Some of the most famous and successful personalities in this day and age got started by simply doing their own thing and making it big on the internet. From Soundcloud rappers to Youtube influencers with huge followings and big bucks, there are so many self-made success stories, it’s tempting to give production a try.
But before you launch your digital career, there are a few things you’ll need to get started. If you’re curious about what it takes to become an internet star, look no further. In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about converting that unoccupied garage into a high-end music production studio.
1. Pick your niche
If you’re going to be successful in the music industry as a self-starter, you’re going to need to have a few distinct qualities.
- You need to have drive
- You need to be committed to your craft
- You need an audience
- You need to have talent
It can be a lot to keep up with, but the rewards are huge if you’re willing to work for it. Finding your niche from the start can help you determine a long-term vision for your career, minimize equipment costs, and create focus so that you can thrive with a single audience rather than have a few fans in a broader set of the population.
2. Invest in the right technology
Setting up a recording studio in your home isn’t necessarily the easiest solution, but it can pay off if you use the space frequently enough. One of the biggest expenses you’ll incur (next to the instruments) is the technology required to record your own music. Here’s what you’ll need.
- A computer and monitor duo: In order to record, edit, and upload your music to the internet, you’ll need a multimedia computer to run all of the applications required for such a production. Additionally, a computer monitor would be a good idea to maximize efficiency and monitor multiple programs at once.
- A microphone: Whether you’re recording music, a podcast, or a video series, you’ll probably need a studio microphone.
3. Soundproof your space
In order to get the best sound quality you possibly can, you’ll want to limit the amount of external sound in your recording environment. That’s why a garage, spare bedroom, or a granny flat would be ideal when selecting places to set up your production space.
To soundproof your recording studio, here are a few of the soundproofing materials you’ll need.
- Flooring underlayments
4. Conduct post-production
If you tried to make mistake-free music all of the time, you’d be greatly disappointed. There are so many variables in music production, so you really can’t guarantee the perfect song with everything you produce. That’s what post-production is for! From mixing sounds to repairing mistakes, there are plenty of ways you can improve your production quality with the right tools.
Some of the most popular audio editing programs include:
- Adobe Audition
- TwistedWave Mac
- SOUND FORGE Audio Studio
5. Launch your career
Once you’ve created an album or a single that you’re proud of, you’re ready to share it with the world and launch your career once and for all. There are many platforms you can use to do this. As we mentioned earlier, Soundcloud and YouTube are popular mediums for music and video production, but there are many other platforms you can use, too.
- Spotify: If you’re serious about music production, putting your work on Spotify is probably the way to go. Keep in mind, this is a service, so there will be fees to pay if you want your music to be featured.
- Facebook: A good way to test out your music and establish a fan base before you put any more money into it, is to publish it on Facebook or Instagram. When you see high demand, switch over to another medium!
- Stitcher: If you’re using your production studio to create podcasts in addition to your music, Stitcher is a great place to upload your work!
Use these tips to build a production studio just like the professionals.