Keyboard For Recording

Independent Artist taken for Granted 

Independent Recording Artist Taken for Granted 

 

Once upon the time, the independent artist were recording in home studios where they Paid live musicians to record professionally made music content.

If the budget was limited, then sequencing the music, was the other alternative. 

Once the project was finished, the public sector, patronized such independent artist by paying between $12.00-15.00 per CD unit, a little bit more a little bit less. 

There were no I-tunes, no Amazon not Spotify, the revenues were going pretty much into the hands of the Independent recording artist.  Many of these sales were local concerts, in churches or auditoriums and the profit were proportional to each individual hard work. 

One day (Maybe) the big companies were not happy with the profit Independent artist were making.

They started enticing the talented independent recording artist to publish their finished projects on the big platform that only the big & famous were sharing. It sounded like music to the ears. 

I think, they were taken for granted. For what is really the profit when a song is downloaded for $0.99 cents from one of these big streaming platforms?

I think They take all of the money generated from users, whether by advertisements or subscriptions, and put in a big pot. They then divide that pot by the total share of streams each artist received. 

So, the chances for an independent artist to collect some royalties is very slim if not impossible. The artist does not even get a notification when one of his/her song has been downloaded into someone subscription neither to say a percentage. 

A big-name artist in the other hand can easily accomplish that even if the music content is not the greatest but for the unknown independent artist, it might take millions of songs streams or thousands of songs sold. 

 Maybe there could be a little profit,  by creating a website Like Bandzoogle that helps musicians & independent artists by driving the people towards your music store website, although that might take an enormous amount of time in social media. And then the waiting period to see if the results will pay off. 

Maybe there is a little bit of exposure the newly independent recording artist get on these big platforms, but I think in overall, we had been taken for granted. 

I do not know the solution to this, and I understand the companies has to pay a big number of resources on advertisement, or to storage massive media content, and pay personal as well. But in the meantime, I do not think is worth to handle these giant's corporation already finished projects just to see little or nothing in return. 

Studio Monitors 

When accurate audio reproduction is crucial, you need a pair of accurate Monitor speakers.  Studio monitors are not just speakers, but they are designed to do a stricter job than standards home audio or hi-fi speakers. 

 Some people like to do mixing just with headphones, but Headphone mixes often lack depth and wind up being very in-your-face and loud. In general, mixing on studio monitors is always preferable. 

Which one is the best Studio monitor? In my opinion the one that will give you a flat accurate response of the mix. A well-mixed track should sound great on everything from laptop speakers to a high-end hi-fi. 

Your budget plays an important role, but that does not mean that expensive monitor’s speakers will always give you the most accurate mixes. You have to trust your ears as well.  Your speaker’s monitors brand may boost certain frequencies more than other but, practice and trained ears are the foundation for a well-mixed track.

Which Keyboard is the best for recordings? 

When I start to create tracks for Christian singers in the 90's, I remember my first keyboard: Yamaha PSR-500. It sounded good when it was amplified but in the recording studio where more quality was needed, it fell short. 

I have owned Ensoniq, Roland, Korg Triton, Korg Krome, Yamaha Motif and for me one of the best keyboards on the market, the Yamaha Montage. 

Incredibly I sold all those keyboards including the Yamaha Montage 8. Why? 

I have found instruments software with the same or better quality than any of those keyboards I have owned. 

In the 90s when I started recording in the studio the sounds of all these keyboards were more professional than those of an instrument’s software, but now things have changed. You only need a good midi controller and a good music library and there, you could have save hundreds of dollars. 

It all depends on how you are going to use the keyboard for: Live music or in the recording studio, of course your budget, plays an important role. As technology evolves and instrument software gets even better, I not longer see the need to expend thousands of dollars owning several physical brand name keyboards, at least for me.