Recording and Selling Your Music

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Recording and selling your music is easier than it used to be years ago. The first thing you want to do is get a list of songs about 10 of them together and do a lot of practicing. Next when you have all your songs ready to record, go to a recording studio, some studios are very expensive, others are not to bad, you can pay an average of 35.00 -150.00 per hour so. If its your first time try and find a studio that charges per day 400 bucks a day and it might take two days. You need to practice a lot at home before you record. I recorded my album in a three hour session, the recording studio guy said that was an amazingly fast recording the fastest he had ever done. I was very happy with not having to pay exuberant costs for hours of recording and in turn I had produced a nice album to take home.

If you are a band, there is a lot more work to do. I play the flute and sing so it was easier for me. What they do is lay the music track down first and then you sing. For bands you want to be professional and have a get it done attitude. Do not talk, try and get your tracks down quickly. Time is money in this situation , everyone in the band should know that. The average time for recording with a band is 10 to 50 hours so be ready to pay some big money if you aren't ready. You must be able to play each song 10 times without mistakes! Absolutely no fooling around, You can record in a cheap studio first and then go to a high end one to record again too.

It's a very time-consuming process, and most newbies don't know that, so they go in, expecting to spend a few hours to get a song or two down, and they are quickly in over their heads. There are lots of reasons, mostly though, it's the multi tracking-overdub process, which is what you always do when recording. Here are some things that take a lot of time up, and things you can do to be more time-efficient and speed things up a bit:

  • Getting a good drum sound takes a long time. Like 45 minutes is not unusual at all. I'm not kidding. You want more of a 'dead' sound than you're used to, so have your drummer mute the toms and kick heads, with pads and gaffers tape (the 'ambient ring' will be added later with re-verb).
  • The way you record is, you lay down your rhythm track first: drums, bass, guitars (and keyboards if you have a keyboard player). No vocals yet. So memorize and rehearse your songs NOW this way (with no singing at all), because the first time you try to get through the song in the studio without vocals to let you know where you are, you'll be going "is this the second or third verse? Where the heck are we?" and someone's going to get lost. Then you do overdubs, one at a time - extra guitars/solos, vocals, etc.
  • Power up and listen to each instrument to see if there's hum, buzzing. Because if there is, it's gonna show up, and the engineer is going to stop everything to try to figure out where it's coming from, eating up even more of your money. Fix and get good cables before recording, get these guitar cables, bad tubes fixed before you go into the studio.

Best of luck to you!

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almasi 5 years ago

Thanks. I love the tip of practicing without vocals first. Good luck on your album too.

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