Music Production At Home

We are in an incredible time to create music. Why? Because recent technological advancements have made it possible for anyone to create high quality sounding music at home. But you can’t produce professional quality music unless you have high quality training. It takes more than a computer and some music equipment to produce music at home, you need the knowledge to know what you are doing, otherwise all of the technology goes to waste.

The good news is that high quality music production training doesn’t have to cost a lot and you don’t have to go to some school to learn it. You can download music production training online and get started right away at a very low cost.

It’s important to make sure you get the right training, if you don’t you will be wasting your time and your money. You need music production training that includes video tutorials. It’s much easier to follow if you have something to follow visually rather than just a manual to read. And because of the amount of different things you may want to learn, you’ll want not just one or two video tutorials but hundreds of them! This is something that you must insist upon.

I also think it’s important to download music production training that includes all of the following features:

Free online beat maker.
Free training on how to be a hit songwriter.
Drum, guitar, piano, and bass lessons included.
Lessons on producing all types of music.
A 100% money back guarantee.

Home Studio Setup

Thanks to advance technology, including music production software more musicians could setup their own home studio.This article will provide the basic tips for you and your music, based on a low budget and needs.

What Equipment Do You Need For The First Start?

If you are going to setup your studio, keep in mind to choose a high-performance computer with a big RAM and a lot of memory space. Recording audio needs a huge memory space. For recording purposes, running other heavy applications could hamper the computer. I prefer to use a desktop Mac, but a Window PC is also good to make your recording a breeze.

Microphone

To get the best sound quality, never compromise with the quality of the microphone. You have to invest for a good quality microphone. Small diaphragm microphones are quite suitable for recording guitar/bass amps and snare drum/toms/hand percussion.Of course, it is much better to have a large-diaphragm condenser microphone. The better quality microphone you can afford, the better the quality of the sound you can capture for your music recording.

Speakers or headphones

A good pair of headphones or a set of studio monitor speakers is important to check out the quality of the music. Good quality speakers or headphones can pick up any disturbances and edit them out.

Audio Interface

An audio interface will provide you with input/output channels. To connect it to your acoustic instruments, microphone, speakers/headphones, you need to use one that is compatible with your computer operating system.

Mixers

For a better control over the wide range of sounds of variety of instruments such as drums and keyboard,a sound card or an audio interface is not enough.

To record more than eight tracks at once, you need a big eight-bus mixer that has a power to handle up to 24 signals going in and eight sub mixes going out to the eight inputs on the computer audio interface channels.

For recording less than eight channels at once, you can use a pre eight-channel microphone with direct outputs on eight channels.

If this too expensive, you can try a mixer with eight microphone inputs that have ‘insert’ in each of its microphone channels. You can use these inserts as an unbalanced “send” to the inputs of the recorder or audio interface.

Music Production Software

Wide ranges of packages that include Logic Pro, Cakewalk, and Cool Edit allow you to record, transfer and mix tracks.

Now, you are able to setup your home studio that will get you recording a professional breeze.

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Control Your Home Studio

Control surfaces are a marvel of DAW technology. These devices act as the physical liaison between the features of a digital mixer, and the tools of your DAW software. They are not an essential piece of gear, meaning they are not “required” to use the features of your DAW software, rather they are an extension of physical control and offer the convenience of not having to rely on your mouse and cursor to control the functions of your software.

Having hands on control of compatible DAW software is a novel idea that uses modern technology to combine the assets of DAW software with the satisfaction of hardware.

Do they do this?
Do they do it well?
Are they practical?

The control surface is a relatively new addition to the home and pro studio gear line-up, and has been creatively developed to be an affordable luxury available for hobbyists, yet intuitive enough to supplement professional studios. In fact many professional recording studios are using large control surfaces in place of a massive analog mixing console.

Control surfaces look and act in a similar manner to that of a digital mixer. Their are however, some distinct differences in how these two devices function.

Digital Mixers:

Digital mixers mix digital audio from within an external mixing board.

A digital mixer does its mixing onboard, using its own effects, and can output the mix to hard-disk or recorder for mix-down and mastering.

Control Surfaces:

A control surface, in its raw, standalone form, is a midi controller that simulates the faders and adjustment knobs of an analog or digital mixing board – with physical midi controls. These controls are able to function in a versatile way, and can even be customized to compliment the individuals’ production style.

It synchronizes with compatible DAW software and allows real-time control of track levels, panning, third party plugins and other mixing controls. A control surface has given us the feeling and functionality of a digital mixer, for half the cost.

