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Bedroom Producers - How To Make Hit Songs From Home

Bedroom Producers – How To Make Hit Songs From Home

Looking to write, record, produce, and publish your own hit songs from home?

Before recent advancements in technology, this was little more than a pipedream, but it has fast become more feasible thanks to advanced computers, free Digital Audio Workstations and VST plugins, affordable studio equipment, and more.

In this guide, we’ll look at how you can make great music from your bedroom!

What Is A Bedroom Producer?

A bedroom producer generally describes an amateur musician who writes their own music, performs it, and records it entirely from the comfort of their home.

To that end, bedroom producers will often learn the ins and outs of music theory, various musical instruments, studio equipment, working with a DAW, and even editing and mixing (and sometimes mastering). Most if not all of this will come out of their own pocket, of course.

A bedroom producer is usually considered an amateur or hobbyist as they are probably young, live with their parents or roommates, and have limited space available for their studio equipment (usually their bedroom).

That said, the number of musicians and producers who have a home or project studio of some kind easily number in the thousands. Even established pros tend to have them, and some of them have even recorded entire projects from home (including the likes of Van Halen, Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, and others).

The truth is, not all experienced and professional producers and sound engineers work in big budget studios. Many of them work out of their home, in their basement, or even in their garage. So, to an extent, most of us are bedroom producers in some capacity! At the very least, we have some experience with it.

The main downside of bedrooms is that they aren’t acoustically treated like professional studios, so recording your voice and acoustic instruments can be a challenge (extraneous noises tend to bleed into your recording!). Not impossible, especially using today’s gear, just not ideal.

Either way, we all need to start somewhere. And as the former owner of a home studio and rehearsal space, I can say with conviction that it’s better to get started on a shoestring budget and a makeshift workspace today than to put it off for later. You’re going to learn a lot, and the skills you pick up will prove valuable for future projects!

Basic Equipment List For Getting Started

So, what do you need to get started as a bedroom producer?

At first, the process of setting up a bedroom studio might seem overwhelming. The good news is that you don’t need that much to get started. These days, I work on professional quality mixes using a relatively bare minimum setup myself.

Don’t worry about how to record a guitar track or how to sequence a MIDI track just yet. First, get your gear in order.

With that, let’s get into the equipment list.

A Computer

Whether it’s a desktop or laptop computer doesn’t make much of a difference, unless you plan to take your computer with you wherever you go to work on your beats (in that case, you would be better served with a laptop).

Conventional wisdom has it that you should get the fastest computer money can afford. This is not bad advice, but these days most computers, even stock, have quad-core processors and 8GB of RAM, which is quite sufficient.

Again, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a little more. But if you’re on a tight budget, there’s no need to spring for that gaming laptop with the top-of-the-line graphics card (these days, graphics cards are a little overpriced and harder to come by anyway).

You can get a solid ASUS laptop in the $500 to $800 price range (I used to work at a laptop retailer, and ASUS is one of the better brands so far as I’m concerned).

If you’re going to get a desktop computer, then go the custom route. Choose your components with a little help from a qualified tech and put together your ideal machine.

Many experts also recommend getting a dedicated studio machine. Again, if you can afford it, this is not a bad idea. But these days, there are fewer conflicts and glitches with operating systems, DAWs, and plugins, so it’s okay if you need your machine for word processing, email, browsing, YouTube, and so forth.

(If you’re worried, you can set up all your software, and once you’re happy with how things are working, disconnect your machine from the internet permanently so no further updates are automatically downloaded.)

Do invest in more hard drive space if you have the option, but if not, you can always buy backup external hard drives later (a good idea anyway).

You can also take advantage of cloud storage nowadays, but it never hurts to have redundancy in your backups.

Digital Audio Workstation

This is the software to install on your computer for tracking, editing, mixing, and perhaps mastering as well.

We’ve covered plenty of free DAWs in another guide, and they are all quite capable. We like Waveform Free, because it’s a little more beginner friendly than the alternatives, and is still quite versatile, regardless of what style of music you intend to create. You can make beats, compose for films, record podcasts, create singer-songwriter tracks, track bands, or even make EDM.

We’ll talk more about DAWs a little later because learning how to use one will require some sweat equity on your part.

If you want to buy a DAW, they usually cost somewhere between $60 and $1,000 depending on included plugins, samples and loops, features, and more.

