This is just a basic idea oh how I record and master music. In the song demonstrating, there are two guitar parts and a drum track only, but I will mention what to do with bass and vocals, and what I do with different styles of music.

Step 1: Equipment

Of course, you don't have to have exactly what I list here, but they are things you will need to get a good quality recording for cheaper than a pro studio.

Microphone (I used an audio technica AT202. 100$, and is a very good quality mic)
Mic stand (I prefer a boom stand because it allows you to mic different angles)
Windscreen for vocals (if you're going to be recording many vocals and with different people, I recommend getting the metal mesh windscreen. It's 50$, but you can clean it, and it lasts longer.)
Interface (something to connect the mic to the computer. Lexicon's LAMBDA works well and is low-priced at 130$ also comes with CUBASE LE4)
Computer (as long as it has the power to run a recording software, use it.)
Cables (if you're only using one microphone, you're going to need a special adapter to get a stereo recording. one female->two male)
I also used a second monitor because all the windows kind of clogs up one screen. However, that is entirely a preference.
This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!
Thanks, I have been trying to learn how to do this on my own and this will be a big help. I have cubase so this is what I have been looking for.
Just a word of advice, even though you may already know this. - You could replace your pictures of the screen with actual screenshots :P (By pressing the PrntScr button on your keyboard and saving the picture to a file) = )
I really enjoyed this instructable - at last a no nonsense approach to recording which explains everything succinctly without once relating it to some software! Thank you this has really cleared up some grey areas on how to produce quality sounds - especially the duplication of tracks - thanks again!
This is great advise and thank you for putting this together!! I have all the equipment to record and write the music, but the mastering is another beast all together, that I am quite unfamiliar with. This is a nice guideline to start with.
 you are a legend!  just what i needed :) steps 3 4 5 and 6 helped a lot, but for some reason i couldn't hear your demo song (?) anyway thanks :D
very nice. i think i will benefit from steps 4, 5, &amp; 6, especially. <br /> i dont have a PC for recording (or sequencing anymore either) but use a Boss BR8 with outboard equipment (synths n samplers). i think these tips on panning and EQing will be very helpful this winter.<br /> thanks.
&nbsp;I'm glad I could help out a little!
Nice, I see that you're playing mafia wars on facebook ;)
This helped me GREATLY! I love you! lol
I'm glad it helped. I'd like to hear what you record. :D
i see mafia wars in the background ahaha
wow youre really good
Thank you. :) I'm still learning, but this is where I'm at so far.

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