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To album or not to best ever - at home, that is - music


I will be honest. I am addicted to music recording. I love emotive faders, adjusting levels, panning, reverberating, sequencing, you name it. I chiefly love all that software, and the gaudy ways that they show the music as a waveform. It is just cool.

And I'm not the only one. My cousin has just befit hooked as well, and all about the globe many many songwriters are diminishing prey to the "Call of the Cubase. " After all, what once upon a time could break the bank, is now by far approachable on our desktops. Every songwriter can background his/her songs for a pittance. So is this a good thing? And ought to we all be doing it?

On the surface, it's a no-brainer. Well, why not record? It stimulates creativity. It liberates more music from the brains of its creators. It puts more pleasure into the world. And yet, there is a downside or two to care about when you plan to album your stuff, at least at home.

Natural assortment was Darwin's theory, and it applies by the same token to music as well. I'll be honest, I'm not the furthermost songwriter. I tend to write stuff that is too long, overly cliched, and requiring the vocal range of Luciano Pavarotti mixed with Paul Robeson. Every so often, though, just about even with my best efforts, I'll crank out a beaut. When that happens, it deserves burning posteritizing (recording for posterity), but, alas, there is a long line of "I-really-shouldn't-record-this-but-why-not-it's-cheap-to-do-it" bits and pieces in front of it. Each of those will take a good week of work to arrange, record, overdub, mix, master, remix, remaster and burn. Add to that two days of apologize for after I've listened to the brutal thing, you have 9 days. If I had to pay for a studio, I'd only have gone with the winner, and thos eother songs would have thankfully remained mere twinkles in my eye.

That's the first thing to consider. It's not for the betterment of the world to background all just for the reason that you can. With the coming on of the home studio, the actual collection administer disappeared, and ancestors don't have the same burden to let their background grow, be converted into refined, and be sure that they are going for the gold already they start laying down tracks. At all times ask manually if you can do beat already you start. Don't let the equipment cripple inspiration with its immediate allure.

Now let's say you especially have an ace song on your hands. No aim not to album this, you're saying, and you're right. But. Is doing it at home the way to go? The fulfil is a categorical . . . depends. Depends on what gear you have, sure. But even more, it depends on what you are adept of doing with that gear. If the ease with which one can best ever at home has narrow creative quality, it may do the same to sonic characteristic when the creativeness has been truly remarkable. I love those gadgets, but I will admit that I can never seem to get the sound I hear in my head when I write those songs. If I were accurately trained, I'm sure I'd have a another take, but I'm not, and how many of us are?

So my bargain has been to have all the fun in the world with the songs I'm not staking my hope on, while the keepers get a expert to make sure that I'll get that album deal. I would abundantly recommend, however, to background your songs at home as a prequel, if you will, to the studio. The payback are aware how your song will take to tape on a basic level, as well as bearing in mind any weaknesses in your arrangements. It is a great abandon pad, and then, when you get into the studio, you'll have a great head start.

I hope each thrills to this amazing world of songwriting, and whether your goal is easily to give CDs to your acquaintances and breed or to be a megastar (hope we make it), you'll use home studio equipment to stimulate creativity, convalesce your craft and career and have a blast. Happy tunes!

Seth Lutnick is a singer, songwriter and arranger. Visit his website, http://www. getitdone. biz, for more on creating and using a home cd studio, and personal act planning.


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