The Significance of Music

I guess there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to music, so where do I start?

Well, music is important to everyone, whether they know it or not. It could be their favorite band or their favorite jingle or even a holiday song that they really like, or maybe the sound of birds in the morning; it doesn’t matter, they’re all music. But how important exactly is music?

Whether you know it or not, music is a vital thing! Like the simple stuff you listen to every morning in the shower can really set your mood for the day. Haven’t you realized that whenever you’re listening to the radio and a sad song comes on, even if you had an incredible day, for that moment you would get into the sad feeling of that song and maybe even sing along? After that, you may resume being incredibly happy or you might get your mood switched to a slightly more negative one. All through the power of music!

Whatever you listen to, you program into your head and it goes straight into your subconscious mind, even bypassing your conscious mind! Music gets programmed into you easily, so what happens when you’re the type of person that constantly listens to break-up songs or just enjoy listening to emo music?

I can’t say I was far from that situation really. I used to listen to every type of music, especially ones on the slightly emo side. What I did not realize was that I was programming whatever I listened to or sung into my head! How’s that a bad thing? Well, when a seed gets planted, over time, it grows into a huge tree. The same works for when something is programmed into your mind. I did not realize it at the time, but I was pretty emo, even when nothing bad was really happening. And since I was sending out emo vibrations, like what the Law of Vibrations and Attractions say, I attracted a bunch of emo people too and we were all being emo together happily.

So why am I telling you all of this? Well, after I went for a couple of ET Youth sessions, Elango mentioned about how music gets programmed into you. And although I did not take it very seriously at the time, I slowly reduced listening to these “emo” songs. Slow change, remember?

Since music is a crucial thing in our life, I surely had to replace this empty void where emo songs used to be. I started listening to more inspirational and uplifting stuff, or even songs about just having fun. I do occasionally sing along to songs about love but that is because I feel that emotion at that time and by singing those songs, I can kinda let the emotion pass. And another thing, my environment started changing after this slow change started to set in. Although I do meet the occasional emotional person, most people I hang out with now are working on their goals and following their Hearts, and so am I!

My environment started changing without me even realizing it because all this programming was in my subconscious mind and that’s how powerful music can be. It totally affects you without you even realizing. And by making the small change of changing the songs I frequently listened to, I managed to change my environment without feeling much difference, because all the work was done by the music I listened to in my subconscious mind!

You shouldn’t be afraid of listening to music now, but you should be slightly cautious, I suppose, as the music you listen to really does reflect the type of person you are in the inside. Also, think about it this way. You weren’t aware of the powers of music and how it programs your mind, so now that you do know, you can turn this situation around and use this information to make whatever you’re listening to part of your goals, so that it aids you in achieving your goals. Now, wouldn’t it be awesome to have this powerful thing call Music help you in achieving your goals?

Singing When You Are Sick

It happens to many of us. Especially around the cold and flu season. It may be hard to talk when you have a cold or the flu, but can you imagine how difficult it would be to sing in front of a crowd of people when you are sick?

This article will hopefully help you and give you tips on how to preserve your voice when you are sick and you have to sing on stage.