If your DAW supports third party plugins, you’ll probably want to load up on a few free VSTs as well.

Audio Interface

An audio interface is also known as a mixer. The most convenient option, obviously, is a plug-and-play hardware device that connects to your computer via USB, like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

What is it for? Well, if you want to record anything via XLR or 1/4” cable (i.e., voice or instrument), you’re going to need a way to share the signal with your computer. Audio interfaces do just that.

Smaller USB audio interfaces are affordable and tend to work quite well. The previously mentioned Scarlett 2i2 is even used by some pros. Their main limitation is the number of inputs available (the 2i2 only has two). But unless you’re recording drums at home and need to record eight to 16 tracks at once (seems unlikely), you shouldn’t need anything more than two inputs.

As well, there are plenty of Focusrite Scarlett alternatives available at various price points. They shouldn’t cost you more than $70 to $200.

Of course, there are more advanced audio interfaces that cost more too.

An audio interface is optional if you intend to do all your recording “inside the box” (i.e., via MIDI sequencing). The same goes for instrument cables, XLR cables, and microphones – if you’re going to be making beats and electronic music exclusively, you don’t necessarily need them.

Instrument Cables

If you’re going to be recording electric guitars, basses, and any other instruments that require you to plug in, you’ll want to pick up a couple of 1/4” instrument cables (standard).

You can get away with one, especially if you’re only going to be recording one instrument as a time. But it really can’t hurt to have a backup.

You can get a solid instrument cable in the $10 to $20 range per cable.

Microphone & XLR Cables

If you want to record your voice and other acoustic instruments (or even your guitar signal coming through an amp), you’ll want to pick up a microphone.

If you’re on a tight budget, we suggest the Audio-Technica AT2020. This is a condenser microphone, meaning it’s a little more sensitive, and it will pick up background noise (if there’s any), but it’s a good, versatile all-arounder.

If you have a little more money, then the RODE NT1-A is worth checking out. It’s basically the same idea as the AT2020, except a considerable upgrade in quality.

You’ll probably be spending somewhere in the $100 to $250 range for an entry-level mic.

Microphones plug in via XLR cables. As with instrument cables, it can’t hurt to keep a backup on hand. You can get a quality XLR cable in the $10 to $25 range per cable.

USB MIDI Controller

A MIDI controller is a great piece of kit to have on hand, especially if you play a bit of piano or keyboard or intend to learn how to play.

MIDI controllers don’t produce any sound on their own, but it’s kind of like having 1,000 instruments in one, because you can control software VST instruments with your MIDI controller.

MIDI sequencing can be done by hand (“drawing it in”), so a MIDI controller is optional. I still like to keep one around myself.

The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 is a good place to start, but these days you can even get a Mini MIDI keyboard like the Alesis V-Mini, which is quite a bit cheaper.

Producers just getting started should expect to pay in the $60 to $120 range for their starter kit.

Reference Monitors

As with several items on this list, reference monitors are completely optional. For detailed mixing work, though, not having a quality pair of studio monitors is a mistake. If you can’t afford monitors, or it simply doesn’t make sense for your living space (because of noise), you will want a pair of headphones.

There are plenty of options for entry-level studio monitors. Many bedroom producers have had success with the PreSonus Eris Near Field Studio Monitors or the Mackie CR-X series monitors, and even more swear by the KRK RP5 Rokit 5 pair.

Expect to pay in the $100 to $300 range for beginner studio monitors. Of course, you can spend considerably more for pro grade equipment.

Headphones

Headphones are useful for mixing and tracking voice or instrument tracks.

When you’re mixing, a transparent pair of studio monitors are still the ideal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some mixing on your headphones. If it’s your only option, it’s better to have than not.

For tracking voice or instruments, you want to be able to hear the click track and / or other instruments you’ve recorded (so you can overdub). Unless you want to deal with a lot of bleed, you’ll want to monitor these tracks in your headphones.

I personally have a pair of Status Audio CB-1 closed back studio monitor headphones and like them a lot, especially for the price.

But there are a lot of options in the $50 to $150 range, whether it’s Audio-Technica, Sennheiser, AKG, or otherwise. Better headphones cost more.

How Far Can You Go As A Bedroom Producer? Can You “Make It?”

Make music from home

Even established producers like deadmau5 are quick to point out that there are plenty of “kids” recording and making great music from home.

If you’re making beats, creating electronic music, or even composing film scores from home, technically, you don’t need a fancy setup at all. You just need a reliable laptop, headphones, and maybe a MIDI controller (again, you can still do all your MIDI sequencing without a MIDI controller).

Limitations are generally felt by producers who work on a variety of musical styles and genres, including singer-songwriter and band recordings.

There are several factors at play here:

  • An entry level microphone can sound quite good, but it probably won’t ever measure up to a Neumann.
  • Budget audio interfaces are great, but they’re not going to compare to ones with tube preamps and more inputs (especially if you’re going to be recording drums). The same goes for free or affordable VST plugins versus more expensive VSTs and hardware effects.
  • Then, of course, we need to look at the environment in which you’re recording. A bedroom hasn’t been acoustically treated and will never sound as good as a studio. You can soundproof your room and then add character to your tracks after the fact (with effects like compression), but that can feel a little limiting also.

Even with these factors in mind, you can go quite far as a bedroom producer. You can even become a full-time, professional artist.

A producer doing most of their work “inside the box” doesn’t have many limitations. They can upgrade their VST plugins and DAW as they continue to find success and get more work.

A producer who wants to record voice and instruments will still have the option of gradually upgrading their gear as they’re able, and that can totally scale with them as they move out of their current space into others.

One of the limitations they will probably feel is in working with clients, especially those who want to record drums. There are options in terms of having them record their drums at another studio, collaborating with a drummer who has their own recording equipment, or otherwise.

A beginner audio interface also won’t be able to record that many tracks simultaneously, and recording drums in a bedroom isn’t practical, so this is sure to become a pain point at some point.

So, producers dealing with singer-songwriter or band projects (or even mixed medium projects), will probably want to move to a basement, garage, or find another option for expanding their studio setup to accommodate more expansive projects.

How Do I Use A Digital Audio Workstation?

Once you’ve got your basic studio setup figured out, operating your DAW becomes the crux of the recording process. It’s where you’re going to be doing most of the work – tracking, editing, mixing, and so on (writing and practicing will probably be done separately, but of course you can record sketches, ideas, and demos in your DAW too).

We can’t cover all the ins and outs of using your DAW here. There are just too many DAWs, and each one has a different workflow.

The good news is that you can find video tutorials for most if not all DAWs on YouTube. So, no matter your experience level, there is plenty of support and help available.

For instance, here’s a video tutorial for the previously mentioned Waveform Free:

Bedroom Producers, Final Thoughts

Nowadays, there’s nothing unusual about making music from home. It’s more practical and viable than it’s ever been, thanks to advanced and affordable technology. You can even make beats from a coffeehouse (or virtually anywhere) if you’re so inclined, especially if you’ve got portable gear (laptop and mini-MIDI controller).

A bedroom producer can take their careers as far as they want to go. There aren’t too many upper limits, especially in the beat making, composing, and electronic music realms. Even when it comes to singer-songwriter or band projects, there are ways of making it work.

The key to it all is a willingness to learn (whether it’s music theory, DAW workflow, or production techniques), to experiment, and to become intimately acquainted with your gear and process. You can create masterful recordings from home without all the latest, greatest whiz bang DAWs and gear. It just takes skill and experience.

Best Places To Sell Musical Instruments

4 Best Places To Sell Musical Instruments 2022

It isn’t always easy saying goodbye to instruments you love.

But there almost always comes a time in a musician’s life when it becomes necessary to sell their babies.

It isn’t always necessarily sad. Sometimes it’s to pay for an upgrade. At other times it’s to buy some other piece of hot gear.

Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to sell musical instruments right now, here are the best places to do exactly that.

Reverb

Reverb is focused exclusively on new and used music gear. This clear focus makes them the go-to choice when it comes to selling your music instruments online.

Their website is simple and beautiful, if a little cluttered. But they’ve made it easy to find what you’re looking for. And that makes for a positive experience for sellers and buyers alike.

They’re also Google friendly, and Reverb listings often show up in search results.

Unlike other eCommerce stores, marketplaces, or classifieds sites, Reverb has a clear focus. And that means whoever is visiting Reverb is more likely to be a prospective buyer or seller. That helps you get your used goods in front of the right audiences.

