Did you know that every time you play a venue, you are entitled to collect publishing royalties for the public performance of your original music? “Really”, you say? “Yes, really”, I say. The key to it all lies within that mysterious realm of the business we call music publishing. You see, when you write a … More The 3 Key Steps to Collecting Performance Royalties!
The SoundScan and Billboard numbers are in, and I’m happy to report that 2011 was an overall good year for the recorded music industry. Rock is up 2%, Electronic/Dance is up 15% (no doubt fueled by the Americanized Dubstep craze), and Jazz is up a whopping 26%! Sales figures also show that Sony and Universal … More 2011 Music Sales Numbers – Better Than We Expected!
It has been roughly 11 months since Pro Tools 9 was released, and after only a 9.0.5 update Avid has released Pro Tools 10. With many new features geared towards post-production, they have also introduced the ability to work in 32-bit floating point, which increases the available dynamic range from 144dB @ 24 bits to … More Gettin’ Jiggy Wit Avid’s Pro Tools 10
I want to share this well-done video I found over the weekend. These are excerpts from Steve Jobs’s inspirational speech at Stanford University’s 2005 Commencement Ceremony. We have lost the Thomas Edison of our time, but we can still consider his advice on how to truly live. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it … More Thank You For Everything, Steve Jobs
“This reference handbook is a practical, hands-on guide for workers in all phases of the audio field. It covers basic tools and techniques, common environments for audio testing, application of these techniques to common audio devices, the typical ranges of performance to expect in different devices, and a glossary of terms and key specifications used … More Learn More About Measuring Your Gear’s Performance!
In the world of digital audio recording, we hear regular conversations (or arguments) about how to most accurately capture a waveform. Two of the larger topics include bit depth and sample rate. At this point, I don’t think anyone in their right mind would argue that recording at a 24-bit word length isn’t supremely better … More How I Learned to Love 48K
Since the proliferation of Antares Auto-Tune plug-in (and subsequent pitch correction software like Celemony Melodyne and Waves Tune), music listeners have had their collective ears trained to recognize what perfect intonation should sound like. … More My Vocal Tuning Philosophy
In a studio environment, musicians will sometimes get increasingly nit-picky over their performances as the session gets longer – even if nothing was really wrong (to the average listener). It is the producer’s job to pay close attention to band member energy levels. If throughout the day you notice that a player is getting increasingly … More Beware of SOEF!
This is an important lesson for people involved with promoting music on YouTube. Investigate your viewership; you may end up as surprised as I did. … More YouTube Insights and Music Marketing
Every day seems to offer a surprise in some way, shape, or form. A few days ago, I awoke to find an unexpected voicemail from a friend who owns a recording studio. When I called him back, he explained a technical problem that he was having with some gear and asked for my assistance in … More The Power of Questions