  1. This may sound obvious, but it is by far the most important thing you can do for your throat and vocal chords. And that is to rest. The night before your singing performance, try to get a good night’s sleep. And it might also help to take a nap before your performance. This is because sleep can help to heal your vocal chords. Resting your voice also means to try to limit talking throughout the day and up until your performance. Only talk when you need to.
  1. If you are a singer who has performed regularly on stage, then you most likely would already be in the habit of doing vocal warm up exercises before your performance and vocal warm down exercises after your performance. These exercises are so important as they help you to strengthen your voice and will help you to hit those high notes. However, when you are sick, you will need to spend more time doing your vocal warm ups and warm downs. This will help to avoid any damage to your voice and vocal chords.
  1. Stay hydrated throughout the day. Water can ease the itchiness in your throat. I always find that warm water with a couple of slices of lemon in it can help soothe my throat when I am sick. And this will help you to lessen the amount of coughing during the day. I also find that when you have a coughing fit and you can’t stop coughing, then take a cough lozenge. This will help to coat your throat so that it is not so itchy and will help ease your coughing fit. Another good thing to do when you are on stage is to take a bottle of water with you on the stage so that you can take some sips of water in between songs.
  1. Try not to over extend your voice. I would advise you to change your song choice if you have a challenging song to sing. This is because when you are sick, your voice is not in best condition and so you will not be able to hit those super high notes. So I recommend you choose songs that you are comfortable singing where you know you will definitely hit each note perfectly.
  1. My last tip that I have for you is to not panic. Imagine this, you wake up in the morning of your performance and discover that you have a sore throat. You ears might be hurting and you basically don’t feel well. What would most people do? Panic! But you must try your best to not panic. Don’t worry. The worst thing that can happen is that you miss a few notes. But if you are panicking on stage, then your anxiety will only exacerbate your sore throat and you will sing even worse than you should. If you are extremely sick then maybe you will have to call off your performance. I know that is a disappointing and extreme decision to make. But keep your spirits high because you will always have the chance to sing again when your voice has healed.

I hope that these tips will help to ease your mind about singing when you are sick. Depending on the severity of your cold or flu, you still may be able to make an outstanding performance. So next time you are sick and you have to sing, remember the above tips and you will be able to do your best and hopefully “knock their socks off!”

Tips on How to Make Vocals in Music Recordings Sound Professional

First things first

Every voice is different. Settings that help the voice of the top-selling artist to be at the top of the charts, might do nothing to help your voice. In fact, such settings might even harm it. Keep that in mind as you read advices regarding frequency numbers, etc.

Your voice is unique. And what is unique, has to be treated as such. That’s why opinions about microphones vary so much. I will say this though – the better the vocal recordings, the easier it is to mix them properly.

1. Equipment

Let’s say you take a picture of a sunset over Paris with an old, two megapixel camera. It’s going to be a great picture nonetheless. But if you try to make a poster out of it, you’ll end up with a blurry, pixelated mess. What the pixels and camera quality are to your eyes, bits and studio equipment are to your ears.

Expensive, high end studio equipment can indeed give you a sense of what makes it expensive, or to put it correctly, what makes it different. Using it is a good way to train your ears. But never suppose that quality lies in the price, because like I said, every voice is unique and just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it makes your voice sound better. With that said, if you ever have the chance to record with different studio equipment, different mics, different workstations etc., please do so! It will give you the opportunity to consider the best arrangement for your voice.

2. Environment

Keep recording sessions dry. You can add every reverb, and every room ambience you can think of with just a few clicks, but it is almost impossible to remove recorded room ambience from your signal. So, do everything possible to keep your room dry. If you have a booth, you are probably in a good situation. If you don’t have one, try to build one (it’s easier than you think-just Google “vocal booth selfmade” to get some inspiration). If you don’t have time or the money for it (you don’t need a lot), at least try to separate your recording area from the rest of your room in some way.

3. Panning and Track Numbers

Everybody has a different approach to panning and the number of vocal tracks that are necessary. I’ll just tell you my opinion.

The lead vocals for verses are usually placed in the center. If you want to give your listener a certain intimacy, it’s always better to use only one vocal track. It just keeps your mix clear and it makes the listening experience better. I’m not a fan of doubling the entire verse. With all the subtle differences between the two takes – including the consonants that never get matched up perfectly – it just makes your vocals sound messy. If you want a clear lead vocal, only use one track.

The next thing I would do is record two tracks in which you double certain parts of the verse. Pan them both in opposite directions (15 to 40), and reduce their volume. You have to hear a difference between the doubled part and the part without doubles, but don’t make it that obvious. Just so that it gives your vocals and the meaning of what is being said in certain parts more power. Doubling is quite common in all kinds of music, especially in rap music. If you are singing, rather than rapping, be careful when doubling because it can make your vocals sound too artificial and too pop-ish. On the other hand, if you are going for that pop sound, doubling might be a great tool for you!

In the chorus, you can record two vocal tracks and pan them between 30 to 60 – one to the left, one to the right. Another option would be to record a third track, which is placed in the center, but not as loud as the lead vocals in your verses.

