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What’s the best way to help your music get heard without spending large amounts of money??

As an aspiring artist, it is really important to understand how to get the music you create different types of exposure.

There are many different ways to create this type of exposure, but i’ll take you through my method.

I’ve been making music for about a year now. I have a pretty good following on instagram and twitter. I can actually say that I have fans who actually wait for me to drop music.

The first step I do after I drop my music is send it to EACH AND EVERY CONTACT in my phone. They say it’s true that your number one fan will be someone you’ve never seen before, but I give my personal friends and family the opportunity to listen before anyone else.

For the second step I go make a video of me singing and dancing to the a piece of the song. I call this a Snippet.The three main ways in which I make a video would be through the Triller App, on the TikTok app and just a regular video on my phones camera.

After creating the video I find out the logistics of when my followers on my social media platforms are the most active. Then i’ll end up posting around that time. Apps I post too are those such as Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Triller, Facebook… etc

The last step in this process is to pay for promotion. Examples of this is having other popular pages to post the video I created to their pages. My favorite way to pay for promotion is to use the new feature that Instagram AD’s has and to create interactions through there.

This cost effective method has worked extremely well for me. I’ve even used this method without spending any money at all. It has worked for me a numerous amount of times.

If you have any questions or even just want to see some of the results, you can follow my instagram. The link is below

https://www.instagram.com/scoobydrew____/

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The best music store to shop at for an upcoming engineer

There are many different types of music stores out there.

Im positive that I haven’t been to all of them, but I do have my personal recommendations.

My first suggestion would be none other then the store Guitar Center

Guitar Center has all of the tools an engineer would need. If you’re not sure exactly what you would need as an engineer, then you could go to one of my previous post that breaks it down into depth.

The reason I personally prefer Guitar Center over other musical stores is due to the low prices they have for products that are sold for higher prices elsewhere.

The workers that work there have always been extremely polite and helpful as i’ve attempted to search for the items I needed, offering assistance and answering questions i’ve had about particular products.

Highly recommended store, their services products and prices are definitely top tier.

 

The next store that i’d recommend to an upcoming engineer is Chuck Levins.

The reason I recommended this store second is because their prices are just a little bit more then Guitar Center’s. Please don’t let that discourage you though.

Chuck Levins has amazing staff, that are very in sync with the musical industry.
The quality of their equipment is top tier.

Chuck Levins is the, for sure most reliable store in the market. They always have more than enough of their items stocked, so you don’t have to worry about waiting for your product to get to the store.

Im actually going to Chuck Levins this weekend to rebuy all of my studio equipment. I’ll probably post a video about an unboxing of my equipment, and how exactly to hook all of it up.

If you have any questions on anything music related, you can find me on instagram @Scoobydrew___ . Or you can find me on twitter @Scoobydrew___

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Cost effective studio setup

This post is just a link to my Youtube video that shows off my cost effective studio setup with minimal space and a huge amount of opportunity.

Thank you so much for the view. If you have any questions you can reach out to me on instagram or twitter @scoobydrew___ or on twitter @Scoobydrew____

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What is the best converter to buy for an engineer with A Mac Laptop?

There’s only one real answer to this question.

The Apogee Duet 2 is the ideal converter for a Mac computer. 

For those of you who don’t know what the use of these machines are for, it’s very simple.

A Duet converter is used to make different types of machinery be able to sink in unison. For this instance, that would be our computer (which is running the Logic X Pro software), our speakers, and our microphone.

In order to be able to make music, you have to have the microphone and the computer working together.

The Duet has been the most reliable for me throughout my journey.

It has the circular knob which acts as the complete control system. You can turn the knob left or right to turn the volume up or down. You can turn the microphone volume up or down with the know. Clicking the circular knob down allows you to toggle from system to system. And there are little buttons on the top that allow you to mute the output from either your headphones, the microphone, or your laptop.

These features from the Duet allow the user to have a clean and precise session for mixing and making songs.

The circular knob allows quick access to every feature that is required in the engineering process. Without the duet it would take much longer for me to record songs.

I’m not sure how many other competitors the Duet competes with, but I haven’t heard of any other competitors in the converter business until I did my research.

Growing up many around many different studio’s, I always saw the Duet converter being used. It really is a key function in the road towards being a better engineer.

Thank you so much for your time, If you have any specific question my Instagram is @Scoobydrew___ and my twitter is @Scoobydrew____

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Whats the best laptop to buy when making music

For starters, Any MacBook would work if you are trying to engineer.

MacBook’s come equipped with an application called Garageband, which essentially is a similar service to Logic X Pro and Pro Tools. GarageBand is suitable, but for the best product, I recommend Logic X Pro. Logic X Pro was created by Apple inc. Which means that it is at its peak performance when used on a MacBook

There are different types of computers that Apple offers. There’s the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the IMac. All three of these would be suitable for the application of Logic.

I personally have the MacBook Air. Which has been of amazing use for me. The only advice I would give to anyone who wants to buy a MacBook Air, is to make sure that you purchase an external hard drive that has the ability to store data. The MacBook Air comes with limited space, unless you upgrade the gigabytes that it can hold upon the purchase.

