12
Apr
10

CD Baby DIY Podcasts

I cast about on the internet for DIY music stuff, looking for sites or info that would help in this process.  I figured you don’t have to re-invent the wheel each time an indie musician wants to record and get his or her music out.  Unfortunately, it appears you do…have to re-invent the wheel.  I could not find any one resource that gave me step-by-step guidelines to starting out.  I stumbled upon a series of podcasts put out by CD Baby, the CD Baby DIY Musician podcasts.  There are a bunch of them and I downloaded 4 that caught my eye, 80, 84, 87 and 88.  88, the future of music, provided no practical info.  87, a roundtable, ditto.  84, discussing strategic partnerships (e.g. with a stroller company for a children’s music act) was interesting, but not my bag.  The most interesting was 80, a discussion with a music industry old-timer.  The single piece of practical useful info I culled from that one was his advice when asked what was the most important element to consider for the budget-conscious DIY musician in recording.  He stated that having one good microphone (e.g. a Neumann, or at least a really good Audio Technica) and a good mic pre-amp in the audio chain was the single most important consideration in making a great recording.  Secondly, he insisted that mixing on a board (i.e. NOT on the computer) was secondarily a critical factor.

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