Selling On Reverb

Reverb is quite friendly to sellers. There’s even a prominent “Sell Your Gear” button in the header, right next to the search bar.

Reverb has been built with selling musical gear in mind and is quite friendly to the community. That also means people looking for new and used gear are more likely to come looking for specific instruments, and it’s not limited to a local audience.

Reverb can handle shipping for you, and that’s another major plus. If you need any support, the Reverb team is there to help.

Reverb is also transparent about the fact that, when you sell anything on their site, you keep 92.3% of the total, which is generous to say the least.

If you don’t know how to promote your listings, not to worry – Reverb has their own selling guide that can help you put your used gear in front of the right prospects.

If you’re struggling at any step, or don’t understand anything, Reverb has helpful guides and live support to assist you at each step of the journey, regardless of any issues you might encounter.

Reverb is there to make the process of selling and delivering your musical instruments as straightforward and as simple as possible, which is a huge plus.

Layout & Design

As noted earlier, Reverb’s website layout is nice, if just a bit cluttered. That’s quite common with sites like these, mind you (as you’re about to see).

The product pages are quite strong, however, as they feature a clean, modern, high-converting eCommerce layout.

Pictures are displayed prominently on the left-hand side, where users can scroll through the images to see what they’re buying.

On the right-hand side is the title (name of the instrument), along with the price and “Add to Cart” buttons.

Reverb has a prominent search bar in their header, along with several common categories for products – guitars, pedals and amplifiers, keyboards and synths, recording gear, drums, DJ and audio gear, and more. You can even hunt around for gear by brand. That makes their site highly searchable.

Overall, Reverb has a strong user experience, both for buyers and sellers. And that makes it one of the best places to sell your musical instruments online.

Trustworthiness

We certainly can’t say that Reverb goes above and beyond in this area, but they do a few things to create trust with buyers and sellers.

First, there are no glaring omissions or errors on their site. Always a good start, right?

Second, they have a secure URL (as is expected for any legitimate eCommerce site).

Third, they have a “Buy With Confidence” badge on the individual product pages.

Fourth, they have apps on the App Store and Google Play. If they weren’t serious about their business, that’s not something they would do.

Beyond that, Reverb has obviously been around a while, they have an active presence on social media, and they maintain an email list. All these things are credibility indicators.

eBay

eBay is an old guard consumer-to-consumer eCommerce site. “Weird Al” Yankovic called it a “worldwide garage sale,” and that description seems apt.

What used to define the eBay experience was the ability to bid on products you’re interested in, sometimes getting them at a significant discount.

While some items are still up to bid, there are many new and used items available for immediate sale on eBay too. And that makes it feel a lot more like a typical eCommerce store, like Amazon, especially now that you can find products in a variety of categories – collectibles and art, electronics, entertainment memorabilia, fashion, home and garden, motors, sporting goods, toys and hobbies, and a great deal more.

Selling On eBay

Because of eBay’s site layout, it might not be immediately apparent that there’s a small link that reads “Sell” in the upper right-hand corner. But that’s where you would get started as an eBay seller.

When you click on this link, you are brought to a page where eBay educates you on how their site works. The basic process includes listing your item, getting seller protection, and scheduling payouts. On this page, you will also find detailed advice on how to create a listing that stands out. Very helpful.

Creating a listing, though, is kind of a longer process. First, you are asked to search for a product and add relevant keywords. Second, you are asked to identify a match. Third, you’ll be prompted to specify the condition of the instrument. And from there, it follows a relatively standard process (creating a user account if you don’t have one, making the product listing, etc.).

Still, we find this to be a little cumbersome and confusing. If you’re determined to sell on eBay, you’ll find your way, but it seems like it could be a little easier.

Also, putting your gear to bid can sometimes help it earn you a little extra cash, but most of the time, that’s not the case. I once sold a Japanese comic book collection on eBay, expecting to get a lot more from it, and any profit I made ended up getting eaten up by shipping fees.

eBay charges two types of fees on every purchase. First is the insertion fee. This is not applicable unless you’re posting 200+ products per month. Unless you’re running a store, you probably aren’t selling that many items on eBay.

The other fee is a final value fee. When an item sells, eBay charges a percentage of the total amount of the sale, plus $0.30. This fee depends on the item. For musical instruments, especially guitars and basses, the fee comes to 5.85% on the total amount of the sale (up to $7,500 per item), and an additional 2.35% on sales over $7,500.

