8 Useful Songwriting Recording Tools for Beginners

8 Useful Songwriting Recording Tools for Beginners

Writing songs can be tough, especially for beginners. Sometimes you don’t have the foggiest idea where to begin, and in other moments you’re completely stuck. But writing songs doesn’t need to be depressing. There are more powerful tools to aid in songwriting than at any time in recent memory.

Inspiration can strike someone when they least expect it. That is the reason it’s essential to have proper songwriting applications ready to save your melodies and thoughts. Otherwise, numerous precious ideas might get lost, and innumerable incredible songs won’t be recorded.

Fortunately, these days, technology has dramatically advanced and with your mobile gadgets, you can have a recording studio wherever you go. For more helpful tips, check out WriteZillas. Here is the rundown of 8 best songwriting tools to assist in recording your ideas and to store them safely.

Evernote

Let’s begin with the basics. Evernote is a great tool for on-the-go musicians. Full-time content writers and part-time contributors emphasize the significance of writing down your ideas as they enter your thoughts.

Evernote is a free mobile app that allows you to store audio, text, and photograph notes in one organized place. More importantly, the user enjoys an automatic syncing with every device that you have. Evernote is an ideal spot to keep your hummed or lyric melodies.

Recording app

At times, the simplest idea provides the best solution. Thus, utilize your smartphone, to record a melody as soon as you feel the creative inspiration. These days, most mobile phones come with free recording applications.

Android users can as well utilize the Smart Voice Recorder or Easy Voice Recorder, while iPhone users may leverage Audio Memos. But in case these fall short for your needs, you can generally search via the Play Store or App Store to discover various types.

GarageBand

GarageBand is an iOS application that permits you to record your melody in a hurry by using your iPhone as a melodic instrument. It empowers you to form a song without any preparation. Later, you enrich it with guitars, synths, drum packs, and basses as you find it convenient.  GarageBand is ideal for songwriters who are often on the move.

Besides, the app offers you with free Artists Lessons for piano and guitar with three difficulty levels, making it a stunning place to practice instruments for newbies.

HumOn

HumOn is an iOS and Android application that helps you to form music anywhere. Hum your melody whenever a new song idea comes to mind. Likewise, there is an edit option to change the pitch or duration of melodic notation, just as other helpful choices.

As the specialists at WriteZillas would put it, HumOn permits you to finish your masterpieces with suitable instrumental accompaniments, such as shake, ballad, R&B, etc. Additionally, you may share your music over social media and let other music enthusiasts listen to your fabulous task.

Simple Songwriter

This is another ideal Apple application that you can use for recording your song ideas safely. Not only does the touchscreen offer a friendly environment to rapidly and efficiently generate song concepts, but you can also record it and practice it later on your selected device.

Similarly, Simple Songwriter allows you to play with tempos, create modulations for subtle adaptations, and create smooth inversions. You can also search for harmonies that are cohesive with each other. This is definitely not a free application, but you can get it for $4.99.

Pro Tools

Mike Solomon, who’s a specialist on music themes, suggests Pro Tools. He explains that it as among the widest variety of tools that you may need to record music. Today, it’s essential that every music lover is familiar with the DAW music software. The tool empowers you to record your melodies in a digital format, and you can share it with others. Moreover, your song can become a hit in the studio world with industry standards. Therefore, it’s helpful to realize how to operate Pro Tools and benefit from a different aptitude that’s appreciated in the music industry.

BandLab

BandLab is an entirely free online digital sound workstation. The tool provides 200 professionally established instruments from drum units to pianos, as well as some extra features, for example, time-stretching, automation, guitar/bass amp recreation, etc.

Additionally, BandLab has excellent joint effort devices that transform how you build music. The portable studio in your pocket is ready for whenever the motivation strikes. It’s ideal for blending your next masterpiece, rapping over beats, or catching a guitar riff.

Audiotool

This tool is the final suggestion from Catherine Cole, a content writer and music teacher. According to Catherine, Audiotool is an engaging music production studio right in your browser.

It is mainly used by those in electronic or hip-hop music, but it’s a great alternative to form your music if you have adequate time and a PC access.

161 – Transforming Remote Studio Collaboration – with Ameen Abdulla of Soundwhale

161 – Transforming Remote Studio Collaboration – with Ameen Abdulla of Soundwhale

It has long been touted that remote studio collaboration is easier and more convenient than ever. But is it true?

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I chat with Ameen Abdulla, Founder and CEO of Soundwhale. Soundwhale brings audio collaboration to a whole new level.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:34 – Introductions
  • 00:44 – Share your story with us
  • 10:15 – Starting a movement
  • 12:41 – Remote studio collaboration
  • 22:12 – Losing clients to poor remote collaboration tech
  • 27:03 – Soundwhale doesn’t use the Cloud?
  • 29:38 – Beta launch?
  • 31:14 – What is the greatest challenge you’ve overcome?
  • 33:34 – What is the greatest victory you’ve experienced as an entrepreneur?
  • 35:57 – Are there any books or other resources that have helped you on your journey?
  • 38:01 – The importance of relaxation
  • 41:25 – Wrap up
  • 41:46 – The Music Entrepreneur Code

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160 – Disrupting the Streaming Landscape – with Chris Jones and Chad Royce of Ursa Music

160 – Disrupting the Streaming Landscape – with Chris Jones and Chad Royce of Ursa Music

Have you ever wondered why streaming platforms don’t allow you to create an in-depth artist profile? Have you asked yourself why you can’t view album credits and easily find all the tracks a specific session musician has played on?