It’s funny, because on Sunday, I plan to upgrade from my MacBook Air. Im going to get a MacBook Pro, which has more RAM, and more gigabytes of storage.

The MacBook Air I’ve had is 4 years old. Which is not bad, but for how much music I create, I need a laptop with more space and more Ram.

Logic X Pro can be used on other types of laptops (Dell, HP, Microsoft), but it works the best with an Apple product.

So any form of Apple computer works best with the Logic X Pro application, and I’ve had a wonderful experience in doing so.

If you have ANY questions about anything music related, i’d be happy to help. My instagram is @Scoobydrew___

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Further steps on how to make the most out of your Logic X Pro application

Waves is one of the main keys to my success as an audio engineer

Waves is a package of plugins that come either in a bundle, or certain plug ins can be purchased a la carte or sold individually. 

What are plug ins?

Plug ins are add ons that can be purchased that, once applied, enhance the presentation of the artist voice, the instruments being used, or any beat that is being used.

I personally am still learning which plug ins work the best for each scenario.

No one song is the same. So as the a self taught engineer, I have to judge which songs need which plug ins.

Logic Pro X does come with its own plug ins already. And some of them are very good

I personally found that the pricing for the Waves plug ins are worth the payment due to how much better they sound compared to Logic’s free plug ins.

The main Plug ins I personally tend to use are Trueverb, Autotune EFX, AutoKey, H-delay, And Slow Chorus. 

These plug ins have turned my own music into a beauty, and has built quiet a few numbers of fans to have under my belt for my artistry resume. I’ve always dreamed of being a big star. Whether that comes from the music I create with my own voice, or if it comes from the music I help others create.

Either way i’m sure the world will recognize my love and passion for the industry, and that the world will be able to know “ScoobyDrew’s” name soon.

I would like to personally thank everyone who reads my blog, and If you have any questions, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@Scoobydrew___) or Instagram (@ScoobyDrew____). I’d be happy to help anyone with further questions grow into a better music maker. Im still learning more myself, and if you have any information you could share with me i’d be extremely happy to listen.

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Why Logic Pro X is recommended over Pro Tools

Logic Pro X and Pro Tools are similar apps that take place in the production of music.

It allows the user to create beats, vocals, and mix pre existing tracks into something different.

Logic Pro X is better than Pro Tools for numerous reasons.

For starters, Logic is the easier of the two to learn. When I first started using Logic I was completely lost, and had no idea on how to work it.

I had seen my brother use it in the past so I recognized the layout, but had no idea how to make music come to life. Upon entering Logic they give you a short run down on how things work and give you a tour through the basics of the platform. This was very helpful as it taught me how to record, where to go to find,  and how to find certain plug ins make your voice sound better.

This held me down for the basics and guided me through the rough patch of not knowing anything, but the true teacher for me was youtube.

I googled “how to work Logic” and of course in the day and age we are in now, a large amount of videos appeared. I began watching different videos on the ins and outs of Logic, and the videos didn’t make me an expert of the jump, but it did set me up for success.

The key to being successful in Logic is learning the shortcuts. What I did was take all of the shortcuts and wrote them down on a piece of paper. There are way to many to remember, so this was the only option.

Once your working in the application then you can just keep the paper next to you and refer to it until you’ve burned the information into your head.

Before I became an audio engineer I travelled from studio to studio, trying to record songs, and the one I want to focus on, is the one I went to in New York my freshman and sophomore year of college. The engineer there used Pro Tools, and I watched him use it almost everyday and never was able to catch on to how to work the software. Logic Forever!

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3 important questions you should answer before connecting with an audio engineer/studio owner

1. Check their discography : go listen to the engineers own music, or listen to other artist music that they have helped create. What I personally do is listen to the music that they create and then compare it to one of my favorite artist who already has a footprint in the industry. If the song that already has exposure sounds somewhat similar in the quality, then this engineer might be a good one to invest your money into and further the creation of your music.

2. Make sure the place in which you are going to record is in a safe environment : Studios can sometimes be out in the open, but majority of the studios i’ve been to have been in the cut. This is just my experience, but a lot of studios have alias locations. So my best advice would be to, figure out the address, google the location to see if it’s safe, and then when you do visit for the first time to make sure you don’t go alone. Travel with a friend for your first visit. Someone you trust, and someone who you know will have your back no matter what. There are a lot of weird people in this world, and people do know that there is a high demand for the creation of music. So there are people who try to take advantage of this field, to either rob people or anything of that nature. Im not saying any of this to scare anyone, but this is the world we live in and I want to notify anyone reading this to be safe and always be aware of your surroundings.

3. Make sure you find the best price without losing the quality of the sound : There are engineers who have a great quality of sound, but the price just doesn’t match your range. This wouldn’t be a realistic place to go, as you would have to pay this huge price for just a couple of hours. So now we have to find a different studio that has a reduced price. However, we have to make sure that the quality would be worth it for that price. It’s a tricky game but we have to exercise our judgement on the prices and quality of sound. Keep fishing around until you find the studio that fits your style the best.