Web Resources for Digital Music Makers - dummies

Web Resources for Digital Music Makers

By Russell Dean Vines

Part of Composing Digital Music For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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, and free music legal advice you can find on the web.

  • artistShare: artistShare allows artists to create a recording project, and then fans of the artist can invest in the music creation project.

  • CD Baby: CD Baby is the largest online record store that sells CDs by independent musicians. You send them your music; they warehouse and sell it and then pay you a share.

  • FreeAdvice: Online for over 10 years, FreeAdvice has an intellectual property and music law section, where you can find info on statutes, regulations, case law, and legal principles that affect the creation, production, distribution, and marketing of music.

  • GearSlutz: GearSlutz is an online forum for professional and amateur recording engineers to share techniques and advice.

  • HipHopBeatz.com: HipHopBeatz.com has an impressive list of credits in producing R&B, pop, and club music. It has a huge collection of beats (background rhythm section tracks for producers) to sample, purchase, and download.

  • Indie-Music.com: Another indie music connections site, Indie Music has been around as long as or longer than most. Here, musicians can find how-to articles, underground music news, reviews, interviews, and music-biz news. Its coolest feature is a search engine that helps you locate almost any contact or company in the business, from agents to CD replicators.

  • KVR Audio: This site features news and information about software audio plug-ins. It runs a searchable audio plug-in database, where you can find info on new releases, product announcements, and product updates for VST plug-ins, DirectX plug-ins, and Audio Units plug-ins.