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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Nov 2019 > WAYS TO MAKE A CAREER IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

WAYS TO MAKE A CAREER IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Want to turn that (possibly very) expensive hobby of yours into a career? Want to make money from the flashing hardware and great software that you use? There are some obvious and not so obvious paths – and we cover them all here…

One of the big draws about being interested in music gear and production is that – from the very outside, at least – it looks like a fairly exciting gig. You’re making music with banks of bits of hardware and tonnes of plug-ins and it looks like quite a fun hobby. The trouble is, though, for many of us, it’s just that: a hobby. An expensive, time-consuming, gear-hoarding, divorcebaiting one at that. But if you’ve ever considered turning it from that moneydraining hobby status into a professional money-making (aka trickling in) enterprise, then you’ve come to just the right place. There are several routes you might not previously have considered taking to turn your creative passion into a career and we have five – plus one you really don’t want to consider, believe us – right here.

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It’s pretty much certain that if you’ve bought this magazine, then you will have parted with some of your hard-earned cash on gear for your studio. And let’s be honest, it’s a safe bet you’re not done yet. Unfortunately, our wallets aren’t bottomless, but even though we might think we have to spend ever-increasing fortunes on new tech to enhance our studios, it’s actually far cheaper to branch into the world of free software. In 2019, there are near-mountains of free software available – tailored for each part of the production process. But it can be a time-consuming quest to amass (and test) the right tools for your needs. So in this issue, we’ve rounded up the very best freeware that you can download to create your own free virtual studio. You might have also noticed that this issue comes with an added extra! We’re celebrating a whopping 200 issues of MusicTech – and to mark the occasion, we’ve put together a brand-new, freshly written guide to mixing. We hope it will serve as a companion to you in the studio, should you need to refresh your knowledge of key principles, mixing approaches and more. Elsewhere, we’ve got the final part of our Synthesis Masterclass series, which details how the computer became the ultimate synth! We also speak to former Pulp bass player and now Grammy-nominated producer Steve Mackey about his diverse career and also to the astute people at Black Lion Audio, who have combined the very best of modern technology with vintage designs. In our reviews, we spend time with Behringer’s Odyssey and discover a faithful and competitively priced recreation of a classic. We’ve also got our usual in-depth tutorials, tips and guides, so I hope you enjoy our 200th issue!

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