Discoveries that could amp up your music production, mixing and mastering quality

So the following are things I found out about that could amp up the quality of my music production mixing and mastering

  1. Splice-apparently its a place you can get royalty free high quality sounds. ( They also offer other services.) Oak Felder talked about this on a video and I kind of knew about this before. But more recently to me it seems like it would be helpful for getting top quality samples fast. Nevertheless, it does start  $7.99 a month to get 100 sample credits. The thing is I kind of want to learn to make high quality sounds myself but then it’s not  a crime to use other samples that come perfectly made.
  2. Emastered.com- masters song for you . Now I found out about this from . but too be honest I liked his version better. But he said you could use that website to get a master and then tweak it how you like. This is free unlike Landr.
  3. SurferEq2-  a plugin that can be used to duck frequencies of sound/instrument  competing with another sound sample. With regular side chaining the whole sound ( meaning all its frequencies too ) are ducked. With this only certain frequencies, the ones that are competing with another sound sample will be ducked that way you can gel/mix the music better.  I learned about this from Oak Felder.

By the way during this Black Friday/Cyber Monday season there were music producers who are also content creators that offered free trials of their courses regarding music production, mixing and mastering. I signed up for the two that came to my email ( Email marketing works). It’s really helpful for reminding people you are there and it’s like sending personal mail. Usually I sign up for something if there is deal I can do price wise.

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Posting song clips on Instagram

So I finally posted a clip of my song via video on Instagram for the first time.
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The like and comments were very encouraging. Perhaps if your are starting out producing music and or singing ..even though you don’t feel finished with the song perhaps you can post a snippet or clip.

I’m new at this and feel a little like a baby venturing out there. so I am going to try be careful but am grateful for the likes and encouraging comments.

 

Grateful ..but a bit disappointed

So the year is coming a close and I am thinking about what I had wanted to accomplish and though I am not where I was,  I’m really sad because.. this is really ridiculous of me to admit..but I have only finished one song this whole year. One song. I should be finished with another by the end of the week but yeah..

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I was hoping to have produced several songs by now.

Part of why I think I only have finished one song is pride (ego) with perfectionism along with impatience..I want to make it big with the first song I ever finished. Yes it’s unrealistic.

Possible? Yes. Unrealistic and a low chance..Yes. In addition I guess I want to accomplish so much at the same time on top of other issues I have.

The big thing is content. I have not put out enough content. Barely any. So how am I to build  a following without consistent content –I have watched a lot of Gary Vee.(  He makes sense with a lot of what he says but don’t try to burnout out yourself trying to make it.)

Now I have like songs and musical ideas but they are unfinished still like embryos not fully developed.

I really need to just share clips. If I can get the courage strength to do that.. God willing I will.

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To be honest I had a word from God the Father or the Holy Spirit saying something like “productivity is based on worth”

So basically I need to know my worth…

I need to have speech of hope..speak life.. #selftalk #proclaim #riseup

Sorry if there are typos or grammatical errors in this.

How do they do it?

I was checking out other vocalists on Fiverr and when I listen to my vocals it doesn’t sound as good, and don’t get me wrong it’s not like I can’t carry a tune but wow.

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These singers ( I mostly heard female singers)  are really great on Fiverr. I was intending to list a gig for singing a song  but its like I’m wondering if it’s a plug in they use or mic or maybe my novice music production skills  (and lack of great recording space) that my voice doesn’t sound as polished as theirs does.

..maybe I really just could stand to learn to sing in a polished way…:/ ..

These singers are really good

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Nevertheless, different people like different things and may think my voice suits their song. But the fact of the matter is people can discern and would like nice a polished product.  Even, if people may not understand what makes a quality vocal track they can hear it. I’ve got to learn how they do that sing better with a mic

or maybe it’s the vocal production I need to work on more. If you know how I can get better at vocal recording and vocal production please share you advice. Thanks

So I quit my job

 

( this was like from draft I wrote soon after quitting  about two weeks ago)

Life got really crazy and I came to a brinking point. I had already weighed reasons for staying and reasons to leave.and by far the reasons to leave not only were more, but  a big reason for leaving was that it simply was not sustainable for me.  I don’t like or care for the job, and perhaps the way my mind is (I’m a bit meticulous)  being overly cautious about details can really slow a person down.

Anyway also learning point was: as time passed it became clearer and clearer to quit.

Now although I am not at that job, the fact of the matter i  I still have a bit of fear. So the concerns have changed from the effects of my work at this job to looking for how I can get income. I only saved some money and I really need to get another source of income. So unfortunately I’ve been applying to jobs in areas I don’t want to (biology). I mean I’ve heard the phrase:

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”― Oprah Winfrey

but like is that really wise? I guess it depends on the situation. Say you want to be doctor well unfortunately the ride to that may be rough but because you want it, you’re willing to do it.

Recently I learned from this video that I need to love the process  so basically whatever it is that you want perhaps you need to find a way to like the “getting there”  part.  I watched a video on guys that learned piano on their own, and they way one did it was by learning songs he liked. Who knows how many people have given up on learning instruments because they were trying to learn it in a way that was not enjoyable.  By the way, one thing I don’t like about Gary Vee self awareness concept  is it could discourage some people into thinking they can’t be something( Ive felt that way..) They might think they are weak in an area or not fit for it when one thing it really could be is that they are inexperienced ,so  they lack confidence…  I guess ( and maybe Gary Vee has explained his concept of self awareness more clearly or in depth )  one should really try out something they’d like to do for a substantial amount of time to be able to judge if it’s something they’d want to do for a living.

