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Deeper Dives

Every Friday We All Make Music is publishing a new episode of Deeper Dives featuring our favorite “lost” Rehearsal Space moments. The clips all relate to musicianship in some way, be it finding inspiration in unexpected places, overcoming professional setbacks, amusing stories from the road, technical shortcuts, and much, much more.

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Designing (And Constructing) Your Reflection-Free Zone

In part three of this series, we looked at the three components of acoustic treatment: acoustic panels, bass traps and diffusors. Now I’m going to show you how to put them to use. First, let’s go over the thing that will instantly improve the sound of any room, regardless of its size: the Reflection-Free Zone…

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Connecting Your Fan Base: Tips From Major Label Bands

“Connect With Your Fans!” If you regularly visit any music industry blogs you likely read this all the time. It’s important advice, but there’s another step that’s just as important: helping the people in your fan base connect to each other. Once you start to have any sort of success, you won’t be able to…

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How to Write Library Music That Sells

[Editor's Note: The following post is the second in veteran composer, studio musician, consultant and writer Eric Jensen's multi-part series about library music. Previous entries can be found here] The licensing opportunities for library music continue to expand as do the catalogs and business models. With up-front fees shrinking, how do you increase your chance…

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How to Use “MP3 For E-Mail” to the Fullest

As previously discussed, giving away access to content online is a great way to build up your e-mail list. I’ve seen bands use MP3s, unreleased live footage, and even free concert tickets to do this, but whatever you decide to give away to your subscribers, the most important thing is what you do with those…

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How to Add Isolation to Your Basement Studio

[Editor's Note: This is part two of Bobby Owsinski's series on how to improve a basement studio without busting one's budget. Part one can be found here] Before you begin to place your gear in your basement studio, there’s one big question that every musician has to tackle: how do you keep the sound of…

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Creating Band Merch: The Basics

I’ve said before that merchandise can be a huge source of income for musicians if a little thought and effort goes into it. That’s why I thought I’d give you some further insight into the thought and effort part. Great Design The most important thing to remember when designing merch is not what you like,…

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Interview: Alexa Woodward on Getting Through Giving

About a month and a half ago, rising Youtube music phenomenons the P.S. 22 Chorus received a visit from Alexa Woodward, a rising folk and bluegrass songwriter from South Carolina. The chorus was hot off a closing performance at the Oscars, and Youtube videos of the chorus’s covers of artists like Lady Gaga and Phoenix…