Why Produce Your Own Music At All?
Well, aside from your undying love for all that is music, if you really do well and have what it takes–heck, it’ll be very and super profitable for you on the long run (that is if you’re really into it). People will look for you if they have some sort of music event festival going on. You might even be the next Avecii or David Guetta, if you really put your mind and heart into it. But of course, starting it off requires a fair amount of money to be spend in order to get the right and proper equipment. Thus, the reason why we came up with this list to help you reach the dream at financial friendly cost.
Things You Need To Produce Your Own Music
You either create music for your own listening and enjoyment or you want to share with everyone present at a festival or event, spread the beat so everyone can enjoy it too. But you do not have the idea on how to make it a realization, and to produce the sound, the rhythm. So here, we’re going to help you produce your music by recommending the equipment and tools to help you out. It’s easy and cheap to procure the proper and powerful music tech.
The core and heart for your music production. Computer isn’t a rare thing like back in the old days where computers are rare and insanely expensive. Back then, if you don’t own one, you have to go to a recording that has multitrack tape recorder and bulky CDR machines. The industry is benchmarked by Apple, but PCs would do well as well. Your computer will be running lots of thing for your little music operation, from running software to playback. On that note, throw in smartphone too as one of the tool to help you create music. It can record, draft tracks, post and share your music updates to tease, or even use them during stage performance. Though, it may be smart, but it still can’t replace the power of a computer.
DAW a.k.a Digital Audio Workstation
Your main piece of software for your music recording is the Digital Audio Workstation or DAW. You’ll use it and what you’ll be needing for music recording. You have a few options at your disposal, depending on what you want to do. If you’re planning to use software live mostly r do your writing and drafting on computer, then you should with Ableton Live. It’s easy to use sketch riffs and loops, also when recreating music live it’s child’s play for electronic DJs and musicians. It’s a different story you’re recording live instruments, you should go with Pro-Tools or Logic, using these two is like Garage Band Pro. When recording multiple instruments simultaneously these two really work wonders and it’s easy to use. If you’re low on budget, you get the trial version for these or go for starters tools like Garageband which packed together with Apple products or Reaper, free to download.
Okay, so now you’ve set up your computer, and DAW, next is you’ll be needing high quality headphones. Your day to day earbuds will not suffice for this grand endeavour of yours. You’ll wanting people to enjoy and hear your music like you do. Browse the net for some high quality headphones. There many headphones available on the market, look for one that suits your need and budget (especially).
Some musicians sneer and scoff at the mention of this software or when they see this here. But the thing is, it’s so cheap or free even and it’s so versatile, no harm having them in your list of tools. Using this software you can and produce different sounds; straight piano, strings, heavy bass and weird ambient synthesis. It is a must have if you’re an electro musician and producing electronic musics, that is if you’re not planning on buying hardware. Hardware can spike your budget, but let’s talk about it later. Some of the best synthesizer are available for free such as the versatile Crystal and SHS-01 synth copy TAL Baseline. But if you’re looking for something more solid and flow out your cash, the Native Instrument’s FM8 will do you good for a while at price of $200.
Controller or MIDI Keyboard
A computer language that was invented back in the ‘70s that can send and link up signals to each other. You’ll want a MIDI keyboard or keyboard controller, meaning it has USB connection capabilities. The basic pricing for it is as cheap $30, 60$-$120 for a new basic one, and the one comes bundled together with software will cost around $400. Use the M-Audio, it’s a very reliable utilitarian controller and it’ll get the job done for you. Go for Arturia if you want a nicer design and better key feelings it also packed with a software that produce vintage sound. Aside from keyboards, there other controllers out there to help you mix and produce some sick beats, loops and samples, or play drums even.
Microphone one of thing you need to have if you’re planning dish out some sick beats. Though the debate for which better is still ongoing. These two microphones are both dynamic, durable, and the sound is very good. Use a condenser mic if you want to catch more acoustic and nuanced performances like singing or acoustic guitar. These mics are fragile but they can pick up more sound. If you’re looking for cheap condenser mics, turn your head towards Blue Microphones, they produce and sell inexpensive condenser mics and it performs well.
If you have a microphone, but do not have an audio interface…well it’s pretty much useless. You’ll need an audio interface to record sound which convert sound from a mic into a readable digital signal for your computer and DAW. It sends out audio as well which then received by your headphones or monitors. The basic and beginner product is M-Box and usually comes together with DAW Pro-Tools. There’s also another affordable one alternative, Onyx Blackjack.
Headphones alone can only do so much because over time your ears will become fatigued from all the sound they been receiving. Ears fatigue makes harder for us to differentiate one sound from another, what sounds dope from sounds less dope. By using headphones, it only quickens the ears fatigue because our ears physically don’t have enough space to process the sound. This where monitors come in, most studios rely heavily on them. Though it is often debated gears enthusiasts which monitor is better (it’s eternal i tell you). But here are some highly credible recommendations; If you short on budget, then KRK Rokits is for you, it is affordable and produce good quality sounds. If that is still expensive, M-Audio monitors. A pair of these should suffice. Monitors give a more universal sound than speakers alone and they’re designed for this.
Honed Your Skills
Yeah i know, do not have to state the obvious. Still it’s no harm putting it here, in the list. Put your efforts and time into practice, this way you’ll dish out some sick beats. Many studio veterans say that you’re not bound to universal rule, if it gives good vibes and sound good, then go for it. You won’t learn if you do not do any mistakes, trial and error, that’s how you can become better. Creating music is a creative task, so if your head is filled ideas then go mad with your writing and everything, go crazy and creative with your studio.
All the gears mentioned in this article are essential for you if want to produce music, but you can still do it with less, though you won’t be able to unleash the full potential of your skills, you’ll need all of these gears for semi-professional level. If you truly and serious doing this business, then you’ll be needing some serious rigged up in your studio. Out all of these, have and use that one gear that can really inspire you, it could be your old drumsticks, that old birthday present acoustic guitar, anything that can inspire you.