How to write and record a song could better be stated how much does it cost to record a song. The cost has been drastically reduced since the heyday of popular music in the twentieth century.
Description Siemens Studio (1959-1969) as seen in the Deutsches Museum in Munich Germany The studio equipment in this photograph are also referred as “Siemens synthesizer” in 120 Years of Electronic Music. References Siemens-Studio, Deutsches Museum “The ‘Siemens Synthesiser’ or Siemens Studio For Electronic Music (1959-1969)” in 120 Years of Electronic Music (PDF version) The ‘Siemens Synthesiser’ or Siemens Studio For Electronic Music (1959-1969), (mirror of 120 Years of Electronic Music), Audio Playground Synthesizer Museum studio equipments history of “Siemens Studio for Electronic Music” YouTube – Munich, Electronic Music Studio in Deutsches Museum Date 4 August 2006 Source Own work by the original uploader Author Ben Franske (BenFranske) History and photograph provided by wikimedia.
Scratching vinyl, mechanically with with diamond, through sound to produce means of analog reproduction of the song through grooves and electric amplification has given way to digital facsimile by the 1 and 0 of digital logic.
Magically is seems turning on enough 1 s and turning off enough 0 s and a ghost of what is played into the microphones and direct boxes materializes as sound waves in the speakers. The 45s we bought for a dollar and LP Albums we played and looked at, are long gone.
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Here we discuss modern Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) means of recording your own song. This is where my passion lay in the early years of adolescense into early adulthood.
I still play the guitar and write songs. Most songs are a financial loss in our day thanks to schemes of gangsters. CDBaby could not sell sufficient numbers of CD s or downloads and retired their store. But for Christian artists this is opportunity to have the songs heard.
So with a warehouse full of broken dreams, clever eyes, as George Harrison told us, the Little Piggies bought and sold us to Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music and the rest of the streaming services.
The going rate for one of your songs being streamed is 0.0003 of a penny, give or take per stream. That means every hour of the day 20 lucky musicians, bands or acts accululatively make 60/1000th of a penny. (0060), per listener. If you get a million plays per hour with one million individuals streaming, you’re in business.
Now consider the advertizing per hour sold by the clever gangsters who stream the music to untold millions every hour. CDBaby tells us the answer is releaseing more and more singles at these prices to increase your chances of being in the lucky 20 every hour perhaps twice per week.
Mom’s lottery tickets were a better bet. I could show you the math. The record companies and streaming outfits are getting the money and honestly for very little outlay as in decades gone by.
Leaches drop off when there is insufficient supply of blood. Let them try Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport. Development of proprietary means of delivering music to listeners to detour around the gangsters is necessary. Cell phone app. that provides song samples and sells a song (30/50 cents) with unlimited streams on that device and its replacement.
The Beatles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Elvis Presley, Kansas, the B52s and Herman’s Hermits got paid for all their streams up front. Right now my own songs on Look Up Now are out there streaming for nearly free. My songs are Christian Songs and I want people to hear them.
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But the next song I record is not streaming on the gangsterstream.com. I am also getting in touch with Paul Davis, President of ASCAP to network with other like-minded artists.
Digital Audio Workstations
Studio One, Cubase, Pro Tools, PropellerHead, Logic Reason need to cooperate with musicians and make their software like candy machines where you have to put in a half a dollar to get a song in your phone. Only the Artist themselves have their code to get their own song free of charge.
Digital Audio Workstations
Number one name in DAW software, the industry standard. Here is their flagship plan. The board leader in reputation for 25 years. The new business model is subscription. You subscribe for a download … intitial amount and then a yearly renewal. This keeps you in udates as long as you keep up your anuual renewal.
The Ultimate Subscription program can be viewed HERE at Sam Ash Music. Then of course there is a yearly renewal on top of this.
They, want me to tell you I place affiliate links, in my content, to earn commissions for advertising online.
There are different levels of subscription prices available. I cannot be completely sure what the difference is between the versions. The cheaper subscription is HERE. As you can see they are all pricey.
Many have left the foal concerning Pro Tools asking whether it really is still the best in the industry or whether it is right for them. One video on Youtube done by a progessional independent video procution man, gives 11 reasons he started using Reaper ( a free 60 day trial/$65/$225) program download. I’m going to try it.
