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Mastering

The final step before sharing the song with anyone, is mastering. As with mixing, this is its own profession, where professional mastering engineers apply the final touch that makes the song stick together, consistent and loud.  Yet again I had no budget for this so I had to do it myself. When I started out,…
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Mixing

My first couple of songs were written, and now it was time for doing some proper mixing. During the composing stage I employed rough mixing, adjusting channel faders etc, but only to help in the song writing. Now it was time for doing a proper mix. I quickly realized that I did not quite get…
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Vocal issues

I wanted my songs to include vocals, but unfortunately I am only a shower singer. Although I have done some singing (choir mostly), I struggle to hold a decent tone, let alone sing good enough to be used in any recording. On a budget, getting external vocal assistance would not work either, and I don’t…
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The right sound

With the DAW in place, it was time to get something to fill it with. I planned to do most of my songs with electronic instruments, so I needed to stock up on these. There are a large number of sample packs available as free downloads on the web, also a few decent synthesizers. I…
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Getting started

So, my goal was set; releasing an album on a budget, spending less than $1000. First step I needed to get the infrastructure in place. I wanted something lightweight and portable, and based my “studio” on a standard windows laptop (I use a few years old Hp 8440p Elitebook, running windows 7). I bought it…
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