Some people record one lead track and double it (copy and paste it) and edit them differently (EQ, compressor, pitch, etc.) This can be another great tool to make your vocals sound different in certain parts of the song, just like the panning advices I mentioned above. Try it out and see how you like it.

4. Equalizing Vocals

At first, add a low cut filter on every vocal track. It’s quite common to raise the frequencies from 2 kHz and up for female vocals, and 3 kHz and up for male vocals. Frequencies between 6 and 8 kHz are very sensitive because this is the place where the S sounds are at home. Be careful here. What sounds good and clear on your studio monitors, might feel like needle-sticks to your ear when listening with earphones. Always double- and triple-check your mix on different playback devices like monitors, headphones, earphones, etc.

If the S is too sharp, reduce it. You can either add a native de-esser in your DAW by applying a dynamic equalizer, or by manually reducing every S in your vocal recording. The latter is the most time-consuming, but gives you the most control. Keep in mind that equalizers and de-essers don’t recognize consonants, they recognize frequencies. And some consonants might share the same frequencies as the S. So only apply native de-essers with caution.

5. Reverb

When adding reverb, keep in mind that the lead vocals should usually be just that – leading. So, adding too much reverb is disadvantageous. Only use small room reverbs. You shouldn’t even recognize the reverb, except when it’s gone. It also depends on the instrumental. If there’s a lot going on in your instrumental already, a big reverb would probably be too much for the song. Yet if your instrumental has much room/space, reverb on vocals can be very effective.

6. Breathing Sounds

Of course, your vocal recordings will include breathing sounds. Whether the presence of such breathing sounds should be strong or weak is a question of personal taste. In my opinion, they are extremely important. That doesn’t mean they should be extremely loud though. It means you should edit them separately and with great care.

If a breath is too loud, then reduce its volume. If it is too long, then replace it with a good breath from the same take or from another one. If a breath makes a certain part feel too hectic, then remove it. If it feels like a breath is missing, add one.

These adjustments can improve the flow of your recordings and make your individual takes feel more cohesive. They can also be used as a kind of glue to stick two consecutive takes together to make them feel like they were recorded at once!

But: Don’t double them, and don’t cut them. Always fade in and fade out.

7. Consonants

If you have recorded one lead vocal track and two doubling tracks for a phrase such as, “I’m looking at the mist,” you mind encounter a rattling noise at the end, because the three T’s of “mist” will not appear at the exact same time. You can either move them closer together, so the rattling sound disappears, or you can remove two of them. Fade out the tracks you removed the consonant from to avoid unwanted cutting sounds.

8. Breaks

Many people avoid breaks because they want to finish their project or they don’t believe breaks are necessary. But human senses get accustomed to both good and bad stimulations. You might not recognize something in a room, if you just came in from the sun, but once your eyes adjust, you will notice all sort of things you had missed. When you enter a restaurant, you might perceive good smells, but after you have been sitting at your table for a while, your perception of those smells vanishes. The same thing happens with your ears. If you have been mixing vocals for a couple of hours, you might think they sound good and clear, but the next day, you might just feel ashamed at how muddy they sound.

Take short breaks, if that is all the time you can afford. Taking longer breaks – in which you change your environment – is better. And before you perform your final mix, set your project aside for a couple of days. It’ll give you fresh ears when you resume. At least try it once. Afterward, I think you’ll be pleased that you didn’t release your music without a two-day break.

Reasons Live Music Is Better

They say that even savage beasts slow down to hear melodious sounds. Listening to tunes can be enjoyable as well as therapeutic in some cases. While recorded sounds are plentiful at any time of the day or night, live music has special advantages and benefits for the people fortunate enough to be in the audience.

Use All the Senses

Recorded sounds coming out of speakers can have a powerful impact on people. Familiar songs have a way of transporting people to virtual places where pain subsides, spirits lift, and memories flow. As powerful as these sounds can be, live music has the potential to do so much more simply because of the greater involvement of all of the senses. See the performers with your eyes to experience their emotions as they sing or play instruments. Feel the energy released with the sounds. Performing involves a passion and energy that often surprises people who aren’t involved in the process. Artists often shed the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears as they work to perform for others. A live show often helps people develop a more profound appreciation for this craft.

