TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP YOU OVERCOME THE LIMITATIONS OF MONEY


GETTING STARTED

BRINGING YOUR MUSIC AND YOUR MESSAGE TO THE WORLD
HOW TECHNOLOGY IS BREAKING FINANCIAL CHAINS

The power of the spoken word is the most powerful form of communication in history.   The power of music goes back to the beginning of history.  Today, you can get your messages and your music directly to a global audience.   You are no longer dependent on big media corporations.

This guide is to show you that you have power.   The value of you and your message is not defined by money.   Modern technology has cut the costs of creating audio works.  The internet enables you to reach a global audience.

It is really not that hard to create an MP3 file and simply upload it to your web site.   You can also post it on a site like Soundcloud that enables it to be heard all over the world. See section below. Soundcloud also enables you to interface with the world's major social networking sites.  Most music is posted to You Tube.   You can easily create a one picture video with an audio track.

Even if your financial resources are limited, opportunities are available to jump start your recording career by using the cheap technology that is now on the market.  All it takes is your own creative spark, a little money, and an Internet connection.

This guide points the way for artists, composers, DJs, and musicians who would like to move their recording careers from ground zero.  The advice in this guide is based upon our experience with certain kinds of equipment and software.  It does not represent the final word in recording at home.  We may recommend a certain computer program or piece of equipment, but our recommendation does not mean that other kinds of equipment and software are bad choices.  Quite the opposite is true, in fact.  Although we do not guarantee the results you will get, all of the software listed below, as well as much of the equipment available on the web sites we list, is worth using. We have no financial connections with any products mentioned here and make no guarantee that these products will work for you. You can learn a lot from looking through what is available at a site like Musician's Friend.


NOTE:  GOOGLE DOCS SUPPORTS VOICE TYPING

Some people are not aware that you no longer need expensive voice software like Dragon.  

You can now talk directly into Google Docs. Go to "Tools" and click "Voice Typing".  We find it very accurate.

Express Scribe is free or available for $29 here. From Text to Speech works well.


WEBCAMS     ONLINE COMMUNITIES/DISTRIBUTION     PORTABLE RECORDERS     PHONES     SOFTWARE     WHERE TO BUY     WFF AUDIOS     LINKS


WEBCAMS AND MICROPHONES

So how can you get started recording if you don't have any recording tools? If you're reading this from a modern laptop, you probably have the basic tools needed to get started.

Most computers come with built-in webcams these days. Simply find the Camera/Webcam on your desktop, open it and click "Record".

Most audio recording software will recognize your webcam's microphone.

Important:  The audio quality of better webcams such as the Logitech C920 is really quite good
and we would strongly advise getting one unless you have a very good laptop.  See below:

EQUIPMENT

Webcams

Logitech Headphones, Microphones and Webcams

Genius Webcams

Microsoft Accessories, Microphones and Webcams

Microphones Only

These are low-cost while maintaining quality.

ATR-1500 Cardioid   ATR-6250 Dual Cardioid  Behringer C-1 Studio Microphone

Behringer Ultravoice XM8500  Blue USB Microphone  FIFINE USB Microphone

Nady CM90  Nady SCM-960  Nady SP-9 Dynamic Cardioid  Shure MVL

APOGEE

JAM Plus Pro

AUDIO-TECHNICA

ATR-2500 Cardioid

AT2005 Cardioid

AT2020 Cardioid

AT2021 Cardioid

ATR-2100 Cardioid

ATR-3350IS Lavalier Omnidirectional

ATR-6550 Video Camera Cardioid

ATR-7200 Wireless Handheld Mic

BEHRINGER

C-2 Studio Microphones (2)

Ultravoice XM1800S (3)

BLUE

Snowball iCe Cardioid

Snowball USB

Tiki Cardioid

Yeti Nano

Yeti USB

GLS

ES-58S

ES-57 Unidirectional Microphone

MARANTZ

MPM-1000 Professional Cardioid Condenser

MXL

MXL MM170

MXL 440 Large Diaphragm Condenser

550/551R Dual Condenser Ensemble

V67GS Large Diaphragm Condenser

770 Cardioid Condenser

990 Condenser Microphone

A-55 Dynamic Drum Microphone

AC-400 Gooseneck Condenser

AC404 USB

MCA-SP1 Condenser

MXL-Studio 1

Tempo USB

NADY

DM-80 Drum Microphone

MSC-3 CenterStage Microphone (w/Cable and Stand)

