Monday, January 30, 2012

TASCAM 2488 Neo 24-Track Digital Recording Workstation

This is a music production/recording powerhouse. The Tascam 2488 Neo 24 Track Digital Recorder has 8 amazing microphone inputs. You could basically record and mix a full band. It has on-board effects such as EQ, compression and a host of mastering effects. You can record your song, mix, master and burn it to CD on in the same unit. Tascam has always released solid products. I have to say that the microphone pre-amps sound pretty damn good. It sells for around $800. You can find it at Guitar Center for cheap.
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Here are the facts:
*Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHzBit depth (resolution):
*16-bit/24-bit (user-selectable, per song)
*3-band EQ on 24 channels
*8-inputs and stereo bus
*Effects include reverb, delay, chorus, and more.
*4 XLR with phantom power double as 1/4" mic/line inputs, plus 4 more 1/4" mic/line inputs.

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


Sunday, January 29, 2012

USB Midi Keyboard: M-Audio Axiom 25

This compact USB Midi keyboard controller has 25 semi-weighted keys and is small enough to fit in a backpack. If you are into sampling and making beats then you will like the trigger pads. I use it to control my recording software because it works with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Live, and Reason. It automatically maps the common controls of most digital audio workstations. The M-Audio Axiom 25 is also a powerful production unit for making the best tracks. Use the pads and keys with any virtual instrument you have on board. All in all it is a solid USB controller but some people have complained that mapping of the controls can be tricky.
You can get it for around $200 at Guitar Center.
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Here are the facts:

*System Requirements: Windows XP 800 MHz Intel or AMD, 256MB RAM , Vista, Mac OS X 10.5.8 or 10.6.1

* Virtual instrument parameters: 4 zone buttons for stacking and splitting sounds,  4 MIDI channels, 8 assignable trigger pads, 8 assignable rotary encoder knobs, 1 assignable fader, 6 dedicated transport controls.

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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Studio Monitors: Mackie MR5mk2

The Mackie MR5mk2 2way Reference studio monitors are excellent for their size and price. You know you can trust a name like Mackie. The sound they put out is amazing compared to other monitors on the market. The high end and middle range are clear and the low end bass is deep. When I bought these I was extremely happy. First thing I did was do a mix on them. I bounced the mix to CD and took it to the car to listen and it was really accurate to what I heard in the studio. These speaker monitors are wonderful.
You can get them for around $200 each at Guitar Center.
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Here are the facts:

*Powered Studio Monitor

*85 Watts System Power

*Inputs include XLR, TRS and RCA

*Frequency response 50 Hz to 20 Khz

* (H x W x D): 11-1/2" x 7-13/16" x 10-5/8" (292 x 197 x 269 mm)

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Do tube microphone pre-amps sound better?

You can get a much warmer sound when using a tube microphone Pre-Amp. The one I recommend is the Art ProMPA 2 Channel Tube  Pre-Amp. It is very affordable and has extremely low noise in the signal. You can use it on vocals or guitar. It is rack mountable and takes up 2 spaces in a rack unit. I have had mine now for a while and I have had no problems with it. You can get them for under $300 at Guitar Center. Check out the exclusive deals here. Online Only Price Drops at GuitarCenter.com! 

Here are the facts:



  • Variable Input Impedance For Flexible Microphone Voicing (150 Ohms To 2400 Ohms)
  • Selectable Plate Voltage
  • Large VU Meters
  • Backlit Function Switches
  • Discrete Class-A Input Microphone Preamplifier
  • Low Noise at Lower Gain Settings
  • Extremely Low Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  • Wide Frequency Response
  • Additional Front Mounted Instrument Input Jack
  • Supports Mid/Side Miking Technique
  • Operates at +4dbm/-10dbv Output
  • Selectable Stereo/Dual Operation of Output Controls
  • Automatic Instrument Input Selection
Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recording Studio Desk: Omnirax Presto 4

