These days, due to advancements in computer technologies we can all become musicians. Indeed, in reality almost all of us are! Thousands of teens across the country have music manufacturing devices and software installed in their homes and the sound qualities their productions have achieved is exemplary. In a time when a trip down to a recording studio often costs more than £20 per hour, more people need to have faith in homemade music and support the trend. It’s time we started promoting music made at home!
There is however, a problem with making music at home. So many people attempt to be homemade musicians, the majority unfortunately lack the talent and skill for their music to sound convincing. Therefore, when we are approached with homemade music we cringe and disregard it, as if we’ve heard it all before.
Furthermore, record labels are believed to look down upon home recordings and place higher value upon ‘professional’ sounding material.
In addition, as the world’s most established musicians deliver state-of-the-art studio sounding music, a precedent of recording quality has been set, by which anyone attempting to break into this elite must adhere to. New artists or bands can only generally get noticed through either matching or outdoing the current leaders; for why would anyone want to listen to that which is worse than what they already have?
It is the consideration of recording sound quality when placing a value on music that needs to be eradicated – at least to an extent.
The idea that sound recording quality has an impact on the aesthetic value of a song is a myth. The fact that we appreciate live recordings proves this. Furthermore, some of the most groundbreaking newcomers all made their name with low quality home recordings – think Arctic Monkeys or even Soulja Boy!
In fact, home recordings may actually hold greater value than the artificial sounding studio tracks. For the diligent lover of music, authenticity has become everything. Home recordings actually hold great authenticity throughtheir simplicity and ruggedness. This is what many up and coming musicians fail to realise. The more artificial your music sounds, the more artificial you are suspected to be.
Instead of paying hundreds of pounds a month for studio time, get yourself a microphone and preamp. Also make sure you have a decent internet connection (a broadband speed test will check this for you) and a computer with a decent sound card. Then, check to soundproof your room. Once you’ve done all of this and installed efficient recording and music editing software, you’ll be good to go.
It may sound like a lot of hassle but not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also have greater creative control over your music! So do yourself and the music industry a favour and save a bit of lolly by recording your music at home. A home recording set up may set you back a few hundred quid to begin with, but will be far cheaper in the long run.