A bedroom producer is a self-contained, independent music enthusiast who produces, plays, and records their own music in a private studio, more often than not considered a hobbyist rather than a professional recording producer in the music industry who work in a conventional studio with producers and clients. Their work is often focused on one particular genre or another, such as classical, jazz, reggae, or alternative music. As a bedroom producer you will be responsible for the production of original music by yourself, or of material for recording with another person or a band. You will also be responsible for marketing your music and your studio’s recordings to interested parties. If you are a true musical enthusiast, then being a bedroom producer can be a rewarding career path.
In the early days of bedroom producers, the major challenge was usually operating the equipment, setting up the studio, and ensuring that the recordings were well recorded. Today, the primary focus is on computer sound design and editing. In the past, most production audio engineers worked in “the box” – meaning they worked behind the scenes recording vocals and instrumental tracks, using monitors and headphones to hear what they were doing. This was not only inconvenient but it often resulted in poor-quality recordings that often sounded unnatural. With the invention of virtual recording studios and editing packages, the era of the bedroom producer was ushered in.
There are several schools of thought about the origins of the bedroom producer. One of the most popular theories is that it was born out of the rise of widespread computer-based sound design technology at the start of the 1970’s. In this model of how things were changing, producers used their computers and soundboards to manipulate the sound of recorded music. The result was often a near-perfect sound, something that could not be duplicated even a decade earlier. Some believe that the advent of MIDI sequencing also played a significant role.
Another school of thought about the origin of the bedroom producer places the birth of GarageBand, the synthesizer, at the forefront. Using the now infamous “clicking” method of sequencing, GarageBand allowed for unprecedented access to musical ideas and the ability to perform live. But just as the dawn of electronic music technology was drawing to a close, another major player arrived in the scene – Neutronic piano. A synthesizer that could play audio samples, Neutronic piano was able to replace the traditional piano, and laid the groundwork for the rest of modern electronic recording processes.
So which electronic music creation tool actually belongs in the bedroom? A bedroom producer should have a few basic requirements to make the process as convenient as possible. First of all, it must be equipped with a pair of high quality headphones. It should also have a reasonably high-quality microphone. For the best results, it’s recommended that a headset is used for live performances and studio monitoring.
The age of audio technology has brought us many new bedroom producers. The new age producers on the market right now come in all shapes and sizes and can be utilized for everything from the creation of beats, the tweaking of samples, the addition of keyboards, or – as a whole – virtual synthesizers. Some even have the potential to create and mix entire songs! However, what sets these creations apart from traditional instruments is the fact that they are usually controlled by the touch screen of a smartphone. This means that users don’t have to waste time learning the steps of a song: instead, they can spend as much time enjoying and interacting with the new song they created on their phone.
So, if you’re ready to get started creating your own home studio and enjoy experimenting with new sound worlds, the best place to get started is by checking out what is available on the World Wide Web. If you take a quick look at the latest digital music industry charts, you’ll probably get shocked by how big and varied this market has become over the last few years. In particular, you’ll likely be amazed at how many new and upcoming bedroom producers have made a name for themselves online. As you read about some of the up-and-coming talents who are taking over the online world of production, you’ll be prepared to get started producing your own music in no time.
For example, one talented bedroom producer who put together an entire EP and posted it on YouTube is Matt McConnahea. His amazing music was originally composed for a video game called Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, but after hearing the track and thinking it was “killer”, he decided to put it on an EP and see what happened. He ended up selling the entire EP on iTunes and has since become one of the most popular producers in the world. In addition to having an entire EP available for download on YouTube, Matt has also released instructional videos on YouTube that provide users with “how to” information about doing things he does in his own studio.