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Alexis Trujillo-Ortiz

How do you record guitar music at home?

by Alexis Trujillo-Ortiz 05/21/2024

You need more than a microphone to record guitar, but that doesn't mean it has to be complicated. If you have a home recording studio, you can get started recording acoustic guitar or electric guitar with just a few extra pieces of equipment.

Basic guitar recording setup

Photos of professional recording studios can make them seem huge and impressive. However, it's possible to record your own music in the same quality at home without breaking the bank.

The latest technological advancements allow the production of excellent recording equipment at very affordable prices - and in smaller sizes. Recording guitar only requires a few specific tools, most of which come in a wide range of price points and sizes to fit your home studio.

Essential gear

Here is a short list of the most important studio gear you'll need for recording:

  • A digital audio interface.
  • A ribbon, dynamic or condenser mic for electric guitars.
  • A condenser microphone for acoustic guitars.
  • A DAW (digital audio workstation).
  • Guitar plugins.
  • Studio monitors or studio headphones.

Plugins for guitarists

Did you know you don't even need a guitar amp to record music? Amp simulator plugins are a cost-effective and simple way to get the perfect guitar tone without an amp. Dozens of plugins are available depending on your choice of DAW, all with different features and price points.

Alternatives to an audio interface

If you don't want to use a DAW, you have alternatives that allow you to upload music recordings to your computer. Some options for alternatives include:

  • USB mixers.
  • Guitar amps.
  • Virtual instruments.
  • Plugging an electric guitar directly into the computer.

These alternatives also come with a wide range of price points and feature differences, so you'll have to decide which method works best for your needs.

Whether you want to record acoustic guitar or record electric guitar, this basic info will help you get started on your musical journey.