Have you ever created a cool sound out of a random object in your home and thought, “I wish I could turn this into a playable instrument?” Whether it’s the squeak of a chair, the sound of two plates clinking together, or velcro ripping on your jacket, we’re surrounded by fascinating sounds.
Although most of us don't think much of them, you'd be surprised by how many of these sounds can be used in the music you make every day. Those plates could be turned into a playable, pitched instrument. And that velcro sound could work so well as a percussive transition between song sections.
In this how-to guide, we'll look at how you can record an ordinary sound using Spire Studio and turn it into a unique, playable instrument for your next song.
The treasure hunt
Any good adventure needs to include a treasure hunt. So your first task will be to figure out what sound you'll want to record. Go through your home and listen with an open mind to each possible noise. Grab a metal bowl from the kitchen. How does it sound when you strike it with the palm of your hand? How about your fingernail? How about a wooden spoon? And a fork? What if you strike two metal bowls against each other?
You're an explorer. The only rule here is there are no rules or limits to what you can do to create a cool sound. The more noises you create, the more you'll realize how many possibilities lie ahead of you.
Record the sound
Once you've settled for the sound you want to work with, you'll need to record it. The recording should be as clean as possible, meaning minimal room noise, hum, outside sounds, etc.
Check out these 5 tips for limiting room noise in home recording.
As for the recording process itself, you have two options. You can go the long route: setup long XLR cables, a microphone, create a new session, configure inputs, outputs, set the correct levels...
Or you can make your life easy and use Spire Studio to achieve all of that in a matter of seconds. No cables. No crazy setup. The steps are as easy as turn it on, create a new session, perform a quick automatic soundcheck, and you're ready! A huge time-saver.
Once you're all set up, hit record and perform your sound. Sometimes you'll have to create the sound multiple times in order to catch the perfect performance. Make sure to leave a few seconds of silence between each attempt to guarantee that the natural tail of the sound has time to decay.
Edit the recording
Once you've recorded the sound, you'll want to export the recording from the Spire app to your DAW of choice (Logic, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Studio One, etc.) for further editing.