One of the best things about digital music compared to analog is the fact that anyone can do it. You don’t need a fancy studio with a bunch of equipment in order to create one-of-a-kind tunes. You just need the right equipment, like a high-quality laptop computer, and the right software.
Unfortunately, finding the right equipment and software isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here are a few tips that will help you narrow down your options so you don’t end up spending your hard-earned money on useless equipment and software.
Consult an Expert
Before you purchase anything, it really pays off to consult an expert. If there’s a local music store you trust, you can start there, but you can also turn to the internet.
With the world wide web, you have access to experts across the country and the world. You can try chat rooms and forums, but seeking out the expert opinion from businesses in the music industry is a quick and easy way to find people who know what they’re talking about.
For example, Cymatics provides the ultimate list of the best VST plugins. You just have to visit the blog. You can learn about other equipment and their soundbanks too.
If you’re having a hard time finding the information you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to ask. Many companies are happy to help potential customers.
Check Out Online Reviews
Expert opinions are a must, but online reviews from people actually using the equipment and software can be extremely helpful as well. You just have to make sure you’re reading trustworthy reviews.
Don’t just visit the first review site that comes up in a Google search and read the first few on the list. Make sure you’re not getting duped by:
• Reading at least a dozen reviews across multiple sites
• Checking out the reviewer, being weary of one-time or first-time reviewers that can’t be searched on the internet
• Ignoring extremely positive and negative reviews
• Looking out for similar wording on reviews to make sure you aren’t just reading the same one that’s been copied and pasted on multiple sites
Try Before You Buy
The best equipment and software isn’t cheap. Even after consulting an expert and reading reviews, you can’t guarantee that you’ll love it too. Instead of going all in and purchasing the equipment or software, see if you can try it before you buy.
Some businesses will allow you to rent equipment so you can see if you like it before you buy it. Some software companies will provide you with a free trial or limited access before you buy.
Have friends that record music? See if they know anyone who will let you try out their equipment!
Digital music equipment and software is always changing, which can make finding the right ones difficult. But, with these three tips, you can narrow down your options and find the equipment and software that’s perfect for you.