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The Difference Between Sound Treatment and Soundproofing

There is a huge difference between sound treatment and soundproofing. It’s important to understand the two different processes and how they impact an acoustic environment.

Soundproofing is all about sound isolation and has nothing to do with treating the acoustics in a room. The objective of soundproofing techniques is to make the room “quieter”. Sound treatment, on the other hand, is a way to make better-sounding recordings inside a room by controlling sound reflections. The goal of sound treatment is to make the room “sound better”.

Assessing Your Room’s Acoustics

It’s important to remember that all rooms have distinct acoustical characteristics. Because of this, we must analyze the acoustic properties of the space before applying appropriate sound treatment. Let’s take a look at some vital concepts, situations, and terms.

Reflective Surfaces

Start by identifying the problem areas in your room. Reflective surfaces (large windows, mirrors, hardwood floor/laminate, and tv screens) have a knack for bouncing off sound reflections at fast intervals. These echoes and reflections lead to a perceived increase in clarity and volume because the sound waves overlap after hitting a hard flat surface.

Example: Do you remember what a bathroom or garage sounds like when it is completely empty? The echoes and reverberation are a result of reflective surfaces bouncing the sound waves all around the room.

Large and Small Room Acoustics

Large rooms are prone to acoustical issues like standing waves, nodes, and large amounts of reflections. On the other hand, small rooms can have problems with lower frequencies because the sound wave doesn’t have space to develop.

Both large rooms and small rooms can lead to mixes that don’t translate well.

A recording studio with a variety of auralex acoustic treatment on the wall and a desk with recording equipment.
Image from Auralex Acoustics

Reverberation

Image that depicts the phenomena of reverberation.

Reverberation is a phenomenon where sound continues after the noise source has stopped. This audible persistence comes from the sound waves reflecting off of surfaces and objects (people, furniture, walls/ceiling/floor) in the room.

The scattered sound reflections build upon each object they hit and the soundwave’s energy will gently fade with each reflection as it is absorbed by the surfaces in the room.

Simply stated, the resonating persistence of sound is called reverberation.

Example: When piano keys are released after striking a chord, the sound waves continue to travel until they run out of energy and eventually stop.

Frequency

Frequency refers to sound vibration’s speed and it determines the sound’s pitch.

The number of sound wave cycles occurring in a single second determines the Hertz (Hz for short).

Humans with undamaged hearing can perceive sounds between the frequencies of 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz.

When analyzing the acoustic issues that need to be resolved in your studio room, start by identifying what frequency of reflections your room is emphasizing. This will help you properly treat the sound issue.

Frequency and soundwave chart

How to Acoustically Treat a Room – Sound Absorption

The first acoustic treatment technique we’ll discuss is sound absorption.

A descriptive image that shows how a sound absorption panel works against noise.

This is the most common method of sound treatment that people use. It is probably overused in most rooms. In some studios, this will be the only sound treatment you will see – and frequently, far too much of it is being used.

This popular method of acoustic treatment includes acoustic foam sheets, absorption panels, bass traps, sound blankets, and insulation. In many studios, this is the primary sound treatment that you will see throughout the room.

However, you don’t need to go overboard with sound absorption and cover every square inch of your wall. Too much absorption will give your room a very “dead” sound and can negatively affect the mix of your audio.

Here are some important characteristics of sound absorption:

  • Does not block noise
  • Improves sound quality
  • Absorbs sound waves and certain frequencies
  • Reduces echoes and reverberation

Let’s discuss how the absorption technique works and when to use it.

When to Use Sound Absorption

Absorption is needed whenever there is a lot of reverberation taking place.

Reverberation sounds in your room will appear as echoes and bothersome ringing noises that come from mid and high-frequency noises. These reverberating sounds are called early reflections and late reflections. Early reflections are the sounds that arrive to our ears first from the direct source and late reflections spend more time bouncing around the room before we hear them. However, these numerous reflections happen so quickly at different intervals that our brain perceives it as one sound with a lot of added reverb.

When these reflections go untreated, they can exhaust the listener and overwhelm the brain’s ability to make sense of the audio’s integrity in order to make a proper mix.

