5 Tips To Bring Energy While Recording Your Music

5 Tips To Bring Energy While Recording Your MusicWhen it comes to making your band’s new album or tracking in the recording studio, you don’t want it to feel like it’s a job that will stress you out. You want your time in front of the mics to feel normal, energetic, stress-free, and a collaboration with the rest of the band.

Here are a 5 tips to keep the energy while you put your new music to track at the recording studio:

  1. Preparation – Practice, practice, practice. Prepare yourself for the recordings by making sure you are confident with your new tunes. If you play the guitar, make sure mechanically you are sound. That way everything is second nature once you are sitting down to record the tracks.
  2. Focus on the good moments – When recording don’t worry about the how it will be perceived in the future. Focus instead on how it feels at the “then and now”. Listen to the music and play it how you imagine it should be played. Use the emotions you feel and bring it to your instrument.
  3. Allow for mistakes – Don’t sweat the small stuff and remember nothing will be “perfect”. If you are too worried about playing perfectly then your performance might take a hit when you feel it isn’t. Keep the overthinking to a minimum and keep yourself in the moment.
  4. As a band, stay a team – Compliment each others performance. Critique but do it in a constructive way. That way trust is built, and no one person in the band feels left out from the recording process.
  5. Trust in your engineer – When you choose a professional recording studio like Wavemaker Studio, your music is in the great hands of veteran engineer John “Bobcat” Pollock at the recording console. This means you can focus on the energy of the music and not have to worry about how it will sound.

Take these tips and keep you or your band educated on how to make strong, energetic music in the studio. When looking for a expert recording services, look no further than Wavemaker Studio. For more information on any of the services we offer, contact us today!

Producing A Trendy YouTube Video With A Professional

Producing A Trendy YouTube Video With A ProfessionalYouTube is a global phenomenon that began back in May of 2005. As a platform for original videos, YouTube has enabled businesses to market themselves, has allowed advertisers to introduce products, individuals to get recognized for their talents, and learn the “How To” for just about everything.

You’ve heard the success stories of musicians making the big league, getting signed by a recording label after their YouTube video hit over a million views. That’s the wonderful thing about YouTube, it is your original content, not edited, not fake, and it’s just you and your raw talents.

With the rise in YouTube popularity, it has become a competitive, but useful, market to showcase a musician’s creativity. You want your video clip to distinguish your music from the rest of the YouTube musicians. Working alongside a professional with expertise of the music industry, video viewers can go from a few hundred to millions.

Working with a professional to produce a YouTube video has its advantages, and here are a few:Producing A Trendy YouTube Video With A Professional

  • The support system for trying something new like switching up the arrangement or using a variety of instruments.
  • Keeping good music at the core of the YouTube video and assisting with putting your best foot and music forward.
  • Teach that a less is more approach is easier to follow. When videos are full of add-ons and distractions, you’ll lose viewer interest.
  • Using a professional production team will ensure you are for example, playing in the right lighting, the video tone compliments the music, and so on.
  • Your sound will resonate through the speaker with clarity.
  • Choosing the right name for your video will get far more attention.

Wavemaker Recording Studio is comprised of a professional team with a wealth of knowledge in the music industry. With vast experience, we can assist with creating the most unique music or recordings. Contact us today to learn more.

 

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What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?

What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?In more ways than one, a microphone is the most important tool a musician has at his or her disposal, both inside and outside of the studio. It can make or break a recording session or a show. Because if the microphone is garbage, what does it matter if the music you’re recording or playing is beautiful? That’s why every musician needs to know what they’re getting into. And with microphones, the key question you need to answer is this: condenser or dynamic?

You’ve seen a condenser microphone before. Invented in 1916, these slim, tube-like devices have been commonplace in the studio (and laboratories, too!) since then for a reason: because, when it comes to recording, the condenser is your best friend. Able to be moved by a particularly small mass of sound waves, the condenser microphone is sure to pick up the highest-quality notes you and your band have to offer. For this type, the Rode microphone, in particular, is the most well-known.

