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Five tips for recording vocals at home

Portable Vocal BoothRecording vocals in your home studio can be somewhat tricky, especially if the quality of your recording space doesn’t contend with a professional studio environment. However, there are plenty of solutions that can improve the quality of your vocal recordings. The room in which you record in will be as much a part of the recording as the singers voice. This can work in your favor and can also work against you. Read more.

Gold recordEven in this age of information overload, falsehoods and myths about today’s music business are prevalent. Let’s make one thing clear: if you want to achieve your music career goals, you had better focus on the realities of the business of music. Here are five truths all musicians should understand if you want to get ahead. Read more.

Children's music done rightThe 2015 Grammy nominees give a lesson on how to create children’s music that treats kids with respect, doesn’t dumb down the music, and keeps things fun. We’ve got videos and a breakdown of some of this year’s nominees. Read more.

Writing tips for music marketingNot all musicians are good writers, so if any part of your marketing consists of creating content, improving your writing craft should be a priority. If writing isn’t your cup of tea, it can take you an entire day to produce a rough draft for a blog article. Here are eight writing tips to help you work faster without sacrificing quality. Read more.

Mistakes Musicians MakeIn this post, we highlight five career killing execution mistakes musicians make when trying to get to the next level. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the world are worthless if you can’t pull them off.” Read more.

Sister Sparrow & their music instrument insurance storySasha Brown of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds had set an appointment to get music instrument insurance. Two days before the call, $11K worth of instruments were stolen out of the band’s van. Talk about bad timing. We talk about the break-in, theft, and almost having music instrument insurance in time. Read more.

Dave Weckl mixing what would become a live albumAlbums often come to life after great amounts of planning, practice, budgeting, and coordination. On the other hand, sometimes great albums are made without the artists even realizing they’re doing it. We study Oz Noy and Scott Healy – two cases where an unintended live tracking session turned into a live album release Read more.

07 Hardware SynthesizerMIDI, or Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a language by which computers, virtual instruments, and hardware samplers/synthesizers can communicate. There are a lot of unfamiliar terms and concepts in the MIDI world, so let’s take a look at a few questions that I typically hear from first time users. Read more.

Figure 8 SettingMicrophones that pick up sound from the front and back are called bi-directional, or “Figure 8″ mics. So why would anyone want to use a figure 8 mic? Oh, there are several cool things you can do with these, including: 1) Recording two voices at the same time, 2) Recording a singing guitarist/instrumentalist, 3) Recording in stereo. Read more.

How to sing R&BWhen it comes to vocal technique, Fields recommends keeping a round mouth and keeping the sound from coming purely out of the nose. “If you can create the sound in the back of your throat, combine that with the air in your chest and get resonance in your nasal cavity, you’re good. It’s almost like singing under water.” Read more.

marquee perform liveIf you want to perform live more than just once a month, there are plenty of ways to fill up your performance schedule without saturating a particular market. Four basic strategies you should consider include: 1) A club residency, 2) Alternate format performances, 3) Dual territory performances, 4) A tour. Read more.

Top 10 CD Baby Albums: February 2015

by Disc Makers March 2, 2015

george donaldsonFarmikosbanded salutations Here are the 10 best-selling albums in February: See all 10…

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Band rehearsal tips: Can you be over-rehearsed?

by Andre Calilhanna and Tom Jackson February 28, 2015

Band Rehearsal tipsWhen people come to me for band practice tips, one of the questions I get asked a lot is, “What’s too much rehearsal? We want to keep it spontaneous.” Well, spontaneous is one thing, and winging it is another. And most people wing it. When you’re making it up as you go onstage, instead of in rehearsal, you’ll never be great, consistently. Read more.

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Five mistakes keeping you from becoming a great musician

by Bobby Borg February 26, 2015

Becoming a great musician takes practiceBecoming a great musician isn’t easy, but avoiding these mistakes will increase your odds for success. Follow this advice and you’ll improve as a musician. First, as Malcolm Gladwell eloquently states in his book The Outliers, anyone wanting to be good at their craft must put in their 10,000 hours of practice. Read more.

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How to deliver great R&B vocals in the studio and on stage

by Michael Gallant February 25, 2015

How to sing R&BWhile great R&B vocals may seem to come straight from the soul, there are numerous stylistic elements that go into creating that warm, edgy, or just plain uplifting magic. Just ask Alvin Fields, who has credits with Kanye West, Drake, Dionne Warwick, Rihanna, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Alicia Keys, and many more. Read more.

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Audio mastering for vinyl

by Disc Makers February 23, 2015

audio mastering for vinyl If the music program is sibilant overall, the audio can be cut at a lower amplitude, which can help with the distortion caused by the high frequency information. The result, though, is a vinyl record that’s at a lower level, and the surface noise will be more prominent – not to mention, it’s not going to be comparable to other vinyl albums. Read more.

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