Studio One, my choice since 2011. I bought a PreSonus AudioBox interface for $99 and it had Studio One Artist Download coupled with it. And last month at the beginning of COVID-19 shutdown I upgraded my Studio One Professional 2.6 (2013) to Studio One Professional 4.6 for $104.97.
If I recall I’d paid $149 for the upgrade to Professional 2.6 in 2013. So it looks like I own Studio One Professional 4.6 for a total of $353.00 and have had Studio One since 2011. Inexpensive. Works Great.
I have unlimited tracks, incredible effects plugins were included in the package and upgrades with virtual instruments and of course I can buy more in the mypresonus.com account where all this is regstered inside PreSonus’ online network. Pro Tools limits the number of tracks to 32 in their Unlimited Subscription package.
I pulled out my PreSonus Audiobox interface after many years, plugged it in downloaded drivers for windows 10 and it works like a champ. It’s bulletproof. PreSonus still offers the Audiobox with the Studio One Artist and you can learn about it HERE
Next step up for beginners in the DAW world is the Studio One Bundle which includes the iOAudiobox (upgrade from Audiobox) to allow you to record and upload your music from the Artist version of Studio One.
It also includes a large diaphram condenser microphone and studio monitor speakers for listening and mixing your songs. One more item you’ll need is a set of headphones, to hear yourself in the headphones on the interface, while you sing or play.
Tascam DP-24; DP32
Way back in the early 80’s Tascam and Fostex started a revolution. They invented the Portastudio. The muti-track revolution where Tascam and then others produced and sold inexpensive 4 track cassette multi-track recording machines with the mixer on board.
For the fisrt time common musicians could record a guitar track then an electric guitar over that, then a vocal track and maybe piano, keyboards or drum, usually with a drum machine.
The latest innovatins in recording machines are of course digital. Tascam leads the pack with their Tascam DP- 32, a 32 track recorder with onboard mixer and mastering all recorded down to SD Card. I owned one of these and liked it very much.
The weakness in the product is hardly recording quality because it produces the same 16 bit/44.1Khz, as the CD and internet quality we listen too everyday. The snobs will make a big deal out of higher bit 24/96 or 48/192, (BALONEY. Chris Queen, BSME.) but there is nothing to play back at those rates and you can’t hear the difference with your ears anyway.
The weakness with the DP- 24 and the DP 32 is the dynamic effects engine. You can only have all Compressors across all tracks, or all De-Essers, All Noise Gates etc. That limits the recorder functionally. With outboard effects and the effect send you can overcome this.
It also has a mastering section and matering effects there. I got some good recordings with this machine. I recommend it for those who do not want the hassel of a computer in their recording.
Best Of Both Worlds
My plan was cut short by COVID-19. I got the Studio One upgrade to Professional 4.6 but the job went away with the quarantine. So I await the green light again on economic means and will complete my plan to buy a PreSonus iOStation 24c.
The Tascam operates with one assignable control set assignable across all the tracks one at a time, just like the DP-32. A feature I liked. It reduces the size yet gives you full control of your recording, mixing and mastering.
Now in PreSonus Stuidio One the iOStation 24 c can be assigned across an infinite number of tracks and without any limitation in effects, unlike the Portastudios.
The iO Station, coupled with Studio One Professional 4.6 is only a little more than the Tascam DP-32. Right now for a limited time get a free mic and headphones with this great interface and controller, HERE. The PreSonus iO Station 24c deeply integrates with Studio One software recognizing the hardware instantly and controlling the software over each track as assigned.
I will be reviewing it here as soon as I receive it.
One More Piece of Business.
Having readers the world over, I realize there are some who might no be able to afford the things we have talked about here.
Studio One has a free download called Studio One Prime. It has many of the same features as Studio One Artist. But, it only works on 64 bit Operating Systems.
There is another inexpensive recording platform called Reaper that offers a free 60 day trial and then $65 to keep it. The full blown professional version is $ 225.00 and as I have said there is a Pro Tools video producer who has a Youtube video called “11 Reasons I switched from Pro Tools to Reaper.” Says he never looked back.
Finally, there is a free recording software called Audacity you can find online.
I will be reviewing these free packages here eventually. Get your music to glorify the Lord out anyway you can and God bless you in Jesus. Thank you for visting my site. Thank you for reading. Please come back again. Chris. 5/5/2020.