SPC-15 Supercardioid Condenser

CenterStage CS-211 Studio Condenser Microphone Kit

CenterStage Dual Wireless Microphone System

DM-90 Microphone

RSM-4 Ribbon Microphone

SCM-700 8-Piece Condenser Microphone Kit

SCM-800 Large Diaphragm Microphone

SCM-1200 Dynamic Microphone

SP-R3 Dynamic Microphone (3)

SAMSON

R21 Dynamic Vocal Microphone (3)

Q2U Dynamic Microphone Pack

SHURE

PGA-58XLR Cardioid

MV5

MV88

PGA-48LC Cardioid

SM48-LC Cardioid

SM-57 Dynamic LC Cardioid

TONOR

UHF 2-Microphone Wireless Receiver System

Condenser Studio Microphone

Pro Condenser Microphone

UHF Wireless Receiver System

VHF 2-Microphone System

PORTABLE RECORDING STUDIOS

These can do multitrack recordings. Low-cost starting at <$100.00.

Boss BR-532

Eyeball Mobile Vocal Booth

TASCAM DP-006 Digital Portastudio 6-Track

   TASCAM DP-008EX Digital Portastudio 8-Track

Talent Be-A-Star Mini Portable Home Recording Studio


ONLINE COMMUNITIES AND DISTRIBUTION

These services allow you to distribute, stream, and upload your music to the Web--even meet other musicians.

Soundcloud
Bandcamp
Bandmix
Facebook
Reverb Nation
Soundtrap
Splice
YouTube


 Amazon
CD Baby
Google Play
iTunes
Songcast
TuneCore

STREAMING STATIONS

AccuRadio
iHeartRadio
Jango
LastFM
Pandora
Red Eye Radio Network
Rock 365 Radio
Slacker Radio
Spotify
StreamSquid
TuneIn
Worldwide FM


PORTABLE RECORDERS

 CAPTURE THE MAGIC OF THE MOMENT


Creativity does not fit nice, neat schedules. If you want to capture the spontaneity of the moment, we recommend using a portable recording device such as 
 the Zoom or the Olympus portable audio recorders.

Zoom is a great choice for bands.  It is capable of capturing sound from multiple directions. This is great if you are trying to record your home garage band.

The Olympus also carries a reliable line of products that we have been using over the years. And companies like Vocal Booth To Go provide even more options for home recording. Tascam also carries portable digital recorders besides multi-track hardware.

More expensive audio equipment will allow you to directly plug in a guitar or other instrument.

We are huge believers in the low-cost audio recorders.

They are safer to use in cars. (No typing in password, hunting for app.)

You can capture that one magic idea or riff.

GENERAL EQUIPMENT

 These start at under $100.

Olympus: Digital Voice Recorders

TASCAM

Zoom Products

EVISTR

Vocal Booth To Go

AMPS

Archer GA-15 Watt Guitar

Blackstar Guitar Combo

Donner 10-Watt Guitar

Sawtooth 10-Watt Guitar Bundle (w/Cable & Picks)

Fender Frontman 10G Electric Guitar Bundle (w/Cable)

Fender Champion 20-Watt Electric Guitar

Fender Rumble 15-Watt Bass Combo

Ibanez 10-Watt Electric Guitar Mini

Ibanez Bass Combo

Marshall Guitar Combo


AUDIO INTERFACES FOR PC

Here are three examples:

Focusrite Scarlett Solo   U-PHORIA UM2   UM22

APOGEE

JAM 96k

BEHRINGER

UMC-204HD

UMC-404HD

FOCUSRITE

Scarlett 2i2 2nd Gen (w/ Pro Tools)

M-AUDIO

M-Track 2x2

PRESONUS

AudioBox 96 Studio

AudioBox iTwo

AudioBox Studio (w/StudioOne Artist Software)

AudioBox USB 96

Studio24

ROLAND

Rubix 22 USB 2 In/Out

SHURE

MVi

STEINBERG

UR12

UR22MKII

VIDEOSOFT

This changes audio files into at least 15 audio codecs and formats.

Free Audio Converter

YAMAHA

AG03 3-Channel Mixer/Audio Interface

You can look up more of these here.