Now onto dynamics. Before going forward, how many times have you seen clips of Hendrix, Vedder, or Bono grabbing and screaming into that famous single-standing microphone? Raise your hand if you know what we’re talking about. The classic podium of sound is an instrument in its own right; a symbol of everything that is loud, raw, rock n’ roll. And that instrument — the one we associate with any sort of live performance — is usually a dynamic microphone.

Condenser Vs Dynamic

Of course, dynamics are the opposite of condenser microphones, because their goal is simple: be loud, if not blaring. That is why they’re found on stage and not in the studio: they’re more attuned to feedback, cheap, and can get soaked, if need be. In other words: these microphones are meant to be rocked, not rolled.What Are The Differences Between A Condenser and Dynamic Mic?

Knowing the differences between these two microphones is the first step in understanding their usage. And, before you enter the studio, you’ve got to know your equipment.

Wavemaker is a Recording Studio located in San Antonio Texas. We specialize in affordable recording services for Voice Over, singers, songwriters and bands. For more information, contact Wavemaker Studio today!

 

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Google Unveils YouTube Music Key

Google Unveils YouTube Music KeyEveryone knows about Apple’s iTunes, Pandora and Spotify are avenues for music lovers to listen to their favorite musicians on their mobile devices or while they are at home, without being tied down to purchasing a CD and the hassle that comes along with that. Mp3s have been the future and most music consumers have the accessibility of their music on their iPod or smartphone.

Google wants to get into the piece of the pie that MTV has left open since it went to reality television and averted from playing music, a market that has up until recently dominated by Apple. Now there are many contenders, and with the revamping and unveiling of the YouTube Music Key it’s another slice of the pie to divide, and with the collaboration of Vice Media and Live Nation Entertainment also jumping in the ring.

YouTube will also offer a paid subscription to Google Play Music.

The controversy with all these “freemium” music services is that the musicians and all that are involved in the music creation process feel like they aren’t being compensated with enough royalties from the free play options. This has been an issue ever since the piracy of music was the main way consumers received their music. The industry has been struggling to control piracy since then and these music services have been trying to help in that effort.Google Unveils YouTube Music Key

Recording music can be quite the process. Don’t just allow anyone to manage on your life’s work and music. Turn to the recording experts at Wavemaker Studio. Consult with Wavemaker today and get your audio recorded properly, so you can be proud of what you make.

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The Anatomy of a Song: Steps in the Song Writing Process

How to Write Songs | Wavemaker

Just about everyone has a favorite song; one that follows us through our lives and becomes the soundtrack to significant moments. If you are passionate about music and lyrics, you may wonder just how a great song is born. Of course, there are multitudes of creative ways in which memorable songs are written, but there is also a formula by which many writers and musicians use for collaboration.

A great song tells a story. It takes the listener on a journey. A hit song often has a magical combination of authentic expression and musical skill. Crafting a well written song is a process. And below, we offer you a guide to follow that any lyricist and musician can use to compose their next creation.

 

Choosing an Inspiring Title

Though there are many great songs throughout history that began with a beat, a rhythm, a chorus, or a phrase; the best way to write a song is to come up with an inspiring title; one that moves you, as the writer, on the inside.

The title of a song is many times, the phrase that all listeners remember. Many songs become automatic hits simply because the title is catchy and addictive. Listeners find themselves singing it over and over again. The title is one of the most important aspects of a song, and helps the writer begin to tell the story.

 

Find the Questions Hidden Within Your Title

The title of a song asks many questions. It is the songwriter’s job to find the questions that lie within their song title. For example; there are many popular songs in the last few decades, about hotels; “Hotel California” by the Eagles, “Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis, and Michael Jackson’s “Heartbreak Hotel”. Each of these three songs tells a completely different story, but the writers answered many of the same questions within the lyrics. “What is this hotel?” “What is the atmosphere, the energy of this place?” and “What happens there, and to whom does it happen?”

 

Connect Words and Images With Your Title

Do a brainstorming exercise by making a list of words and images that relate to your title. These words and images are what make the story of the song interesting, poetic and imaginative. Try the words out by using each of them in your verses and chorus until you hear the phrasing that sounds right to your ears.

