Thursday, June 28, 2012

Websites are important for musicians

Your website should be a part of your world that fans can become a part of. It is important to have a visually appealing website that your fans will want to come back to. Here are some tips on what every musician should have on their website.

Have a real website
Have a real website built for your music. Do not just have a Facebook, Myspace or Reverbnation page.

Make it a quick loading website
Do not overload your website with stuff that takes forever to load such as Flash or embedded sounds.
Keep it simple. Add a music player with a playlist that is Flash or HTML5, which will load up on iPads and other portable devices.


Include pictures and important info
Include pictures for your fans and some for the press that can be downloaded. If a reporter does a story on you and needs a press photo, they can just get it from your website. Also include a short and to the point bio that explains your background and important career milestones.


List upcoming performances
You should always list your upcoming shows. Always keep it up to date.


Give away freebies every month
It is smart to give away a free song download every month. This will keep your true fans coming back to the website.

Include important links
Always list direct links to where people can buy your music.

Include Twitter and Facebook
Put a Facebook "like" button on your site so people can "like" your Facebook page directly from your website. You can also add your Twitter timeline to your website so fans can view all your Tweets directly from your website.

Buy a relevant dot com name
Buy a dot com name that has to do with your artist or band name. People will find you easier in the search engines then.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 26, 2012

Peavey PV14 Mixer

Having a mixer put into your recording set up can be an extremely useful thing. If you run a simple Pro Tools set up, a decent size mixer is nice because you can plug in a couple mics, a keyboard, a drum machine and more. Then you can just run the mixer into your DAW for recording. Everything can always be plugged into the mixer so you do not have to keep unplugging equipment. The Peavey PV14 is a nice size mixer for home studios. It features 12 channels and 10 of them have a microphone input. The mixer is really quiet and easy to use. I was very impressed with the whole package. It has some nice master controls and outputs for headphones, control room and main. You will not be disappointed with this mixer.
It sells for $300 at guitar center. Click the link below for an exclusive deal.
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Here are the facts:
Built-in DSP effects processor
10 reference-quality, low-noise mic inputs
Channels 11/12 and 13/14 with dual switchable stereo line inputs
3-band EQ on all channels
LED clip, signal, and mute indication
1 pre-fader monitor send
1 post-fader effects send
Precision 60mm faders
Control room output
Global 48V phantom power
Tape to control room and tape to mix assignments
Stereo outputs with 1/4" unbalanced and XLR
Rugged console design
Universal switching power supply
16-1/8"W x 3-1/2"H x 14-3/4"D


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 23, 2012

Audio-Technica AT 4060 Tube Microphone

Tube microphones can really give you a unique sound. The recording will have a warmth that you just cannot get from a condenser microphone. The Audio-Technica AT 4060 has a large dynamic range and is extremely clear whether you are recording vocals or instruments. It comes with a shock-mount and power supply.
I bought this microphone and I recorded two new songs with it that night. I loved the way my voice sounded on the track. The mic compares to any high end microphone I have used. I then had a buddy of mine come over and play acoustic guitar. It also came out to be a superb recording. Clear as a bell with no distortion.
Tube mics really make a difference. Try it out  for yourself. You will be pleased for sure.
It sells for around $1350 at Guitar Center. Click the link below for exclusive deals.
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Here are the facts:
Comes with: Power supply, shockmount, cable for connecting mic to power supply, AC power cable, rackmount adapters for power supply, and protective carrying case with the AT4060 Tube Microphone.
Requires phantom power. 

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 21, 2012

Music is a business, treat it like one!

If you have not realized by now, music is big business. Of course it is a craft, a talent that comes from the heart, but if you want to make money from it, you must treat it like a business! Learn all you can on your own. Read books, take classes,  become friends with people in the business that you admire, and prepare to sacrifice time and money. You must spend money to make money. If you are an independent artist, you can expect all of what I just mentioned and more. If you want to make it you will have to give it all you got.
It takes time to promote a record. Do not be afraid of success. Do all you can and do the best you can.
The music industry is rough. It is flooded with recording artists now who all sound alike. Stand out and be as professional as you can be.


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 20, 2012

Korg MS1 MicroSampler Keyboard

The Korg MS1 MicroSampler Keyboard is an amazing sampler. You can load your own samples and put effects on them and put them into patterns to create songs. It has three banks for sounds. Each bank contains 36 samples (a maximum of approximately 160 seconds of recording time for monaural samples at a 48 kHz sampling rate) and sixteen patterns of sequence data. It runs on batteries too so you can capture sampled sounds anywhere. There is a line input for instruments and devices and a mic input. The knobs and keys are built well and have a pro feel. It sells at Guitar Center for around $350. 
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Here are the facts:
Sampling Mode: 36 Sample Playback Keys + 1 Audio Input
Keyboard Mode: Single sample assigned chromatically across the keyboard

Patterns: 16 Patterns per bank; x 8 Banks
Note Count: 64,000 notes total; 16,000 per bank
Resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)

Input: ¼" Jack (rear); XLR Balanced (top); with Mic/Line switch; Level knob
Outputs: L/Mono, R; ¼" unbalanced
Phones: ¼" Stereo Jack

MIDI: In, Out
USB: Type B

Dimensions: W x D x H: 20.31" x 9.37" x 2.56"
Weight: 4.19 lbs


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 14, 2012

Books every musician should read

Here are some wonderful books every musician should read that about the music business.

Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business (Paperback)
 by Fredric Dannen
A great book about the kingpins who rule the music industry and the greed that comes along with it!

The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual for the Do-It-Yourself Musician (Paperback)
by

to help indie musicians record, distribute and market their music.

Music Law: How To Run Your Band's Business (Music Law)
by









The Future of the Music Business: How to Succeed with the New Digital Technologies (Paperback)
by









 Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 12, 2012

Real instruments vs Sampling

Just about every keyboard, drum machine and music workstation uses sampled sounds. They sound great but it is nothing compared to using live musicians in your music. Doing so will bring more life to your music. If you know someone that plays guitar, hire them to play on your song. If you know someone who plays drums, get them to play on your new song. You will be very pleased with the results. A musician can bring a certain "swing" to a song that cannot be totally matched with a sequencer. Even if you are going to sample a part of another song, it will sound more unique to get real musicians to re-play the part you want to sample.
Try it out. Take advantage of your musician friends and get live instruments in your music.

 Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 9, 2012

IK Multimedia Sample Tank 2.5 XL Sample Workstation

The IK Multimedia Sample Tank 2.5 XL is something everyone should invest in for music production. Not only for the amount of sampled sounds that come with it, but also for what you can do with them. More than 1800 sampled sounds of strings, pianos, drums, loops, guitars and much more. You can also import your own sounds as it supports most formats. Every sound is easy to edit to how you want it to sound. Not only does it offer tons of different sampling effects, it also offers other effects like reverb, compression and more. Up to 90 effect options for your music. This can be used for any genre of music. Worth every penny.
It sells for around $200 at Guitar Center. Use the link below for exclusive deals.
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Here are the facts:
Works as a standalone application as well as a plug-in in Mac OS, and Windows (XP/Vista).
 6.5 GB of samples


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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.

Friday, June 8, 2012

How To EQ Piano

Piano is used in virtually every music genre. EQ is all about what your taste is. How YOU want it to sound. There are some overall tips on what to do to get that sound you want.
For a full bodied piano sound boost between 80Hz-160Hz and a tiny boost at 125Hz.
For an open and airy piano sound boost between 10kHz - 20kHz and boost 16kHz.
For a warmer piano sound boost at 100Hz.
For a sharper piano sound boost at 7Khz.
For a brighter piano boost at 10Khz.
Of course practice and experimenting will get the sound you desire. Also, whenever possible, try subtractive EQ. This is where instead of boosting a signal, you cut the ones around it to make the frequency you want stand out more. Boosting too many signals at once can be a bad thing. Use your own judgement.
Want a fuller sounding piano track? One thing to do is pan the piano hard in one direction and put an inverse delay on it, with a super short delay time to make sound very wide. Works like a charm.

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 6, 2012

Neumann U87 Condenser Microphone

The Neumann U87 is a world class microphone that gives vocals a very warm and pleasant sound. You can use it as an omnidirectional, cardioid, or figure-8 pattern. I am very fortunate to own one of these and I must say it is worth the money. The clarity of vocal recordings it puts out is truly amazing. It comes with a shock-mount, wind screen and wooden box. Of course you can also record instruments with it but vocals is where it clearly stands out. It is priced at around $3600 at Guitar Center. Use the link below for exclusive deals.
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Here are the facts:
10dB attenuation switch
127dB SPL handling
20Hz to 20kHz response
Impedance rated at 200 ohms. I

Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 5, 2012

Become a better recording engineer with practice

If you truly want to become an amazing recording studio engineer, then practice "critical listening".
To start, get a pair of headphones and listen to a couple of your favorite songs. Headphones are important for you to hear everything better. Listen to how the songs were mixed. See if you can pick out every instrument used, what effects were used, see if they used any type of panning and listen to all the different vocal tracks. Get a piece of paper and put line a down the center. Put "left" at the top of the left side, and "right" at the top of the right side. Now mark down what you heard in each ear during the song. If it was in both ears then mark it in both columns. Do this enough and it will really sharpen your listening skills. Pretty soon you will be judging every song you hear on the radio. Thinking that you would have mixed it a different way or added this or that in certain parts. Practice makes perfect!


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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, June 3, 2012

Roland V Synth GT Elastic Audio Synthesizer

We all know that Roland puts out a good product. The Roland V Synth GT Elastic Audio Synth is proof of this. This is truly a top of the line instrument. It has a color touch screen and you can create and edit fresh new sounds for any music genre. It has 61 keys and so many features where you can create new and exciting sounds fast. It is easy to navigate and easy to learn. It also works with USB Flash memory so you can save your creations. It also has on-board effects and EQ. This is worth every penny.
It sells for around $3500 at Guitar Center. Use the link below for exclusive deals.
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Here are the facts:
61 keys with velocity and channel aftertouch
Dual-core Elastic Audio Synthesis engine w/AP Synthesis and Vocal Designer circuits
256 patches, 512 tones
Multiple forms of advanced synthesis
Intuitive, icon-driven interface
AP (Articulative Phrase) synthesis technology models the performance behavior and nuance of musical instruments
Sound Shaper II offers incredibly easy and efficient user programming

Headphones
1/4" phone (L/Mono, R) main out
1/4" (L, R) phone direct out
1/4" (L, R) input
Hold pedal jack
Assignable control pedal jacks (1, 2)
In, Out, Thru MIDI connectors
USB function connector (USB 2.0)


Artists and bands be sure to submit your music at these radio networks as well.
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.