This is a broad subject and is so very crucial to everyone on every level in music today. Do not believe the hype, what you hear especially from people “in the industry”. There are many people in the industry who are still unaware that the industry that was.. is no more.
If you watch closely, there are many artists and producers ‘in the industry’ doing exactly what independent artists and producers are doing. Taking care of their business, their own label, marketing, networking, negotiating with labels to enhance what they are doing. They are not giving their music away blindly..
Regarding money, protect your budget. You do not need the ‘latest gear release’. This is just a distraction.
I have seen students jump from PC to MAC or MAC to PC and delay their music career results by 6 months to a year. This is unnecessary. If you started on a mac, stay on one. If you started on a PC, stay on a PC. Think ahead and know exactly what it takes to COMPLETE a music production and recording studio. I have seen other students spend $3,000 on hardware gear to then not have enough money for a computer and inexpensive software to mix and master with. When they enrolled in the music production school they were so upset they didn’t find this info out sooner.
It is very subtle… but every time we see a producer, known artist or anyone in the public eye endorse any type of equipment, business model or new technology, most of the time, it comes off as “You are not adequate with what you have, you can’t do anything until you have this”.
What this subliminally can do is makes your mind wander to this ‘vision/goal’ of reaching something that is so far away from you it seems impossible. Not only that but it gives you the impression that you cannot enjoy the moment and work with the gear you currently have. These thought processes ultimately lead to fear that you will not succeed or you don’t have what you need now to complete your dreams and goals.
See the problem is not us and its not them either… It’s what you do with this information whether you stay stuck or ignore it.. I have seen so many talented students go only so far with what they have learned because this can be the hardest thing to conquer. Throwing money, expenses and fear at your dreams instead of just digging in, getting your hands dirty, trust the process and keep believing no matter what comes your way.. and believe me, everything comes at you to discourage.. (I got robbed of a $6,500 studio equipment, instruments, everything and almost quit everything)
What do you Need?
All you need is a passion and fire to do music; A creative vision and voice that does not try and conform to what the new ‘in’ thing is. These characteristics will last the rest of your life. You’ll be lucky if the last piece of gear you bought lasts another year – especially computers!
Basic Gear List: $2,500 or less
Studio Speakers (Check Studio Speaker Tips)
Software Sequencer (Cubase, Sonar, Logic, ProTools, etc)
Sound Module Software (Reason, Fruityloops, VST instruments)
Drum Sample Library (Free sounds at www.gotchanoddin.com)
The most expensive piece of equipment I think everyone has invested in last is themselves! Invest in your education, confidence, encouragement – what builds that? Knowledge.
This is why with the little bit of equipment mentioned above The Computer Music Production School guarantees, you can learn to be an artist, producer, engineer, mixing and mastering engineer. Because EVERYONE CAN do it, will they? It’s not a matter if you can be a music producer or artist, its a matter of, do you believe you can? Talent is Never Enough. I will work with someone in a heartbeat with 50% talent and 50% heart rather than someone with 100% talent and no character.
At some point you have to ask yourself “What am I made of?” All education is character building more than anything else. It’s teaching yourself how to learn. This is the focus. The tools are not the focus. Anyone can learn the tools are but forging through personal character is what determines success or failure..
All the time you spend on forums, debates and research should really be spent on writing better songs, learning different chords and scales.. So the next time an ‘industry professional’ or someone at a music store tells you their opinion on what to do with your music, what you need or what the latest fad is… just change the subject…
How can anyone give you direction when they haven’t stopped to listen to what your music dream is?
Focus on something we don’t hear often… Your unique creative voice..
Only then will find what you are truly made of.
When you become a student of the Computer Music Production School, you work one on one with a student advisor to not only mentor you in technical aspects of your music career but also the character aspects. You get artist development according to your personal and business goals. CMPS is the only school around the globe offering training and mentoring with guaranteed results.
If you have been duped by hype or need help with music business networking and partnerships, please take a moment and signup for a free training consultation.