When I first started recording my own music, I used to believe that there was no way I could get my tracks sounding like the ones I heard on the radio or all of the hits I had grown up listening to. I used to believe that in order to get that sort of sound quality, you needed to spend thousands of dollars on music equipment, analog gear, expensive microphones, and the best software out there.
But after years of experimenting, learning, and improving my abilities as a home studio owner, I realized that all it took to make those recordings is a couple of decent microphones, a decent recording interface, and recording software. Technology has given the power of music back to us, and it has enabled us to have total freedom and control over the way we want our music to sound. This is very exciting, because we are at a new age in the music industry where we have the ability to make our music sound as professional as the million dollar studios can. We have all the tools we need, so now all we need to do is learn how to use them and get started!
There is a rule called the “80/20 rule” that says that you learn 80% of the knowledge in 20% of the time, and that achieving the other 20% of the knowledge and expertise takes up 80% of the time. This holds true in recording, and this also means that 80% of your audience would not even be able to tell that you had not already mastered the last 20%! All you need is to work hard and learn how to record, mix, and master your music or whoever’s music you are working on and you can make polished recordings that your listeners will refuse to believe were made in your home.
A good friend of mine actually sent some of the recordings that I had made in my apartment in my first year of college to a well established record company, and they were blown away by the sound I had achieved. So naturally, they asked where I recorded everything. My friend informed them that I had made all of them in my home studio I had set up in my bedroom. The studio argued with him for over ten minutes and tried telling my friend that there was no way those tracks were made in a home studio, etc.
You get the point, but I am telling you this to show you that it really is possible for you to make professional recordings out of your home without any expensive equipment. I have been very fortunate to learn everything I have learned over the years and applied my knowledge to make my recordings sound as good as anything you’d hear on the radio.
And if I can do it, you can do it. My name is Brent McCollough, and I am a professional musician, songwriter, producer, and home studio owner.
You can click here to listen to some of the work that I recorded, mixed, and mastered myself in my average size apartment in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. There are several before and afters for both the mixing and mastering process, so if you are unfamiliar with either of those processes it may be beneficial for you to listen to the differences.
If you like what you hear, I have put together a series of programs to help people learn exactly how I make professional sounding recordings in my home and encourage artists that they can make professional recordings without spending thousands of dollars on equipment or paying somebody else to do it.
If you aren’t sure that you are ready to invest in the programs just yet, feel free to download my free eBook: An Introduction to Professional Home Recording. It should answer a lot of questions that you may have and give you some good tips on recording, mixing, and mastering, so be sure to download your free copy. I also have free articles available, so be sure to check those out to get the most out of your home studio.
If you are ready to get started, check out the programs below: