5 Secrets to Recording Audio From Home

Everyone wants to learn audio recording don’t they? It’s so easy and, as it turns out, inexpensive to do. You can do everything from transferring cassettes and records (remember those) to CDs, create audio books, voice-overs, put great audio onto your video files instead of the crappy audio that usually comes from camcorders. You can release a CD, start your own record company, be a 1-person band, etc. Audio is everywhere. Have I convinced you? Good, now read on:).

Before you do anything else, read the rest of this article. It will be your shield against the advice you might get from a salesman at your local music store, or from some other audio experts. Here are the five secrets:

You DON’T need to lay down a bunch of money to get started.

Try this just for fun. Walk into your nearest musical instrument store (the kind that has a “recording” department) and ask them what you would need to get started recording audio from home. My guess is that you will be told you need a condenser mic, cables, mic stand, computer interface and special software; all of which will end up costing at least $500, but more likely, over $1000, and you still won’t know how to use it! The only other option, you’re told, is to go to a commercial recording studio, which will cost around $50 per hour plus the hassle of getting there with all the stuff (or all the people if you’re in a band) you’ll need. Most people believe those are their only two options. Well the truth is you probably don’t need to spend a dime on gear, OR a studio. All you need is a computer with a soundcard (just the onboard one will do for starters), the microphone that probably came with your computer (which you can get for $4.00 at Target if you didn’t get one), headphones (the kind you use with your mp3 player will do), and an internet connection. I’m betting most folks have all that stuff RIGHT NOW. It just takes a little knowledge about how to get the most out of what you have….which brings me to the next point:

Knowledge is far more important than gear.

Fact: you can still make bad recordings with top-notch (read: “expensive”) gear. This is extremely common. Just pick up a copy of “Recording Magazine” and look at the “Readers Tapes” section some time if you want to see for yourself. Their reviewer is constantly dumbfounded at the great recordings that come in with cheap-to-modest gear, as well as the crappy recordings that are produced on high-end gear costing up to $10,000 (or more) most of the time! Fact: now that the technology is available to virtually anyone with a computer, the world is flooded with really terrible-sounding audio. That’s because most people (and I do mean like 80-90 percent here) don’t know the basic principles of audio recording, mixing and producing. With so many amateurs cranking out audio, the only real discriminators that will set YOU apart from the rest are “content” (your song, your podcast, etc.) and “know-how.” Fact: if you’re just starting out, and you have $300, you will produce better recordings after spending the $$ on knowledge than if you buy any equipment or software..

You don’t need to know HOW a television works in order to learn to USE it.

What? Said another way, you don’t have to know how to rebuild an engine in order to drive a car, do you? What you DO need to be taught can be learned very quickly (about a minute in the case of a TV). You could go your entire life and not know what a “catalytic converter” is, and it wouldn’t stop you driving the car. Heck, I’ve been watching television for 35 (or moreJ) years, and I STILL don’t know what a “cathode ray tube” really was. I didn’t even notice when you didn’t need one any more! The same is true for recording. Having gone through this as a beginner, I can tell you that MANY of the “experts” you’ll find on the newsgroups or forums will offer beginners some version of the following statement: “You can’t really learn recording overnight, or from books; you just have to do it over and over again for years to really learn it.” This is simply not true, and it stops a lot of people trying. It’s a little like saying “you can’t really understand how a TV works unless you go to TV-repair school, or at least have an electrical engineering degree.” That’s true, but I don’t NEED to understand all that stuff! I just want to change the channels! It will depend to large degree on what kind of recording you are trying to do (spoken-word, music multi-tracking for a CD project, or full-on CD mastering), but a large percentage of folks can learn to do ALL they NEED TO from in less than an hour from the right teacher. Many beginners take one look at, say, a mixing board (or its virtual counter-part), get information overload, and run screaming from the room. Heck I still do it after 30 years in this business! The bottom-line truth is…you really only have to learn 4 or 5 of those 80 or 90 buttons and scary commands to do what you need to do to start! Then as you choose to go deeper down the rabbit hole, you’ll have to learn maybe 15 more…seriously! I’ve engineered hundreds (probably thousands) of audio projects over the last 30 years, and I estimate I probably only know about 1/5th of what my programs and gear can do!

You DON’T Need a Mac!

Oh, this one goes back to the 80s. When every-day people started to buy computers (yes, kids…there was a time when households did not have a computer! And a short time before that, they didn’t even have televisions! Shock, Horror….sorry, I’m better now), the early Macs had some built-in features that made them better-suited to music-production. But over the years, things have evened out, and the recording landscape is about 50/50 on the issue. It’s like Pepsi and Coke. Some people prefer on over the other, but one is not INHERENTLY better than the other overall. Our tutorials are geared toward teaching skills REGARDLESS of the OS. But DON’T be talked into buying a MAC for audio just because a salesman tells you their better. It’s just not true anymore.