Layout & Design

eBay was originally founded in 1995. As one of the oldest sites on the internet, they’ve had time to change and evolve with the times. Their site does look a lot more modern than it used to.

That said, it still has a bit of that old, “broken” feel to it. We understand the design and layout choices based on the type of site it is, but there are just so many nested menus and product listings that frankly it gets a little overwhelming.

Some elements, like site width, aren’t always consistent either. Again, there might be a reason behind some of these choices, but we noticed.

This issue is not unique to eBay, and it’s fair to say that many modern eCommerce and classifieds sites struggle with organizing their content in a streamlined way. When you have multiple templates and thousands of listings, it doesn’t really get any easier over time.

It works for eBay, though, and that’s probably good enough for them.

Layout and design play an important role in your overall experience, and likewise, the people who might be interested in the instruments you’re selling.

Given how big the site is, you might need to actively promote the products you’re selling on eBay to get any bids or purchases, and that’s something to be mindful of if eBay is where you’re planning to sell.

Trustworthiness

eBay itself is trustworthy. But many a customer has purchased goods from eBay only to end up shocked or unhappy with the results.

For instance, there was someone who bought an iPod on eBay thinking they were getting a great deal on it. But somewhere in the fine print, it said that the buyer wouldn’t be getting an iPod but rather a picture of the iPod, which is exactly what they ended up with.

Obviously, that’s something for buyers to look out for, not necessarily sellers. But when you’re looking for buyers to sell your instruments to, that can be a factor (do they trust you?).

Overall, though, eBay has a lot going for it in this regard. Their site has been around for over two decades. They have a money back guarantee. They accept payments from all major credit card providers, as well as PayPal and Google Pay. They have a help and contact page (knowledgebase), as well as a Norton badge, indicating the site’s overall security (expected, but reassuring).

Craigslist

Craigslist, like eBay, is one of the O.G. online classifieds sites. Go to their website, and you will automatically be brought to local listings.

Ask 10 people what they think of Craigslist, and you’re sure to come up with mixed opinions. That’s because your opinion of the site will largely be determined by what your experience of it has been like – whether that’s “awesome,” “great,” “useless,” “weird,” or otherwise.

There are all types of listings on Craigslist, and there’s no denying that people have used it in unique, strange, and interesting ways through the years.

That said, it has an engaged user base, people are often looking for great deals they can take advantage of. Plus, many people have found them.

Selling On Craigslist

Selling on Craigslist is a lot like selling on any other classifieds site. You create new listing and fill out all relevant details – title, price, city or neighborhood, postal code, description, model name / number, make or manufacturer, condition, size / dimensions, and your contact information.

There are a few additional checkboxes you can utilize depending on the type of listing you’re making:

  • Accept cryptocurrency payments
  • Delivery available
  • “More ads by this user” link

In this regard, Craigslist is quite forward thinking.

Of course, you would upload relevant media as well. Not having pictures is certainly going to affect how many people get in touch with you about your offer.

Generally, there are many people scanning Craigslist for new deals daily. That means you probably won’t need to put a lot of promotion behind your offer.

That said, Craigslist may not be the most utilized classifieds site in your locality. You won’t really know for sure until you try.

If you don’t seem to get any response from your listing on Craigslist, it could be that no one is looking for what you’re selling, but it could also be that no one is using Craigslist where you live. In which case, it might be worth trying Facebook Marketplace and other classifieds sites or apps.

Layout & Design

Craigslist has made the intentional choice to stick with an old school design. White background, blue links, black text, and grey backgrounds for sidebars and titles. Because of that, the site loads fast. And I can’t imagine they have any intention of changing any time soon.

Although we can’t say the same for the site’s inner pages, the homepage is easier to use than that of eBay’s. Product listings are displayed grid style and will fill your screen. These could be better organized (Facebook Marketplace does a better job). The sidebar is convenient for customizing your search.

Then, the listing pages are just as minimalistic as the homepage, if not more so. It kind of gives off a “cheap” vibe, for better or for worse.

At the end of the day, it’s a pros and cons situation. The pros outweigh the cons, at least to the extent that the site is fast loading and easy to use. The main con is that the site isn’t exactly visually stimulating.

