A few years ago, Roger McGuinn made a CD called
"Treasures from the Folk Den." He traveled the country,
recording classic songs on location with folk legends
such as Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Josh
White, Jr. and Odetta, among others. The resulting CD,
which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001 for Best
Traditional Folk Album, was made entirely on his laptop!
Roger has since become a major advocate of
multi-track recording on a basic home computer set-up.
On this DVD, he shares what he has learned about making
CDs with beginners who would like to make their own home
recordings this way. Using his compelling song "May the
Road Rise" (co-written with his wife, Camilla McGuinn)
as an example, he replicates the process by which he
records a song from conception to final product. He
demonstrates, step-by-step, how he lays down the basic
tracks, overdubs his vocals, adds harmonies and guitar
riffs, doubles the parts and comes up with a complete
recording with his trademark vocal and guitar sound.
Finally, you1ll see how Roger mixes the result to a
two-track stereo file and burns it to a CD.
Roger's equipment set-up, ideas about mic placement,
advice on how to back up your project, and other tips
will get you started recording your own songs on your
BONUS: An interview with Roger, made for Dell
Computers, in which he talks about his background,
musical ideas and enthusiasm for the possibilities
inherent in home computer recording.
Here’s the basic stuff you’ll need to begin recording
on your PC or Mac (from the booklet enclosed with the
1) Recording Software, such as Cool Edit (now called
Adobe Audition), Logic, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Digital
2) A laptop or desktop computer, PC or Mac, that
meets or surpasses the minimum requirements set forth by
3) An audio interface. There are many different
options in this category, and some basic types will be
diagramed in the booklet
5) At least 1 microphone and / or instrument with
direct output (example: acoustic guitar with a pickup)
6) Audio mixer. This is optional, depending on the
type of audio interface you choose
7) External hard drive. This is also optional,
depending on whether you are using a laptop or desktop,
and your disk space and disk speed requirements.