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Virtual synths and the art of imperfection

QuadCurve EQSynthesizers are musical instruments. You wouldn’t mic a drum set by taking the first mic you found and pointing it the general direction of the drummer. A little extra effort spent on avoiding unnatural sounds when mixing synths with acoustic instruments, improving expressiveness, and tightening timing inconsistencies can help you get the most out of your virtual synths. Read More.

Creating an effective online ad

by Jon Ostrow July 14, 2014

Online ad for your band Once you’ve determined the purpose of your ad, the best budget, the target audience, and key performance indicators (KPIs – e.g. email list growth, ticket sales), you now need to actually put your online ad together and set it up. The following will help you to navigate this set-up process to ensure the money you spend is worthwhile. Read more.

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Guitar intonation: how to keep your guitar in tune

by Keith Hatschek July 10, 2014

adjusting guitar intonationGuitars use what is known as an equally tempered scale. The guitar’s tempered scale is a compromise and doesn’t result in 100% precise tuning or intervals between notes. Since guitars have this inherent weakness when it comes to being in tune, it’s important to develop a basic understanding of guitar intonation and adjustments to get the best performance out of your instrument. Read More

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Virtual synths and the art of imperfection

by Craig Anderton July 8, 2014

QuadCurve EQSynthesizers are musical instruments. You wouldn’t mic a drum set by taking the first mic you found and pointing it the general direction of the drummer. A little extra effort spent on avoiding unnatural sounds when mixing synths with acoustic instruments, improving expressiveness, and tightening timing inconsistencies can help you get the most out of your virtual synths. Read More.

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ISRC, Gracenote, and CD-Text explained (and provided) here!

by Disc Makers July 3, 2014

ISRC codes explainedYou’ve heard the term “ISRC” thrown around, but what is it, and why do you need it? An ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is a 12-digit alphanumeric code that serves as a unique and permanent identifier for any sound recording or music video. So where a UPC is tied to the “carrier” of the track – e.g. the CD or LP – an ISRC identifies individual tracks. Read More.

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Why do you love vinyl records?

by Disc Makers June 30, 2014

Why do you love vinyl records?Here at Disc Makers, we’re all excited to see vinyl records come back onto the scene. As we’ve said before, it’s one of the more improbable stories in the music industry from the last decade, and while we sure do love CDs, there’s something almost magical about the return of vinyl. Do you feel the same way? Share your stories with us. Read More.

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9 things you should never do on stage

by Shaun Letang June 25, 2014

Music performance no nosWhile it’s good to know what you should be doing to advance your music career, it’s also important to be aware of the things you should avoid. With that in mind, I want to share with you nine mistakes I’ve seen musicians make during a music performance. I’ve tried to leave personal opinion out of it, instead focusing on what will make for a poor show for your audience. After all, it’s them you’re there to entertain, right? Read More.

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Navigating the business end of the music business

by Michael Gallant June 24, 2014

music business adviceIt’s called the music business for a reason — yet for many indie artists, organizing and maintaining the business end of a music career can rank just above dental surgery when it comes to activities of choice. It doesn’t have to be that way. Following just a handful of straightforward suggestions will streamline your music business existence and help you avoid common financial pitfalls that can eat up precious hours and energy. Read More.

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How to create a compelling Facebook ad

by Ben Sword June 20, 2014

compelling Facebook adEven though lots of indie artists are satisfied staying independent, many musicians I meet would like to get noticed by a label. Personally I don’t focus too much on “label obsessed” marketing, so you can use this same trick to reach journalists, radio stations, bloggers, and all manner of influential people who can help push your music forward. Read More.

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(Irreverent) Recording tips from Mitch Easter

by Keith Hatschek June 19, 2014

Mitch Easter Recording TipsI have sort of an irreverent attitude, so I’ve been inclined to do things that were supposed to be wrong. I always like using cheap or ancient, wheezing gear along with the usual pro gear, because I really think the “action” sound comes from musically effective distortion. Sometimes this oddball gear makes a bold sonic statement you just can’t get any other way. I like tape delays, for instance a [Roland] Space Echo, especially if the tape has a little crease in it. Read More.

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Disc Makers drops the needle on vinyl records

by Disc Makers June 14, 2014

vinyl records being manufacturedThe market for vinyl has grown 35 percent per year for the last five years, Still, vinyl records represent a niche market in the music manufacturing world, and because of its dramatic strong growth, production capacity has lagged behind. Enter (or should we say re-enter) Disc Makers, the pioneers of vinyl record production for indie artists. Disc Makers again offers high-quality 12- and 7-inch vinyl records. Read More.

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Back in the vinyl records business after 15 years!

by Tony van Veen June 12, 2014

Hamilton Press making vinyl recordsWhether it’s nostalgia, or hipsters, or that warm analog sound, vinyl is back with a vengeance! And I think it’s here to stay for a while. We’re back in the vinyl records business, baby! It’s good to be here. Read More.

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How music instrument insurance helped Triple Colossal Studios weather a hurricane

by Andre Calilhanna June 9, 2014

Dylan's music instrument insurance storyI learned my lesson back in the ’90s. We were playing the East Coast for the first time. We had all our equipment in a trailer. We went to D.C. for one hour of sightseeing one afternoon, and when we got back, the van was gone. We had no insurance. Of course after that, somebody’s father said, “You idiots, why didn’t you have insurance? What’s more important than securing the tools of your trade?” Read More.

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Home recording tips – 9 mic placements for recording a snare drum

by Dan Gonzalez June 6, 2014

recording a snare drum with a close micThe recording of a snare drum is the focal point of every modern recording. It sits right in the center of the mix, below or above the vocals, depending on the style of the music. In this article, I’ve outlined some mic placement techniques that will help focus in on capturing specific sounds when recording a snare drum. Read More.

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Should you advertise online?

by Jon Ostrow June 4, 2014

online music marketing strategyFocusing on building your community organically is part of a balanced digital PR strategy, but when used effectively, advertising can magnify your existing PR efforts. The reasons for advertising generally fall into two categories: awareness and conversion. Read More.

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Top 10 CD Baby Albums: May 2014

by Disc Makers June 2, 2014

Brian Stokes MitchellThe Omar Hakim Experiencetwo steps from hell Here are the 10 best-selling albums in May: See all 10…

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