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Preparing for Home Recording CD Production

After you have all your songs optimized, balanced, and sequenced, it’s time for the final step. This last step involves saving your music in a format that enables you to duplicate the music. Generally, [more…]

Marketing Your Home Recordings Yourself

You don't have to be a marketing guru, to create a nice niche for yourself and your music. All it takes is a little imagination and a lot of hard work. In the following list, are a few ideas that have [more…]

Setting Up Your Own Music Website

No matter what else you do, you need to have your own website. A website is your calling card — a place where you can showcase yourself and your music. With your own site, you can provide a lot more information [more…]

Musician Friendly Web Hosting Services

Some hosting services make it easy to create a website for you or your band and allow you to offer downloads or streams of your music, CDs, and other merchandise. All the following sites are geared toward [more…]

Designing Your Musical Website

Your first step in getting a website up and running is designing it. When you design your website, keep the following points in mind: [more…]

Simulating Effects for Home Recording: Amplifier

The amplifier simulator effect allows you to essentially have access to a whole roomful of top-notch amps without having to buy, maintain, or store them. One of the great things about amp simulators is [more…]

Using Social Media to Promote Your Music

People are atwitter about social networking as a way to promote themselves and for musicians, their music. Actual sales that can be made using Twitter, Facebook, and the other social networking sites might [more…]

The MP3 Format and Your Home Recording

You’ve probably already downloaded a few MP3s from the Internet and experienced firsthand the immediacy that the MP3 format can offer your music. You go to a website and choose a song to download. After [more…]

Choosing MP3 Encoding Software for Your Home Recordings

You have a lot of MP3 encoding software choices. Some software encodes from various file formats as well as from CD, whereas others don’t encode directly from a CD. Not being able to encode directly from [more…]

Encoding Your Music

The actual encoding process is pretty simple. Just open your MP3 encoding software and choose the parameters that you want for your file. This is not a list of the step-by-step details here — every encoding [more…]

Getting Your Music Website Noticed

You used to be able to submit your music website’s address to the major search engines and get exposure when people do a search. Over the last few years, though, things have changed a lot. Nowadays, you [more…]

Providing Your Music Online

If you have a website, you probably want your visitors to be able to hear your music. You can make your music available for listening online several ways: [more…]

Podcasting Your Music

Podcasting is another way to offer your audio online. Typically, podcasts are media feeds that your visitors can subscribe to and get updates automatically as they are published. If you regularly update [more…]

Selling CDs of Your Home Recording Music

Regardless of whether you have your own site, you can always sell your CDs on the Internet through other outlets. An advantage to selling your music through other online stores is that you can capitalize [more…]

Making the Most of Your Web Presence

The whole point of making CDs and putting MP3s of your music on the Internet is to promote and sell your music. To do this, you need exposure. Like any promotion technique, there are no rules except to [more…]

Frequently Used Sibelius Shortcuts

Sibelius is world's best-selling music creation software. When you're using Sibelius to compose, refine, or listen to your music, you soon realize that you use certain keystrokes more often than others [more…]

Web Resources for Digital Music Makers

The Internet offers all kinds of info for digital music composers. The sites listed here are just a small sample of the educational journals, independent music distributors, professional music forums, [more…]

Composing Digital Music For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're getting serious about writing your own digital music, look into a few magazines and online resources that can help you keep up with what's happening in the music industry and offer forums, downloads [more…]

How to Connect Real Instruments to GarageBand on Your Mac

You can connect real instruments, such as electric keyboards and guitars to your Mac for use in GarageBand. Using real instruments with GarageBand produces not only better sound, but realistic practice [more…]

PC Recording Studios: Elements of a Full-Featured Mixer

Mixing is one of the essential elements of all audio recording programs. Mixing is the ability to blend your individual tracks together into a single pair of stereo tracks. Simple mixers let you control [more…]

PC Recording Studios: 3 Tips for Improving Performance

Computer-based recording systems can be finicky, whether Mac- or Windows-based. Be diligent about taking basic precautions in your studio so your PC recording system doesn't become sluggish and, eventually [more…]

5 Ways to Place Microphones for Great Sound Recording

Part of running a great computer-based recording studio is making sure you get great sound from a microphone (or mic, for short). To do this, you need to use the best mic for the application and place [more…]

PC Recording Studios For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Computers have become the standard tools for recording, editing, and mixing audio. Whether your computer-based recording studio uses a Mac or PC, you'll need to know how to get the best sound either way [more…]

Tapping a Live Mixer to Record Your Show

Live recordings are always fan favorites, and if your band plays live shows, recording them can be easy. One of the great things about recording a live performance is that you can spend a lot less time [more…]

Re-amping to Enhance Your Tracks

Sometimes you want to change tracks that you already recorded. The most common way to do this is by EQing, or adding effects in your recording software as you mix. However, other times you may want to [more…]

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