio
  • Automate your mixes
  • The industry standard way to edit and fix mistakes

Frequently Asked Questions about Recording Software

Question: Where do I start with the world of plugins?
Native Instruments Komplete bundles offer a colossal range of high quality audio and instrument plugins in various shapes and styles. Komplete comes in three bundle sizes: Select offers a taste of what's available, Komplete Standard offers a huge amount of content, while Komplete Ultimate offers an insane amount of plugins and samples and is virtually everything you will ever need for any style of production. Some key areas covered by Komplete are analog, digital and modular synthesis, guitar amp emulation, orchestral strings, studio effects, and electronic and acoustic drums. Native Instruments have led the way in music production software since the 90s and are still a key part of most professional musicians' and producers' computer setup.
Question: I've heard that using higher quality audio plugins will slow down my computer?
While it is true that higher quality effects can be more processor heavy, companies such as Universal Audio offer some of the highest quality plugins around with one simple solution: the plugins don't run on your CPU. Running externally on either an audio interface or what UA call a Satellite, these accurate emulations of classic studio hardware will run without impacting the speed of your computer. As a result of their efficiency and astonishingly high quality, Universal Audio's plugins are quickly becoming an industry standard in professional recording studios around the world.
Question: Will DAW software really allow me to complete an entire music production?
Absolutely, what's great about software is it allows access to exactly the same process at home as what is available in a professional studio. There are top songs in the charts which have been recorded at either small or home studios. This shows that when recorded properly, your music can be just as good as or even better than other professionally recorded music.