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Tuesday
Oct142014

Songwriter Alert: What Is A Publishing Deal? and Do I Really Need One?

      The term “publishing”, most simply, means the business of song copyrights.  A songwriter owns 100% of his song copyright and all the related publishing rights until the writer signs those rights away. Under the law, copyright (literally, the right to make and sell copies) automatically vests in the author or creator the moment the expression of an idea is “fixed in a tangible medium.” (i.e., the moment it is written down or recorded on tape.)  With respect to recorded music, there are really two copyrights: a copyright in the musical composition owned by the songwriter and a copyright in the sound of the recording owned by the recording artist (but usually transferred to the record company when a record deal is signed).

      A writer owns the copyright in his work the moment he writes it down or records it, and by law can only transfer those rights by signing a written agreement to transfer them. Therefore, a songwriter must be wary of any agreement he or she is asked to sign. Although it is not necessary, it is advisable to place a notice of copyright on all copies of the work. This consists of the symbol “c” or the word “copyright”, the author’s name, and the year in which the work was created, for example: ” (c) John Doe 2014.”

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Friday
Oct102014

Midem’s 2014 finalist Muzieo is a New App that revolutionized how people experience music from smartphone

Music is an integral part of the lives of so many mobile phone users that playing a song and attending the artist concert all at one click should have occurred long before now.  From music industry executive and entrepreneur Leland Robinson comes the next great app Muzieo which bridges the lack of fan experiences provided for smartphone users today. Muzieo is an iOS 8 app that allows adopters to receive perks just from playing songs they like, so that they can easily explore opportunities to connect with artist and their music. One of the most exciting and innovative features of Muzieo is that fans can receive discounts on concert tickets and merchandise by playing an artist’s songs on their mobile phone.

This outstanding new mobile music experience engine is bound to revolutionize the way fans experience music, but but Muzieo needs your support.  The Muzieo team has sponsored a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise needed funds; supporters may receive valuable perks to learn more please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/846686859/muzieo-wanna-connect-with-artist-you-listen-to. 

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Wednesday
Oct012014

UK Music Jobs: a boom in creative opportunities

Finding paid UK music jobs as a creative audio professional has at times been an uphill struggle. Just like musicians, audio professionals (sound engineers, sound designers, mix/mastering engineers etc.) are often highly skilled and highly under paid. It is difficult to think of another industry in which highly educated and skilled workers are routinely expected to work for free or in unstable or very low paid positions. Audio professionals are usually highly passionate and driven about their work and often take on unpaid projects or jobs, especially early on, in the hope of building a portfolio strong enough to find regular income. Getting a well-paid UK music job is tough and demands patience and determination to succeed.

Over the past few decades the music industry has profoundly changed and there remains a degree of uncertainty regarding future distribution models and monetisation strategies. We have all seen the rise of home recording consumer technology and the decline of the traditional studio. Modern Digital Audio software is increasingly produced as much for the hobbyist as for the professional.

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Friday
Sep262014

A Device for All Musicians

Nowadays, if you buy a digital pedalboard, you have access to a limited number of effects. In order to increase the musical possibilities, you have to buy more devices. Besides that, the sound processing industry is very focused on guitar, bass and synths, which excludes a lot of musicians. A project currently on Kickstarter promises to to change this. Last week, the MOD Duo was launched.

Install effects from independent developers

The first big feature of the MOD Duo is that it allows you to install new effects from a cloud repository. The effects follow a standard that is already used in desktop computers, so there’s already a stablished community of developers working on them. The MOD Cloud already contains more than a hundred effects, and using an open SDK, new effects can be created and installed, even if it’s not published on the Cloud.

 

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Friday
Sep262014

Music Content Company, Able Baker, Launches in NYC

Industry-renowned Executive Producers of Music, Peter Gannon and Jessica Dierauer have joined forces to launch Able Baker, a new music content company based in New York City. Able Baker, whose name is taken from the first two letters of the original phonetic alphabet, offers original composition, music supervision and licensing, and is differentiated by their offering of music strategy/consultation and content production across TV, film, digital and non-traditional disciplines for both the advertising and entertainment industries. The company will be a connector between brands and musicians, partnering with them to create music for content and content for music, protecting creative ideas and strategically aligning all parties involved in music production.

Able Baker was born out of our love of music, and we’re passionate about making great music content in several rapidly-evolving industries,” said Gannon. “The overwhelming consensus from all parties involved is that music is a critical piece of the process, so we’re really excited to see what happens when we put it first. We’ve engineered so many collaborations between artists and brands in recent years and are looking to further this successful trajectory with Able Baker.”

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Friday
Sep262014

Complete Guide to Compression By Rob Jones

Nearly half a century after the introduction of one of the most famous audio compressors in existence, the UREI/ Universal Audio 1176 Peak Limiter, Producertech are proud to introduce our Complete Guide to Compression, taught by Course Director and experienced producer Rob Jones. A graduate of the renowned Tonmeister Course at The University of Surrey in the UK, Rob has experience in production from both sides of the mixing desk and, as an Ableton Certified Trainer, is ideally qualified to give students a thorough understanding of both the technical and practical aspects of one of the most useful tools in mixing.