Attend with Companions

The experience of attending a show together with others in the audience is often a unifying one that draws people together. Attending a live music concert is usually much more enjoyable if you do it with friends or family. Bond with loved ones as you share the experience. You will make special memories that everyone can recall with fondness later.

Study the Professionals

If you play an instrument yourself, attending a live music performance can be an ideal learning opportunity. Study technique and moves to learn more about the craft. You might see an innovative approach that you never considered. Skills and style run rampant at these shows, so you are bound to come away with something new to try.

Enjoy the Spontaneity

Recorded music is heavily edited to make it into precisely the sound desired by the recording artists and companies. When you sit in the audience to hear live sounds, you are privileged to witness spontaneity and creativity in action without any modifications or repairs. Artists are human, so they won’t perform perfectly. Chances are you won’t even realize when mistakes happen, though, because these errors become a part of the show. Live music carries an inherent risk of error, but this risk can lead to raw music that comes from the heart. Artists should feel empowered to perform heartfelt sounds that represent feelings and talents, also resonating with the audience in meaningful ways. Feeling comfortable making music that might contain mistakes can be the catalyst behind an incredible performance.

When you hear an enjoyable concert, make sure to support the artist who performed it. Earning money as an artist is incredibly difficult. Live shows are often the main moneymakers for artists due to the prevalence of free songs online. Attend concerts, buy albums, and spread the word about a promising artist you enjoy.

Writing Melody

Melody

The melody or tune of a song is what most people hear when listening to music, the chords, drums, bass are very important in supporting the melody but the average person hears the tune. The best melodies are simple, easy to remember and easy to sing along with. However the goal of good melody writing is to make the tune simple but not boring or run of the mill. We will discuss how to write a melody, explain a bit of music theory

(I promise not too much!) behind constructing a tune and how to fit lyrics to melody.

The most common question I receive from ‘non-‘musicians’ is what do you write first, music or words? I like to do both and I would recommend you try both ways. If I’m writing with a collaborator who writes lyrics I would always write the tune to fit the lyrics. Sometimes if you have a chord sequence composing lyrics and melody at the same time is a good way to go. Even a combination of the two will work, remember there’s no hard rules to this. The melody is normally the primary reason a song gets recorded or not so make it the strongest you can.

Writing a Cappella:

A cappella means without musical accompaniment. Writing a cappella means composing melodies in your head and just singing them with the voice. Sometimes writing without an instrument can bring forward the strongest melodies.

As a beginning songwriter you can create songs without playing an instrument. With lyrics and melodies in your head, you can complete a song! How cool is that? Some songwriters who can play guitar or piano make the mistake of strumming some chords and letting the chords lead to the next predictable notes.

People sing the melody not the chords, the number one downfall of new songwriters is first playing chord changes on a keyboard or guitar, and then imposing the melody over the chord progression. Now chords are very important to add harmony which we will talk about a little later but if you don’t play an instrument don’t let that stop you writing great melodies.

Having said that, playing an instrument is very useful and knowing chord changes, scales and simple theory will assist you. Learning popular chord sequences will also be of great benefit.

Keep it Simple and Singable:

The goal of melody writing is to communicate a simple and singable melody that fits a perfect lyric. So how do we write melodies? (here comes the theory part) Say you have a chord sequence C Major-F Major-G Major These chords have the following notes in them;

C Major C-E-G

F Major F-A-C

G Major G-B-D

The scale would be C Major going from C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C when writing the melody for your song, you would select notes from within the chord you were playing at the time. So for example if you were playing a C Chord, the notes you would use would be C, E,or G. You can use notes outside of the chord but as a starting point you would choose the notes in the chord. I like to look at the syllables in the lyrics and decide what notes and rhythm I want to assign to them.

