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GET CREATIVE AT HOME – MAKING MUSIC ON A BUDGET

 

Making music on a budget can take you far.

 

Many of us can’t afford to book the best studio and team to create our music. DIY songwriters are becoming more skilled and independent in their musical creative output. We all have battles in how much it can cost to create music that we love and expresses our creative being.

 

Don’t let a budget ruin your dreams! 

 

When you have that inspiration and new music idea, how can you get it produced on a budget while maintaining quality output?

 

Do your homework.

 

There are many websites/blog posts/videos on the internet that can teach you everything from building a DIY studio space, music production to recording, mixing and mastering tips.

 

Recording at home doesn’t have to be rocket science, everyone can do this. There’s always a way to keep creating on a budget while maintaining great quality. 

 

A great mic, headphones, audio interface, initial knowledge of how to work a recording programme, and some basic knowledge of acoustics may be all you need.

 

Audio Gear –  3 Essentials For Recording Your Own Music

https://themusicessentials.com/editorials/essential-pieces-of-audio-gear/

 

Prepare your recording space:

 

It’s not a good idea to record in the bathroom or kitchen, but in a bedroom when standing under a tent-like setup of a big blanket or duvet can give you the dry acoustics you need (gets rid of room reverbarations and echos). Or you could use your wardrobe as a sound buffer around your mic so you sing into your mic tucked into your clothes. Overall to create a dry sound on your vocals and acoustic instruments enables you to have more choice when adding character later when mixing.

 

While all these things may not seem as flash as booking a studio, but to be able to drop into and out of your creative process of recording when it works for you can give you a powerful flexibility. This can give the capacity of writing and recording when works for you both regarding time, work, and inspiration, that a fixed pressurised time recording in a professional can’t give you.

 

Plus when recording it’s good to make notes of what works for you and what doesn’t, so that you can build and develop the best way to record and develop your work to your sound.

 

Tips on how to set up a home recording studio:

 

Editing and mixing to a professional standard for radio play takes a skilled engineer, but to just initially record tracks of your new tune can be achieved and learned by gaining basic knowledge via youtube/online videos.

 

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-set-up-a-home-recording-studio#7-equipment-essentials-for-your-home-recording-studio

 

How to mix music – The simple guide to mixing

 

Explore and study options of recording programmes eg: Garage Band, Logic Pro, Ableton and many more…

 

Youtube offers an almost unlimited amount of videos and tutorials suitable for beginners and those who are more advanced. Do your research and don’t be afraid to seek help within the music community.

 

https://themusicessentials.com/editorials/music-production-software-for-audio-professionals/

 

Check out some helpful videos on YouTube:

 

Music Production

Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Music Production

 

The 17 music production tips (from worlds top producers)

I watched 300 hours of music production streams, here are my 17 FAVORITE tips (wish I knew sooner)

 

Explore and study options of affordable microphones:

https://www.musicradar.com/news/the-best-cheap-microphones-for-studio-and-stage

 

If you need financial help to create new music checkout the funding options available in your city:

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/funding-wizard

 

You can also check out some of our favourite websites full of tips for musicians:

https://themusicessentials.com/editorials/

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/categories/music

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