Hey guys, thinking to make music at home? I am Maslin, music producer and a keyboardist who started just like this when i started as well. I am going to show you exactly how to make music at home. Let’s dive in (do I sound like a YouTuber? lol).
Yes!! You can make music at home without even stepping into a Music Studio. Making music at home is going to take a few hours of learning but you can absolutely start making music within a few hours if you have some knowledge or background in music.
While beginners always have that natural desire to want to learn everything, right away…
The truth is…you really only need a few items to get started.
And anything more will probably just confuse you.
So if you don’t have a studio yet, a simple bedroom studio is the first milestone to aim for.
The Six steps that are involved in making music at home for a Beginner,
Approach is key:
How you are going to approach making music at home really will determine whether you will end up making music or not. Having an understanding that you will have a learning curve is crucial in making music at home as a beginner. You also have to keep in mind that you will get irritated and might even get stuck in the middle but don’t give up.
Now taking the Right Approach let’s Look at the fun stuff. I always get Excited when I talk about gear since I am a huge nerd for Technology.
The only thing that can hold you back is you !!
Setting up Your Equipment:
This can be daunting to some people who are just getting started but I am going to walk you guys through the absolute basic needs to get started as a music producer.
You don’t have to worry about buying a new laptop all you need is a laptop that is available with you but make sure it has these minimum requirements that I am going to list below if you don’t know the specifications of your laptop use these two links to learn how to check your system specification in windows and in an Apple mac.
- OS X 10.11.6 or later
- Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor (Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended)
- 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
- 64-bit only
- Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8 or Windows 10 (64-bit)
- 64-bit Intel® Core™ or AMD multi-core processor (Intel® Core™ processor or faster recommended)
- 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
- 64-bit only
2. Digital Audio Workstation (DAW):
Don’t panic looking at the words its nothing but software that you are going to install in your laptop to make music you love. There is lots of digital audio workstations (DAW) available .If you are going to make music for a long time instead of picking a free Digital audio Workstation (DAW) Pick a Professional DAW.I am going to link one of them below.
Ableton live 10 is what I recommend,
Live 10 comes in three editions: Intro, Standard and Suite. They share common features, but Standard and Suite have additional features, instruments, Packs, and effects.
3. Midi Keyboard:
Midi keyboards are essential to start making music but when you are starting out if you already have a keyboard that has midi ports in them you can definitely use them to connect to your Laptop/PC to make music.
If you have a keyboard at home and thinking Whether you can add that to your home studio for making music at home , you have to do couple of things first.
- check whether it has a midi out port on the back.
- If you have a midi out, buy a usb convertor to connect to your laptop.
The reason I insist on buying a midi keyboard is that it will give you an opportunity to control a lot of functions in the DAW. Also having the touch feel by using a Midi keyboard at home is going to boost your creativity to flow when you are making music at home.
If you don’t have one, don’t worry I am going link one below.
KOMPLETE KONTROL M32 has everything you could ask for when making music. Its 32 great-feeling keys not only give you great playability, but also a compact way to express your creativity. Combined with innovative software, Smart Play features, and seamless integration, you get intuitive control over all your instruments, effects, loops, and samples – directly from your midi keyboard.
4. Audio Interface:
Audio interfaces are simply external devices, they are nothing but sound cards that you will use to connect your microphones and audio inputs and receive outputs as well. Since the soundcard that comes in-built with the laptop/pc won’t be powerful enough to drive the sound signals we will be using External sound cards called as Audio Interfaces. You don’t have to go for an Expensive audio interface when you are starting out. Here are is my recommendation for a beginner.
KOMPLETE AUDIO 1 and 2 are a pair of simple, great-sounding audio interfaces with all the software you need to put ideas into action. From recording songs, to mixing down and playing out – they help you go from a spark of inspiration, to finished results you can be proud of. Choose between two – same sound, same software, different connections – and start creating outside of the box.
Can Music producers sing? Lol This question has always cracked me up. Being a music producer people will assume that you know to sing just because you produce music.
5. Condenser Microphone:
If you are not just a music producer but also a singer then you have to get condenser microphone .the difference between a dynamic microphone (used in most stage performances) versus the Studio condenser microphone is that ,condenser microphones are sensitive and can record high quality audio for your songs. Here are some of my recommendations.
SHURE SM7B is the best microphone that I would recommend you buy if you are serious about singing at home and recording songs it’s a one time investment of 300 dollars but it will serve you good at making music. There are cheaper alternatives for 100 dollars but they won’t lost long. If you are looking into making music at home as a hobby then go for the cheaper options.
6. Studio Monitors:
When we talk about music Production, studio monitors are very important aspects of music production at home or even in our studios. They help you to listen to the music you have created ,get feedback and help you to export them properly. I started with a 70 dollar studio monitoring headset at first(Audio technical M40x) then purchased a Good studio monitor system.Here are some of my recommendations for studio monitors for home if you are serious about music production .
HS Series speakers from YAMAHA were designed to give you the most honest, precise reference possible, providing an ideal sonic platform to build on throughout the mixing process. By combining acquired knowledge and expertise with state-of-the-art sound technologies, Yamaha’s speaker engineering team have examined, then optimized, every aspect that has contributed to making these monitors the most trusted in the business.
The second generation HS Series also adds a new 6.5″ model to the lineup, bringing its exceptional accuracy to an even greater variety of recording environments.Eveey one who has used these speakers including myself swear by this if you are building a professional studio to make music at home.
This pie chart will give you a rough estimate of the investment you might need in order to start producing music at home.
The Major issue that i ran into when in started into production was money.I dint have a lot money to invest .(Imagine for a guy in India.Its really expensive Trust me).I was worried about the gear at first that i delayed starting to learn about music production for a couple of months.I would never want you to make that mistake.start with what you have,may be you have a laptop at home or may be you can buy a used one form eBay.
If you are struggling to figure out what to get first for your music production studio for your home,i am going to give you the order at which you can start to invest on the gear
The problem with setting up a home studio is that you will always feel like you dont have enough gear but trust me when i say this
The Gear doesn’t matter!! Start now !!!
So, what’s my final advice for putting together a studio at home like this? Well, two things. First, I was surprised that I was able to do so much with this setup. It just goes to show you that you don’t need a lot of money to start making music. Second, a couple components made me think, “Well, I guess you get what you paid for.” It was the audio interface and the keyboard.
Congratulations, you’re finished.
Really though, you’re just getting started.Just Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
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