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CD Mixing Tips - 10 Tips To Get Your Music Mixes Rockin'
Sunday, May 06, 2007 @ 15:58:14 UTC
Topic: Recording

CD Mixing Tips – 10 Tips To Get Your Music Mixes Rockin
With the widespread availability of affordable computers and powerful software for music mixing, the average musician is now able to set up a reasonably decent home studio on a relatively small budget. However, even though the software is extremely powerful and versatile, what seems to be missing are tips on how to create a great mix. So, without any more fanfare, let us get right down to the 10 mixing tips you can try immediately to improve the quality of your mixes.

Show Me the CD... If You Think Your Music's Great, Record It!
Sunday, April 08, 2007 @ 03:23:10 UTC
Topic: Recording

Throughout the history of modern music, there hasn't been a musical artist/band who doesn't think that their songs are all #1 hits just waiting to be discovered. Many of these artists have been correct and have stood by grinning as their tunes screeched up the charts. This inspires a new crop of musicians every year to feverishly pen their potential hits in hopes of making it big.

Podcast Primer - An Independent Musician’s Quick Reference Guide
Sunday, April 08, 2007 @ 03:21:30 UTC
Topic: Gear

What’s a podcast?

Most simply, a podcast is the digital delivery of an audio or video file. In many ways, podcasts are to the internet what “on-demand” cable is to television. With podcasting, music and video content is available by subscription download. Once downloaded, it can be viewed or heard at the user’s command.

Time Is Money... Pre-Production and Your Recording
Saturday, February 03, 2007 @ 18:29:56 UTC
Topic: Recording

Whether you’re entering the studio for the first or fiftieth time, embarking on a full-length album or a soundtrack one-off, successful recordings start with some form of pre-production. It could be as simple as a one-time conversation with the studio manager to go over the studio’s etiquette, layout, fees, and the specifics of how your time in the facility will play out.

DVD Editing and Authoring - A How-To Guide
Saturday, November 04, 2006 @ 19:23:47 UTC
Topic: Recording

Whether you're a big time video producer, or if you're just a normal person videotaping your child's first birthday. You're going to need to get that video footage off of the camera, edit it, and then put it onto a disc for future viewing. You might just want to run off a couple copies from your home computer, or you might be getting your DVD footage ready to be duplicated by a large duplication house. Either way, and every way in between, you're going to need to follow the same couple of steps. If you are a regular, semi-computer literate person, this task may seem very daunting. Let me tell you, it's not rocket science, and if you follow this guide it'll be easy as pie. There are really only 3 to 4 steps in the process, and today I'm going to break it down for you today.

The History of the MP3 File Format
Saturday, October 07, 2006 @ 13:03:21 UTC
Topic: Recording

If you have listened to music on your computer, then there's no doubt that you have come into contact with an MP3 file or two. Most people do not know much about MP3s besides that they are files used to store music data on. Basically that's all they are, a way to store audio data on a computer. Well, let me tell you, MP3s are that, but there's a bit more to them. Today I will be taking you through a tour of the history and the ins and outs of the MP3 file format.

Nashville's JamSync Finds its Groove in Post Production
Saturday, June 03, 2006 @ 11:40:40 UTC
Topic: Recording

From the outside, JamSync, located at the edge of Nashville’s famed Music Row, looks like another of the historic 1920s Tudor homes that has been preserved and woven into the fabric of the Row’s thriving music community. Step inside, however, and you will enter a high tech wonderland, full of the necessary tools and experience to transform your creative ideas into the latest in new media, including DVD, 5.1 channel surround music mixes, or optimizing your music for the Internet. With a wide range of client projects from country superstar Tim McGraw’s video “Something Like That,” to the Beach Boys “Diary” DVD, JamSync is one of Nashville’s most advanced audio post production, mastering and DVD authoring facilities.

G-Force Platinum 'Music Visualization' Software
Saturday, March 04, 2006 @ 10:12:02 UTC
Topic: Gear

G-Force Platinum 3.0 is a fun "music visualization" software from SoundSpectrum, the company that powers the music visualizer in iTunes, and provides visuals for Windows Media Center and MusicMatch. "Music visualization" refers to digital art that reacts to music in real time - just start your computer's media player and experience ever-changing artwork displays in synch with your favorite music.

DVD-Audio Is Here, But Will It Last?
Saturday, December 03, 2005 @ 13:30:27 UTC
Topic: Recording

A few months ago, I sat in on a seminar about a new audio mastering software program. It was pretty much the same old thing -- a slick GUI (Graphical User Interface) that would dance before your eyes with a new 3-D look. Let's face it -- all the programs have the same basic features when it comes to audio mastering. Sure, every program has its pros and cons, but they are all trying to compress and equalize the music to make it "jump" out of the speakers. Some programs may remove digital clicks or reduce noise. But, with digital equipment being very commonplace these days, the issues of tape noise are diminishing.

Better Sound In Your Studio Part Two
Saturday, October 08, 2005 @ 23:49:30 UTC
Topic: Recording

In the digital age, musicians get better sound than ever from their homegrown studios. It's possible to spend a lot of cash on gear, but still end up with lackluster recordings. Some may think more gear is the answer, but do you really need to spend extra to trick out your songs? Maybe not... if you have a few effects pedals, a mixer and a computer you might just need some experimentation to get better results in the home studio.

