It’s not because you only sell your music digitally, on your own website or via digital retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify…) that your music can sound crappy.
These stores are flooded by average or “crap” music, badly recorded, mixed and mastered.
This is a side-effect of the emergence from the “home-made” music productions, but is also caused by the commercial strategy of the digital distributors who take everything that is uploaded by their clients (artists, labels) as long as they pay the upfront or subscription fees (what is usually referred to as the “long-tail” strategy).
Some (very) basic tips:
1. Make sure your recordings have an acceptable quality
It may not sound like it was recorded in a high-end professional studio, but it should be close to this…
But yes, it requires skills, time and some (little) talent to make this from your home studio
2. Spend time on mixing your tracks
Again, if you can’t afford a professional mix, you can almost do this from home, even though it may take you some time and efforts.
This is the final step for getting your music ready for sale, and is extremely important.
There are some good and affordable softwares / plug-ins that can help you achieve a very satisfactory result, even from your home / basement studio.
Also check the levels and do not let the audio signal “clip”: once transcoded into the various audio codecs delivered to the digital retailers, any audio clipping in the original master file will result in terrible sound…
- Sony Announces New Home Studio Software Upgrades To Movie Studio Platinum 12 and ACID Music Studio 9 (virtual-strategy.com)
- “The $999 Home Studio” – New PDF Guide From Disc Makers CD & DVD Manufacturing (prweb.com)
- Unleash Audio Streaming with MUSIC NEST! (openpicus.blogspot.com)