How to Treat Low Frequencies

Low-frequency energy is more difficult to control because the sound waves are much longer than higher frequencies. Therefore, conventional sound treatment panels aren’t as effective.

Thick and dense material needs to be used to tackle low frequencies.

Thankfully, bass traps exist. You can combat low-frequency noise issues by strategically placing bass traps in the corners of the room.

Treating the Entire Room

For the best results, try to cover at least 1/3 of your space with sound absorption material.

  • Every room is different based on objectives
  • Some studios have a “live” room with minimal sound absorption
  • VO and vocal recordings typically want a very “dead” environment

To make sure that sound is absorbed from as many directions as it can be, spread out the acoustic treatment as much as possible. Lastly, the trick is to do things a little at a time.

A rendering of a 12' x 10' room with various acoustic absorption and bass traps on the wall.

How to Acoustically Treat a Room – Diffusion

Areas of bare walls will create reflection. This can give you a horrible slapback style of delay that is far from desirable in your studio. Remember, flat surfaces such as computer screens, desks, walls, and windows create these unwanted reflections.

Thankfully, there is an answer for unwanted reflections and it is called diffusion. This is similar to reflection, but instead of all the sound being reflected at once, it is “diffused” and returned to your ears at many different intervals.

Diffuser panels are made up of many small segments. These may appear random at first but are designed using exact mathematics to reflect sound in a desirable manner.

Believe it or not, a little reflection of sound in our workspace is a good thing. Diffusion disperses sound and helps our ears hear the mix come back from different parts of the room. This makes the audio sound more natural to our hearing.

Image from Auralex Acoustics

Decoupling Monitors

Believe it or not, studio monitors can cause acoustic issues if they are not positioned correctly in your studio. Fix this by decoupling your monitors to avoid unwanted sound vibrations that occur when monitors are placed directly on a desk or table.

The reflected sound waves that are hitting the desk can interfere with the sound waves that are coming directly into your ears. This results in not hearing an accurate representation of what is coming out of the monitor mix. The use of monitor stands and isolation pads will reduce vibration transfer and low-end build-up in the room.

Listening Position

As it’s almost impossible to entirely kill sound reflections, you can consider positioning yourself and the speakers in a position that will be most beneficial for your work. Let’s take a look at the ideal listening position:

  • Place your speakers at the same height level as your ears.
  • Form an equilateral triangle between yourself and the two speakers.
  • If you can, set this triangle up 2/5ths of the length of the room away from the wall (this will help minimize the reflections and the dreaded bass null – the spot in the middle of the room where reflections can cause a drop off in the bass end of your speakers’ response).

Although these concepts are universal for any audio recording task, they are especially applicable when mixing!

An infographic that shows the proper listening position for sitting in front of studio monitors

How to Soundproof Your Room

Two things happen when a room is perfectly soundproof. Outside noises stay outside and don’t disturb your recordings, while inside noises stay inside and don’t disturb your neighbors.

Careful planning needs to be done before a soundproofing method can be applied to a room.

There are 4 tactics for soundproofing a room:

  • Adding Mass
  • Damping
  • Decoupling
  • Sealing Air Gaps

Structure-borne vs. Airborne Sound Issues

The first step to fixing your noise issue is to understand it. If your AC unit and plumbing system are the culprits of the noise, then you have a structure-borne sound problem. If the neighbor’s barking dog or traffic sounds find their way into your recordings, then you have an airborne sound issue.

1. Adding Mass/Density

This soundproofing method implies that you need to add more mass to your walls and make them heavy enough not to vibrate.

You can minimize how much sound a wall transmits by simply adding a second, third, or fourth layer of drywall to it.

Other materials that work well to add mass/density are medium-density fibreboard (MDF), plywood, mass-loaded vinyl (MLV), bricks, cement board, and oriented strand board (OSB).

Adding mass will not create an impenetrable sound barrier, but it makes a wall heavier and more difficult to move with sound and vibrations. To make adding mass more effective, you need to combine it with damping or decoupling (or even both).