 

The Most Common Song Structure

Once you have your title and some of your lyrics, you can begin to form your song structure. There is a popular and common song structure that has worked since people began writing songs. It is best to begin with this structure, and then you can creatively alter it as the spirit of the song moves you.

The song structure is designed in this way:

Verse – Chorus – Verse- Chorus-Bridge- Chorus

This song structure appeals to listeners because it allows for repetitiveness, which makes a song easy for the listener to learn. One of the best parts about enjoying any song is the ability to be able to sing along. This common song structure makes this aspect easy for listeners.

 

Create the Melody of Your Song

The melody of a song is often discovered by the repetition of lyrics. There is usually a melody that naturally lives within the lines of a song; a certain rhythm that matches the words, the phrasing. Try singing or simply, humming the song to yourself. The right melody comes through experimentation; and is one of the most intuitive aspects of song writing.

 

Though much of song writing is truly an intuitive process, knowing how to begin and following a tried and proven structure makes the process easier; while still leaving room for personal creativity.

Don’t Cut Corners When Recording your Music

Recording Music | WavemakerWhen you arrange your music, you hear it first hand, crystal clear. When it’s time to record your music, you want your audience to have the same impression. When it’s time to drop your album, professional sound recording is your best option to truly demonstrate your musical talents.

 

A professional recording studio is designated as such because it is just that; professional. This designation encompasses not only state of the art recording equipment and rooms, but a professional staff to properly manage and oversee your recording. These sound engineers can manipulate your music to sound even better than it already does using their highly sophisticated soundboards.

 

Even those who are able to purchase top of the line recording equipment typically need a professional sound engineer to synergize the musical elements and create a masterpiece. Buying just the equipment for your home studio will not get you the results you want; it’s as simple as that. Professional sound engineers are trained for years. This extensive training and education makes musicians sound great. Sound manipulation is a much targeted practice, as it makes musicians billions of dollars annually. You can liken this reasoning to buying a professional football franchise, registering the team with NFL, building a stadium, all the professional football equipment, and then drafting directly from high school football teams.

You will want to have the absolute best team behind you while you are creating your work. Our staff has been in the recording business for many years. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with tons of great artists and we are proud to have helped them on their path to success. To learn more about how Wavemaker can help you record your music, visit our site or give us a call and talk to one of our recording specialists.

Organizing Studio Time

Organizing Studio Time | Wavemaker

Surviving as an artist has many connotations, most involving some sort of struggle. The key to survival is working every day at your goals, no matter how daunting it is to move on. Just like any other profession, being an artist is a full time job. Taking your studio time seriously will help to get the ball rolling for you. So channel your effort into your creativity, and get to work on achieving your dreams.

Failure comes first:

Think of the studio as your laboratory. You’ll take all of these different elements and work them separately, then mold them together to create something wonderful. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Allowing yourself to fail is huge. You’ll need failure to improve and learn what works and what doesn’t. You will learn where your strengths lie, and where you will need to spend more time learning.

Establish Goals:

Artists get started by creating things at random, according to their latest inspiration. This sort of creation is what gets us hooked on art. It’s wonderful! Once we decide to take it on a career path, things change a bit. Suddenly we have deadlines and obligations to people outside of ourselves. Don’t become discouraged by this sudden structure. Use it to create goals. Imagine what you would like to have accomplished in ten years. Take these long term goals and hash them into smaller, shorter term goals. At the beginning of your session, think about what you want to have done by the end. Be reasonable with your requests of yourself, and don’t set yourself up for failure.

Allow for evolution:

When we first get started with our end goal in mind, it’s easy to shut out other opportunities because of intense focus on what you originally wanted. Look at every opportunity for growth and consider if it will lead you in a positive direction, even if it doesn’t follow the original plan. In addition to this, you’ll sometimes be in the studio and have a completely different idea that you didn’t plan on working on that day. Experiment and evolve.

Monitor Yourself:

Look at your art from the viewpoint of the public. It makes sense to you, but will the general population understand it? It’s easy to feel like the opinions of outsiders don’t matter, but if you are planning on sharing your work, make sure there is an audience out there who will appreciate it.