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Three giveaways from Disc Makers top $12,000 in prizes

Disc Makers giveawaysDisc Makers announces the return of our bi-annual sweepstakes — with a twist. This time around we’ve got three separate giveaways: one for guitarists, one for drummers, and one targeted to home recording enthusiasts. Co-sponsored by CD Baby, Sweetwater, Cakewalk, TASCAM, Auralex, Audio-Technica, Godin Guitars, Roland, Taylor Guitars, Bold Face, and Ernie Ball, these giveaways each feature over $4,000 in prizes. Deadline for entries is November 30, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random for each giveaway on or before December 10, 2014. Read more.

Set goals for your vocal lessons

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt October 8, 2014

Set goals for your vocal lessonsSo you’ve decided to take voice lessons and you’re anxious about your first lesson, wondering what to expect and how to prepare. Here’s the good news: this isn’t an audition! Take a deep breath (you’ll be doing a lot of that in your singing lessons), and focus on these seven tips to prepare for your first voice lesson. Read more.

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Five things you can do to be better at social media marketing

by Jon Ostrow October 7, 2014

Hoodie Allen's social media marketingIt’s easy find an excuse to take a vacation from an otherwise consistent social media presence. Events like a tour or a new album release present opportunities to make you even better at social media marketing. There are several principles of social media marketing that can be found rather naturally from your tour schedule, which can help to give your presence and engagement a nice boost. Read more.

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Make music your career: seven rules to put you on track

by Keith Hatschek October 3, 2014

Music Career RulesHave you ever been a starving musician? It’s no fun. Wondering where this month’s rent money is going to come from, scrounging up change in the sofa to put gas in your car, hoping that a string doesn’t break during the gig. No one goes from a little known performer to self-sufficient artist overnight. Here are seven rules to help you transition from someone with talent and a dream to someone with talent and a career in music. Read more.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: September 2014

by Disc Makers October 1, 2014

two steps from helltwo steps from helljason gouldHere are the 10 best-selling albums in September: See all 10…

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Format options for your audio master

by Disc Makers September 30, 2014

audio master formatsWhen deciding how to prepare and submit your audio master for CD manufacturing, there are several format options to choose from. A complete body of work on a CD-R, individual audio files such as WAV or AIFF (with any variety of bit-depths and sample rates), and DDP 2.0 file sets are the most popular formats. An analog reel to reel master or DAT (digital audio tape) also provides high quality, though used less frequently with the advent of newer digital options. Read more.

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Don’t limit your songwriting to 4/4 time

by Michael Gallant September 29, 2014

AllYouNeedIsLoveJust because 4/4 is an easy and popular time signature in which to write, it doesn’t mean it’s always the best choice for you and your music. Many highly successful songs have been written using time signatures that don’t strictly adhere to the standard one-and-TWO-and-three-and-FOUR-and vibe. Here are a handful of examples of music written in different time signatures — and tips on how playing with the meter of your own music can help you get it to the highest level. Read more.

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Disc Makers is the official vinyl pressing sponsor of Record Store Day!

by Disc Makers September 24, 2014

record-store-day It’s official! Now that we’re back in the vinyl LP game, it’s only natural that we’d be the official vinyl pressing sponsor of Record Store Day, a celebration of the enduring importance and coolness of the independent record store, held on the third Saturday of April every year. Read more.

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Limit your takes and make better recordings

by Graham Cochrane September 22, 2014

make better recordingsThe moment I was first introduced to computer-based recording, I saw the potential for recording millions of takes. At first it made sense to me to just record as much as you can and then pick the best takes later. But over the years I have come to realize how much of a hindrance this philosophy was, rather than a help. I believe that having unlimited takes and hard drive space has made us lazy. We’ve lost that sense of urgency to try to perform our best in the studio and capture a great recording in a few takes. Read more.

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How to link to your website directly from your YouTube video

by Ben Sword September 16, 2014

Ben Sword talks YouTube buttonsBen Sword, founder and head of MusicMarketing.com brings us what he calls “the most exciting new feature in the history of YouTube features.” Now you can add an active link to your website in your video. Your video plays, a button pops up, and viewers can click on it and land on your website. That’s a pretty awesome way to increase traffic and interaction with new and existing fans. Read more.

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Email marketing and increasing your subscribers

by Shaun Letang September 11, 2014

Email marketing tipsYour email list is yours to keep. Social sites have come and gone or fallen out of favor over time. And social sites usually aren’t as good at getting people to take action, so if you want ticket sales and CD purchases, you should start building your list. Now that we know why you need a mailing list, let’s look at six ways you can increase your subscriber count. Read more.

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Focus on song intros for your live performances

by Tom Jackson September 10, 2014

Rearrange your live song intros to improve your showsA good intro will set up what is going to happen next. With most artists and most songs, it’s one of the first parts of a song I need to rearrange. We want to capture and engage the audience, make sure people are with you. I use the analogy of a mother hen gathering her chicks, making sure they are with her and together before she crosses the street, rather than just taking off and hoping they follow. Read more.

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Planning your album: your CD release (and post-release)

by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan September 3, 2014

CD release tipsIf you’re sitting down to tackle making an album, there’s a lot to think about; from clearing the rights for your cover songs to converting the cover art to the right format. When you get your manufactured CDs in hand, there are still a lot of things you need to do – namely, releasing the album for sale to the public. While your music is at the heart of what you do, your identity, image, brand, website, web presence, merchandise, and publicity is what you use to connect with your fans. Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan have revised our popular Planning Your Album From Beginning To End guide. Here’s an excerpt from the revised guide. Read more.

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How to measure success (with key performance indicators)

by Jon Ostrow September 2, 2014

Music marketing key performance indicatorsMost success stories don’t happen overnight. To keep you on a long term path towards reaching your goals as a musician, you should have several ways to gauge your progress. I call them key performance indicators (KPIs), and they provide a way to measure your performance and the growth of your music career and music marketing efforts. Read more.

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Avoiding common songwriting obstacles

by Keith Hatschek August 28, 2014

Songwriting tips from Ben CampIn Part 2 of our interview, songwriter Ben Camp shares his perspectives on the art and craft of songwriting, including methods he uses to develop compelling song ideas. He expands on his thoughts about the importance of co-writing and why he believes it’s essential to build a network of talented collaborators while pointing out some of the common mistakes aspiring songwriters often make. Read more.

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Simple travel tips for musicians (and everyone else)

by Cheryl B. Engelhardt August 25, 2014

Travel tips for musicians Traveling can bring excitement to your life, and it can bring stress and upheaval, as well. Even when I’m not touring for my music, when I head to the hills for a month, I know how to make all systems go with as little as possible. Here are four simple travel tips to help you endure life on the road without feeling like roadkill. Read more.

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