By Kevin Tuck

Did you know that you can record a CD using your home computer – with very basic equipment?

Did you know that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a demo done.. and you don’t need to spend lots of money on equipment either!

Firstly, this article is not trying to sell you anything. I don’t represent any of the software or hardware companies pushing one product or another.

When I was in my first band and we wanted to have a demo recording done we would spend hundreds of dollars going into studios and getting tracks laid down.

It would take hours and they’d have these huge 24 track analog recording machines and enormous mixing desks that looked really impressive.

The reality is that it is the music that you produce that’s the important thing… not how flashy the equipment is!

After a few of these experiences I decided to start my own home studio – so I purchased mixing desks, microphones and software for my computer. I was constantly playing and fooling around.

I spent thousands of dollars on all this equipment – I had mixing desks, dat machines and the works!

When I had my first child we didn’t have the space for the home studio anymore – so it had to go! I sold off the bits on e-bay and consolidated to one computer which I use for my internet business.

The point of this story… you don’t have to spend money to do things!

Just a matter of two or three years after I sold all this equipment I’m now looking into what I can do with my current computer.. and free software that is available online… and I discover that I can do virtually everything I did with my expensive software!

You can get a free program called Audacity – It’s an open source program (which means its completely free with no upgrades, nag screens or spyware type things) that will do most of the audio editing I used to do on my big studio computer.

You can set up Audacity on your computer, and then borrow one reasonable quality microphone – set it up and start recording yourself – one track at a time!

If you play guitar and sing you’ll be able to do quite a decent job of recording yourself that way. Simply record the guitar first, and then sing over the top.

You can also create midi file accompaniments completely free using low cost or no-cost midi sequencers as well.

I’m setting up a blog called the music software guide where I’m hoping to share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years, and what I’m able to do now with little or no cost.

You can find links to all the free software I’ve found, plus ask me any questions about how to do things at

Background of the Author

Kevin Tuck has worked as a private music teacher and as a classroom music teacher, but has also had significant experience in business. Kevin has run his own very successful music school, and now runs The Fun Music Company, an internet publishing company helping music teachers and authors publish music and educational materials on the internet.

You can find heaps more information about music software, particularly as it relates to music teachers at

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