Since I am a guitarist and love computer technology, it would not be right if I did not include some articles on home recording. I am by no means an expert in this area. Music is a hobby for me and I learn from others experiences and good old fashion trial and error.
Some home recording software suites can be quite expensive depending on how in depth you want the production to be. Having a rack mount of hardware effects can also add up to much money. These software effects do a solid job of mimicking their hardware counterparts.
Today I would like to show you some of my favorite VST plugins which are completely free and work very well. Usually when I am recording my guitar and bass I mic the amp to try and get the best possible “real hardware” tone that I can, then use VST plugins to mix the different tracks. All of the following can be downloaded from Kjaerhus Audio.
Classic Compressor – (This is probably my favorite VST plugin)
Once you download these programs you simply add them to the VST folder of your home recording program. These effects can be used on any sounds you record including guitar, bass, drums, vocals … etc. The main thing I have learned is to experiment like a mad scientist! It’s a lot of fun and you never know you might become the next Rick Rubin!
Programmer by day, geek by night, The Geek, also known as Lowell Heddings, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 08/21/07