Self Sufficience, Please

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a Goodfella make my own music.

As in, recordings. As in, I never wanted to have to pay someone else in order to have a quality .mp3 of my own composition. Nor did I want to be forced to rely on other musicians to make the sounds I heard in my head a reality.

Not that these are bad things - collaboration is great, and working with people is a fact of life. But just having the option to do everything oneself is immensely freeing. And I've finally attained that goal.

It took a while. I started with the basics--a simple, limited DAW. A very simple hardware setup consisting of one 1/4" to XLR cable going into a 1/4"-to-1/8" adapter going straight into my PC's sound card. I'm shuddering at the mental image right now.

But years went by and I learned all I could. What little I saved up or earned through musical endeavors I poured back into getting proper equipment. I read every tutorial and watched every YouTube production training video. Most importantly, I finished songs and projects that I'd been working on, and with each finished project I got a little bit better. The sound fidelity increased. My songwriting improved. The final mix was less harsh, more balanced, sweeter.

The point I'm trying to make here: if this is something that appeals to you, I'm telling you it's VERY possible. And for a lot less money than you think. It just takes time, effort, and determination.

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