Cement board on wall for added mass soundproofing.
Fiber Cement Board from Sinoceiling

2. Damping

Damping is a technique for soundproofing a room where you add material to the surface of the walls to help remove vibrations. The damping material helps reduce unwanted vibration or shock by soaking up the vibrational energy.

Material to position in between a layer of mass for damping:

  • Green Glue
  • PVC
  • Foam Composites

Damping is a relatively new soundproofing technique that removes vibration energy by eliminating the dynamic stresses associated with vibration. By itself, damping is not a very effective technique. However, it is useful when combined with other soundproofing measures.

3. Decoupling

If you want to keep sound from traveling outside the walls of your room, you will need to decouple the solid layers to help prevent vibration from traveling to the outside. Decoupling involves separating the framings in your walls and ceilings to create a room within a room.

A common decoupling approach is called “double framing”. This method creates a gap between the inner layers of drywall and the outer layers that combat soundwaves from passing outside of the room. It’s popular to fill the double-framed air gap with insulation to reinforce the soundproofing method.

Fully decoupling the framing (walls and ceiling) from the existing structure is a powerful way to isolate sound. Additionally, decoupling combined with insulation works even better.

However, keep in mind that decoupling usually involves permanent construction in your room.

Image with text that shows the soundproofing method of decoupling walls and adding insulation.

4. Sealing Air Gaps

When soundproofing a room, don’t forget to seal seams and gaps. Any air gap or seam will allow sound to spill into or out of a room. Pay special attention to doors and windows. Acoustical sound caulk and weather stripping work great at sealing gaps to help you create a soundproof room.

Remember, if any light or air can pass through the gaps in your room, so can sound waves.

To Conclude

We hope this article helped you learn more about the difference between sound treatment and soundproofing. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how WhisperRoom can help you achieve a desirable room for recording, producing, and mixing audio please email info@whisperroom.com.

10 Tips: How to Convert Your Bedroom Into a Quiet Workplace

Are you planning to completely shift your office to home? Do you know many people post-pandemic are considering this option, and why would they not?

Working from home allows you to work at your own pace and save several hours that go waste traveling, chatting with colleagues, etc.

However, one of the main concerns of freelancers today is how they can set up a quick, quiet workplace at home. If you are also from the same clan, we have nine outstanding tips for you.

1. Declutter the Space First

There is no more comfortable place for anyone than their own bedroom. Most people planning to work from home choose their bedroom to turn into their home-based office. To all such people, our first advice for you is to clean up the space.

With all the extra furniture you have in this room, move it out and declutter your room. If you can, set up your wardrobe in another room too and make the spot for your work spacious. This will help you stay focused and not waste your time cleaning up every hour.

2. Get Your Hands on an Office Desk and Chair

Once your working space is ready to be called your office, find some best workplace furniture for yourself. Start with finding a comfortable chair and a nice desk. If you find any desk with extra drawers during the hunt, go for it. You can save all your documents in one place and spend tension-free time working from home. Make sure to place this set near a socket so you can connect all your devices without any hassle.

3. Keep Your Work Gears Nearby

Another tip for staying focused on your work is to keep all your office gear near you. If the equipment is handy, you will actually have a peaceful time working. Otherwise, you will always be looking for your chargers, devices, etc. This is why we recommend you get a table with drawers. They offer you extra space that you can utilize in the best way possible. In case you don’t find any such table, get Ikea baskets or storage boxes. They will also do the trick.

4. Prefer Natural Light Over Artificial Ones

There is this fact that you cannot ignore, and it is that natural lights are more soothing than artificial ones. Therefore, it is good to situate your workstation near bedroom windows and balconies to increase the potential of work.

However, if you don’t have access to natural light in your room, go for warm artificial lights. They’re also better and protect your retina from damage. If you have a job like providing report writing services that demand high screen time, yellow LED lights are the best option for you.

5. Go For Subtle and Light Colors if You Can

I don’t prefer sharp-colored rooms when converting a bedroom into an office room. Instead, I am a fan of neutral and monochromes. These days white walls are in trend, and they actually help you stay motivated and prevent falling asleep quickly, and it is what you want for your workplace.

