I want to start this post by telling you about some things that are true. They are absolutely 100% for real. The truth.
- You can, with minimal gear and cost, make recordings of your own songs that you can be extremely proud of.
- You can take these songs and share them with the world. You can make money from them. You can even make a career out of them.
How do I know these things are true? Well, because I’ve done it. Over the past few years I’ve recorded and released a bunch of music under the name Lowercase Noises, I’ve worked really hard, and I’ve turned this into a career for myself.
And where did all this start? Really it started when I realized that it was actually possible to record my own music. And that it could actually sound good.
And this is what I want you to realize as well. I want you to get excited about it. Because I’m excited about it.
There is a joy and a satisfaction seeing a song through from writing and recording, all the way to the point where someone else can listen and enjoy it, that I can’t fully describe. I am hopelessly addicted to it, and I know it’s something that I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life, no matter what happens. But I didn’t always know what this felt like.
I grew up a guitar player, but eventually I wanted more from my music. I wanted to contribute more than just a guitar part to someone else’s song. I wanted to create something bigger than just my guitar. And so I decided that I would figure out how.
My first album was recorded on a laptop, in an apartment, with a USB interface and a couple of mics. That’s it. You can actually listen to this album here, if you want.
That album is almost four years old now, and I believe that I’ve gotten much better at recording since then, but I am still extremely proud of it. I had an intense desire to create those songs, I had some of the cheapest recording gear you can find, and I was determined to make it work. I didn’t know a single thing about how compressors work, how I was supposed to EQ a guitar, or what the heck an aux send was. But I worked hard, I learned a lot, and I made an album that I am still proud of to this day.
People will tell you this isn’t true. They’ll tell you this can’t happen. They’ll tell you that you need to spend thousands of dollars on gear and years learning about this stuff before you can express your creativity through recording.
But I’m here to tell you… it isn’t true.
Do you want to know the joy and satisfaction that comes from bringing a song to life through recording? You can do it. You absolutely can. It might seem overwhelming at first, but I know I’m not the only one with an intense desire to create songs. And THAT’S really the only thing you need to carry you through this.
I want you to be excited. I want you to know that there is nothing stopping you.
Now, this has been a lot of talk. Let me quickly share a few resources with you. If you have no idea where to start with recording equipment, check out this blog I wrote about the basic tools you need to record yourself. If you’re looking for tips on how to use what you currently have, I highly recommend Graham from The Recording Revolution. He has some of the best advice for home musicians that I’ve found. He’s been an invaluable resource for me.
Lastly, do you know someone who needs to hear this? Do you have a friend/coworker/family member who might be interested in recording but doesn’t think it’s possible or has no idea where to start? I’d love it if you shared this post with them. I really want to enable as many people as possible to have this experience and be able to create music that they are proud of.
Are you just starting out on this journey? Tell me about what your goals are in the comments!
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