Home Recorders Should Partner With Professional Recording Studios
Saturday, August 06, 2005 @ 17:57:30 UTC
Topic: Recording

At a time when home studios have proliferated and technology continues to offer artists easy access to new tools, the professional recording studio may seem to be irrelevant. Professionals on both coasts are mourning the loss of several major facilities in the last few weeks. Despite this paradigm shift, the value of using a professional studio has not diminished.

For many current recording projects, booking large professional studios for the duration of the project is no longer the norm. That doesn't mean professional studios don't have a role to play. Used smartly and efficiently, they work in concert with home-studio technology to provide artists with the high-quality product record labels demand.

Better Sound in Your Studio Part One
Sunday, July 10, 2005 @ 02:00:05 UTC
Topic: Recording

Indie bands recording their first CD sometimes wrestle with the recording process, especially if they don't have a producer. Some musicians mistakenly assume recording their songs is similar to playing them live - just record the basic tracks, add vocals, and you're done.

There are many studio tricks musicians can perform using overdubs and additional instrumentation to give their songs a fuller sound. Overdub techniques add a 'pro' quality that major label acts take for granted - after all, those bands can afford to hire a producer to perform the tricks mentioned here. Try a few of these recording techniques to make your songs sparkle.

10 Good Things to Know When Recording Your Independent CD
Saturday, May 07, 2005 @ 15:05:51 UTC
Topic: Recording

1. Include some variety in your production. If every track is bursting with instruments, solos, and vocals, try a simple accompaniment of only one instrument. If the CD consists mostly of simple tracks, try adding a live drummer, horn, or percussionist for extra color and pop.

2. Try to include a live instrument or two if your production consists mostly of synthesized and sampled sounds. Keyboards don’t have the variance of pitch, timing, and sound complexity that acoustic sounds have, so the result can be a smaller, closed-in type of aural space. Just a few real-time performances can breathe a lot of life into a track.

Establishing Your Mix
Sunday, February 06, 2005 @ 04:52:07 UTC
Topic: Recording

Now that you’ve spent hours and days and weeks and months recording your musical masterpieces (and you’ve also read my article “Tips for a Great Recording Session”), you have arrived at my favorite time in the studio; The Mixdown.

But don’t think your job is done yet! The mixdown is just as important as recording. As an artist, you have to approach the mixdown from an artist’s point of view and stay on the ‘creative’ side of the fence where it’s still possible to shape and mold your songs throughout the mixdown process.

Tips for a Great Recording Session
Sunday, January 09, 2005 @ 03:07:56 UTC
Topic: Recording

You know your songs are great (and so does your girl/boyfriend, family, pets etc.), and you've finally decided to record an album in a real studio. That’s great! But what actually happens when you get there?

When you finally do pick the perfect studio, one that you feel comfortable at, there is a certain routine that must be followed in order to get the best performance and the best recording for your budget.

Book Review: Crank It Up-Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers
Saturday, August 07, 2004 @ 17:26:33 UTC
Topic: Recording

Crank it Up
Book Review: Crank It Up: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers
Author: Clive Young
ISBN: 0879307781
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Release Date: May 7, 2004
Pages: 208
List Price: $19.95

4-12 Track Digital Workstations
Saturday, June 12, 2004 @ 23:21:25 UTC
Topic: Recording

Indie-Music examines the latest small studio digital workstations, including 4-12 track models from Fostex, Korg, Tascam, Boss, and ToneWorks. These boxes work great for songwriter or instrumentalist demos, and with proper engineering techniques can make quality recordings. We compare features such as recording media (hard disk, memory card), onboard effects, list price, and whether the deck has an included CD burner. We don't compare inputs, so you'll need to read product documentation to find the input configuration that works for your specific situation. In addition, all decks include analog outputs (RCA or 1/4" phone jacks), so we only note the digital outputs, such as USB and S/PDIF, which allow you to drop your tracks to a personal computer.

Short Run CDs
Sunday, May 02, 2004 @ 18:32:09 UTC
Topic: Business

So, you're looking for 100 copies of a new CD you've recorded. You call several CD replication companies, and none of them will make less than 300 units of your disc. What to do? Call a short run CD duplicator. Short run services manufacture 1-300 units using CDRs just like the ones used on home computers. They can profitably "burn" your CDs, print on the CD face, add inserts, tray cards, and jewelboxes in much smaller quantities than a traditional CD replication company. Traditional "pressed" CDs require a much more complex (and expensive) setup process, so buying less than 300 units is usually not an option. Let's take a look at some of the available short run CD services available today, and compare prices and features.

Latest in CD Duplicators
Saturday, April 03, 2004 @ 17:57:25 UTC
Topic: Gear

Have you been thinking of investing in a CD duplication unit? Prices are more affordable than ever, and the latest duplicators provide features only recently available in consumer models. We profile 12 units ranging from simple one-to-one copiers to full production systems which automatically cut your CDs (or DVDs) and then print directly on the disc. MicroBoards, Primera, Telex, and Tascam offer duplicators varying in cost from $300 - $3600, suitable for the differing needs of musicians and studios.

The Mic Solution - The Neumann TLM 127
Saturday, March 06, 2004 @ 21:07:31 UTC
Topic: Recording

Within the past decade there has been an enormous amount of musicians, singers, and songwriters investing in their home studios and multi tasking to learn every aspect ofthe production process. One priority piece of gear should be a quality microphone; every studio professional or hobbyist should have one real good mic in the house, or better yet a few to choose from to deliver the desired tone needed within a recording session.