Tips for Producing Acoustic Music
Music makes the soul thrive and motivates so many people. No matter the mood one is in, there is always a song that can be related to and motivated upon. However, are you tired of being motivated or relating to music artists and ready to begin putting yourself out there – producing your own music? It might be a tiring process, but as an artist just beginning, you will need to learn an acoustic approach.
Acoustic music is music produced by the sounds of instruments only. While most music was produced by acoustic means, a lot has changed. Music is now produced and enhanced through the use of electronics, making the sound a bit less authentic. As a beginner, you want to show the world that you have what it takes to be an authentic singer – gathering a fan base based off your talent for singing and instrument playing.
Here are several tips you can utilize to ensure you are getting the most from your acoustic music:
- Get only the most advanced music software. While acoustic music tends to be very authentic, you still need a software that can process it and allow you to mix the tracks together. Getting a software that can handle the job will be necessary for you as a soloist or a band looking to produce your own album. Acoustica, Audacity and Steinberg are all affordable places for you to go to for your software – but just be cautious that when you pay for these programs, you get what you pay for in most instances. Therefore, if you want something that has more features and going to allow you more flexibility, it will be pricier than something will be with simple features and little-to-no complexity.
- Your microphone is going to be vital. Many acoustic players tend to think their music will just “speak for itself” and they insist they need no decent equipment. This is completely untrue, especially in the case of your microphone. While your music might sound good to a live audience, it will not sound anywhere near as clean on the computer without the right microphone. For guitar players, purchasing a Direct-In box might be necessary to eliminate all static, background noise and other meddling distractions from a recording. For all other acoustic-type instruments, purchasing a high-quality microphone that plugs directly into your computer via USB will be ideal. You will want to spend no less than $100 on a microphone though, so try to budget accordingly. The more you spend on the microphone, the cleaner and crisper the sound will be for you.
- Do a few demos to adjust your microphone’s volume. Probably one of the more important recording problems people have, microphones tend to be placed too high or low during the recording session. As an artist, you want your music to sound crisp and smooth with little to no static or background noise. Performing short demos and snippets will help you tweak your microphone volume until it is perfect. When a microphone is too loud, it tends to pick up unnecessary background noise and when too low, it will need to be turned up during editing, causing static. So ensure your microphone is at a balanced level for you to record ideal music.
- Keep editing to a minimum. One of the best ideas for an acoustic artist is to ensure editing is kept to an editing. While you might be attempting to equalize your music to ensure everything sounds good, you want to make sure the music sounds authentic as well. Removing all background music and static from a recording will be necessary, but never add any effects as it will be less acoustic and more electronic.
Creating your own acoustic music mixtape will not be difficult, but it will require slight work on your part. Ensure that the vision you have planned out is one that suits you and your music will speak to the masses like other acoustic artists have done. You can always start small and work your way up. Some people get really good at recording acoustic then get an online business degree to help them with become producers! Whichever road is right for you, the first step is getting out there and trying.
This article was written by Courtny Gordner.