Record a hit track for less than $500

Our Founder Josh started writing songs as early as nine years old with worn out pencils and cassette tapes, he recorded his first track by screaming into the 80’s tape recorder in his aunt’s bedroom. Putting together a quality recording has gotten much easier since the crazy days of 1998 and upcoming artists, however they enjoy sharing their creativity have a litany of options available to them thanks to digital technology. Let’s break down the most common and trending ways of recording a quick take then we’ll give our recommendations based on the actual experiences of our team members.

Recording music live has become so incredibly popular, it’s become an online phenomenon and spawned the huge successes of apps like All it takes to record a cover is your Smartphone, a backing track either from an external source (speakers) or a third party app such as Sing! By Smule, the makers of those funky auto-tune style tools. We’ve seen some really amazing success stories with fresh artists being able to let loose and truly express themselves without a talent show judge glaring at them.

Best Practices:
Use a basic condenser mic: Sounds all fancy but in reality, condenser microphones are incredibly cheap these days and you can pick up one for as little $60 if you look on the right sites and shops. There’s no need to worry about not being a sound engineer with digital mic’s, most of them simply plug into the USB slot of your laptop and record sound amazingly well. Matt, our Creative Director and a successful Producer, started off from working with a cheap Rode desktop mic to having sessions with some of the biggest bands in Europe. His advice is simple, just get the room as quiet as possible, shut windy windows and close creaky doors and try doing your take at the corner of your room instead of the middle of it so the sound of your voice doesn’t echo. If you’d prefer not to use a mic when recording with your phone then that’s no problem either there are several apps out there that help increase sound quality on a live recording.

Although there’s always an argument to be made that the very reason for doing a cover is to get your most ‘natural’ sound and there to potential listeners. We definitely think it’s best to still make sure you’ve got all the right items in place to make sure everything goes well. Now you certainly won’t be able to record a studio-quality track on a cover but you could still get your original track out there and start garnering a serious fan-base. In total, an awesome cover should cost from 0 to $100 depending on what equipment. Here’s our hit list:

  • Computer: Our assumption is that you already have one of these at home, either as a laptop or a home desktop. I that isn’t case, then you can get a cheap spare laptop with a usable sound-card on eBay for around $150 dollars. Brands like HP, Asus and Apple are really popular for home studios as well. Price: $150-$200
  • DAW: This stands for digital audio workstation, it is the primary software used to record, edit, and mix music on your computer Originally designed to mimic look-and-feel of analog mixing boards from the pre-digital era, their visual design has remained basically the same ever since. Pro Tools, which has long-been the most famous DAW, great for studios of all levels but it is by no means the only option. Price: $25/Month
  • Audio Interface: The primary purpose of providing all the necessary connections to send your music into the computer when recording, and out the computer during playback. In home studios though, these “all-in-one” budget interfaces can be a great way save money, and still get exactly what you need. We recommend a cheap little number from M-Audio starting at around $80 on Amazon. Price: $80-$100
  • Microphones: The oldest item on this list by a country mile. Microphones have been around for decades before recording studios ever existed. Very little has changed in all that time though and many brands from the early days are still very much in demand today. We’re sticking with M-Audio again for this one, they offer some nifty mics of the USB variety that actually produce very good feedback sound for a variety of vocals and instruments. Price: $60-$100 
  • Headphones: They are another stable find in any studio set up, however there are several types tailored specifically for recording sound. There are big name brands like Beats and Sony that offer some top level models but several brands such as Shure, Roland and AKG have quality noise cancelling studio-ready headphones starting from as cheap as $25, shop around on platforms like Amazon and eBay and be sure to read a few reviews before purchasing to ensure there are no red flags. Price: $25-$50
  • Microphone Stands and Pop Filters: Both these items might sound totally trivial but they carry such importance when starting a studio recording project from home. The great thing about both of them is that installation takes seconds and they can purchased online both new and used from platforms like Amazon and eBay for relatively cheap. Price: $25-$50
  • Live Streaming or performance: Once you’ve got your makeshift studio all set up, be sure to kill two birds with one stone and film yourself during a recording session for social and streaming media platforms. Artists like Alex Aiono, Connor Maynard and Leroy Sanchez have seen astounding success filming their in-house studio covers so be sure to tap in to that as well.  For best results and real-time feedback from potential listeners, be sure to stream on popular platforms like, and YouTube Live. Also, this may seem like an uncool bit of product placement but the Launchorb app would also be a great place to embed you cover videos or new tracks due it being powered by a collection of the most popular social networking apps and sites . Price: $0 

So in conclusion our advice would be to start off small, preferably with apps and then gradually move up to equipment you can have easy access to and purchase online. If every single stage is taken in moderation, recording a great sounding track can be a fun and developing experience for a budding artist.

Building our dream, telling our story

We very much started off as a duo, two friends rambling about ideas working as part-time sales reps in an electronics store while at college. Brainstorming everything from screenplay ideas to video blogging apps (Josh still swears he came up with the concept for Vine before its upsurge and eventual demise). Juggling everything from student loans to an upcoming wedding (Robert was engaged to his future wife Maria at the time), we both saw those spare moments as an escape from the realities of our ever-moving lives.

Admittedly we spent too much time time focusing on more pressing priorities like getting through our final semester and paying off our incredibly inflated student loans, as things started to settle down a lot more in our lives our focus instantly gravitated towards building a company that all but  dominated our brainstorm sessions all those years ago. Launchorb began life solely as an ‘online based studio-lot’ where creatives could come in and share ideas, trade products and maybe collaborate on a project or two.

In exchange our platform would collect a ‘connection fee’ for making the introduction or transaction happen. It was a simpler time and we had very straightforward aspirations, not saying we don’t now, its just that back then the mobile application industry was very much in its infancy. So Launchorb was to be a website and an app was to come afterwards, however as time passed, graduation happened, jobs were offered and lost and offered again, it became clear what our product had to be and how we had to present it to our potential user base.

Now we’re still a pretty small group as it is, but thanks to rapid advances in tech, we actually see that as an advantage. Having a diverse network of people working together on a project remotely across the globe means that now Launchorb is no longer the prevailing topic of a brainstorming session, its a real venture. The six of us officially began building our application towards the end of 2016 and as illuminating as the experience has been we’re very much looking forward to meeting our community with our upcoming beta and getting the feedback we need to create an ecosystem that truly empowers digital content creators and their audience.

The release of our beta hopefully will be a great first step towards putting a real solution out there when it comes to social media content discovery. So watch this space, a lot of really fun and exciting things are on the horizon.

From humble beginnings to brighter ones.

After over 8 years of dreaming and wishful thinking, we incorporated Launchorb late last year. Nothing ever really prepares you for starting a business, I mean it feels a little mundane and casual when the endeavor is classed as a ‘project’ or hobby, but the moment it holds an official government record, it becomes more than a passion.

There are literally thousands of resources out there from books to videos and blogs about getting a company off the ground and seeing it gain traction but It’ll be nice to see someone finally say ‘okay [insert founder here] this is day one, its scary as hell, but here’s exactly what to do…’ Sometimes the answers are simple, sometimes they are totally confusing especially if you’re doing it all alone.

Our moral of the story is: Get advice when you can, stick to the parts you enjoy and work like crazy to pull off the parts you don’t. If you really love what you’ve started then the hustle is the best part, and with a startup, there’s plenty more where that came from.