I would like to record my album, 72 Cents on a portable recording device called the Zoom H4n. Advances in technology have now made it possible to record high definition sound with this small inexpensive unit (priced at $300). Coupled with a good quality studio microphone (priced at $699), these tools can record professional quality sound comparable to the traditional recording studio.
Following in the footsteps of producers such as Andrew Garton and Ronan Chris Murphy I would like to use the Zoom H4n to explore interesting acoustic spaces to achieve a special sense of ambiance and atmosphere. In April of this year, I did a backing vocals session on Andrew Garton's current album in progress, Hello Human. I was impressed with the quality of the H4n and it's ability to capture my voice.
Professional Studio Mastering
Studio mastering, which polishes and levels the album audio, costs $495 and will be donated by a private philanthropist, who has agreed to gift this once a grant has been secured.
CD duplication and artwork printing
Following the DIY low budget model of my EP I will initially make a limited edition hand made run of 300 units. Costing less than 15 cents to make per unit, the first 72 CDs sold will provide the funds for the new grant.
A team of supporters participated in a working bee to make my EP origami edition. I plan to do the same again for the album. All subsequent sales will be used to fund a standard packaging edition.
I will also sell the album online though Itunes, via Tunecore, as per my EP. The upfront fee is less than $50, a nominal amount that I will self fund.
handmade origami concept CD, was created with a team of volunteer fans
Inner pocket made with recycled newspaper
sales from handmade edition will fund standard run packs