When you begin writing your own melodies try a variety of notes with different rhythms. Have fun with this and learn to rewrite melodies like you would with lyrics

Intervals in melody writing is a useful technique to learn. It will help you pick up new music and give you an understanding of melody. I hear you say what is an Interval? Good question, Intervals are the spaces between notes. So F-C would be a 5th because it’s a 5th in distance. To recognize a perfect fifth is to hum the starting of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; the pitch of the first “twinkle” is the root note and pitch of the second “twinkle” is a perfect fifth above it.

Importance Of Music Education In School

Music has been an essential part of almost every culture. In fact when we talk of any culture, music is one of the things that distinguishes each community and society from each other. So, undoubtedly, music is what makes every culture even richer. And what would be a better way to teach your children about different cultures? It is not only about learning cultures, it is about developing an attitude, cognition, and maintaining the emotional and psychological balance through music. There are many studies that have proven how beneficial music could be in the overall development of kids. Many parents and schools believe that learning music is fruitless, but some studies have shown the direct connection between learning music and better academic performance. According to experts, students who were exposed to music lessons in childhood are more likely to score higher in math, languages, and science. It is because music contains all of the aforementioned factors. To know how music impacts the emotional and psychological development of your child, read further.

Personal and Emotional Development through music:

You might have spent more than half of your energy teaching discipline, cooperation, values in life, and other social skills to your kids in various ways. But a simple music lesson can teach them all of these valuable lessons. Children are most likely to take time for music classes, especially, when they are learning with other peers. It is highly likely that they would do this for other subjects. Music helps them become self disciplined, organized, coordinated, and cooperative. When they are learning in a group they also learn about team work, reliability, taking responsibility, and being accountable, etc. Apart from this, children get an opportunity to learn about the history of music, artists, different instruments, different types of music and the elements of music. They also discover how to make new instruments, how to repair instruments, and much more. This certainly adds to their knowledge and takes them closer to the lives of artistic people who can provide them with valuable insights on life.

Music in itself is a form of self-expression and creativity which imparts complex thinking abilities in children, which in turn, improves their cognitive abilities. With music it is easier to think about abstract things as it improves the imagination when one tries to invent or create his own tune or learning the old ones. So music is also a great way to express oneself which can help in reducing the emotional and psychological stress. In fact there are so many psychologists who use ‘music therapy’ to treat patients with mental disorders. Hence, music is plausibly the only tool that can provide your brain and mind with exercise as well relaxation. Apart from this, music can serve as one of the ways to boost a child’s self-esteem, especially someone who is poor in academic subjects. Imagine playing violin or singing a solo song at an annual function of the school. This can do wonders for your kid’s self-esteem. Therefore, music is certainly healing and is very important for the personal, emotional, mental, and psychological growth of children.

Academic Development through Music:

A boost in academic improvement can certainly be the incentive for many parents and schools to allow or start music classes for children. Many scientists and child development psychologists have come to the conclusion that music does improve a child’s academic performance and they certainly gain more expertise in core subjects such as science, language, math and history. Learning music involves rhythm which is achieved by time sense and counting. For example, children need to find out how long or short each musical note is, or when to stroke which cord, or what the dot on the note signifies, etc. So one has to have a good sense of timing and ability to multiply and divide time in order to achieve the same. And there are many studies to support this fact that music improves math. In fact there are many musicians who are exceptionally good at math.

You must be aware that musical notes are generally some symbols that one must learn in order to read them. Learning such musical notes also helps in improving the linguistic language to interpret its real meaning and delve deeper into the subject. While learning music they also go through different poems and songs written by previous artists, lyricists, singers, and poets. This helps children learn more about literature and different instruments, notes, and styles. They try to discover what sounds better together or how sound waves work, what mechanical corrections need to be done to get the exact sounds, and connection between distance and sound waves, etc. It indeed helps them find out more about science and through practical experiences it is easy to learn scientific theories.

Writing Great Song Titles

Song Titles

Titles are so important when writing songs. The Title is like a great book cover, a great title can capture the listener before he/she has even heard your song and more importantly will help the listener to remember it. It’s the sales pitch for the entire song.