Studio furniture must look good and function for you in a way where recording is easy. The Omnirax Presto 4 is a highly functional recording studio desk that offers 2 bays of rack space, and a wide desk top area that can fit a decent size mixer or keyboard controller. It is extremely sturdy and functional. The space above the rack bays can fit a computer monitor and some speaker monitors. I bought mine and I could not be happier. It is very impressive to look at and I love the rack space.
It runs around $700. They have it on sale at Guitar Center.
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Here are the facts:

Dimensions:

  • Height: 33.63"
  • Depth: 31.38"
  • Width: 55.9"
  • Weight: 120 lbs
  • Rackspace: 4

    Desk Surface Dimensions: 21.9"D x 55.9"
  • Desk Surface Height: 26.5"
  • Desk Space in front of Bridge: 17.25"
  • Nearfield monitor height: 33.63"
  • Video Monitor Shelf: 55.63" W
  • Clearance Below Bridge: 2"
  • Computer Keyboard Shelf: Optional KMS-PR

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

Monday, January 23, 2012

How to submit songs to radio

Submitting a song to radio can be a long and exhausting process especially when dealing with traditional radio stations.The person you will need to be in contact with is the program director. You will generally want to call first to see what they require for music submission. You also do not want to just send your music unsolicited, meaning without the other party knowing it is coming. For traditional radio, expect to not get any play at all unless you have a serious fan base. That does not mean you cannot try. Sometimes traditional radio has "mix shows" or "local spotlights" where they will play unsigned artists. Call the program director and ask.
College radio is more willing to play unsigned and indie musicians. It will work the same as far as contacting a program director.  Expect them to want a press kit and the music on CD.
Other formats of radio include satellite radio, which will work similarly to traditional radio for submissions, and internet radio which is somewhat easier to deal with because they will most likely want and electronic press kit and an mp3 sent to them which save a ton of money because there is no post office involved.
When sending music to radio, you want to send your "single", which is the first song you are releasing to promote your album. Do not send them 8 songs at once. That is not how it works. The way the industry works is a record label or indie artist will choose three songs that will be their "singles" for the album. They then release one song to radio. That is the first "single" from the album. After a few months you release the next "single" and so on. This way you can slowly promote an album for months.
Choose the songs wisely. The first "single" is the first impression of your album to fans.

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

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yamaha MM6 Synthesizer

The Yamaha MM6 gives us the powerful Motif sound engine so you know this is gonna have some excellent sound banks. It is a 61-key synth with 418 voices and 22 onboard drum kits. It comes with a copy of Cubase so you can record your productions. One thing I like is that besides having Midi connections, it also has a USB connector in the back. This means you can save anything you created to a thumb drive. When I first brought this keyboard home I noticed that you can tweak the sounds. That is what I like about synths because you can take one of the sounds you like and twist some knobs and make it sound your own. You are in complete control of how everything comes out. It also has a sequencer.
It is priced right at around $500 to $600. You can find this at an amazing price at Guitar Center.
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Here are the facts:
61 synth-action keys
AWM2 Tone generator
32-note polyphony
16-part mulitimbral capacity
70MB wave ROM (in 16-bit linear format)
418 normal voices, 22 drum kits
128 GM voices, 1 GM drum kit
8 banks of 8 performance settings
25 reverb types
30 chorus types
5 master EQ types

Sequencer
96 parts per quarter note resolution
11-280 BPM tempo range
Real-time replace recording
168 patterns (x4 sections)
3 preset songs, 5 user songs
400 song max. with USB
213 preset arpeggio types


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

Saturday, January 21, 2012

MXL V63M Condenser Microphone

This microphone is excellent for vocals. For only being $99.00 it is well worth the money. You will be surprised at the warmth it brings to your recordings. The quality is as good as a $500 condenser microphone. It is encased in a brass shell and has a cardioid pick up pattern. It also comes with a shock-mount. The day I bought it I recorded 12 vocal tracks for an R&B song I was producing. The mic held its own and the vocals were very clear. Once I added compression and EQ, it sounded as if I used a high quality expensive mic. This is worth checking out. Check out the link to view it at Guitar Center.
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Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks.
www.hardcorejamz.com (Playing Hip-Hop and R&B)
www.hardcoremix.com (Rock,Pop,Country,Jazz,Electro,Gospel and more)
Submit music on either site

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Music merchanidising! Can it make you money?

