Hi folks, A while ago I posted asking how people in originals bands make money. Most of the replies were that they don't, and I know that pain all to well. However, not one to be discouraged I created a little idea. Here's what I did. I recorded an EP years ago with my band and still have a mountain of CDs sitting in my apartment. We also spent money on a video that not many people have actually seen. It cost money which we never recouped. This time I though about ways to save money. Recording on a shoestring budget We recorded the drums in a proper studio. We booked it for 3 hours, recorded 5 songs, and it cost us $150. The engineer then mixed the drums and sent the wav files to me. With the drum tracks finished, I put them into garageband and started recording the guitar and bass parts. We are a power duo so there is no other member apart from me. I was able to record the guitar and 'bass' parts at the same time using octave pedals and AMT preamp pedals. I also overdubbed proper bass parts where I need the extra oomph. I also recorded my vocals in my apartment. For some songs I used the Boss VE-5 but for most it was straight into garageband through a Scarlet 212 using a Behringer microphone. Once I had finished recording I scoured the internet for tips on mixing. I don't think there's a video on youtube about mixing that I haven't watched. I also read the Idiots Guide to Recording as well. The EQ tips were massively helpful. At this point I had loads of people saying they would master the songs for me for the low price of $_____. When I replied that I had literally no money to spend of this they often became indignant and said my songs would end up sounding like crap. I would have loved to pay a professional to master the songs but I need to face reality: not many people will actually ever hear this music and I'm broke as heck. Hard to accept but unfortunately true. I therefore mastered the songs in Izotope Ozone 8 myself. It has a helper function that is brilliant. It automatically EQs and increases the volume of your track so that it's in the ball park of professional recordings. I was happy with the results. You can judge for yourself at Reasco - 2 EP, by Reasco How to sell music Because the music is now on bandcamp I decided to make use of the 200 free download codes they give you. My wife designed our logo so we have made business cards with our logo on one side and instructions on how to use the download code to download the EP. The business cards were super cheap. Under $10. We will try to sell these cards at shows instead of CDs. My wife also ordered us some stickers as a present to me because she realized how hard I was working on the songs. Made my eyes tear up a little bit. Must have allergies these days. Anyway, we're going to try to sell the download cards with the stickers at our shows for $10. Hopefully we will sell some, every little helps. And if they don't sell at least I won't have loads of CDs taking up space in our little apartment. That our plan going forward. In total I spent around $160 and now have 5 songs recorded and mastered. If you're in an originals band maybe this post will help you. Even if it's only to show you what not to do.