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Intro to Home Recording

with Zach Varnell

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About The Class

record great music using minimal gear.

We’ve got the training you need to get started with home music recording. In this course audio engineer, Zach Varnell breaks home recording down into simple, easy-to-understand steps and sets you up with the skills you need to record music using minimal gear and a basic computer.

In this course Zach will walk you through the basic set-up you’ll want to create to start recording music at home. You will learn how to record vocals with a microphone, capture bass and guitar tracks and how to work with virtual drums and synths. Zach is an industry veteran and will share shortcuts he picked up from a career in music. This course will set you up to start recording immediately and give you a solid foundation for taking more advanced courses.

Music recording doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complex – join us for this foundational class and learn how you can record songs that sound great using very basic equipment.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Basic Recording Setup

    14:25
  2. 02

    Getting the Session Ready

    21:25
  3. 03

    Recording a Scratch Track

    14:58
  4. 04

    Creating a Rhythm Track with Virtual Instructor

    31:15
  5. 05

    Overdubs

    22:34
  6. 06

    Midi Mixer and Vocals

    27:08
  7. 07

    Final Mixing

    21:12

Meet Your Expert

Zach Varnell

Zach Varnell has been recording since he was 13 years old, from a 2 track reel to reel in his parents basement in Denver to studios like London Bridge and Bear Creek in Seattle. In 2000, Zach was hired as ... read more

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  • Mark73

    Mark73

    July 2014

    This was a great course! I've found some valuable information over the years here and there, but this is the first time I've actually found a substantial amount of stuff I can actually use in the same place. It's the best course I could've imagined taking on the subject and I even learned a thing or two about other products and plugins that I may use in the future. Right now I'm using the simplest version of Pro Tools available (SE), but even so, I learned a few new functions on it that I had no idea how to perform before taking this class, as well as some valuable recording techniques and concepts that will help me for years to come. Best class I've ever taken and I look forward to taking several others! Many thanks!

  • Don Trapani

    Don Trapani

    July 2018

    This was a great course for beginners, it was a true introduction. Of course the instructor used high-end software and equipment; he is a professional music producer, and is comfortable with the tools he uses on an everyday basis. I did not hear him say you had to get the products he was using, he just identified the tools so anyone watching can do their own research. After watching this class, I checked out several sources for more info, and found that you can get a basic interface that comes with the DAW software, for as little as $100. If you have an interest at all in home recording but don't know where to start, this is the course for you. 5 stars.

  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    June 2016

    Very interesting stuff! I also record music from home and this video gave me lots of good tips.

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