You Don’t Need “Pro Tools”

This is another myth that persists from the “old days.” There was a time, in the late 80s, when the software program called “Pro Tools” was only available for the Mac. Early versions for PC were often unstable. That was pretty-much fixed by the mid-late 90s. But since Pro Tools was marketed directly to the professional market from the start, on the Mac, it sort of became standard to associate “good” recording software with both Pro Tools and the Mac. Pro Tools is still regarded as probably the most commonly-used audio software in the world. But in the 21st century, “common” does not necessarily mean “better,” and it ABSOLUTELY does not mean “mandatory.” In order to use Pro Tools, you not only need the software, but also very specific hardware as well! The program will not work without one of several approved hardware interfaces. At the time of this writing, the least expensive Pro Tools system available is “Pro Tools M-Powered,” combined with the M-Audio Fast Track Pro interface. Total cost: $450. Compare that with the minimum cost of gear/software I mentioned above, which comes out to…..hmmmm…let me think….oh yeah, $0.00! Will that budget get you EVERYTHING Pro Tools can get you, in terms of capability or quality? No. But it will get most folks what they NEED, right NOW. Then when you need the next steps up in features and capability, there are incremental steps to climb (like $50 for the first 3 jumps) so you don’t pay for more than your need. Why buy a Lexus when you only need a bicycle? One day you may want a Pro Tools system. But for Pete’s sake, don’t dive right in with Pro Tools! Now go forth and record! And start today…without the 2nd mortgage:). Cheers!

Why Audio is One of the Best Internet Marketing Tools For Making More Money Online

If you are an internet marketer then I am sure that you are always looking for internet marketing tools that will make your job a lot easier. I know this is the case with me. Over the past few years I have realized that there are tons and tons of internet marketing tools that can really help us out. Another thing that I realized was that some of the most powerful tools used for making more money online are some of the most simple ones. In this article I am going to share with you one of the most effective tools for taking your online business to new heights.

Let me ask you a question. Are you using audio in your online marketing?

If you answered no to this question then you will find this article very helpful.

Knowing how to use audio in your marketing can really make a big difference when it comes to increasing your overall profits. The first thing that I recommend that you do is find a service a software that will allow you to create multi purpose audio content. Make sure that whatever one you choose give you the ability to easily create your audio content. You can find such programs by doing a simple search on Google on the term “audio recording services”.

Once you have you service/software you are now ready to ramp up your online money making efforts.

Here are some of the best ways that you can use audio to bring in more money from your online business. These are just a few of the ways. Once you see the power of using audio you will soon realize that the sky is the limit!

1. Put Audio On Your Squeeze Page Or Website – I’m sue by now you have been to tons of websites that have audio intros explaining what the site is all about or maybe offering some sort of free gift just for visiting the site. The point is that having a nicely put together audio intro or special offer on your squeeze page or site can really bring a visitor in. This really helps out because now you are giving your visitors an option to hear or to read and in many cases people rather listen then read.

2. Create Audio Courses To Sell Or Help Build Your List – This is one of my most absolute favorite ways to use audio. Did you know that creating an audio eBook is very easy to do and has more perceived value then your traditional eBook which takes more work to create. A good audio recording software or service should allow you to be able to create audios in length of up to 60 minutes each. This is all the time you need to create a great informative audio eBook that can easily be sold for at least $20 and on up.

If you don’t want to sell you audio course you can always use it as a free gift to get people to join your list. This is another great idea because many people love audio courses and will gladly signup to your free list to receive yours.

3. Create Audio Testimonials – Audio testimonials will definitely increase your conversion rates because for a potential buyer of yours it is much better to hear what someone thinks about your product or service rather then to just read about it. There are several audio recording services that will allow you to set up an easy way for your customers to leave an audio testimonial. Once you have a few place them on your site so that all of your visitors can listen. Super powerful!

I hope now that you are starting to see how great of an internet marketing tool that audio can be.

How to Use Audio Streaming to Build Your Internet and Online Business

You have probably heard of bloggers, webmasters and fellow internet entrepreneurs who are using audio tools to grow their properties and businesses online.Audio streaming is just another tool and venue that you can utilize to expand further your market and influence online. Of course it costs a little bit more than other strategies in conducting marketing and business online but the rewards you reap will be two-fold if you do everything right. Making use of audio as an online marketing and business tool is not a new concept. Ever since the beginning of the internet, enterprising people have been experimenting with it.

Enumerated below are the various techniques you can utilize to take advantage of audio streaming concepts and tools.

1) Start an online radio show. There are a lot of websites out there that would enable you to set up and host your own online radio show. You can use your show to invite listeners to interact with your show via live chats. This allows you to communicate with your listeners and customers in an easy and fast way. You can ask questions and get the feedback you need right out of the bat.

2) Create and record a podcast. A podcast is very similar to an online radio show. The only difference is that a podcast is recorded, saved and shared to your listeners. They can download and listen to it at their own convenience. They can save it to their computers or MP3 players and listen to it whenever they want. This is the advantage of a podcast over a live online radio show. The listener doesn’t have to tune in at the exact time because the podcast file is there for them to download at their convenience.

3) Record audio-based products. Some people prefer reading articles. And some prefer listening to them. The latter is the market that audio-based products aim to target. Such audio products can be in the form on MP3 files which listeners can download for free or for a fee. It can also be in the form of more traditional CD’s which you can ship to those who want or order it.

If you are just starting out with audio streaming as a business marketing tool, it is best that you begin with one of the above concepts discussed above. It is never a good strategy to try them all at once.