Anyway back to the idea of me applying to jobs I don’t care for.  I guess I hate being a “wage slave”  but I do have school loan debt so basically it’s like a requirement for to seek have a full time job for a deferment or forbearance ( I forgot the details exactly).

So basically I’m just trying to figure out what to do now. I  thought about doing the Master’s of Music in Music Production, but it might be overkill for me. On the flip side, by the end of a year would have in a sense “mastered ” music production , but it comes as a cost, I would incur debt and I already have enough debt to buy a house (that’s another story for another time as to why I got into so much debt for majors I care little about). Also I don’t care to produce music for other artists but to make music and songs of my own. Plus again I don’t care to work for other artists so finding a job in the “music industry”  doesn’t appeal to me. Now yes I  can learn it on your own, yeah I  know. the issue is that I have not been great at self discipline, plus I have only like “finished ” one song this year. It is near the end of July.  I think being perfectionist , impatience and indecisive sare part of the reason why. I want to learn to produce, mix an master my  song/music.

Another option is an online course in graphic communication, since I’m in-state it would be cheaper. It might only be ~10,000-15,000  extra ( I already have a bachelors).  With this, maybe I could get a  “Regular ” job ( something to “fall back ” on). However , I may not be as passionate about this as I am about making my own songs  and or making music videos.

I’ve felt pressure to  be honorable and being able to provide for myself financially is respectable. Pursuing mastering music production  is not considered respectful but dumb to many. I mean well if you do end up being able to make living for yourself on it than ok, but as you are pursuing it and have not arrived there will be doubters and I guess there’s pressure to not be  a deadbeat…

An MS in music production, as far as I’m concerned is not a great degree for getting a job based on what Ive read online.

A BS in graphic communication perhaps I could get a job, but will it pay a lot?  not for entry level. Plus, I do not want to feel like a slave working, but perhaps maybe I could get a job hat doesn’t feel like slavery.

I guess at the end of the day if I don’t want to be a wage slave I need to work hard and wisely for self employment. But that may take a while to pull off and I really hate the idea of doing a biology job. So I may just consider to that BS in graphic communication …

By the way someone told me that I liked djing better than music production, I don’t see how that can be true tbh I don’t know if I care about djing. Perhaps though if I got more familiar with it I could..

In addition, I could dj to get some money…:/

Pray for wisdom

 

 

Evil Follows

I hate it when people follow you and then after you follow them, they unfollow you.

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Yep, not on this ship- If I find you unfollow me , which is relatively easy, I will unfollow you. Its really just ugh for someone to do that. I mean I feel you are doing it just to get follows. Using me..

Smh

This I’ve noticed has happened twice to me recently.

I mean perhaps someone decides they don’t want to follow you later on based on preference ok I can understand that but its just very suspicious when soon after you follow them back,  you find they unfollowed you.

One of them was on facebook group for singer songwriters. So the guy posted his youtube channel on the group and said if you follow me I will follow you. Now seriously I was not about that life. I feel its fake and not true. But I went ahead and subbed him , after he showed a pic of him having subscribed to me.

It wasn’t long after, I saw he was no longer subscribed. I felt played..Like he was using me for his gain.

The second was on Soundcloud. Soon after I posted a song, the page followed me and me appreciating his gesture followed him. But soon after noticed it looks like he unfollowed so I unfollowed him. I guess I should also stop following people just because they were nice enough to follow me. I guess I should only follow if I really want to them to be a part of my awareness.

Again perhaps the facebook guy just really changed his mind and didnt like my song or channel content. ok . ( there is only two vids on there). But yeah anyway.

Update..graphic design..music production

I thought that I would not continue with graphic design courses at the local community college.  I could learn it on my own.

Then I got fired from a job full time job in July. It didn’t pay great but it was better than what i’d ever had before. After being fired, I panicked and for some reasons, I decided I’d go to the local community college full time.

It was not easy. Two were online. One would think online is easier, but I got waaaaaaaay behind. Painfully behind. Because I would not watch the class live online. I hated watching classes after 7:00 pm. I’d instead decide to watch them “later”. There are videos I haven’t watched yet and the semester is over. Though those videos were like the last class(es) so technically they may have not been needed for the final assignments. There maybe like three videos I haven’t watched yet  2 from one class and 1 from another class.

Add to the drama of full time classes, a part time job that was crappy for me, you’ve got a recipe for hell on earth especially for someone still not perfect at time management. I ran into serious problems this season. Thank God the classes have ended, unfortunately I still have the job…you may ask why not quit and get another one.. * rolls eyes and sighs*

On the other hand, the classes did help me learn adobe programs. Literally every class had an adobe product attached to it. Lightroom.Photoshop. Illustrator. Premier.

So its great that I’ve sort of got something like a foundation upon which to build or create something. Creative content. Nevertheless there is this one dragon I’ve been trying to lay a hold off. I feel like a guy trying to hold or grab ahold of a dragon by the neck, that’s crazily moving its head back and forth. I’m trying to lay hold of it but I guess it feels like it’s hard for me to get grasp or hold on it, maybe it keeps slipping, gliding from my hand.

The dragon is music production and what other things that entail it. I’d care to learn piano, and guitar too. I mean I know that there are people who taught themselves how to play more than one instrument. Music theory seems like something I should learn a bit of too.

I seem to be up against several things stopping me from grasping it. When one is worried about finances and not pulling it in enough money to cover all their bills, it’s hard to concentrate on something that isn’t going to bring in money soon. I feel like I’ve got to get money soon ..it’s really, really bad like it’s getting near where it could turn into an emergency.

Unfortunately I wasn’t my own man and got degrees and a whole lot of school debt, for subjects that I probably shouldn’t have studied…