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You Can Make a Professional Song with $0

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

It’s true. You can make a song that can hang with Charlie Puth’s or Avicii’s on a Spotify playlist. And you don’t have to spend a single penny.

That’s right, I said no money. Zippity. Nada. $0. Here’s how you can do it.

Do I Need Mixing or Mastering for My Music? What’s the Difference?

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

I still recall being a young aspiring musician recording my first ever album with my bandmates. We spent weeks working on perfecting our recordings, getting the takes just right. The engineer helped us along the way with mixing in amazing effects, EQ, and panning to get it sounding just how we wanted. When it was all wrapped up in the studio, we smiled and patted each other on the back and truly believed this was the finished product we had all been waiting for.

Then the engineer said something I will never forget.

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Cari Cole

7 Vocal Methods (And Magic Tricks) to Make Your Voice Rule the World

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This article originally appeared on Cari Cole's Standing in the Spotlight blog.

 

As one of the top celebrity vocal coaches in the world, I’ve seen it all. From stars to rock legends and Grammy winners to tens of thousands of emerging independents, one thing is true:

You don’t have to have the best voice in the world, but you do have to have a good one. And one that won’t quit on you when it matters.

Here are my top seven vocal tricks to make your voice rules the world.

Want Fuller Sounding Songs? Try These 4 Tips

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Fullness. It’s one thing that separates a great-sounding song from a clearly home-produced song. But how do you get fuller sounding songs? It would be nice if there were a “make my song sound fuller” knob I could turn on. But as far as I know, there’s not (yet).

This is a learning journey I’ve been on myself. And producing music from a walk-in closet, it’s hard for me to get that wide and deep sound. I have, however, learned a few things so far about making my songs sound fuller. Four things, to be exact.

10 Myths About Songwriting Busted!

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

I’ve been teaching songwriting for a long time. But for a long time before that I’d been hearing all kinds of excuses from songwriters going through writer’s block and friends who say, “Oh, I could never write a song,” which is like saying “I can’t succeed” or “I won’t even bother trying.” Wake up, people! Don’t get caught in your own productivity traps.

Here I’ve tried to counteract some of the dumber things people have said to me about my favorite part of music: songwriting.