Musician's Friend   Guitar Center   B&H Photo, Video & Pro Audio

Find what you want and then check the price on Amazon.


RECORD WITH YOUR PHONE

If you can't afford to buy a portable recording device but have a smart phone, 
you may want to use your phone as a recording device. There are a number of programs.

Your phone may not have the same sound quality as the digital recorders mentioned above, but it can still get the job done.

For example: If you have an idea for a creative guitar riff at 3:00 in the morning, you can record it on your phone with the click of a button.

A number of good programs are available for iPhone and Android.

Go to app stores to find what your need.

Here is an arbitrary collection of links.

LINKS

The Recorder for Android

The Recorder for iPhone

Troubleshooting for the Android Voice Recorder

RECORDING SOFTWARE

BandLab  Caustic  Easy Voice Recorder  GarageBand

Hi-Q MP3 Recorder  Hokusai  Lexis (Android/iOS)

LiveFX (free/full $13Logic Remote   MainStage 3

Medly  Music Memos  Music Studio Lite  n-Track

Presonus Capture for iPad  RecForge II/Lite  ShurePlus MOTIV

Spire  Stage Light  Vinyl (iPad/iPhone)

Voice Recorder & Audio Editor  WavePad (Android/iOS)

HARDWARE

Focusrite iTrack Pocket Portable Recorder

MVL MM130

Tascam iXZ Microphone/Interface

Tascam PCM Recorder

Zoom Microphone for iPhone

RECORDING INTERFACE FOR YOUR PHONE

Can be used for guitar.

Focusrite iTrack Professional Dock (iPad)

Focusrite iTrack Solo Lightning (iPad w/Ableton Live Lite)

IK Multimedia iRig 1 (Apple)

IK Multimedia Interface (Android)

IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O (Apple)

Other more expensive products are available.

IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo


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AUDIO SOFTWARE

WARNING: When downloading any kind of software from the Internet, make sure you have a reliable firewall and virus detection program.

123 APPS (FREE)

These interactive browser applications edit and record tracks.

Online Audio Cutter

Online Audio Cutter Pro

Online Voice Recorder

APPLE GARAGE BAND

It is $4.99 for the mobile app, and free with any Apple computer.

Very popular.  Our problem with this is that Apple refuses to make it available on PC.

GarageBand

Stage Light

Mooo Voice Recorder  (FREE)

A no-nonsense recording program that saves in both MP3 and WAV formats.

AUDACITY (FREE)

So you want to get a bit more technical, but you don't have a lot of money?

Audacity is one of the best free audio software programs today!

It has a sizeable amount of audio capabilities, effects and formats for you.

Audacity

The only problem with Audacity is that you can't automatically save a file as an MP3.

You have to download the encoder listed below.  Click here for MP3 Plugin.

How To Record A Song With Audacity - WikiHow

AVS AUDIO SOFTWARE

We ourselves have used AVS frequently for audio recordings.

The great thing about AVS products is that they are all part of a software suite.

This includes video and photo editing programs as well.

The entire software suite includes 18 different products: $59 for lifetime use, $39 for one year use.

These are the AVS products we recommend for the recording process.

AVS4YOU Software Suite  AVS Audio Converter  AVS Audio Editor

OCENAUDIO

What's unique about Ocenaudio? It's a completely cross-platform audio editor that's downloadable and online!

Another highlight is multi-edit selection (simultaneous changes per track) and real-time previews.

The program runs quickly during longer file editing too for album mastering, etc.

Ocenaudio

WAVOSAUR (FREE)

This portable web application is highly useful for its non-installation and adept editing tools beyond the basics. It's #2 behind Audacity.

Wavosaur

  MORE AUDIO SOFTWARE

ABLETON

Producers love Ableton for many reasons: unlimited tracks, 512 mono input and output channels total,
over 45 effects and 25 program instruments.

One caveat: no pitch tweaking in Ableton.

Ableton Live

ACON DIGITAL

Acoustica Premium and Standard 7 are top-notch possibilities for audio editing, restoration and quality.

Though Premium is $199, the purchase includes seamless Pro Tools transfer
plus studio plug-ins like Verberate for natural acoustic sound.

Acoustica Standard 7 is $60. Trial versions are also downloadable.

Acoustica Audio Editor 7.1

ADOBE

A sleek multi-editing/-track system has convenient options like 'Audio Ducking' to balance
background tracks for clarity, mirrored fades for track layers, even video support.