White lights, warm bulbs, nice curtains, and a fresh floral smell are a perfect environment to work from home. You can also get workspace furniture that contrasts with your walls. Let me tell you the color of my room that many of my friends copied.

A workstation in a bedroom with multicolored geometric shapes painted on the wall.

So my walls are creamish with a geometric wall at the back. The color of this wall is gray, yellow, and black. Plus my working desk is white in color. This layout gives a chic yet subtle effect to my room that is now a choice of many. Likewise, you can choose any light colors you want to decorate your workroom.

6. Don’t Allow Children in the Room During Work Time

Here comes one of the most important points of this article. Being a parent myself, I know how difficult it can get to work from home and look after your kids at the same time. But believe me, once you set rules, life gets easy.

The room that you plan to call your workstation must have no kids’ board hanging outside. Make your children understand that they must not disturb you and enter your workspace during office hours.

Like me, many of my colleagues have tried this, and we all can vouch for it. Give your children the time they need, listen to them, and play with them. When you understand what they want, they will also cooperate with what you want.

Illustration showing the door to a "quiet room" being closed.

7. Block Out All Unnecessary Sound

Next tip with almost the same context, please block out all unnecessary sounds when working from home. Tell your parents and family members not to call you during work hours.

Also, please don’t share this space with anyone else, even if they are very dear to you, because they may annoy you by talking to their colleague or boss, which can have an impact on your productivity.

8. Minimize Distraction From Your Phone

If you have no work to do on your mobile phone, it is better to shut it down and keep it aside. However, there are rare chances of this. In such cases, you can keep your phone in silent mode, on vibration mode, or must some chats that may disturb you. For jobs like giving dissertation assistance, it is critical to keep your attention intact, and limiting cell phone use will work for you. 

9. Get Creative With the Walls

Creative walls actually help me stay focused and improved my attention span. For me, a creative wall means adding quotes, word treasures, and maps to my wall. These things become my friend when I need a break and help me increase my cognitive skills simultaneously.

10. Add Live Plants to the Scene for Extra Aesthetics

You shake hands with nature, and they will become your best friends forever. For your home workspace, you can do the same. There are hundreds of beautiful vases available on the market. Get some nice ones with indoor plants from the market and keep them near your workstation. I bet you won’t regret this. Sing to your plants, give them proper food and enjoy your time with them. They’re the best companions for people working from home.

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Author Bio

Claudia Jeffrey is currently working as an Editor at crowdwriter.com. She is a single mother and lives with two beautiful daughters. She has previously worked at home for more than a year during the pandemic. Claudia loves to play the guitar, and she often blogs at WordCountJet.

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Healthy Ways to Cope with Creative Stagnancy

As an artist, you’ve probably had a lot of natural creativity for years. It’s what drives most musicians to write new songs, and melodies, and to come up with unique ideas that help them stand out.

However, no one is immune to creative blocks, especially when you’ve been working on your craft for a long time.

When you’re trying to consistently put out new music, it’s important to find ways to overcome those creative blocks and cope with stagnancy. Having strategies that will help you climb out of your creative rut will ensure you make deadlines and don’t disappoint the people you’re working with.

Of course, while there might be plenty of ways to cope, some are healthier than others. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to deal with creative stagnancy, and how you can tap into your imagination once more to keep creating the best music possible.

Making Time for Self-Care

When you’re a musician relying on self-promotion to keep your career going, it’s easy to fall into the “hustle” mindset. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you’re striking a healthy balance between hustling and prioritizing self-care.

No, self-care isn’t selfish. No, it doesn’t mean you’re lazy. It also doesn’t have to be anything lavish, luxurious, or expensive.

Instead, self-care is about doing something every day that benefits your physical and/or mental well-being. Some of the easiest ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Practicing proper hygiene
  • Maintaining positive relationships
  • Practicing mindfulness

It’s also essential to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. That might not seem very “rockstar”, but you’re going to burn out quickly if you aren’t taking frequent breaks and giving your mind and body the rest they need. Studies have shown that taking a break can actually boost your productivity, so don’t be afraid to stop working on a project and get some rest. You might be surprised when you come back to it later how much easier it is to see things from a fresh perspective.

