We live in an era of technology where things move really fast. Everything is wired, digital and connected to the Internet. All these digital gadgets around us make our life easier and allow us to have new hobbies, to make a living in new ways. For an ’80s musician, making music was all about big studio, paying for studio time and investing large amounts of money producing an album. After the album was complete, the music marketing companies took the album and distributed it to their music shop network all over the country. Music piracy was also present, but it was really diminished compared to the sales. The game changed in the late ’90s, when Napster reinvented everything. People learned that they can download (illegal) music really fast from the Internet. The actual change in the industry was introduced later by Apple, with the iTunes Store, an online store that allowed people to legally buy their favorite artist’s song from the Internet. But a bigger change happened to the music marketing industry. If ’80s marketing was all about promotional concerts, TV ads and large budget music videos, nowadays it’s really easy to become a world wide music star. All you have to do is record a song in your own bedroom, create a music video with a friend’s camcorder or a smartphone and post it on YouTube. If the song is catchy enough, you’ll be boosted to online phenomenon in no time and you can start your music career with virtually few hundred dollars. How is that for a job opportunity?
I received some questions regarding my last year How to build a home studio post. My readers asked me for the best Mac audio interface. I did some research for you guys and I have a solution: Apogee DUET 2. The interface is small, is compatible with Mac and provides great performances.
Last year about how to set your home recording studio. But building the home studio is not enough. You need to create your own instrumentals in order to get 100% original. I will get into music producing today. Any producer needs a control surface when making his instrumentals.
There are multiple midi keyboards/control surfaces alternatives, but the best can be found in the following list: Novation, M-Audio, Akai, Cakewalk, Edirol, Korg.
Couple of months ago I wrote a post about How To Build a Cheap Recording Studio. I received few mails from my readers asking me which is the best Audio Interface under $200. So, I searched and studied the reviews on many websites. Here are the best audio interfaces under $200 worth mentioning:
Music is a true companion in major moments of our lifetime, and it was present in every important historical moment I can think of. In the last 100 years, music has changed a lot especially thanks to computer development. Nowadays, music is digital and it’s all about bits. Most artists use YouTube as the main channel of marketing, and Youtube has the power to convert an unknown artist to a world-wide phenomenon. PSY is a good example in this regard. Although music tapes and CDs can be a thing of the past, the vinyls are still praised by music fans all over the world. This is a sign that classic ways of listening to music will not die, and a way to remember that music is not about technique and technology, but it is all about inspiration and feelings.
I’m reading more and more about folks trying to setup a simple home studio in a budget around $300-$400. Let’s face it, it’s not that difficult to get that amount of money, but it’s really complicated to put them to good use and acquire the suited equipment for a music project like a home studio. In cases like this, people just don’t know what to buy and end up with recording devices that has poor value. In time, they need to invest more money in order to upgrade everything by getting the right stuff. So, why use the second chance, when you can get everything done proper the first time?
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