In one word, it was “simple”. Now by simple, i do not mean that is was “easy” to record, But i do mean that the knowledge, skills, experience, and monetary means to produce your own album have changed in so many ways since the beginning of commercially recorded music. Not even 15-20 years ago, most young musicians would not be able to acquire the means to record their very own album, unless backed up by a label or a very money savvy producer. In recent years, with the advancements of technology and digital distribution, it is very easy for most teenagers with a guitar and some good ideas to record and market their own music.
From start to finish for me was fairly un-complex, the hardest part definitely being the song/lyric writing. With a slew of minimum wage jobs under my belt, and a very supportive family, putting together a simple studio in my basement was very inexpensive, and was not very hard to build up. Starting with one microphone, a small 2 input interface, and a free DAW, i was able to instantly get my first, simple ideas onto a saveable disk space. Over The course of the last year and a half, however, the amount of ideas i had started to grow in size and complexity, requiring more gear and more time to be brought into my small project studio.
Towards the end of this past summer, I had an idea to start putting these ideas into a more cohesive format (a song/ group of songs), and started production and recording of the album. Throughout the process, the idea of effectively marketing my ever growing collection of music had not dawned on me as much as it should have, and I still would have liked to have had more ears and input, on some technical things, and more solid distribution tactics in mind before the release date.
Towards the end of september, I started to have a lot of the racks recorded, and most of my time was dedicated to post production mixing and editing. Since most low level DAWs have simple plug ins for equalization and compression, I used most of my knowledge from mixing live shows and recording friend’s bands in the past, to help with this process.
Lastly, the day came to release the album to the world (or however much of the world cared at the time). the beauty of digital distribution is that it does not cost anyone much money to buy or sell your final product, so a lot of 3rd party websites will distribute and market your media for free, or a very low cost ( sometimes percentage). I went with a website called Bandcamp.com. I went with this website because they have a very good reputation with the artists that post their music, and they take a very minimal royalty from your album costs.
So from start to finish, the whole process was both mentally and monetarily “simple”. Recording your own album with a minimalist studio is becoming a more and more popular hobby for musicians looking to become famous or for people who just enjoy getting their ideas into an editable, storable format, for use or distribution later. Thank you for reading, and make sure to check out the album here.
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