Purposes Of A Song Title

Song titles have to deliver a number of important factors. For example it is good if they can possess some of these qualities:

Evoke Emotions

Evoke Imagery

Be Of Interest

Be Memorable

Make The Reader / Listener Curious

Convey Something Original

Convey Something Universal That Everyone Can Relate To

Tease The Reader / Listener – Not Reveal Everything

Be Imaginative

Use A Small Number Of Words – 5 or less

Contain Or Reflect The Main Lyrical Hook (Importance Depends On Music Genre And Perspective)

1. Noun and Adjective Lists

Write down long lists of nouns and adjectives. Blend words from these lists to create pairs of words. In addition, also blend words within the same lists to get verb-verb and noun-noun word pairs. Select the ones you like and develop those word pairs or use those word pairs to create new word pairs based giving lists that go in new directions.

2. Research Other Media

Do some research. Read some online articles, newspaper articles and magazine articles etc. and use them to generate seed ideas for new titles and song lyrics.

Common Phrase’s that people say have not all been used in songs. Even phrases that are said wrong can be turned into great Song Titles ‘A Hard Days Night’ was Ringo’s remark/comment said to John Lennon and we know how that turned out.

A play on words or opposites works pretty well too, one of my own songs ‘I Mean To Be Nice’ is a good example.

3. Prose On A Topic

Choose a topic you are interested in writing a song about.

Proceed to write some free-flowing text inspired by that topic.

Explore any emotions and emotional perspectives, scenarios and conclusions that the story implies.

Use that text to then create phrases and word pairs to use as a seed idea for creating a title.

Great song titles will always have one or two of these ingredients;

Thought Provoking

Word Combinations

Visual Imagery

Humor

General Creativity

Connection to Events and/or People

Common Tools For Songwriters

There are a few basic tools that can be of help when creating titles and other aspects of writing a song:

A Pocket Sized Notepad

Pen, Pencil and Eraser

Post It Notepad

A Rhyming Dictionary (online and an offline book)

A Thesaurus (online and an offline book)

A Recording Device That You Can Speak / Sing Into

For the most part, if you’re searching (as you should be) for a way to say something in a fresh and unusual way, you’re likely to arrive at an imaginative title in the process. Concept and title are so wedded that, particularly in Country music, many writers don’t even begin to write a song until they have a great title/concept. It’s a very common and practical way to start. Sometimes, if you have the right title, the song practically writes itself.

So to recap – start with the basic concept that you want to form the song around, the mood, the voice, the scene, the emotion etc. Then find that great-stand-out-Title that will grab the listener by the eyes before the ears! A great title will in fact help you write a better song, from my experience if I have a great title to start from I want the music and lyrics to be great too.

Important Tips to Mastering Music at Home

The times when you have freshly composed a melody, you may feel it to be the best, but it isn’t the best yet. It involves an efficient procedure where you need to blend the melody next. After a certain point, you would feel irritated by the music mixing methods and happiness that originated from making music would vanish. Composing a tune is fine but mastering it is a task in itself which is tough. There are several experts out there who come up with wonderful ideas on music mastering but not always can you take help from those tips to create a mastered music.

You could blend the ideas and tips to make an easier way out for yourself if you seriously think of pursuing music mixing as an option. It helps you understand the techniques well rather than following someone blindly and not availing results that are satisfying. Here are a few expert tips that is made by blending several ideas from the experts to ensure that you can master music all by yourself without much of help from others.

• Ensure that you listen to more than one genre- You ought to listen to more than one type of music to make your sense of taste dipped in variety. It will show you how to create music without you being deliberately interested in it. You don’t have to like what you listen to as there are numerous things to listen to with every song that you hear. Technicalities such as blending the voice recording with the music, beats, notes, etc. can be learnt by critical evaluation each proceeding and simultaneously understand what the music is made of.
• Erase terrible quality sound – The primary lesson at any music school or is, whether you have a recording, and it is awful quality, and it doesn’t soothe your ear, and you are not content with it, discard it and get yourself a fresh one. Even if people claim that modern software can help you bring perfection to even the worst sounds, you will get terrible results if you hear them carefully.