Much used but rarely fully understood, compression (alongside equalisation) is found on every channel on practically every mixing desk, as a default plugin in every DAW and on every record commercially produced. As such, it is one of the most important effects when mixing, allowing the producer to maintain complete control over the loudness and character of parts, to ensure the mix is as tight and professional sounding as it can be.

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Thursday
Sep252014

Eyal Levi's 5 Tips for Recording on the Road

Contributed by Eyal Levi, acclaimed heavy metal producer for Audiohammer Studios, and music industry expert who has toured the world with his signed band, Dååth. As a part of the Audiohammer family, Eyal Levi has worked with Billboard charting bands like Whitechapel, August Burns Red, Black Dahlia Murder and more. Originally posted on Bandsintown Artist Blog: http://www.artists.bandsintown.com/bandsintownartists/2014/9/24/eyal-levis-5-tips-for-recording-on-the-road 

Tip # 1 - Make it convenient

Setting up and tearing down a rig every time will eventually make you not want to go through the trouble. The less steps toward recording the better. Get a simple interface so you can record guitar DIs (the Apogee Jam is tiny, sounds great and is USB-powered), and set up a writing template in your DAW so you don’t have to spend time fiddling with software when inspiration strikes. Have plugins for virtual drums, bass, and synths all set up and ready to go (I like EZdrummer, Trilian, and Massive respectively). Purchase length appropriate cables. You don’t need 100ft guitar cables. I’ll repeat this later but put as much as you can in a rack. The less you have to plug in, the better.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

New e-book release: How to pimp your practice room: German music producer's tips for successful live recordings

Star producer Moses Schneider, inspiration for the Strokes founder Gordon Raphael, is releasing a second edition of “the alternative workbook” as an e-book with sound samples.

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Monday
Sep222014

Getting into the Industry

For many, working in the music industry is a dream that is very difficult to achieve. I am in no way claiming to be an expert, but I have picked up a few very simple things that I would love to go back in time and tell my 16 year old self. 

For music, as with most industries we begin with education. While it is important to know your chosen field inside out, is your education an integral steppping stone into this industry? 

Education

Perhaps an essential step in everyone’s career these days; it seems that more and more kids opt to go to University as opposed to seeking employment straight out of school. With an unlimited line of applicants for a limited number of jobs, I guess people feel that it’s a necessity spend an inordinate amount of money to be educated at a higher level; just so they have something to separate them from the rest. Or perhaps it’s simpler than that, and Uni is as a nice way to put off the real world for a few more years.

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Thursday
Sep182014

Complete Guide to Maschine Studio With Rob Jones

The second course in the range of Complete Guides on the Maschine Courses website has now arrived, outlining in detail every aspect of the Maschine software and vast Studio hardware. The lengthy set of tutorials, which comes bundled with written notes, Maschine projects and 240MB of bonus samples, not only thoroughly explains each part of Maschine but also shows how to use the powerful groove production studio to create a wide variety of musical styles.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

Making Melodic Parts For House With Push By Paul Maddox

Continuing from House Production with Ableton Push Part I, experienced producer Paul Maddox takes you through the next phase of House production with Ableton’s award winning Push hardware controller. With releases under his own name and as part of the duo Spektre, on labels such as Data, Positiva, Tidy and Viscious, achieving BBC Radio 1 airplay and support from DJs Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and James Zabiela, Paul Maddox is one of the hottest producers of the last decade.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

Guernsey’s Auction Brings Country Megastar Waylon Jennings’ Personal Belongings to The Finest Marketplace

Jessi Colter, Waylon Jennings’ wife of more than 30 years, is offering his personal collection to the public to bring attention to the care provided at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Wednesday
Sep102014

There Is Always Hope: How Music Saved My Life

A couple of months ago, I was asked by To Write Love On Her Arms to do a post on my experience with depression, music, and being a suicide survivor.

This is my story.

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For as long as I can remember, my greatest aspiration has been to study psychological resilience and music. Having begun touring as a singer from age three, my furthermost joy and identity were formed in creating and performing music. As I attempt to place these thoughts in tangible form, I’d like to explain where the past year of my life has taken me, and how this hope has finally come to be realized. I’d like to tell you how music saved my life.

 

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Friday
Sep052014

Samsungs Milk Music moves to wearable tech

Milk music is an Internet streaming service that is exclusive to Samsung smartphones—that is, until now. Today, Samsung announced that it is expanding its service to Web TV and wearable tech. As John Pleasants, vice president of Samsung Media Solutions Center of America, states, this will transform Milk Music into a “big-screen jukebox for the 21st century home.” So what can you do with Milk Music?

Listen on Your Smartphone

Since its launch in March, Samsung smartphone owners have been able to download Milk Music from Google Play. You don't need to sign up or do anything else before you can start streaming music, claims Engadget. A sweet deal co

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