If you are an artist or band that does a lot of shows throughout the year, then you may benefit from selling merchandise at your shows. Of course you should always sell CD's at your shows, but you can also sell t-shirts, stickers and more. Getting t-shirts made will cost a bit of money up front to get them printed. Be sure to get large and X-large and it is wise to get either a ladies version or a small and extra small size as well depending on your fan base. Figure out how much you paid for each and mark up the price according for a decent profit. I have seen bands selling t-shirts, hoodies, hats, jerseys, key chains, stickers, posters and more. So basically analyze your fan base and see what you think they would buy. You can even put not only your artist/band name or logo on these items, but also your website. Just make it look attractive. Stuff that people will wear.


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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How long should your song be?

When creating a song you should take into consideration how long you want it to be. If the song is going to be a single for radio, then you want to keep it around 3 minutes. Radio tends to like shorter songs so they  have more room to fit in as much advertising as they can. Anything over 3 minutes should be used for a standard "non-single" album track or an extended mix type song. Also, your full album should not be too long as well. Remember, it should be quality versus quantity. The average fan would rather have 10 solid songs than 20 songs and only 8 are good. Some of the biggest albums in history were only 10 songs long (Michael Jackson's Thriller being one of them). So pick your strongest 10 to 12 songs for a full length album. Pick three singles for radio and have them be around 3 minutes. Or you can have the radio singles be a little longer for the album, but shorten them a bit for the CD's you give to radio.

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sterling Audio ST69 Tube Condenser Microphone

The Sterling Audio ST69 Tube condenser mic is a favorite for using on vocals and acoustic instruments. The Mylar diaphragm is not as thick as traditional diaphragms which gives it an increased response to sharp transients. The microphone has extreme detail and brings out wonderful warmth and tone. It has a wonderful stainless steel body and has classic tube circuitry. It retails for around $600 and is worth every penny.
Go to the store and do a comparison with other microphones and you will see the difference.

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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Audix CX212B Condenser Microphone

The Audix CX212B is a multi-pattern, large diaphragm condenser microphone. It offers many features such as a bass roll off, it has multi pick up patterns including cardioid, omni-directional and figure 8. It is amazing with vocals and acoustic instruments.The company gives you a 3 year warranty so you know this is a solid microphone that will last for years. It retails for around $400.

Here are the facts:

  • Switchable patterns: cardioid, omni, figure-8
  • Gold-sputtered diaphragm
  • 1.37" capsule; 1.08" gold vapor dual diaphragm
  • Low noise electronics
  • High SPL capability of 145dB (with 10dB pad)
  • Rich warm tones - ideal for digital recording
  • Isolation shockmount included
  • Included adjustable metal clip allows for secure positioning
  • Aluminum road case for mic and shockmount included
  • 3-year warranty
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.

Friday, January 13, 2012

What is the best recording software?

Everyone always argues about what the best recording studio software is. There many to choose from including Pro Tools, Logic, Reason, Cakewalk, Cubase and more. They all are fine to record music and vocals but some have better music production qualities about them. Pro Tools is a powerhouse and an industry standard. Reason will record tracks and is wonderful with sequencing and music production. Honestly when it comes down to it they are all basically the same sound wise. Some are just easier to use without prior knowledge and some have a bit more features and plug-ins. It is just up to the engineer to mix the song and make it sound good. Any that are decent will cost some money so be prepared to spend some money. Also, be sure to have above and beyond any system requirements because these programs require a ton of CPU power. It is smart to have any computer you use for music recording to be just used for that. You should also install a second hard drive to store any song files.