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I chat with Ursa Music founders Chris Jones and Chad Royce. They offer great insights into their new and disruptive music streaming app.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:34 – Introduction
  • 00:54 – The ability to create a profile on streaming sites
  • 03:01 – Shifting into the digital age
  • 05:55 – What are linkable credits?
  • 08:45 – What are you most proud of with Ursa?
  • 16:23 – Why hasn’t this been done before?
  • 18:09 – What is the monetization potential on Ursa?
  • 22:23 – Will Ursa Music be partnering with music distributors?
  • 25:15 – Will music streaming have staying power?
  • 28:10 – What is the greatest opportunity with streaming?
  • 32:16 – What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome as an entrepreneur?
  • 36:46 – What is the greatest victory you’ve experienced as an entrepreneur?
  • 40:52 – Are there any books or other resources that have helped you on your journey?
  • 42:51 – Wrap up
  • 43:56 – The Music Entrepreneur Code

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The Best Ways to Learn Music Production

The Best Ways to Learn Music Production

Most of us spend a good chunk of our lives dreaming about pursuing a creative endeavor but never actually pull the trigger.

We find excuses, we’re embarrassed, lazy, and a lot of times don’t even know where to start.

Well today, we’ll be tackling some of the obstacles outlined above. We’ll show that you can start learning music production without leaving your house and with just a few hours per week. We’ll also show you exactly where to look for information regarding music production.

If you’ve ever looked up to electronic or hip-hop music producers and aspired to be just like them, then this is your lucky day. Stick to any of the courses below and you’ll be one step closer to that dream.

Online Music Courses

As you might have guessed, our preferred method of learning is through online courses.

There are two types of courses you can try: Free and paid.

Free courses are the easiest solution. They don’t require any investment, are widely available, and usually don’t require the creation of an account.

However, we will make the case that paid courses are the way to go.

Why?

Because paid courses keep you accountable. By having to spend a few dollars in a course, you have skin in the game, and that keeps you committed.

We’ve talked to hundreds of self-taught music students who have attempted to master music production on their own. Time and time again, we encountered the same issue: lack of commitment.

Enrolling in a free course is easy, but so is giving up on it.

Paid Resources

Additionally, despite the high level of quality available in free courses, we have found that the very best courses are paid.

The good news is that these courses don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Coursera, Masterclass, Berklee Music School, and many others offer great courses at affordable prices. Berklee even offers student financing for their online program. For a complete list of music courses online, check out this article.

And finally, the other major benefit to taking certain paid courses is that they will give you some credibility.

We are lucky enough to live in the age where even the most reputable universities and colleges offer online courses, so if you’re looking into a career as a sound engineer or similar, you can look at programs offered by esteemed institutions in the industry such as Point Blank and HOFA College.

Free Resources

If we still haven’t convinced you to invest in a paid course, here are a few recommendations of good free music production courses:

How to EDM – YouTube

How to EDM is a reference in the EDM production community. It has tutorials on a lot of topics, some more advanced than others, but has a lot of beginner friendly videos too.

As the name suggests, this channel focuses on electronic music, though some tips are applicable to any musical genre.

Produce Like A Pro – YouTube

Despite not having a course structure, this YouTube channel has loads of content that you can peruse at your own pace. It covers a lot of ground and will set you up with all the basic and intermediate skills necessary to produce music

SoundGym – Online Course

With close to 100 hours of videos on audio engineering, electronic music production, mix & mastering, synthesizers, and live sound, SoundGym is a great solution for someone looking for a structured and all-encompassing approach.

If you’re ready to commit a few months of consistent effort and don’t have a budget to spend on your music education, this is the program for you.

SeamlessR – YouTube

YouTube really is the place to look for tutorials. The amount of information available in this platform is simply mind blowing. A great example of this is SeamlessR’s YouTube channel. From beginner to advanced tutorials, he delivers high quality content for free.

His sound design knowledge is simply impressive and music producers of any level and genre will benefit from browsing his channel for a few hours.

SadwoickProduction – YouTube

Finally, we highly recommend looking at SadowickProduction’s channel if you are a complete beginner. The videos focus on learning the ableton DAW for people who have no background in music production.

Final Thoughts

We hope that this article has helped you start your journey in music production.

It is not an easy road. It requires significant time investment and some financial investment. However, anybody can do it. You don’t need to be born a musical genius to become a good music producer or engineer, all it takes is hard work.

Stick to any of the above outlined courses for a few months and you’ll have a great foundation from which to build your own career in the music industry. So now it’s your turn: Roll up your sleeve and let’s get working!

159 – How to Build a Profitable & Sustainable Music Education Business – with Wendy Brentnall-Wood

159 – How to Build a Profitable & Sustainable Music Education Business – with Wendy Brentnall-Wood

Have you ever thought about teaching music? Are you already a music teacher looking to increase your revenue?

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I talk to music educator Wendy Brentnall-Wood and tease out insights about student retention, building revenue streams, how to avoid burnout and more.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:34 – Introduction
  • 00:55 – Share about your passion
  • 01:58 – From teaching students to teaching teachers
  • 02:42 – Artistically inclined but business deficient
  • 03:13 – Competition in music education
  • 04:11 – Income potential in music education
  • 04:44 – Student retention
  • 07:01 – Value-added services
  • 11:35 – Burnout with music teachers
  • 14:44 – Teaching happens during social hours
  • 15:58 – How can music teachers ensure profitability?
  • 20:01 – Staying focused with your revenue streams
  • 21:19 – How to store ideas
  • 21:39 – The devaluing of music education
  • 27:36 – Paying for quality
  • 30:12 – What is the message you wanted to share through your book?
  • 34:32 – Why did you write a book?
  • 36:12 – What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve encountered?
  • 37:48 – What are some of the greatest victories you’ve experienced?
  • 39:19 – Are there any books or resources that have helped you on your journey?
  • 40:48 – Is there anything else I should have asked?

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