Best way to learn producing one's own music with midi and live recording in a decent home studio

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  1. ltlredwagon

    ltlredwagon Guest

    Okay, I'll try to keep it simple. This is sort of a "music business" questions but I wanted to reach a wider audience.

    If one is NOT looking for a career as a recording engineer, and is NOT looking to open up a studio, but one DOES want to be highly competent in producing one's own music with midi and live recording in a decent home studio (G5, Digi 002, Pro Tools, Logic, sampler, good controller, mics, and $$ to improve it), and one DOES have $10 - $15K to spend on learning, the best way is:

    1. Save the money - just start working and teach yourself, read books, study horrible hardware/software manuals, take local community college courses, correspondence courses,
    talk to others, go to forums like this one, etc. It might be frustrating at times but you'll eventually get it.

    2. If you want to be professional (even if only in your own home studio) then get a professional education: spend your money at a "real" school - Full Sail, Musician's Institute, LA Recording Workshop, college programs, etc.

    3. Hire a consultant who is already trained in the software and hardware of your studio. Pay the consultant $30, $40, $50 an hour (3 - 6 hours a week?) to train you in your own studio as you work on your own projects.

    4. ????????

    I'm leaning towards Option #3. My considerations on the others (perhaps based on my own ignorance): #1 - after much frustration you'll eventually be "almost close to professional" and your CDs will sound like you're "almost close to professional"; #2 - expensive training directed at becoming an engineer in a big studio. Less bang for the buck than Option #3.

  2. heyman

    heyman Guest

    How about option #4...

    Save your money and go to work for someone else as an intern.. Spend a few months there, learn what to do, what not to do and then move on to another studio. When you intern, they usually are flexable with time and hours...
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
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    I kinda like option 3... You can start much cheaper than that if you have some buddies who are already into it - Many of them will just want to hang out there messing with the stuff if it's pretty cool...

    Definitely read, study, experiment as much as you can. Learn the rules, then break them in every way you can think of.
  4. ltlredwagon

    ltlredwagon Guest

    I like the internship idea. But I thought that those positions are what are available AFTER you graduate from Musician's Institute, etc., not for rookies just getting started - ???
  5. heyman

    heyman Guest

    Get yourself in the door, Get them food, wipe the toilets, then observe and ask if you can sit in on a session. Keep your mouth closed and watch.. Build some trust and slowly ask to be envolved. Maybe it starts with Micing up a drum kit, etc...

    Once they realize you can help them speed up the recording process and release some of their burdens, you become important..
  6. HMNP

    HMNP Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    very, very, VERY!!! true!! Just dont go around kissing ass, they hate that! be helpful!! and they'll notice you
  7. shezan

    shezan Guest

    well i prefer if you have a good amount of money on your training to spend...then i suggest that you just pay a commercial big working studio to train you and the advantage you will get is that you will get know people of the industries.... and the actuall projects of the pro people will be your training i don't think that there can be any better experience as well as learning then this option....if i was in US or Canada i would definitly do that.... but i m in Pakistan....and there is hardly any scope of recording industry in here....but i plan to stick to my country and try to give atleast a better then others over here... i will go abroad for hire training but i will return to my country and within next few years i see myself in making a recording society in here....and try to give the knowledge to others also so that in a near future there will be a better future for recording...

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