How To Make Music Recording Affordable To You – Easy!
Have you ever wondered how you can make music recording affordable and easy at the same time? Find out how I managed to make it happen for me. If I did it, then it means that you could make your music dreams come true, too!
If you read the story behind Mixing Mastermind, you’d probably have an understanding why I am keen to sharing what I know in helping people record their music at home. Notably, there are two questions that we need to answer today regarding music recording. And these are:
Is it affordable?
And if it is; then, how can you make it affordable?
Is Home Music Recording Affordable?
The music industry today has totally evolved into what we call “the new music industry.” In general, the old music industry practices the traditional way of dealing with artists and music labels. One way that is constantly done by bands and artists is submitting a demo cd to a recording label and hope for the best.
When my band recorded our first demo cd, we submitted our portfolio to one of, our should I say, the best music recording labels in the country. If I remembered it correctly, we got an immediate answer that our demo cd didn’t have the quality they were looking for. Yeah, as an amateur band, with little knowledge of the recording arts, we recorded the demo in a shabby studio that offered cheap rates.Only good for band practice, the studio didn’t have the set-up for recording music. Although the studio owner knew that his 4-track mixer would just produce so-so results, we found him very helpful by offering to record us at a very low price.
Obviously, we knew that we didn’t have a studio-grade demo. However, armed with confidence that the music producers of the label company would hear the genius in us, we proceeded with submitting the cd. Regardless of what they might say, we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, we didn’t make the cut.
The New Music Industry
The first time I heard the term, “New Music Industry,” it made perfect sense. I heard this from Leah McHenry, an online international recording artist who makes Celtic and Fantasy inspired music. She said that we are now in the new music industry, which has given musicians plenty of opportunities in the online world. It has broken the barriers of music creation – which means that you don’t have to go to a professional music studio to have your song recorded. And because of the environment of the new music industry, the opportunities are limitless.
To point out, the old music industry, which very much happens today, entails a lot of actions and requirements to be done such as:
If you want to get famous, audition for the Voice!
Likewise, a studio-grade demo cd is a must here
You’ll be traveling a lot! (which is not a bad idea!)
Talent and Guts
If you’re shy and suffer from stage fright and don’t that stage presence, this isn’t the career for you
The new music industry; however, gives you the opportunity to create your songs, album, and even start a very successful music career – at the comfort of your own home.
So, to answer the question, is music production affordable, the answer is YES!
How Can It Be Cost-Effective?
As soon as I found out that having a home studio could be a reality for me, I spent a lot of time researching on the subject. After a great amount of time spent on my own studies; surprisingly, I realized that having a home music studio wasn’t that complicated at all.
Cost-wise, a home studio saves you a ton of moolah in the years to come compared to recording in a professional commercial studio that burns a hole in your pocket.
In reality, it took me three years to build my home music studio because I did it on my own. In fact, if you combine the time in which I built the studio and studied music production, that is about 5 years in total. As a result of this, it is with my intention that I do not want you to do the same thing. With proper guidance and coaching, you’d be able to start creating your own music in no time.
How To Make it Within Your Budget Range?
Having a home music studio is not as expensive as you think it is. Nevertheless, you can definitely buy the most expensive gear for your studio if you want to. It is up to you. But honestly speaking, the results are not dependent on how expensive your gear is. It is how you use the gear that will make or break you in the music creation process.
Think about it, having to record using your own equipment compared to recording in a professional studio is already a big jump on savings. In order for you to make sure that you get the most affordable finds in building your studio, you must have these 4 Decision making principles in mind to help you.
Recognize what you need
Determine what you need or want that you must satisfy. For example, list down all the things you need for your home studio.
✓ Audio Interface
✓ Mic and Mic Stand
✓ Studio Monitors
✓ Headphones, etc
Learn from the Experts
Experts in the field of music production can help you tremendously on what to buy or not to buy. To demonstrate it, I am here sharing what I know and works best to you. But, I also recommend you do your own research for validation.
As a consumer, you always think about getting the best deals for the products you want to buy. With this in mind, check for reviews and testimonials on products and services that you are interested in as well as compare prices. Choose the product that fits all your parameters.
So, ask the question to yourself before buying, is it a want or a need? Does it match my expectations?
3 Easy Steps to Make Music Recording Affordable
Here are the steps to start creating music at home without burning a hole in your pocket:
1. Buying Equipment – it is very important that you have the right set up for your home studio. The things that you need for your studio may be a lot for you at first; however, it is imperative that you look at everything holistically. By starting with the end in mind, you will not think of buying gear as a tedious task. You may think of it as expensive at first, but as you tick off your checklist, you’d soon realize that you have already completed the necessary requirements for your home studio.
2. Buying the right gear – having the most expensive gear can help you create the best sounding song you could possibly record; however, this isn’t the case most of the time. Likewise, you can produce your best album just by a mid-range priced equipment. It is just how you use it that makes the difference.
For example, the industry-standard tool for recording is Pro Tools. Inasmuch as I want to have a license for its latest version, I still find the DAW expensive for me, eventhough they have monthly terms. That’s why I am using Mixcraft Pro Studio 8 because this power-packed DAW has everything I need that Pro Tools can give.
3. Master your gear/plugins/tools – after buying one equipment, master it. Consequently, there are those who buy a lot of gear, having that mindset that they get the best sound out of those. Reset your mindset regarding that theory – best gear equates to the best sound. You can mix your tracks using stock plugins that come with the software you have. If you are not satisfied with your plugins, you can find a lot of free plugins around. After all, those free plugins bring out the best in my mixing.
There you have it! I hope this helps anyone who is thinking of building their own home studios or planning to record music at home.
What are your thoughts on this? Please comment below! I’ll happy to know what you think!
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