Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tips to promote your music in 2012

With the new year it is time to re-think your promotional strategies with your music.

1. Always carry business cards. Get full color business cards printed that include your name, website, email address and phone number. Never be unprepared.
2. Always carry a CD on you. You never know who you may run into.
3. Book as many gigs as you can handle. Promote your music as much as possible.
4. Go to other shows in your genre and promote and network as much as possible.
5. Submit your music to as many college radio and internet radio stations as possible.
6. Do not be afraid to call people. Networking is a necessity.
7. Shoot a music video. Put it on Youtube and your website. Promote the hell out of it. There are many affordable options to record a video these days.
8. Stop making so many mixtapes, record real albums. All original material.
9. Get a story and or review done in as many local and regional papers as possible.
10. Surround yourself with good people who want to see you succeed and know the business. Try not to get family and friends involved in your career. Outsiders with skills work best.


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Hip-Hop)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mackie 402-VLZ3 Analog Mixer

The mackie 402-VLZ3 is a 4-channel Compact Analog Mixer with 2 XDR2 Mic Inputs, 4 Line Inputs, and 2-band Active EQ. It is perfect for home recording studios, on-the-go recording, multimedia projects, field mixing, broadcast use, post-production work. It has a premium Mackie EQ section and a rugged and sleek design that is worth the $99 you will pay for it.

Here are the facts:

  • Ultra-compact 4-channel mixer with low noise, high-headroom VLZ3 design
  • 2 studio-grade XDR2 Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps
  • Ultra-wide 60dB gain range
  • Extended low frequency response
  • Distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz - 20kHz)
  • Phantom power for studio condenser mics
  • 4 high-headroom line inputs
  • Selectable Instrument inputs on first two channels - no DI box needed
  • 2-band Active EQ (80Hz, 12kHz)
  • High-resolution 8-segment stereo meters
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
  • Rugged steel chassis
  • Includes Tracktion 3 Basic Bundle software
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Hip-Hop)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Alesis SR-18 Drum Machine

I love drum machines. They are old school and put out a wonderful sound. The Alesis SR-18 is a portable drum machine with 32MB sound library and built-in effects. It has sounds for Electronic musicians, to Hip-Hop, Rock and more. You can also customize the sounds with built in reverb, equalization and compression which is really useful. It sells for around $250.

Here are the facts:

  • Large, 32MB sound set with percussion bank and bass synth
  • Built-in effects including reverb, EQ, and compression
  • Can be powered by six AA batteries for easy portability
  • Can also be powered by an AC adapter
  • Pattern Play Mode enables patterns to be triggered from the pads directly
  • Mute function for parts
  • 24 voice polyphony
  • Backlit LCD
  • MIDI in and out
  • TRS 1/4" aux output
  • Drum roll function
  • Headphone output
  • Instrument input
  • 175 preset patterns
  • 100 user patterns
  • Tempo/value dial
  • Footwitch control for start/stop and count/A-B frill
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Who listens to your music?

It is a very wise thing to sit down and think about who you want to market your music to. These people are potential buyers. Is your music more for male, female or both? Around what age group do you think will buy your music. Once you have all that data gathered, then you can start marketing to those groups of people.
For instance, if your music will appeal to ages 21 to 35, then start booking shows at clubs that cater to your genre and that age group. Go to other artists or bands shows that are the same genre and age group that you are marketing to and pass out promotional material about your music. There are unlimited ways to do it.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rode NT5 Cardioid Condenser Microphones

These classic microphones are a must for any recording studio. They are great for recording acoustic guitars, violins, drums and more. You get 2 mics, 2 windshields and 2 mic clips. You cannot beat it.
They sell for around $430.00. Well worth it for the quality.

Here are the facts:

  • True condenser transducers
  • Gold sputtered 1/2” capsules
  • Heavy duty satin-nickel-plated bodies
  • Full frequency response
  • Low-noise, surface-mount transformerless circuitry
  • Supplied as a matched pair in a custom carrying case
  • Includes two WS5 wind shields
  • Includes two RM5 stand mount, plus a 3/8” to 5/8” thread adapter
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Releasing a greatest hits album

If you are an artist or band with 3 or more full length CD's out, then it would be wise to release a "Greatest Hits" album for your fans. There are some benefits to doing this. Not only does it give your fans one CD with their favorite songs, it also may introduce new fans who have not heard of you before. Sometimes it is smart to add one or two new songs to the greatest hits album to entice old fans to buy. It also builds your catalog of albums released. Every genre can take advantage of this. Be sure to promote it just as hard as any other any release you have out. Good Luck!

Monday, December 12, 2011

AKG C 214 Condenser Microphone

The AKG C 214 is a large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone with 143dB dynamic range, switchable 20dB attenuation and a low cut filter. You can use this for vocals and instruments. It is excellent on vocal recordings and it truly gives you a full sound. The price is around $400.

