Pro Solutions for the Do-It-Yourself Recording Artist
Are you ready to record your music?
Before getting started, you should ask yourself the following questions...
Question #1: Are you an songwriter, musician, producer or engineer? What will your role be in all of this? We want to know your role so that we can determine whom you should co-opt. Getting the right personnel involved maybe the toughest aspect of a recording project. It can make or break the success of the project, even at the highest levels in the recording industry. If you can develop the right team, the recording process will go smoothly. This concept is expounded upon greatly in Donald S. Passman's; All You Need to Know About the Music Business. The bottom line is; those that understand how to record and sell music, are already doing it. You should co-opt someone who has recorded before. If you do not have access to someone like that, grab the reins yourself. What you want to avoid is following the production advice of a studio engineer that does not have experience producing records. Ask, where can I buy one of your records? If the answer is "nowhere", you are not talking to a record producer.
Question #2: What will your finished product be; a Cd or downloadable Mp3's on the Internet? Are you recording a movie soundtrack, a demo or an album? Let's say you are recording and album. Albums are typically 30 to 60 minutes of music (though there are exceptions), what is your 'target recording length'? We don't just jump into the studio with our friends, then start tracking 'stuff' and end up with what we end up with. The pros do not work that way. We know precisely what our Goal is from the beginning. Composers, the first to act in The Recording Process, have a tendency to overdose on what they are best at (writing songs). Are you the composer? If so choose 45 minutes worth of your music. What we decide now is not set in stone. You can make changes later, but for now, pick 45 minutes worth of good songs.
Question #3: Why are you making this record? Your motivation for recording can make a big difference in the personnel you hire/co-opt, how you budget, and your instrumentation. Do you have hopes of taking your album platinum? The reason we ask is, no solo recording has ever made the top 10. So if you are planning on recording a hit guitar solo, that does not seem very realistic (though there is a first time for everything). Another interesting thing to note is that every chart topping single of the last decade has had vocals of some sort, and has used a specific layering technique on those vocals during the recording process. These kinds of facts are very important to consider when developing an effective recording plan. Let's say that you want to record an album so that you can sell it online, but it does not need to be chock-full of hit songs. You do not want to hinder the albums potential for success, but you will be satisfied with a great sounding collection of your art for sale online, and a nice source of passive income for your bank account. Fair enough...
Let's jump right into the recording. Say, you have 45 minutes worth of written music, and you have assembled a group of musicians to perform your songs. Now it is time to consider your instrumentation, be it acoustic or electronic. The different types of instruments can send you down different paths with different things to consider. If you are dealing with acoustic instruments (e.g. Acoustic guitars, drums or vocals) you need to consider the room in which those instruments will be tracked. Roomtone plays a far more significant role in your acoustic 'sound' than gear. With electronic instruments, you can forget roomtone and focus on the creative atmosphere for your performers. If you do not have access to a recording studio, consider on-location recording. On-location recording is an effective way to diminish studio or equipment expenses,
and to improve your sound quality.
These are just some of the preliminary questions that you should ask yourself, as you begin a new project. To the right you will notice CEO/Jason Alan Johnson's book "The Record Producer". It is currently the #1 do it yourself guide to the recording arts. The 1st edition audio book is FREE, as well as a detailed explanation of the entire recording process, complete with recording studio and webinar videos. It is all FREE, from Art Beyond Audio. Our select team of recording professionals is dedicated to giving independent recording artists a fair shot at success in today's digital record industry. Please utilize our 'record designer form' to receive FREE project analysis and suggestions.
Soon, you will know exactly how to record and sell your own music. With Mr. Johnson's book you will know how to get the sound you are looking for. And, with our help, you will know how to save money, time and stress as you complete your recording project.