Home Recording Workshop

Recording is simple, but might be intimidating if you haven’t yet started.  So let’s get started!
After this beginner-level class, you’ll be able to capture song ideas in multitrack format, use MIDI so you can “play” any instrument, comp together your best takes, use effects to spice up your production, play with different production ideas, and mix your own song!

5 Reasons to Learn to Record at Home

  1. You want freedom to play with ideas on your own time.  Try different arrangements, grooves, instruments and sounds – without paying studio hours for it.
  2. You want to record unlimited takes and songs for free.  Instead of worrying how much that 20th take is going to cost, you can just keep trying until you like it.
  3. You want to save money by recording parts of your project yourself. Maybe you play piano and sing, but you need help with bass and drums.  Save half the cost of a project by recording half of it yourself.
  4. You want to save money at a studio by bringing in a near-finished idea. Rather than trying to describe what you hear in your head to a producer, build it out yourself! Even if you can’t finish it yourself, save time and dead ends by getting close on your own.
  5. You want to empower yourself. There’s nothing like being able to actually create the art you want.


  • The Basics of Sound
  • How to Set Up Microphones for Recording
  • Basic DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Functions
  • MIDI: What It Is and How to Use It
  • How to Comp Different Takes
  • How to Use Effects
  • How to Mix Your Song
  • Troubleshooting Typical Recording Issues

Who This Class Is For

Beginners with little to no experience recording, who would like to be able to start making their own basic recordings.

Class Format

Class will include lectures, demonstrations, and written materials.  Demonstrations use GarageBand, but the basic functions you will learn are the same across all DAWs and you are welcome to use your preferred DAW.


To follow along on your own computer, you will need a laptop with some sort of DAW installed.  GarageBand is free (MacOS only).  Another great option is Logic X, as it is similar to GarageBand.  Other commonly used DAWS are Cubase, Reason, and Ableton.  Gear and software recommendations are here.

Registration and Schedule

SCHEDULE: One 4-hour class, 1-5pm Sat Apr 6, 2024

LOCATION: 3101 Walnut Street, Studio 1, Denver CO 80205
Earlybird registration through Mar 29: PH Members $67, non-members $75
Regular price starting Mar 30: $80/90
You’re a member if you’re taking private lessons at Performance High.

Have questions or need help?
Contact us.

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About Your Teacher

Justin LongJustin Leighton Long is a musician, engineer and record producer who has worked in various styles including blues, country, rock, rap and pop. Justin was a founding member, lead guitarist and songwriter for the band No Address. No Address released Time Doesn’t Notice on Atlantic Records, with their debut single “Sadie (When I’m Gone)” standing at #11 on the Billboard Radio charts for 22 weeks. No Address toured North America extensively and Justin’s compositions have been featured in feature films and television series, as well as continuing to maintain airplay around the world, (as a fun fact) recently reaching #1 on the college radio charts in Bosnia.

As a recording engineer and producer Justin has worked for bands signed to labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Immortal, Wind Up, Curb, Blind Bat, S-Curve, Victory, Blues Legacy and J Records.

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