Let's talk logistics.
What do you make, how do you make it, what does it cost, how do you share it.
What Should I Create?
This will completely depend on you, your purpose, your budget, your time and your current ability.
Here are some examples:
- Film a video of student singing live to send to family members to show progress. (free!)
- Film a video for social media (1-min) ($)
- Film a professional- looking YouTube Music Video. ($-$$$$$$)
How Do I Make it?
AUDIO > VIDEO
People will watch a low-quality, low-budget video as long as the sound is high-quality.
Audio Quality is more important than VideoQuality -- but no one will listen to the audio, without an accompanying video.
Nobody cares how professional your video looks if the sound quality is low.
There are two parts to a video:
You are going to want to synchronize your sound to your video.
- Record Audio & Video Simultaneously on one device. (Example: BYU MDT Audition Video)
This option is free. Just need a phone or camera!
- Record Audio & Video Separately At Home. Then pair them together with movie making software.
Step 1: Record Audio with At-Home Recording Equipment. This way you can do as many takes as you want and quickly edit together the best of your takes into one awesome video.
*USB Microphone ($20-30)
* Garage Band or Audacity (Free!)
Step 2: Record Video with Camera you have available. Have a friend film you. Play the song you recorded while you film so that your lips can match up with what you're singing in your recording.
Step 3: Use iMovie (Free), Final Cut ($$) or other video editing softwares to put the video and the audio together. Silence the audio from the video you took, and just leave the audio from your song recording.
-Record Semi-Professionally or Professionally
Step 1: Create a background track to sing to.
If you are planning on releasing a song to YouTube, there are some creators who will let you use the background tracks (karaoke) that they have posted for your videos if you give them credit.
**Note that you will not be able to release this song to streaming platforms such as iTunes or Spotify unless you obtain a license or explicit permission from the person who created the track.**
If you are not going to use a pre-made karaoke track, you will need to get one made. Depending on what you are trying to record, prices vary.
Use garage band to create your own track with just your voice. Harmonize to yourself to create your own "background track".
A simple piano accompaniment can be created with anywhere from $10-200. Local musicians in your area seeking to build a portfolio may also be willing to record a piano track for you for free. Ask your teacher if they know anyone, look for friends/relatives who play the piano or hire someone on Fiverr.
If you are wanting a more robust background track to sing to you will need to hire a producer/arranger to create one for you.
If you are trying to keep costs low/free, check out local music industry facebook groups, local universities with audio engineering or music programs etc. for someone who is willing to create a track for you on a low/no budget.
If you have a budget, seek out local recording studios good reputations and ask them who they would recommend or see if the audio engineer also arranges. Again, Fiverr always has many options in many price ranges.
Here are my favorite options for instrumental track creation:
- Noisebox Studios, Dave Zimmerman (Dave is a master engineer, you can tell him what you want and he'll create it for you!) ($100/hr.) He can do any type of music.
- VoxFox Studios, Becky Willard Becky makes AMAZING tracks without breaking the bank. You can even record your vocals from your own microphone at home and send it in to her to save on costs. She's best for pop style music.
-Blomberg Music Productions, Daniel Blomberg is the best in the business. No joke. I work with him all the time and am always amazed at what he does for clients. He will create the track of your dreams, respect your time, budget and completely blossom your creative vision into something truly amazing. He can do any style of music!
There are so many amazing people everywhere you can work with, feel free to reach out if you need help finding the right fit for your project! email@example.com
Step 2: You Have An Instrumental Track to Sing to... You need to record your vocals!
- Record them at home using a USB Microphone and garageband (Cheapest - but Lowest Quality)
- Record them at home using a nice microphone, interface and a DAW (digital audio workstation) (More on at home equipment options in another post) then send them to an audio engineer to be edited and mixed with your instrumental track. (Lower Cost- Higher Quality)
- Visit a local recording studio and record your vocals there, have them edit your song and put it together with the instrumental track you have created. (Reasonable Cost - Super High Quality)
Step 3: You will need to Mix (make sure all of the parts of the song vocals, instruments and effects are balanced and the song has the vibe you want) and Master (the over all energy and volume levels of the song are good) your song.
Your audio engineer will be able to do this for you. There are thousands of tutorials of how to do this yourself on YouTube if you are working from home. I will warn you... it is tricky to learn if you are new to music recording. I'd rely on someone else and then hone your skills as you become more professional.
In the next post, we will move on to the video recording & releasing aspect of the project! :)