It’s said Micheal Jackson used to do his best songwriting in the bathroom, and not the ‘bathroom’ in the American sense but close to the shower. He apparently liked to feel his voice echoing against the watery sounds. Whether this is true or not it can be said that good, true quality music has perhaps seen its heyday come and gone. This could possibly be down to ease of composition and production but for now, making great music on a budget is akin to finding the holy grail.
The best artists always seem to find a way but ultimately it usually boils down to hedging your bets I’m an hourly Studio where tracks can be mastered properly. This usually takes time, effort and a lot of saving up. So it may be a bit out of turn to propose another way of doing things but focusing on the ‘raw’ elements of putting together a track has its advantages. We’ve found the best rhythms and catchiest hooks out of simple voice recordings on smartphones and we think this should be the focus.
Start off simple, take a pen to paper and get a feel for that tune that’s been stuck in your head all day and work on it in the most rudimentary form there are several logical steps depending on what resources and equipment you get your hands on but a rough cut makes a lot of sense, especially if you see a lot of potential in the finished output. Here’s our quick DIY
list for recording media on the cheap (before the big studio mastering session)
1. A Computer: Preferably an Apple Mac or anything with a good sound card.
2. DAW/Audio Interface Combo: Pro Tools is the cheapest and in our opinion simplest to master.
3. Studio Monitors: Nothing fancy, don’t break the bank.
4. One or Two Microphones: Rode and M-Audio make some pretty good ones for a good price.
5. Headphones: Sennheiser, Bose or anything you’ve got lying around initially.
6. Few Cables: Audio cables to be exact.
7. One Mic Stand: Cheap and cheerful, don’t go over a tenner for a good 2nd-hand one.
8. A Pop Filter: Same here.
9. Ear Training Software: Online, options galore.
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