Music Distribution

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Music Distribution

Music distribution has changed. About 10 years ago, if a band wanted to get their music to the most fans, they needed to be signed by a major record label.  Like Sony or MGM.  Records and CDs were physical products.  Everyone would rush down to their favorite store and pick up a copy. Places like Blockbuster Music are gone.  Best Buy does not have much of a collection of CD’s to choose from.  Most music today is sold online.

A company named Tune Core changed distribution forever. A band or individual musician no longer had to be signed by a record label.  Tune Core would send their music worldwide simply by uploading it and choosing where they wanted the music to go. It was 2008 when I first used Tune Core for Music Distribution.

I still earn money from the songs I uploaded then.  Over 70 percent of the income I recieved was and still is from iTunes.

Today, there are many other distribution networks. Amuse, Distrokid, CD Baby, Reverbnation, Tune Core to name a few.

Publishing

There are two reasons to publish your music before you distribute it.  Mechanical rights and performance rights.

When a band was picked up by a record label, they demanded the highest percentage of these rights and at least 60 percent of the money made by distribution. Today a band can keep all their rights and make 100 percent of the income.

Another reason to publish your music is to track streams and online plays.  Tune Core not only tracks this for you, they collect the money and put it in your account.

The cost to distribute an album on Tune Core is still less than 50 bucks to all 100 stores.

A couple of sales on iTunes and a few thousand plays on You Tube and a band breaks even.

From that point, all sales and streams are profit.

Advertising

Once your music goes Live, Tune Core will send you links to all the music stores your music has been distributed to.

The possibilites from there are endless.  Create a fan page on Facebook and include a link to  your music on iTunes.  Fans can click the link and buy your music.  Leave a spotify link for streaming your music.

Host a band website and sell your music there. Tune Core has a web player to add right on your site.

Record Labels

Understand this point;  Record Labels are still where the big money is made and the reason is Advertising.  They have the income to advertise worldwide.  Most bands don’t have that kind of budget.
In todays music, a record label will not sign you unless your band is already capable of getting fans and earning money.
They want to see fans at your live performances.  They want to pull up your online sales and streams.  They want to see you selling merchandise, like shirts hat and stickers with band logos on them.  They want to know you understand the business side of the music industry.
If you get signed, most will require you to re-record your music in their studio.  Reason being, they want those rights and income.
One other point.  If they offer you a any dollar amount in advance, it is not FREE money.  Think of it more like a loan on future sales. Once that money is earned, only then will you receive royalty checks.

Conclusion

Everything I have explained in this post is not possible without a quality recording of your music.

The doors don’t open to earning income without a product to sell.

95 Percent of musicians don’t ever get a recording of their music.  That is why most musicians don’t earn enough money to be full time musicians.

Everything starts with Recording your music.

Best recording studio for drums

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Best recording studio for drums.  Being a drummer myself and owning my own recording studio, I have spent thousands of hours recording drum tracks.

I have tried all types of different set ups and microphones.  Different ways to set up the room acoustics.

After years of recording, I settled on the set up in the picture above.

Those are my favorite drums.  Pearl Session Customs.  13 inch Joey Jordenson snare.  Zyldjian cymbals.

I use Audix microphones.  Audix 600 bass mics on the bass drums and the two floor toms.  These mics only pick up low frequency, so there is no bleed over from the other drums or cymbals.  Standard audix drum mics on the toms.

The two overhead mics are phantom powered audix mics.  They are configured to only pick up high frequency.  Perfect cymbal clarity.  The overhead cross set up is important also.  The one above the hi hat is actually picking up the other side ride and crash cymbals.  The mic above the ride is picking up the hi hat and the other side crash.

To decrease the chord mess, I have a snake mounted to the wall behind the drums.  All the mics plug in there, then the snake runs to the control room.

Drums require 8 microphones and 8 different channels at the mixer.

I use a Mackie 1640 mixer firewired to an apple desktop computer.  I use Logic Pro X software.

The room is completly covered with acoustic foam.  The first time you enter the studio, you will notice the room is dead.  No echo at all.  The reason, I want nothing in the mics but the sound of each instrument.  Effects like reverb and delay can be added after the input recording if finished.

The room set up is also perfect for a full band to set up quickly.  All instruments plug in to the snake on the back wall.

The bass cabinet uses a low frequency mic like the bass drums and toms.

I use SM57 and SM58 for guitars.

As for vocals, every singer has their preference, but I use a Blue mic for isolated vocals.

That is why I think I have the best recording studio for drums.  I have the templates set up in logic pro, so I can open the program, hit record, walk out to my drums and record perfect drum tracks.

best recording studio for drums

Audio Recording

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Audio Recording of your music is so important because your songs are a statement and advertisement of your message to anyone who hears it.

A lot of times, when recording in a studio, the song will lose the feeling and mood you convey in your live performance.  It may become more robotic and no longer natural.

The hardest part of recording is to capture the feel of the song.  The reason it is so difficult is the audio is recorded individually.  For example the drums are usually recorded first.  Then recorded over the drum track are all the other instrument tracks.  After all the instrument tracks, the main vocals, then background vocals and finally any lead instrument tracks.