Different self-care habits can also give you a much-needed energy boost. When you’re feeling tired and sluggish, you’re going to be less productive and creative. Some of the healthiest ways to boost your energy include drinking enough water, cutting back on caffeine, and eating foods that can give you a boost, including bananas, oatmeal, yogurt, and eggs.

Spend Time with the Right People

Don’t try to be one of those musicians who lock themselves away for an intense writing session. The company you keep can make a big difference in your creativity levels, especially if you’re starting to feel like you’re in a slump.

Spending time with people you love is a natural way to improve your mood and help you relax. Research has shown that friends and family are good for your health for a variety of reasons, including coping with stress and improving your psychological well-being.

Plus, when you spend time with like-minded creative people, you can bounce ideas off of each other. They might say something that sparks a new idea for you, or they can help you more directly by giving you advice on a new song or lyrics.

You shouldn’t be focused on “work”. Take time to relax with the people you love and maintain a sense of positivity in those relationships without putting additional pressure on yourself.

Change Your Scene, Change Your Perspective

Sometimes, all it takes to get out of a creative slump is a change of scenery. That’s especially true if you’ve been “stuck” in a small studio, bus, van, or apartment for a while.

Changing your scene can help to change your perspective on things, so consider going to places that make you feel most alive and get your creative juices flowing. Head to a concert of a band you love, or a band you’ve never heard of. Go to a local park and “people watch” for a while as you enjoy the fresh air. Simply being in nature can reduce your stress and help you feel more creative, so the more you can do outdoors, the better.

Even if you don’t have a lot of free time to spare, consider going to a nearby coffee shop and taking in the atmosphere. You’ll see people from all walks of life, and experience a variety of sights, sounds, and smells. You never know what might trigger something in your brain that allows you to break out of your creative stagnancy.

While it’s not always easy for a musician to take a lot of breaks or prioritize anything other than writing and creating, you should view it as a necessity. Even when music is your life, it’s important to find other things to fill your time with so you don’t burn out or get into a creative slump. If you don’t prioritize self-care and your overall well-being, you could end up resenting your musical career. Instead, focus on striking the right balance. You’ll be happier, healthier, and you’ll find it easier to cope with creative stagnancy.

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Katie Brenneman is a passionate writer specializing in lifestyle, mental health, education, and fitness-related content. When she isn’t writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a book or hiking with her dog. To connect with Katie, you can follow her on Twitter.

Author Katie Brenneman
Top Reasons Why Musicians Need Pro Photography

How do I order a professional musician photoshoot for a performer, and what is the difference between an ordinary and formal professional artist’s and musicians photoshoot? Why is it important to entrust the creation of portrait photos for a performer/artist exactly to a professional photographer who specializes in working with stars of different magnitude? Famous photographers can offer the best creative options for singers or a band. Such photos are suitable for the press or a profile.

We Will Come Up with the Idea for the Photoshoot

In today’s world, we have practically given up on television in its classic sense. We still watch movies online and play on consoles, but TV is no longer the monopoly source of video content. Our favorite music videos, which we used to wait with excitement in our hearts to turn on MTV, can now be watched unrestricted on YouTube.

The world of contemporary graphics and fine art has migrated from the pages of magazines, catalogs, and books to the Internet. The works of graphic designers became more accessible, bringing authors substantial royalties and thus making sure the rapid development of the industry.

The further worldwide trend of respecting copyrights will be strengthened, and music authors will earn more from streaming and selling albums. Photographers will be guaranteed to earn, as their fellow video makers already do, by posting their work on popular services. Ideas will play an increasing role in a sea of content and information. With the unique concept of the author, the content will be able to stand out a lot, ensuring the target audience’s attraction. Already today, the usual white background of musician portraits photography is simply lost in the light of good creative solutions of skilled masters.

Sophia Carey shares her secrets for photographing musician press shots.

