By Theo Kogan & Sean Pierce • Photo by Ryan Pfluger
Courtesy of Venus Zine
Former Lunachicks front woman Theo Kogan — who’s now the current leading lady of Theo and the Skyscrapers — explains how you can turn your pad into a recording studio. Skyscrapers guitarist Sean Pierce (formerly of the Toiletboys) lends support.
There is no reason in this day and age that you should have to wait for a big budget to make a record. Self-recording is an awesome perk of the modern age. When our band recorded our new self-titled album, we decided to do it ourselves because we didn't have a large budget for recording, and between ourselves and our friends, we had the equipment. You may only live once, but you can make a lot of records. Here’s Sean’s and my recipe for doing it yourself.
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Self-recording isn't free. There are still things you will need to spend some dough on to get started. To raise the money, you could play a benefit or have band mates chip in. Use your imagination and chutzpah to make it happen. You’re gonna need to buy a couple essential things to make your record. First, you’ll need a computer that has enough RAM and power to run the following recording programs: Pro Tools, Logic, or Garageband. You’ll need at least one of these programs to record. Next, buy a good microphone. Here is where you should spend a little money. A good mic is going to help warm up your sound. If you can't get a really good one, a Shure SM58 microphone — which is the basic mic that is used at most clubs — will do. I suppose you could steal one, but we never told you to! We run our bad-ass Blue mic through a simple little Mbox, a separate component that forms an interface between your mic or instrument and your computer (a $300 investment). You’ll also need a space to do your recording. I did all my vocals in my living room and just had to deal with discouraging my cats from yowling along.