Then a sound engineer takes all these individual tracks and mixes them into your song.

The first issue is of course timing.  When playing the song as a band, the timing becomes natural through practicing and playing the songs together.  When recording them, each individual is playing along with a track and may not be exactly on time with the other instruments.

That is why I start all recording sesions with the entire band.  I get a recording of all the songs that are going to be recorded for an album just like your live performance.

We set up the studio just like the stage and I record the tracks.  From that, I create a click track of which we record the drum tracks.

Then the bass guitar tracks, the guitar tracks, the other instrument tracks.  At this point, I can compare what I have on the recording so far with the studio live track.

If then things need recorded again, we do so.  Many times, we may start again from the beginning.

Many studios lose the feeling and mood of the music.  I believe those things are the most important part of the recording.

Audio recording is an art.  It takes time in a studio to learn how to get the most from the musicians, the instruments, the room set up and much more.

When recording your songs in any studio, be sure the final product is what you wanted, or start again.  It is your music, your statement.  Make sure it sounds right for you.

Learn to play the Piano

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Learn to play the piano

Learn to play the piano. The piano is an awesome instrument. It is often the preferred tool to compose and write songs.

Like all the other instruments, if you are already skilled in music theory and can read sheet music, learning to play the piano is just about hand placement and practice.

However, to become skilled enough to add feelings to your song writing is a tallent many musicians have trouble mastering.

Lets review a few of the availabe online courses available.

A good place to start is Power Piano Chords.  This program teaches the basics of chord progressions.  The structure is a 39 lesson ebook that can be printed out showing illistrations of each hand position for each chord.  It is possible to click on the chapter in the ebook and watch the online training video that corresponds with it.  Once you finish the 39 lessons, you will understand thousands of chord progressions.

Learn Piano in 30 days

This course guarantees that you will be able to play one of your favorite songs within 30 days. They not only teach the basics, they teach you with popular songs.  As you progress in your learning, so do their courses.  All the way to a professional level.  They will also take requests if you want to learn a specific song.

There is also genre specific training available.  Learn to play jazz or rock or gospel.

There is a 14 day trial for just 1 dollar.  If you don’t like it, cancel anytime and even get your dollar back.

Rocket Piano is probably the most popular of the online courses.  They take you from a complete beginner all the way up to master.  Their material is constantly updated.  Loaded with special bonus packages and games to help with learning the piano.  I recommend this course, but if you are not satisfied, you have a full 60 days to get your money refunded.  With the cost of only 39.95 you can’t go wrong.  If you really want to learn to play the piano, get started right now and in no time at all you will be writing songs and playing popular songs for friends and family.

Learning to play the guitar

Learning to play the guitar can be frustrating.  Learning to play the guitar well takes practice and dedication.  It also takes some instruction.  Especially to play all different types of music.

If you already know how to read music and understand progressions, it is easier to learn than if you have no musical knowledge at all.  That is why there are many levels of learning to play the guitar well.

Lets review a few different online courses and you pick the one that is right for you.

One very complete system that works for most young eager to learn guitar players is Guitar Success System

Guitar Success System is an online course by Eric Sloan.  An accomplished guitar teacher for over 23 years.

The course has over 133 step-by-step videos to follow along and learn from.

No matter what your level of guitar playing, you can pick up a lot from this course.  However, just like learning anything, you have to apply yourself and want to learn.

Guitar Notes Master.  This course centers it’s learning style around the fret board.  Showing placement on the guitar for each finger to play any chord or note. learn note positions, intervals, chords, scales and arpeggios easily as the software shows you the positions for each lesson on the fret board.

Guitar Theory Revolution This course is more for the musician to take guitar playing to another level.  To understand music theory and why chords make us feel a certain way and how they should be put together to make good music.  Not for everyone but a good course for those who whan to truely understand music theory.

Finger Trainer is actually cool software.  A revolutionary new way to learn the guitar and an inovative way to practice.  The play along sounds have been recorded by an actual musician, not by a midi output.

Simple Solo Builder When writing original music, the last part of recording it is usually the guitar solo.  If you often find yourself stuck over how to play the solo, this program is for you.  An easy to follow system to playing guitar solos.

Rock Guitar Mastery I personally love the sound of a rock guitar.  A Les Paul guitar through a Marshall amp just sounds awesome to me.  If you love rock guitar and want to learn the techniques to mastering the rock sound.  Check out Rock Guitar Mastery.

Express Guitar First glance at this course is not impressive.  The website is basic and not fancy like other websites.  However, the guitar course is another story.  The training you get in this course can really improve your skills.

Conclusion

There are lots of different ways to learning, the important thing is to not give up.

To me music is the most important thing to learn in life.  Music brings emotion to our lives in ways words never will.

Pythagoras

Pythagoras was one of the first teachers of sound.  He understood many things and believed music to be the key to life.

He is the father of mathematics, the father of geometry and the father of music.

He was born in 560 BC and lived for over 100 years.