The further worldwide trend of respecting copyrights will be strengthened, and music authors will earn more from streaming and selling albums. Photographers will be guaranteed to earn, as their fellow video makers already do, by posting their work on popular services. Ideas will play an increasing role in a sea of content and information. With the unique concept of the author, the content will be able to stand out a lot, ensuring the target audience’s attraction. Already today, the usual white background of musician portraits photography is simply lost in the light of good creative solutions of skilled masters.

Even ordinary people who are not connected with the media/show business are trying to post creative photos of musicians on their social networks. It’s safe to say that a musical performer simply must publish only professional content that will be able to make you stand out in the news feed while presenting your musical product in synergy with a pleasing visual.

Today’s reality is that there are a lot of photographers on the market, from experienced ones to beginners. Many photographers really work well, do competent post-processing, and know how to shoot stunning images.

But each photographer has a specialty, and this is worth considering when choosing. You can meet a master who is a great professional in making pictures of young mothers and pregnant women but does not have much experience with performers, musicians, and artists. The outcome can be unpredictable.

Correct Positioning of the Performer

Professionals who work in the music business gather a team of skilled experts around them. They know exactly what an artist needs because they spend hours every day in the recording studio with them, help create turnkey songs, draw covers, and do promotions. You’ll learn more about that by reading this post.

A music producer sitting at a mixing table in a recording studio during a session.

Qualification

As experts from the music industry, you will organize a professional photo shoot for the performer, which will bring a positive result. Maximum efficiency is achieved through significant experience and mutual understanding, as a professional always speaks the same language as the artists.

In addition to planning for the day of the shoot, it’s important to consider future opportunities to use this content when promoting the work on social media and music venues. This is a part of the strategic media planning that needs to be done when discussing the concept of a photoshoot.

Background

The correct picture background is also important. Proper positioning of an artist plays an essential role in the success that every musician expects from their work. The key is to help the artist achieve their goals by focusing specifically on the musical component, turning the rest of the work over to the professionals.

Experience

A knowledgeable photographer who already has experience working with musicians and popular bloggers will always clarify the customer’s next steps in working with the photos. Defining your goals and objectives at the outset will help you use your resources more effectively before, during, and after the musician headshot. When discussing your goals, a professional photographer is ready to offer solutions that have already proven to be effective in the media/music industry.

A professional photographer has managed to hold many photo shoots for famous musicians, actors, and bloggers. He implemented many creative tasks, essentially combining the functions of a photographer, creator, media planner, content manager, and psychologist.

How Much Does It Cost?

It’s hard to paint all sorts of price points because every task is different. For each performer, a professional tries to come up with something special based on the available budget.

Globally, photo shoots can be divided into two groups:

  1. Professional photo session for the doer.
  2. Professional photo session for the doer with the development of the concept — light, makeup, entourage, clothing.

Output

In conjunction with design teams, such photographers often create stunning album covers and singles; some photos were used in lyric videos to order, in the design of publishers, and when creating personal websites of artists. Each order is special, as all artists are truly different. They differ not only in their genres, floor, and musical style of performance.

They differ as individuals because each has its own strengths, its energy with which they conquer the audience. But what they all have in common is the desire to use their time properly, the desire to be understood, and the desire to work with professionals who, in a good sense, are as busy as you are.

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Frank Hamilton is a professional writing expert in such topics as blogging, digital marketing, and self-education. He also loves traveling and speaks Spanish, French, German, and English.

Guest author Frank Hamilton
5 Ways to Make Money as a Musician

In today’s environment, almost any passion has the opportunity to make you money. A perfect example of this is music. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians have had to reevaluate the more traditional methods of monetizing their art. Check out these tips to help you make some cash out of your talent.

1. Play Live Music

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of musicians were unable to play live music at venues. Since then, however, the live music scene is slowly regaining momentum and popularity amongst venue owners.

There are several different ways to get started playing live music. If you’re just starting out, consider any local venues where you’ve recently seen other live musicians perform. Through attending different venues that offer live music as a patron, you’ll gain knowledge about which venues are currently hiring live musicians to perform. Also, attending gives you the opportunity to speak to those musicians you admire and get a sense of how they got the gig.

