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Why Independent Musicians Still Need Studios

[The following guest post is by Denise Barbarita, a freelance recording engineer and artist based in New York.] If you’re an independent musician thinking about how you’re going to make your next recording, odds are you’ve heard something like this: “Musicians can take the bull by the horns and go totally rogue. “Studios are so…

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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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Ranking Your Fans From 1 to 5 (And What Those Ratings Mean)

[Editor’s Note: The following post is by Ryan Sweeney, who’s currently recovering from a week up at NXNE with his artists] My last article touched on the use of third party e-mail marketing systems like Mail Chimp and Constant Contact. These sites allow bands to track which e-mail subscribers open e-mails, click on their links,…

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The Importance of Knowing What You “Sound Like…”

“So what do you sound like?” Almost every new artist will get asked this question at some point, and yet it is something that many artists resist thinking about. Those same artists will say things like “We do our own thing!” or “We don’t sound like anyone else,” or “We don’t want to be categorized.”…

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Tools For Fixing Your Home Studio Acoustics

As stated in the previous articles in this series, soundproofing your home studio can be an expensive, time-consuming proposition. Luckily, treating the acoustics of your home studio is quite the opposite. Believe it or not, it’s not that expensive and can be done in a matter of hours if you have the building blocks on…

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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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What You Need to Know About Music Libraries

[The following post is the first in a series about music libraries written by veteran composer, studio musician, consultant and writer Eric Jensen. For a brief, eloquent history of music libraries and how producers have used them, click here.] You have probably noticed a number of articles about licensing your music for film and television.…