The control surface is a pretty basic idea of adding hardware pleasure to control your music production software. The overall performance of control surfaces is currently very satisfying to use, and they are still progressing.

Firmware updates from developers keep adding more compatibility to more programs. Pro audio software and hardware developers have realized the key to this-products potential is through the coordination of software programs and their midi hardware.

Controllers today are capable of upgrading with drivers/firmware etc. So the technology progresses, right with your control surface. Tally another point to the score for the digital recording studio.

Once again, a control surface is just a bare bones controller for your DAW/music software. The beauty of this is that you have yet another option that gives you faders! This is huge, because clicking a mouse or moving a curser is just not quite the same thing, or nearly as rewarding as moving real faders and knobs…

Hybrid Control Surfaces:

There are a growing number of (hybrid) combination units as well.

These are controllers that include two or all of the following: audio interface/midi interface/preamps/a/d d/a converters.

These combined units can be very convenient. For the most part, these control surface combinations can wrap up the digital and analog hardware needed for a competent home or project studio.

These hybrid units extend beyond the transfer of midi data to control mixing parameters of your DAW software.

Controller/Audio Interface Integration

These are combo units that integrate the controller functionality with the features of the audio interface.

Digital Mixer/Control Surface Combinations

These are the most expensive units and combine the features and functions of a digital mixer, which includes onboard processing, an array of in/outputs, and the functions of a control surface.

In Conclusion:

Remember that when combined as a hybrid unit, always look at a control surface as a separate device. Controllers talk to the software mixer and transport of your sequencer, they do not talk to a mixer, keyboard, or audio interface.

Research the compatibility and integration between the DAW software in your home studio with that of a prospective control surface. If there is a problem here, you will be in trouble and wish you had done your homework.

Control surfaces and their hybrid combinations appear to be the future, especially for the home studio. I expect the market competition to increase significantly as technology and manufacturing costs become more efficient, universal formats are agreed upon between hardware and software companies, and music technology companies can produce more faders and more options with greater precision and effectiveness, for less money.

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Your Own Music Production Studio

If you’re reading this you’re probably interested in audio mixing and music production software like I am.

Over the years, I’ve spent thousands of dollars on digital music production equipment — keyboards, DAW’s, synthesizers — you name it. So when a friend of mine told me recently that some of the new music production software products now available online can give professional audio production results and is inexpensive and easy to learn, I just didn’t believe it.

But I got a chance to check some of this software out. And I was wrong. Just goes to show how far music technology has come.

So I thought I’d tell you a little about it.

Some of it is very inexpensive (at least for now) and will help you make good quality, sophisticated music. Now I can guess what you’re probably thinking. I was thinking the same thing only a few days ago. Finding good music production software is one thing. Finding something you can learn easily, that can really take you somewhere, without some kind of a degree or certification in audio production… well, that’s another thing altogether.

If you think that, you are of course quite right. It is another thing altogether.

Sure, we all know there are some fun programs around that are easy enough to play around with, but not the kind of audio production software for the seriously aspiring. You’d need to hand over a lot of money for a recording studio and learn how to use gobs of fancy equipment for that.

Or would you?

The truth of it is you may find some of this new music production software as surprising as I did, not to mention inspiring.

Okay, let me pretend to read your mind again. Maybe you’re thinking you’ve heard this promise, or something like it, before. And maybe you’re thinking if this music production software is inexpensive like I said and doesn’t require extensive music production knowledge to get results, anything you would be able to create with it would be destined to sound amateurish.

Fair enough.

A lot of the quality music production software solutions out there are rather expensive just to get started. And they do require extensive music production knowledge as well as special and costly studio recording equipment — and, let’s face it, a lot of the other stuff just isn’t worth having.

Well, if amateurish is what you’re thinking, get ready to be as wrong as I was. No, everything out there right now is not all good, but some of it has got everything you need for your sounds to sound awesome — cool, clean, professional sounding beats that can and will transport you and your listeners into an auditory rapture.

Watch a few tutorials and you may find yourself making your own full throttle beats in about 15 minutes like I did. You can pick from different styles of music and from professionally mastered samples, in some cases more than you are likely to ever need. The possibilities are nearly endless. I’m telling you, some of the software currently on the market is easy to learn and very inexpensive.

Don’t believe me? Fair enough. As I said at the start, I didn’t believe it at first either. Fortunately, you don’t have to take my word for it. You can go research it and evaluate it for yourself.

Peace out.

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