• Complete the song before blending – It is important to complete the recording completely and then start the mixing and mastering process. Mixing and adding a different texture every time you pause with the recording would affect the recording quality and thus make you confused with the throw of voice after every break. While you apply the techniques of mixing in it as and when you stop the recording, you would notice the fact that there is a change in tonal quality if not the music.

Rise of Music Streaming Service

Over the past decade we have seen music streaming services in the industry rise tremendously. The idea of music streaming services is to bring you millions of songs, of all genres, for whatever situation you land yourself in. Streaming services have forced big players like iTunes to follow in their path or unfortunately get left behind. Streaming websites argue they are contributing positively to the industry with the underlying fact that music seems to be growing again. But like anything else in this world where there is ups, unfortunately, there must be downs and for streaming websites this has certainly been the case, especially over the last couple of year.

Music streaming sites in general all operate in similar ways. The majority allows consumers to use their service for free, with the downside of having to listen to advertising in between songs, but also have a paid version of the service, where you pay a set price per month or year, and draw in little to no interruption. Streaming services, in short, have banks of music from a wide range of artists and genres where customers are usually allowed to customize their own profiles with any music they choose, create playlists of their own and use the services radio setting where they curate songs for you. Before music streaming services started booming, paying a set price for a single song on iTunes and uploading it on your device seemed to be the most traveled path. In today’s age it is clear that streaming services are taking over, from movies to music, streaming seems to be the most efficient way of operating. There are many streaming services to choose from in our day and age, such as, Pandora, Google Music, Amazon Prime Music, Apple Music, etc. But I want to focus on the player that has impacted the industry the most, or so it seems, Spotify.

Spotify, founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, launched in 2008 in hopes of changing the way we listen to music forever. Along with most streaming services, Spotify allows you to search any artist, track, album, genre or playlist to find exactly what you’re looking for. Spotify also allows you to “follow” your friends and artists in the industry to see what they’re listening to. Spotify partnered up with Facebook where users with Spotify accounts could choose an option where the recent songs they listened to would pop up on their Facebook profile. In my opinion this was Spotify’s best decision as far as growing their service. Today, Spotify has 1,500 employees, 75+ millions users, music available in 50+ languages and is available in an application form on almost every platform.

Tips That Could Make Your Music Recording Successful at Home

Most aspiring musicians aren’t financially sound given the state of the economy where they strive to let the world know about their talent. There are several who are running towards the same goal and thus recording a song in a recording studio isn’t affordable by one and all. The cost of hiring a recording studio and recording a song until perfection would no doubt take up time and thus letting musicians spend money overtly. If you are an amateur and need to bring perfection to trial and error, a professional recording studio is expensive.

A great alternative to recording a song in a studio is to do the same at home. You could hire recording equipment or probably set up one all by yourself with the basic amenities that would aid in recording a music track. Here are a few tips that could help you gain perfection to the recording at home and not spend money in professional recording studios.

• Remove noisy elements – Appliances and gadgets like fans and air-conditioners tend to create sound in the background while you record. If may not be audible to the human ear but the recorder grasps the noise. These elements make the track noisy and, therefore, disturbing the process.

• Arrange for good acoustic conditions in the room – Wooden floors, tiled walls, counter tops, etc. are known to be highly reflective and allow your recording to echo. Glass windows too become a spoilt sport and affect the recording. Covering the floor with carpets, windows with curtains, etc. can make the room warm and cosy for the voice to get captured well in the recording.

• Keep the recording microphone away from the computer – The computer screen that lets you control the recording should be maintained at a distance from the microphone that captures your recording. The computer too has a sound of its own that at times gets captured by the recorder.

• Use professional software – While you hire recording equipment, you can also hire professional recording software that allows to see the dynamics of the voice and that lets you know about the changes that you can make to your voice.

• The distance from the microphone – While you record your song, it is necessary to keep your mouth, at least, six inches away from the recording device. It lets the voice come out well without having to let the recorder capture the sound of your breath. You can always experiment with the kind of sound that is recorded by increasing or decreasing the distance. Settle for the one that sounds impeccable with the right sound and that would make the best soundtrack.