Are you a singer/songwriter who wants to make an album, but can't afford big studio prices?
I have the one-stop solution for you. I'm an audio engineer with a studio in which I can take your songs and help you take them all the way to a finished product. I'm also a singer/songwriter (so I know where you're coming from), and I play piano as well as B3 organ, electric piano, guitar, bass, and drums. That "finished product" includes photography, setting up graphic art, creating a physical cd, creating mp3 files, as well as getting your music digitally distributed to places like iTunes, Spotify, and about 50 others.
Or if you want more information, keep reading!
I graduated from Belmont University with a music degree in 1996, and I've been making music ever since. I'd love to help you make your music into something you can share with others.
My main areas of expertise style-wise would be soft rock, folk, country, gospel, rock, alternative, and other similar styles. That being said, I also have extensive tools for making electronic music, so we could go that route if that's what you need.
My own prices vary depending on the nature of the project, but we will work out the details before we start any work. Anything you want to do on top of that (call in other musicians, graphic artists, cd production companies) will depend on their prices. I keep a detailed record of any work I do for you.
Okay, so let me give you an example of how this really works. I brought a local Nashville artist named Garrett Baker into my studio, and he left with a professionally packaged cd and all his songs up on iTunes (and about 50 other digital distribution places).
STEP 1: Garrett played some of his songs for me, and we talked about his vision for his music and what he wanted the end product to be.
STEP 2: We started recording tracks. On some, he brought in other musicians that he had worked with. On others, I played many of the instruments. (any time I can play them for you, you don't have to bring other people in... here's an example of one of his songs on which I played both the drums and the B3 organ. That's him on the guitar. He did bring in a bass player and a lead guitarist that he was used to working with.)
STEP 3: All along the way, I uploaded his files to Dropbox and sent them to him so that he could hear them and give me feedback.
STEP 4: As tracks were more or less finished, he came back and sang several vocal tracks which I then edited and pitch corrected where needed (this is standard... most people don't sing everything perfectly on key every time).
STEP 5: When he was happy with the sound of the tracks, I mastered them. I then created mp3 files of each song.
STEP 6: We had been working on the graphics along the way, which included a trip to downtown Nashville where I took several pictures of him that we then used for the inside of his cd (see below).
STEP 7: After I set up the graphics and shared them with him on Dropbox and we agreed on a final look and sound, he came over to the studio again, and we got a UPC code for his album, ordered the packaged cd's, and uploaded the digital versions of the music so that people could buy them at places like iTunes.
And that's it! Here are some examples of the artwork for his album (some are photos that he brought in and wanted on the covers... yours will be your own choice, of course):
tray card (I took this pic in downtown Nashville):
cd in case:
I also set up a web site for him on Bandcamp so that he could offer his music to people on his own terms. Bandcamp is a free site that lets you set your own prices for digital downloads, as well as offer your physical cd for sale. I recommend it as part of your strategy for selling your music and letting people hear it. It is easy to paste a link from Bandcamp right onto Facebook, and people can click the "play" button right from their Facebook feed to listen (see below for example). I find that people don't like to click very often on the internet, and this makes it simple for them to listen to you as they continue to read Facebook posts.
(example of a Facebook post with embedded music player:)
So email me, and let's make an album! I have a limited amount of time in my studio schedule, because each artist takes quite a bit of time and energy, so there's a chance I will be booked up. Let me know as soon as you can that you are interested so that we can get started. My studio is in Hermitage, TN just outside of Nashville.
-I will keep a detailed record down to the minute of any work I do for you. Once a month, I will send you an invoice which you can pay through Paypal, check, or whatever suits you, and until each invoice is paid, I will not do any further work on your project. This prevents people from getting me to do work for several months, then deciding they can't or don't want to finish the project, leaving me unpaid for my work.
-Until I receive final payment for the project, any audio and artwork will contain a "watermark," which means you will be able to see if you like it, but it won't be something you can take and use. Again, this prevents people from taking a song and using it without paying me.
-Any musicians called in will set their own prices with you, and this will be in addition to my own payment. There are charges involved in getting your album packaged and digitally distributed, and you will pay those costs directly to the companies involved. I will walk you through this process.