Audition does have a learning curve though.

Audition CC (trial)

APPLE

This artist favorite has multiple-track tempo adjustment, note and pitch isolation, plus pre-downloaded patches, etc.

This appeals to any editor from beginner to advanced. Logic Pro is $200. Logic Remote is the free companion.

Logic Pro X

ARDOUR (FREE)

Ardour only costs $1 for full feature access, although the free version does the job very well.

Mistakes are easy to reverse (limitless undo choice) and the mixer module includes automation, fades, transposition and more.

Ardour

ATOMIX

Professional DJ's and beginning musicians alike integrate this into their set as it's a hybrid audio/video program.

VirtualDJ

Virtual DJ Remote is the mobile version.

 AUDIOMULCH

AudioMulch is a versatile, interactive music studio for your computer.

Its half analog, half-digital interface configures to do any function from synthesized loops
to MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording. 256 channels are there for live mixing.

Get the trial version here, and purchase to export or record your music after 60 days.

AUDIO TOOLS (FREE)

A very stylish shared space for online musicians that also doubles as an in-browser studio like Soundation below.

Audio Tools

AURCHITECT

Triumph doesn't look like any other audio software. Its edits are visualized through geometric shapes and songs come with detailed metadata.

The GHZ standard assures great sample rates on a Web upload. A handy tip: Triumph can publish your creations to Soundcloud.

Triumph (trial)

AVID

Pro Tools

COCKOS

REAPER definitely stands out with 64 channels per track, mono/stereo recording capability and real-time audio adjustment.

Users also have a fully customizable layout. This is not as simple as Audacity or WavePad.

The discounted license is $60; the commercial is $222.

REAPER (purchase/trial)

IMAGE-LINE

FL Studio is a favorite among musicians because of its virtual instrument catalogue, audio generator, direct recorder and professional sound.

FL Studio

We suggest Producer ($199), but test the demo out first.

MAGIX

ACID is musical production that's effective and simple. Each software has unlimited tracks, live audio recording and nearly 100 in-program instruments.

The basic ACID Pro is $59.

Music Maker (FREE)

ACID Pro 7 (trial)

ACID Music Studio 10 (trial)

Sound Forge

NCH

WavePad Audio Editor (FREE)

WavePad Editor has multiple features for audio editing and processing: from added effects like echo, flanger and reverb and amplification to batch processing.

This is the Internet's #3 choice for free sound software.

MixPad Multitrack Recorder

RecordPad

Crescendo Music Notation

PlayPerfect Musical Practice

SoundTap Streaming Recorder

Switch Audio Converter

TempoPerfect Metronome

TwelveKeys Note Transcription

Voxal Voice Changer

Zulu DJ

POWER MEDIA (FREE)

This powerful editor features over 25 in-program EQ and filter effects, native recording, external audio extraction (via URL or video) and several file formats.

Your track will convert to MP3 after initial processing.

Sound Editor

PRESONUS

You can easily make a classic with this low-cost, solid program.

Studio One

SONAR

Sonar

SOUNDATION

All that's necessary for professional music production online--a free account is the only requirement and you're ready to create.

Soundation

SOUND EXPERT

It allows users to externally source audio from other media, select over two dozen effects, convert all files at once and preset your format plus quality. 

This also does text-to-speech dictation.

Sound Expert

STEINBERG

The music industry is using Steinberg more prominently because of its editing range and professional level. Cubase and Wavelab are $100.

Cubase Elements 10 (trial)

Wavelab Elements 9.5 (trial)

TWISTEDWAVE

Online Audio Editor (iPad/iPhone/Mac)


WHERE TO BUY

ONLINE

Musician's Friend

Amazon

Zoom

IN PERSON

Guitar Center    Best Buy


WORLD FUTURE FUND MEDIA

Click here for our Home Film Making Guide

Encouraging great art and music to discuss serious issues about our planet's future.

World Future Fund Multimedia Page

Creative videos and audios.

Check out our site for artists and musicians.

Underground Web World


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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CREATIVE LINKS FOR MUSICIANS

Lyrics.com  Autochords  Dark Lyrics  Free Audio Tests
Online Sequencer  Online Tone Generator  PatternSketch  Typatone  
Rhyme Dictionary  Songsterr

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