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As Easy As 123: Home Music Production Tips and Tricks

Most musicians dream of owning a professional studio and so they use up all their money and take loans to set up one. If you want to venture into music production and do not have enough capital for a studio, you can start producing music. It can be hard to produce professional music at home, but you can beat this challenge with the right tactics.

Home music production also comes with many advantages that you would not get in a professional studio like a great environment and convenience. When you are a beginner in music production, it helps to have a vision and goals of what you want, your studio, and your music production career to be. You will require to have a great mastery of the instruments and software to produce great sound.

How Do You Set up a Home Music Production Studio?

To start producing music at home, you will require to have some equipment. These equipment include a computer, a digital audio workstation (DAW), headphones, a monitor, a microphone and a microphone stand, an audio interface, a pop filter, and an XLR microphone cable. You can buy an affordable computer that suits your budget.

When it comes to the DAW, which is the software for music production, it comes with many personal computers, and this saves you on cost. An audio interface is what you will use to connect your microphone to the computer. You, however, don't need to buy an audio interface if you have a USB microphone. Open-back headphones will help you listen to the music you are mixing.

However, if you cannot buy a DAW or can't have live drum kits because they require a drummer and large space, you can always get a drum machine. You can click here to learn more about drum machines. The modern types help you ing and editing features.

How Does the Drum Machine Work?

The drum machine looks like a box that has pads and buttons. The first step when you are using a drum machine is to be relaxed. It would help if you then placed your fingers on the pads when they are arched like typing on the keyboard.

The next step is to set up the pads by placing the kicks on pad 1, the snare on pad two, and then the Hi-Hats on pad 3 and 4. To practice playing, you can start by turning on the metronome and then press play. To play music, use your right hand for sticks and the left for kicks. You can then learn to play different beats as you gain more experience.

When setting up the music production unit at home, keep the amount of space you have in your house. It is advisable to use a bigger room which has less noise. The room you choose should not have a carpet because a carpet absorbs high-frequency sounds. It would be best to place your computer on a desk at a convenient location where you can access it as you access the other instruments.

It would help if you put your desk next to the rectangular room's short walls and then place the monitors opposite these short walls. It would be best if you also got a comfortable chair because you will spend long periods sitting.

Find a comfortable sitting position that does not strain your back or other body parts as you lean forward. Try out whether the equipment is working and identify any hitch that can lower the sound quality. You can have a professional assess your studio and give you recommendations of what you should improve.

Here Are Some Tips for Home Music Production

Invest in equipment that you can afford. It is also advisable to place your loudspeakers away from the walls because it causes excessive bass. Also, avoid making mixes when you are sleepy and tired, limiting your sound perception. It would help if you made final mix tweaks when your brain was fresh, preferably in the morning. Color-coding the tracts enables you to mix more easily and become more organized and efficient.

Protect your ears from damage from too loud music by wearing earplugs. Please familiarize yourself with the safe limits of sound pressure levels (SPL) and avoid exceeding them to avoid the risk of ear damage and hearing loss.

Place your microphones away from the sources of noise. Ensure that you have enough storage space on your hard disk. Soundproof your home studio to prevent sound escape and to limit external noises. Soundproofing is environment-friendly.

It is also polite to notify your neighbors when you are about to play loud music, and you may want to do this when most people are not at home. Soundproofing your computer and other noisy things like air conditioners will prevent the mic from picking unwanted sounds. Using a wooden floor or an absorptive ceiling will help to minimize sound reflection. It would help if you considered buying a condenser mics because they have better sound sensitivity.

Do not do complex mixes if you are a beginner. Keep them simple and be patient in learning how to add elements as you gain more experience. The use of pop filters will help you to enhance sound clarity. Using a high bit depth of 24 will help get the fine details of your recording just right. You should invest in sound diffusers to make your music lively.

A home music production studio is a convenient way for beginners or qualified music producers who do not have a lot of capital to start a professional studio. It is also flexible and allows you to produce music in the comfort of your home. It is also easy to set up.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.

-Sadsies

Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.



I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!



- The Armchair Psychologist

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