Step by step guide on creating your own digital music company
For the most part, it’s just easier to create your own internet radio station, stream music, or record your own “music video” than to take the time and expense to go to a record store and record an album.
With today’s mobile phones and computers with decent internet access, there’s never been a better time to go the “DIY” route to record or share your own, independent music, videos, podcasts, ringtones, mobile apps, or sound effects with your family or friends. There are, of course, pros and cons to building your own audio creation studio, but there are also few things more fun than trying your hand at something completely new and creative.
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Because audio is so easy to make, it’s very easy to upload your own podcasts, internet radio shows, lectures, spoken word programs, or reality shows. And while there are different legal and technical hurdles to jumping over, thanks to technology, much of the work of getting an audio program running is done for you. You might even be surprised at how much speed and efficiency it takes to make your own audio material.
Okay, that isn’t so surprising. But why should you give up on your dreams of becoming your own “album producer,” or “music startup,” as it were? There are actually quite a few sound effects and pop-in audio programs that can help build your own audio library for use in websites, mobile apps, social media, your website or audio blog, and your upcoming music.
Here are six simple tricks to building your own audio library:
Start by creating a recording library on a PC or a Mac
Record a wide range of sound clips from different sources and genres.
I like MOS mode on any audio editing software such as Adobe Premiere or Audacity because it greatly simplifies video and audio transfer from the computer. In other words, you can put a lot of your software software into the background so you don’t have to keep it all up and running. After that, you can quickly transfer the sound clips to any of the various audio editing programs on the market, including Phaser, Studio CD Liquid, Pablo, and more.
Choose an audio editing program such as Audacity for building your own sound library.
Watch the intro to Phaser Film Effects, which is an amazing tool for creating audio tracks for music videos, podcasts, audiobooks, game audio, sound effects, and more.
Audacity is an excellent training tool. You can experiment with different audio editing programs.
Download sound clips from SoundCloud, SoundCloud Music, SoundCloud Radio, Google Play Music, Spotify, iTunes, iTunes Radio, Pandora, SoundCloud Open, and Google Play Music.
Listen to sounds of different groups and parts of the world in the SoundCloud Open page.
With this tool, you can break down sounds into small file sizes so you can easily share them with others.
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Create a “bug call” file
I normally talk about performance, channel, audio quality, complexity, testing, licensing, and how to obtain a proper royalty rate. But Bug calls are a really fun tool for building your audio library. Every bug call, including bugs, advertisements, videos, and any other audio you want to add to your library, can be included in a built-in .wav file and then copied and pasted into any of the audio editor programs. I recommend using a free audio editor such as Phaser, Audacity, or Studio CD for creating bugs.
Make a playlist by listening to your audio library.
While Phaser is the best free audio editor available, Audacity can teach you how to edit audio files with ease. But, for folks who don’t have a computer (or who can’t get a computer fast enough), you can actually create your own .wav and .mp3 file and then add it to your music library. I also like clicking the Play button next to the audio file to learn a few YouTube related keywords, genres, and phrases. If you find that adding a YouTube playlist plays or plays loudly, open the YouTube download page and download the “Ask for Help” widget.
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