Digitalizing Audio

Digitalizing Audio

Every single one of us has heard music before in his or her life.  In fact, most of us probably own an MP3 player, stereo, boom box, walkman, instruments, piano, or anything else related to music.  Interestingly enough, which most younger people do not realize (not the college generation, but the young young kids who are 8 years old and have iPhones), is that someone (maybe something) has to actually make  the music become digital.  Bands do not just record music to a tape player or just to a CD and then send it to iTunes, Atlantic records, or anyone really.  That’s impossible, it’s not feasible, and it would definitely not work in today’s age.

There’s WAY more to it than that.  I am just getting passed the beginning stages of conquering learning this feat, and am going to teach the ins and outs of basic music recording/production or… in a more technical and professional way of stating it… I am going to be teaching you the basis ins and outs of Digitalizing Audio.

With the internet boom over the last couple of decades, the music industry as a whole has been entirely reshaped.  We all have heard of Napster.com- the first website that allowed you to upload, download, and share music files you had saved on your computer from CDs.  Essentially, this was the first step in changing the entire music recording and production industry. While Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, is virtually facing a lawsuit from everyone who ever recorded and sold their music.  A little something called “copyright infringement” – “unlawful sales”, and other various business crimes for sharing music with everyone.  Basically this doesn’t allow for the artist and other agents involved in their career to profit from royalties at all.. because it is all for free.  While Napster did get off for most of their charges eventually the company had to claim bankruptcy to get out of all the allegations.

While this won’t be about Napster, Napster has shown the music industry how to succeed in the digital age.   Thankfully for companies like Apple who have developed software like iTunes, selling the final product becomes a lot easier with the internet revolution.

The digitalizing process, the recording process, the production process, are the areas that I will be covering.  How to take a live recorded sound (in a studio or live venue) and turning that into a time mapped easily editable data file.  Then from there, uploading that to iTunes, your website, or wherever to make money from your songs.

The software I will be using is called Fruity Loops Producer Edition (http://flstudio.image-line.com/) on a Windows Vista 64-bit computer.  I will show you how to begin to record a song by yourself and artist, how to edit it (in a very basic sense, this could go on for years and years to teach), and how to get your product on the web to promote- or CD.

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