Free Music Maker Software

Did you know that you only very basic equipment to record your own Music CD at home?

Did you know that you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a demo recording done? and you don’t need to spend lots of money on equipment either!

When I was in my first band and we needed to get a demonstration CD done we would have to spend hundreds of dollars going to studios and getting tracks laid down.

It would take hours and they’d have these huge 24 track analog recording machines and enormous mixing desks that looked really impressive.

The reality is that it is the music that you produce that’s the important thing… not how flashy the equipment is!

After a few of these experiences I decided to start my own home studio – so I purchased mixing desks, microphones and software for my computer. I was constantly playing and fooling around.

I spent thousands of dollars on all this equipment – I had mixing desks, dat machines and the works!

When my wife and I had children we did not have the space for the home studio – so it had to go! I consolidated into one computer which I used for my internet business, and sold off the rest on e-bay.

The point of this story… you don’t have to spend money to do things!

Just a matter of two or three years after I sold all this equipment I’m now looking into what I can do with my current computer.. and free software that is available online… and I work out that I can do nearly absolutely everything I did with my expensive software!

You can get an audio recording program named Audacity – Its an Open Source program (which means its completely free, with no nag screens, optional upgrades, or spyware included) that will do nearly all of the audio editing I used to do on my big computers.

You can set up this software on your computer, and then borrow a decent quality microphone. Then set it up and start recording yourself, one track at a time!

If you play guitar and sing you’ll be able to do quite a decent job of recording yourself that way. Simply record the guitar first, and then sing over the top.

You can also create midi file accompaniments completely free using low cost or no-cost midi sequencers as well. So if you’re a musician the best advice I can give is to concentrate on your music, and do what you can for very little… not the gadgets!


How To Be A Music Producer

If you have a musical streak in you – if you can sing or play musical instruments – and you want to pursue a career in music, you need to be able to impress your listeners. For a professional end product that is able to impress a likely record label or promoter you will need to utilise the services of a quality music producer.

Most people don’t have the time or resources to learn how to produce, mix, and arrange a song to a professional level themselves so this is where the services of professional music producers or a production company comes in.

A professional producer specialises in creating music – for film and television production companies, advertising agencies, bands, musicians, singers and anyone looking to create a high quality musical product for broadcast or distribution.

Music production is an imperative part of everything from television ads and radio jingles to a demo of a garage band or upcoming vocalist or musician. Music producers also help many a young music sensation launch their career and can establish them well in the music industry and, in many cases, provide the basis for an individual musician to show off their own talent.

Modern producers are adept with the synthesizer. Many traditional forms of music are incorporating cutting edge synthesiser work and modern techniques to create a unique, memorable sound that is going to make the band stand out.

Also, current pop music utilises the best of both traditional music and the modern, digital world to create a sound that is both interesting and commercial and works well in bridging the gap between the two different worlds of music, following on from ideas put in place by Pink Floyd, Klaus Shulze and Tangerine Dream. A good music producer will be able to do incorporate these ideas well if it is required of them.

So what services can you expect from a music producer?

A good producer will take your idea and create an interesting song using the guidelines you set out while also providing creative input and a tuned ear as to what else may be added to make it unique, memorable and commercially viable. They will also input ideas and subtle changes in your music that might give it a deep, atmospheric, energetic, distant or soulful feel – whatever lends itself well to your idea, song and overall sound and intention.

The music producer makes use of various elements that affect the mood and timbre including atmosphere, special use of synthesizers, repetition, phrases, effects, movement and energy as well as various instrumentation on chord progressions.

The music producer can also create remixes of existing songs, turning them into something much newer, fresher or work the recording into a new type to reach a new audience.

Reputable music producers will encapsulate the best in a vocal or musical performance. Multiple takes will ensure only the best parts are used to create better flow, power, emotion and overall performance while ensuring the vocal track is pristine enough for the lyrics to be capable of leaving memorable footprints in the minds of the listener.

These are not the only services offered by music producers. Music has become a competitive field. There are many players now in the market offering competitive professional music production services. So, if you’re a singer or musician and want to hoist your music career, you need to hire the services of a good music production company or independent music producer.