Here are the facts:

  • Capsule: One Inch Large Diaphragm Condenser
  • Sensitivity: 20 mV/Pa (-34 dBV)
  • Frequency Range: 20 to 20,000 Hz
  • Equivalent noise level: 13 dB-A (IEC 60268-4)
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Max. SPL: 136 / 156 dB SPL (0 / 20 dB Pad)
  • Dynamic range: 123 / 143 dB-A (0 / 20 dB Pad)
  • Low Cut Filter: 160 Hz, 6 dB/Octave, switchable
  • Attenuation Pad: 20 dB, switchable
  • Phantom Power: 12 to 52 V (IEC 61938)
  • Patents: AT 395.225, DE 4.103.784, JP 2.815.488
  • Dimensions: 160 x 55 mm (6.3 x 2.2 in.)
  • Net / Shipping Weight: 280 / 1450 g (0.62 / 3.22 lbs)
  • Included Accessories: H 85 Shock Mount, W 214 Windscreen, Metal Carrying Case 
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Things indie musicians need to be aware of

There are some things indie musicians should be aware of if you want to make a solid business from your music. Keep in mind that music is 90% business and 10% show.

1. Publishing- There are two parts to publishing, writers share and publishers share. You own both parts if you write a song by yourself. You can split part of the publishers income if you decide to sign with a publishing company. What they do is find placement for your music whether it be in a film, TV show or another artist recording your song. A song generates money for the writer(s) when it appears on an album, gets played on the radio, used in a TV show or movie, gets sold as sheet music, or used as a ringtone. It is a complicated subject but worth doing research on.

2. Copyright- You must Copyright your music. It is simple to do and worth it so someone does not steal your music. It is just a matter of sending it in to The Library Of Congress with the proper forms.


3. Marketing and Promotion - Learn the difference between the two. Marketing has to do with your target audience and promotion has to do with spreading the word to these people. Of course there is a lot more to it so do research.

4. Entertainment Lawyer - Eventually you will need one. Once you start getting into heavy contracts you should consider one so you are protected.


5. Surround yourself with good and trustworthy people - The company you keep could be the best or worst thing for your career. It is a generally a bad idea to hire "friends" and family" to do things a professional in the music industry should be doing.


6. Business Plans - Every business should have one and should stick to it. Then you revise it as time goes on to fit your business needs. It is basically an outline of what your business will accomplish. Do research on it.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Recording Studio Desk by Omnirax

The Omnirax Force 24 studio desk is well built, sturdy and will look great in any studio.
There are 2 rack bay areas under the desk that both have 12 spaces. There is a shelf for a mouse and keyboard. There is also a shelf for your computer. Tons of leg room underneath too.
It sells for around $1700 dollars but worth every penny if you have that kind of budget.
You can check out their website just Google "Omnirax". Recording studio furniture at its finest.

Here are the facts:

  • Height: 36"
  • Depth: 52.3"
  • Width: 86"
  • Weight: 348 lbs.
  • Rackspace: 24
  • Desk surface height: 26.9"
  • Desk surface dimensions: 28" x 85.8"
  • Desk space in front of bridge: 25.5"
  • Clearance below bridge: 8"
  • Nearfield monitor height: 36"
  • Video monitor shelf: 78.6"
  • Computer keyboard shelf: Included
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

BlueBird by Blue Microphones

The BlueBird micrphone is a large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with class A discrete circuitry, hand-built capsule, pop filter, and comes with a shockmount. This microphone is wonderful with vocals and instruments. It really brings warth to vocalists. It is a must for any studio and at an affordable price. Plus it looks unique.
It sells for only $230. You will truly be impressed with the sound quality of your recordings.

Here are the facts:
  • Cardioid condenser featuring discrete Class A circuitry
  • Blues famous hand-built large diaphragm capsule
  • Up-front sound with robust lows, detailed mid-range, and an accurate presence
  • Hand-tuned and tested
  • Includes cherry wood storage box, BirdCage PopFilter, and BirdNest shockmount

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A music career means sacrifice

If you want a career in the music industry it will mean sacrifice. If you are an independent artist, expect to be gone a lot doing shows at night and calling people during the day. Expect to be constantly calling program directors at radio stations, newspaper reporters and music reviewers, booking agents, distributors and more. It is a full time job if you really want to make money doing it. You cannot release a CD and expect fans to magically find you and buy it unless you are promoting hard. These days most artists even have a music video now on YouTube and other video outlets. Technology and the internet have made things a bit easier for you to promote and distribute your music, but it is up to you to make things happen. Expect to spend money as well. It takes money to make money.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music to these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Playing Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Gospel,Electro and more)
Submit music on either site. Award winning networks.