HOW TO SET UP YOUR OWN COMPUTER BASED RECORDING STUDIO (CBRS)!
It is very important that every independent musician, songwriter, artist or producer MUST seriously consider setting up their own computer-based recording studio. Firstly, they are super affordable and there is a solution that works for virtually all budgets from dirt cheap to uber expensive. Now let me be clear here. I am talking about an in the box recording studio. Not a hybrid or ‘analogue’ based studio. If you’re interested in one of those options, then there are other websites and videos that deal with those types of studios. In our computer-based studio the computer will be doing all of the processing, effects, mixing and mastering.
You can set up your CBRS on literally any platform from an iPad, laptop, desktop or dare I even say it your iPhone. In fact check out the video below, which features The Internet’s Steve Lacy, who makes all his hits on JUST his iPhone! He uses GarageBand as his DAW. For non iPhone users, you can also use BandLab, which is the online DAW and is pretty good with a massive user base.
I have a track on Spotify called Joy which was recorded and mixed in GarageBand on my 16GB iPad 3 (2012 model). This was recorded in 2016. On the laptop side of things the 2020 MacBook Air M1 version is such a powerhouse that put many a laptop to shame with the colossal amount of plugins it could load without breaking a sweat.
You know what they say? The best computer is the one you have available to you. You can literally make radio ready music using all sorts of computers, from ancient Core2Duos to the latest and greatest 128GB Ram desktop beasts! Head over to Ebay and score yourself some bargains and get recording. Download Reaper or Cakewalk by BandLab if you’re on the PC side of things or dive into GarageBand for IOS or
Kehinde A’s music featured on YouTube!
Kehinde A’s music has been featured in this stylish YouTube video by Melbourne based creator Oljvka. The impressive video details a room transformation for under $300 and you can listen to some of Kehinde A’s instrumental and key releases throughout the video. We are really impressed with the quality and style of this video and Kehinde A’s music provides a stunning soundtrack to this video. We are very proud to support up and coming creators as well as provide our music to help them create a great user experience. Please watch the video till the end and don’t forget to like and subscribe to Oljvka’s channel as well.
PROJECT:SUNDAY – WE’RE ALL THE SAME
Out now the brand new single by Project:Sunday “We’re All The Same” (feat Rade). It is a very catchy song and is guaranteed to get your feet moving and is therefore the perfect song to play during Christmas and New Years Eve parties and in fact any event. We’re All The Same was written by Bob Messenger and Kehinde A and is the 2nd single from the forthcoming Project:Sunday album. The song was recorded way back in 2014 but is now getting an official release on Vhp Records/My Hot Music Pty Ltd and has a very interesting video featuring people from all over the world spreading the very important message “Our colour, creed and customs change but underneath it all We’re All The Same“.
We urge you to listen, like and share the song on Spotify, Apple Music and any other music service that you use. Also please join the My Hot Music Newsletter for free as it’s our way of keeping you in the know and you’ll get the scoop on all our music releases, articles and music tips. We have lots of exciting things planned in the coming weeks and months.
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We have entered into a brand-new world, a world where anyone and indeed everyone is now an artist. You even get brands setting up their own artists and we have witnessed the emergence of the AI artist, many of which have amassed thousands of followers on social media. But what does that mean for YOU? How can you run your own music business? How do you make money from your music?
In this overview, I want to point out a few things for you. Firstly, it is YOUR business, and you can run it anyway you like. Secondly, now is not the time to defer to experts, to build a “team” or to have an ever-expanding entourage of yes men. Stop thinking like the majors and start to think like lean mean independent machines. I would strongly recommend you download the app, Music Inc. We have mentioned it on here before but in a nutshell, Music Inc is a game where you create your own label, sign artists and then seek to make money whilst battling the scourge of piracy. It will teach you more about the industry than any course will. Independence means you jump in at the deep end and learn as you go along.
To run your own music business, we are going to recommend you do the following. Feel free to skip that which does not apply to you.
- Set up your music business – This could be a company, sole proprietorship or partnership (if you’re a group) Please contact a local accountant who can give you proper advice regarding this.
- Get a job – You need some regular income from which you can invest into your business.
- Set up a fundraiser – You can use crowdfunding, host an event or contact friends and family.
- Get a business loan – As long as you’re sensible, don’t over borrow and are in a position to repay any loans, this could be a vital way to inject some cash into your music business without giving away any equity.
- Set up your own studio – You need your own studio set up which could be as easy as using your existing, laptop, tablet, desktop computer or day I say it, your phone.
- Download the Music Inc app and play play play!
- Sign an artist – initially this should be yourself. Sign yourself as a producer/artist and you’re ready to go!
In the next article, we are going to dive deep into setting up your own recording studio, using gear that we have used ourselves, and as such, we can prove how effective they are. It is important that you own the means of production. You need to have your own recording studio and with modern computer technology that means owning a decent, but not necessarily expensive, computer. Add a few external devices such as a microphone, headphones, audio interface and MIDI controller, plus all the cabling, and you’re ready to go.
In the mean time click here for more information about the Music Inc app. See you next time!