Introducing: Release an album
For another challenge, we're going to tackle creating and publishing the Smiling Savage album of original music
Why this project?
Haven’t done it before. Akin to climbing a mountain because it was there, this seems like both a creative and technical challenge worthy of tackling.
Surrounded by musical community. While I lack any music theory, ability to play an instrument, or sing, I am blessed to be surrounded by people that have all of those skills, and are open to collaboration.
Learning opportunity. Personally, the software and technical side of the equation is clicking with me, and one step is leading to another.
Provide inspiration to others. Either directly or indirectly, this may empower someone in the collaboration to achieve their own next step, or for that matter perhaps a supporter of this journal.
Fun. Last on this list because it’s definitely not the least of reasons. Creating some new music is something I want to do.
Here’s what I can recommend so far:
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) - Logic Pro. This software has been a joy to use, even more so on the latest M1 Pro MacBook Pros because there’s no fan noise.
Music Production course - Music Production in Logic Pro X - The Complete Course! Thorough and easy to understand, this course is more than 50-hours long, which is how its title earns the exclamation point, I think.
Audio Interface - Scarlett 4i4 (3rd Gen). This has worked flawlessly for connecting the microphone and instruments to the computer.
Microphone - Shure SM57. Recommended by almost everyone as a great microphone for the money.
Speakers - Edifier S2000MKIII. These have upped the game.
For this project we’ll start a Smiling Savage podcast so you can hear the album come together.
Supporters, let’s talk about what you’ll get.
Videos of the creative process. On posts we’ll share more in-depth looks at the process.
More behind the scenes audio of work in progress. The Smiling Savage Podcast will have episodes just for supporters.
Insider tips, starting today.
Participate in the collaborative process. Comments are only for supporters.
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