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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How a patchbay works


A patchbay can be a wonderful addition to your recording studio. Whether you have a DAW studio, or an analog studio with a mixing board, they will work wonders. A patchbay does not need to be powered, and it will save time and clutter. It basically routes signals to where you want them to go. A patchbay is rack mountable and consists of rows of jacks. These jacks are aligned in dual rows on top of each other going across the length of the patchbay. Each row usually has 24 jacks. The purpose of these connections is to plug in all the gear and inputs / outputs into the back that you often use while recording or mixing. You can then use short patch cables in front to route the signals to and from all your equipment where you want them to go. It saves time because you do not have to keep unplugging cables in the back of you mixer or DAW because everything stay plugged in through the back of the patchbay. You can label the front of the patchbay so you know what each pair of jacks are. It is extremely useful and not too expensive to buy.


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.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Steps to releasing a CD

When you release a CD, expect it to take 3 to 4 months to get a solid buzz going. During this time you will need to promote to every media outlet possible, do shows and interviews and take advantage of Social media. Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and Reverbnation can do wonders for promotion.
You should have a plan and timeline to follow. First set a release date for your first single off of the album.
During this time you should start considering your distribution options such as digital and physical copies.
Also, start thinking about having a listening party to make people aware of your new music. Invite every DJ and media person that will come. Then a few weeks before the release date, start sending your press kits and a copy of the CD to newspapers, radio and magazines. Make follow up calls to make sure they have received them and to ensure that they will make use of them. Remember to send to new media outlets as well. These are websites and web magazines that play and review music. You will need to have digital press kits and mp3's ready to send via email to these outlets. Always be nice and considerate to these people. For your release date, you will need to make sure stores like itunes and Amazon.com will have your music by then. Timing is crucial on this. Once your release day comes, you should start scheduling radio interviews. If you cannot get on major radio then go to college radio. They are just as important. Also be sure to submit to internet radio and satellite radio. Now an important step is to promote on Social media and your website. Make sure you have a nice website. Start promoting on your Twitter, Facebook and Myspace accounts. Run contests for your fans and give away free CD's or song downloads. If you have the money, make a music video and put it on Youtube and other video sites. You will need to do shows and sell your music there as well. Performing in clubs for your fans is a huge deal. You will be surprised at how many fans you gain from doing shows. Do as many as you can! Also, have someone take video of one of your live shows and place it on your website and Youtube for your fans. This may bring in more people to your next show. There is a ton of work involved but if you do it right, you should be able to make some money from your hard work. It is all too much for one person to do so either get a street team to help promote or gather friends and family to become your street team.

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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Getting paid for your music

Music is a business. In this business you need to know your worth. Do not sell yourself short. If you are a music producer, charge what you think is a reasonable rate and ask for publishing royalties as well if they are a national act. The key is to know what you are worth, but not be outrageous about the price. If you think your time and music production is worth $1,000 per track, then charge that. If people are not willing to pay it then either they do not respect you, they are not serious enough about their project or they just do not have the budget to afford it. If they do not have a decent budget then they may not be an act you want to invest music in anyway. Be smart about who you choose to work with. Think on a bigger scale. Choose independent acts that have regional to national exposure. Of course any major label act will generally be worth the time. Of course you need to analyze yourself as well. Do you have the skills to charge a certain price? What is your resume like? Who have you worked with before? Obviously if you have not had much experience then do not expect to get a ton of dough for your music, songwriting or whatever it may be you do. Just know your worth.

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, January 1, 2012

Songwriting Tips

Writing songs can be easy or hard depending on your situation. When the moment is right, a song will come pouring out of you so easily, but other times when writers block hits, it will be so hard to write anything.
For times like that it is best to just put the song away for a bit and come back to it.
Other tools you can use to get your lyrics flowing are buying a rhyming dictionary. You can even find websites that will find words that rhyme for you. It can be helpful at times. There have been songs I started writing that I never finished because I just was not satisfied with the lyrics I was thinking of. I may have put it away for six months and then come back to it and finish it with fresh ideas. I have even began writing another song and needed ideas, so I go back to unfinished songs in my stock pile, and combine them to make one full song.

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.