Trustworthiness

Craigslist itself has a track record of over 20 years, and that certainly earns them some trust points.

Their site has a privacy policy, terms of use, and help (knowledgebase) pages. Mostly standard stuff, but better to have than not.

They also have a “safety” page, along with some recommendations to ensure you have a good experience using Craigslist.

So far as buying and selling are concerned, that’s mostly up to you. If you’re selling a product, it’s always good to make sure your prospective buyers have money to spend (and to ensure your overall safety), and if you’re buying, it’s not a bad idea to ask to look over and test the products before making the final purchase.

Virtually no one selling used goods offers a money back guarantee or accept returns. Sales are generally finally.

Facebook Marketplace

eCommerce and classified sites for musical instruments

Facebook Marketplace is a relatively new development compared to the others, but in Facebook’s continued efforts to become the internet, it seems a logical next step for them to take (will they overtake Craigslist or eBay one day?).

The Marketplace is a classifieds site through and through, and you can easily find local listings without even needing to specify your location. You can extend your search beyond, though.

Product categories include vehicles, property rentals, apparel, electronics, entertainment, family, and a great deal more.

In terms of communication, Facebook utilizes its own built-in Messenger system, which is not without its flaws, but we certainly can’t deny its overall convenience.

Selling On Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace has a top-level category for “Musical Instruments.” That’s always a plus.

You can post multiple photos of your product (or multiple products as the case might be – I saw a listing of someone selling five guitars at once). We would recommend using this feature to show all sides of your product, nicks, scratches, gashes, and all. Transparency is the best policy when selling used instruments.

You can create a brief product description for the items you’re selling, tell users what condition the product is in, and indicate your location.

I live in a city of about 150,000. Not small, but certainly not big. And even in a city of this size, I found a ton of listings for guitars, keyboards, pianos, amps, brass instruments, stringed instruments, and a great deal more.

I wouldn’t expect any different from other classifieds and eCommerce sites, but what this should tell you is that unless people are looking for the specific instrument you’re selling, especially in your locality, they might not be buying from you.

And that also means you might need to actively promote your listings.

Communication is handled via Messenger, which is fine I suppose. I still think of it as an inferior WhatsApp, LINE, or Telegram myself, but it’s worth mentioning as it directly impacts the user experience (buyers and sellers alike).

Layout & Design

It’s Facebook… and that’s a pros and cons situation if there ever was one.

Overall, we find Facebook has done a good job with the design and layout, using their existing infrastructure, but organizing listings in a logical way.

The site is cluttered, and it certainly seems like they could remove a few onscreen elements (less is more), but we can’t deny that their site is still more usable than eBay or Craigslist.

All your search options are conveniently in the left-hand sidebar, including a search bar, and products organized by category. These categories all have fun icons next to them, and that’s a design choice we can get behind.

Product listings dominate the right side of the screen, but the way they’re displayed seems to make a lot more sense than how they’re organized on Craigslist.

The inner (product) pages are practically the same as any media on Facebook. The picture(s) and / or video(s) dominate the left side of the screen, and on the right side, you can find product details, seller description, location, and seller information. Of course, you can message them using the provided form.

Trustworthiness

How much do you trust Facebook…?

Again, this is a point of contention, especially these days. Social media sites are starting to delete and ban posts or users they deem as fake or misinformed, and that includes Facebook. Obviously, this hasn’t been great for everyone.

But Facebook does have a lot going for it. It was founded in 2004 and it had an estimated 2.89 billion active users in 2021. That’s noteworthy.

We don’t see terms of use or privacy policies or anything of the sort anywhere on Facebook Marketplace, and we assume that’s because it’s the same as the main site.

The Marketplace is more of a classifieds site than anything, though, so what I said about Craigslist certainly applies here too. It’s always good to take necessary precautions when buying or selling online. Do your due diligence, regardless of which side of the sale you’re on.

Other

There are many other places you can potentially sell your instruments.

Canada, for example, has Kijiji. It’s like Craigslist, except with a little more class and strong user adoption.

You can often sell instruments back to guitar or music stores. And this has some advantages in that you can get store credit, but if you’d like to get more money for your prized instruments, you’d be better off selling them independently than going through a music store.

And if you’re thinking a little outside the box, you might be able to sell your instruments on your own blog or website.