If you’re re-entering the live music scene, you should consider getting back to touring to strengthen your presence in newer areas and venues. This is a good idea for those who really want to take their live performances to the next level. It’s also a good idea to remember to prioritize your overall health if you do decide to tour, as you’ll spend extended periods of time traveling and want to give your best each time. Construct a plan that will help you both keep your diet in check, as well as establish a healthy work-life balance.

2. Record Music at Home

Another great option to help you make a steady stream of income is by recording your songs at home. Many independent musicians opt for a home studio to save time and money where they can record, edit, and advertise their music in one cohesive space.

In order to record from home, you’ll first need to set up a home studio. In order to achieve this, you should have the following gear to get started:

  • Powerful computer
    • CPU with a speed of 2.5 GHz
    • Power supply with 400w
    • 1TB hard drive or SSD
  • Audio interface
    • Look to find one with at least 3 inputs
  • Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    • Find a recording software that fits your personal needs
  • Music streaming service
    • Choose one or more services to upload your music for consumers to stream
Graphic image of tools you need to start recording music at home.

Another important aspect of a good home studio is an optimized acoustic setup. A good acoustic setup requires the right space; possibly with soundproof solutions, as well as strategically placed acoustic panels.

It is important to make sure you spend time choosing the right equipment and software, as well as optimizing the sound of your studio. This will ensure that your music will have the best possible audio quality you can get.

Affording the right tools for the job can be expensive, so consider different financing options to get started. For example, if you’re a homeowner, consider the use of a home equity line of credit where you can use the equity you’ve built on any project or expense, with a lower interest rate than a credit card. Although the initial cost of a recording space can be substantial, you can make a return on this investment through the savings on professional studio time and from sales/streams of your songs.

3. Teach Music Online

If you’re knowledgeable about music theory, online music education might be a great method to earn some extra money. In today’s environment, there is little need to leave the comfort of your home in order to educate others about music.

There are a few common ways that musicians are currently teaching music online. The first is through pre-taped lessons that you record and edit before uploading to the website of your choice. Several online music educators offer packages that give access to these lessons, where lessons can then be sold and distributed. If you’re looking for a free way to distribute your tutorials, consider uploading your videos on YouTube. Whichever option you choose presents an engaging way to both interact with your audience and expand your client base.

Katie Gettys explains a great introduction of the different approaches you can take to teach music online.

4. Produce Music for Other Musicians

In an age where collaboration amongst artists is easier than ever, producing the music of other musicians is a great option to make some money. If you already have some experience producing your own music, consider the numerous musicians who may have some raw recordings that they’re unable to produce themselves.

The first challenge of producing songs for other artists is finding people to collaborate with. A great way to begin is to look through a musician database, such as ReverbNation. Using an online tool will allow you to find up-and-coming musicians who may not already have a dedicated producer. It’s important to take some time to find artists who are releasing music that sparks your creative motivation to compose.

Alternatively, you can try to promote yourself as a music producer through several different online media platforms. Social media is an especially useful tool for music production, as it gives you a free way to share the music you’ve previously produced. In addition to this, social media is a great way to engage with other producers and musicians. You can find an unlimited number of accounts with inspirational content, which you can use to tweak your own business to perfection.

5. Become a Songwriter

Songwriting is a versatile method of making money in the music industry. If you’re currently composing memorable pieces of music for fun, there might be an opportunity to cash in on your hard work.

One recommendation to take into consideration before attempting to sell your compositions is to ensure your ownership of the piece. This is done by registering your composition with the Copyright Office. Taking this step will ensure your hard work is protected, as you’ll have an official record proving your original authorship.

Next, you need to work on getting people to buy your songs. One main way of getting people to buy your compositions is through writing music for current artists. You can again look through various online musician databases to find an artist you’d be interested in working with.

Alternatively, you can consider writing music for movies and television. A great way to get into this business is to attend music festivals. Different music festivals are great for beginners because you can attend any local music festival to help you get your foot in the door with other professionals. In the meantime, take some initiative to learn from other composers who have written songs for previous films. Additionally, you should work to make connections with filmmakers who you could work with in the future.

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