This always comes with the warning that, if you’re selling online, you should ask for money before delivering the package. Otherwise, there is always the risk that you won’t get what you’re owed.

What Is The Best Place To Sell Musical Instruments?

For a lot of reasons already mentioned, we feel that Reverb is the best place to sell your musical instruments online.

eBay has certain advantages, but they don’t serve musicians specifically, and their site is so cluttered, and has so many listings, that if you don’t create a listing that’s accurate with the right title and description, it may not even be discovered by potential buyers.

As for selling locally through classifieds, we suggest trying both Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace (though Facebook Marketplace offers shipping options too). Your success will largely depend on your locality. Depending on where you live, people are going to be more active on one or the other. And in some cases, they might be more active on some other classified site or app, so take note.

Top Places To Sell Musical Instruments, Final Thoughts

Whatever your reason for selling your instrument(s), we wish you all the best. We hope you’re able to sell your guitars or basses or drums (or whatever you might be selling) for a fair price. Money isn’t everything, but it sure can’t hurt, right?

Ultimately, it’s up to you where you sell your musical instruments. You could even explore options other than what we’ve shared here and come to your own conclusions. Either way, we thank you for trusting us with your time and energy.

How Much Does A Recording Studio Cost To Hire? Price Ranges Compared

How Much Does A Recording Studio Cost To Hire 2022? Studio Time Prices Worldwide

Shopping around for a recording studio?

Obviously, there are studios across the world, and depending on what your requirements are, there might be studios in your locality that can meet your needs.

That said, the cost of studio time can vary quite a bit depending on where you’re recording. And if the financial outlay is going to be significant anyway, you want to make the most of that time, right?

In this guide, we explore how much hiring a recording studio costs, and compare various price ranges across the globe.

Best Free Music Production Software

Best Free Music Production Software 2022, Producers Can’t Be Without These!

It’s no secret that music producers require a lot of tools to get their work done.

Some do their work entirely “inside the box.” Some rely primarily on hardware and analog gear. Most producers these days mix and match.

There isn’t a right or wrong, it’s more a matter of what works for you. The more practiced and knowledgeable you are (relative to your gear), the more likely you’ll able to make amazing music with your rig.

But whether you’re looking to get started in sound engineering or augment your supply of music production software, you’ll be happy to know we’ve compiled plenty of free tools you’re going to love. So let’s get into our list of the best free music production software.

Should You Buy Soundcloud Followers? A Honest Answer

I keep getting asked this in comments and over email, so I figured I'd write a post and clear all doubts.

Should you buy SoundCloud followers

Or for that matter, should you “buy” followers on Instagram, Twitter, or any of the other popular social media services?

I'm going to give you two answers to this question. One will be the “right” answer – and the one you see paraded everywhere around online.

The other answer won't be right, but it will be true. It's what you should be doing, but no one will tell you.

So let's get down to business. …

What Equipment Do the World’s Top Music Producers Use?

When I first started my production career, I would obsess over what equipment my favorite producers were using.

I reckoned that if I could get my hands on the same equipment as them, maybe I too could sound like Moby or Tiesto. 

(Little did I know then that the only way to sound like my favorite producers was good 'ol hard work and talent.)

That early obsession, however, turned into a fascination with producers and the equipment they use. I've been tracking what headphones, keyboards, production software, synths, and monitors my favorite producers use.

That's exactly what I'm going to share in this post.

125 Best Music Blogs to Submit Your Music To

Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Update: The list of blogs was updated on July 3, 2020. I removed all inactive blogs and added newer, more active blogs. The current list has 125 blogs altogether. You can see the updated list below, or download a copy of the spreadsheet by filling 

When you’re starting out, one of your biggest challenges as a musician is getting heard.

It doesn’t even matter how good (or bad) you are; bloggers, influencers and tastemakers are just too inundated with requests to give you a listen.

For most musicians, the process to get heard goes something like this:

  1. Spend hours finding bloggers who will listen to your music
  2. Spend more hours categorizing blogs and finding email addresses.
  3. Spend even more hours building a relationship and crafting a pitch.

The good news is that I’ve taken care of step #1 and #2.

In this post, I’ll share a list of 125 different blogs that will listen to your music. This includes their contact details, Twitter and Soundcloud URLs, and my notes for submissions. I’ll also share my tips for pitching your tracks based on my experience as a musician and a marketer.

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