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Is Audio Engineering a Bad Career to Pursue?

02/25/2012 If you’re contemplating a career choice the music business, perhaps you’ve asked the question: is audio engineering a bad career to pursue? After all, audio engineers frequently work for long hours, often for low pay (at least at first)—and with the rise of digital technology and illegal downloads, there might be some concern whether […]

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Is Audio Engineering Hard?

02/20/2012 Perhaps you’re considering a career in the music recording industry, and you’re wondering: is audio engineering hard? Is it difficult to create a high-quality music recording, to work with bands, artists and producers, to run a studio, etc.? To start with, if you’re seriously asking that question, chances are you’re not the right person […]

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What is Reason Software?

01/03/2012 If you’re around the music recording scene at all, chances are you’ve heard of a software called Reason. This program is especially popular with sound designers and electronic musicians because it gives users the ability to control and process a wide range of virtual instruments, either in recording settings or with live performance. What […]

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Do You Need to Learn Logic Pro to Work In Audio?

If you’re training to become an audio engineer or music producer, you might be familiar with Logic Pro, the digital audio workstation (DAW) that acts as a fully functional recording studio on your computer. Logic is a software program similar to Pro Tools in that it can handle all the basic functions of recording, from […]

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Best Ways to Record Music

November 18, 2011 What are some of the best ways to learn to record music? On one hand, the question may refer to a geographic location such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Nashville. Another way to look at it might be a physical location like a studio, the living room, or perhaps even […]

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How Do You Record Original Music with Your Computer?

How Do You Record Original Music with Your Computer?

So you’ve written a great song or a piece of music, and you want to get it recorded and saved as soon as possible. Thanks to modern technology, you no longer have to wait until you have the money to record it professionally in a recording studio (or try to remember your song by recording […]

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Producing a Recording Project

  You’ve learned your way around the music industry a little bit, you’ve decided to try your hand at producing, and you’ve found a band or artist you think is worth recording.  What now?  What actually goes into producing a recording project?  Obviously, the answer to that question can’t be found in one short article.  […]

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Making Music for Film and Television

One music industry career that often gets overlooked is film/TV music production. Making music for film and television is quite different than other forms of music production because it is one form of art (music) specifically designed to complement another form of art (visual media). It requires an entirely different approach than writing a song […]

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Choosing Music Worth Recording

If you’re a music producer or a musician trying to make a record, choosing music worth recording is nearly half the battle. There are a lot of talented musicians nowadays trying to make a living with music, and there are also a lot of recording engineers and producers trying to get their music “out there.” […]

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How to Start Up Your Own Business in Music

Working in the music industry isn’t always about just getting a job in a studio or at a desk: a lot of music industry pros are in business for themselves. If you want to start up your own business in music, here are a few common-sense tips to help you get started. DECIDE ON YOUR […]

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Life as a Studio Musician

  Life as a studio musician is a long term commitment to a wonderful life… While the fame and fortune of pop stars is frequently short-lived, studio musician or session musicians can carve out a career lasting many years, making a living through sheer ability and professionalism. During the 1920s and 1930s most record companies […]

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How do I Record my Own Music?

  You’ve been singing and performing in indie clubs for years, your myspace page has hundreds of fans, and you’ve already been mentioned in some music articles. The next step you might be thinking of taking is “how do I get my music recorded?”   This may not be as difficult as you think. Getting […]

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How do I Get my Music Recorded?

  So you have formed a band, practiced together and worked on material you all agree is good enough for radio play, or you have solo work you want to get out there for people to hear; the question is now, how do I get my music recorded? Well, luckily for you there are several […]

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Does it matter where you live if you want a music career?

  You know you want a job in the music industry, but where exactly do you need to live?  Some cities live and breathe music industry, and some cities, well, not so much. So if you want to make it in music – either on the business or creative side – do you need to […]

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Comparing Digital and Analog Recording

  Analog recording versus digital recording compares the two ways in which sound is recorded and stored. Actual sound waves consist of continuous variations in air pressure. Representations of these signals can be recorded using either digital or analog techniques.  An analog recording is one where a property or characteristic of a physical recording medium […]

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Sound Effects

  Audio for film can also be referred to as sound effects.  In the context of motion pictures and television, sound effects refers to an entire hierarchy of sound elements, whose production encompass many different disciplines, including:  Hard sound effects are common sounds that appear on screen, such as door slams, weapons firing, and cars […]

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What’s the Best Way to Make a Demo Record?

    As a musician, your demo is your calling card. It can help you expand your audience, and it's your ticket to getting noticed by record labels, so it's important to get it right. Contrary to popular belief, demo recording doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive. If your songs are great, listeners will […]

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Ways to Get Your Recording Heard

You’ve put in the work, you’ve written great songs, you’ve practiced till your fingers bled, you’ve saved, scraped and launched crowdfunding campaigns to get the money, you’ve hired a great studio to record and mix your songs—and now you’ve finally got a top-notch recording of your band. Now…how do you get your recording heard? It […]

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A Successful Career in the Music Industry

  If you want to have a successful career in the music industry, you have to go through a certain process. So many people assume that they’ll post a video online, wait for the right deal to come along, and then they’ll suddenly be millionaires. Things normally don’t work like that. Rather than setting yourself […]

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Songwriting Tips

  You know you want to be the next big songwriter, but you don’t know where to start. Here are a few tips to help you out. First and foremost, the inspiration from the song can start as anything: a title, a lyric, a chord progression, a melody – anything. But the hard part is […]

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Places to Look for a Job in Audio Production

Places to Look for a Job in Audio Production

If you’re currently studying audio engineering and music production, your search for a job in audio production shouldn’t wait until after graduation. You can start networking and researching now—and the sooner the better. The paradox here is that while your training in audio production will actually qualify you for a wide range of positions, the […]

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Recording Your First Album

  So you want to be the next pop idol and need a demo CD to send to record company execs and TV producers, or maybe you're a working singer/entertainer who would like to produce an album to sell at your gigs.   Either way, you probably think that the only way to make a professional […]

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Music as a Business

  To make something clear from the start—music is not a business.  Music is an art form. A business has formed around music, but music can (and does) happen whether or not anyone ever makes money at it.  However, if you are a musician in our culture, and you desire to do music as a […]

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Making a Living in the Music Business

  The proliferation of the Internet in the late 1990s has had a dramatic effect on practically every other existing area of the media.  The music business in particular has changed drastically over the last decade.  Most of that change can be directly attributed to the Internet. In the late ‘90s the appearance of free […]

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Intro to Recording Your Music

  You’ve been singing and performing in indie clubs for years, your myspace page has hundreds of fans, and you’ve already been mentioned in some music articles. The next step you might be thinking of taking is “how do I get my music recorded?”   This may not be as difficult as you think. Getting […]

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How Record Deals are Made

  You’ve seen Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Toni Braxton on television as a child and decided that you want to be just like them when you can grow up. While that is a difficult goal, it is not that impossible as you may think.   By this point, you will have also gained some […]

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How Can I Get a Record Deal?

“How can I get a record deal?” It’s been the gnawing, desperate question on the lips of almost every singer/songwriter/band on the planet for generations. The mythical record deal is the end-all, be-all for aspiring recording artists: the Golden Ticket, the Shangri-La, the Promised Land. If you can just get that record deal, your troubles […]

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How to Make Money with a Home Recording Studio

  Home studios, today, are becoming so popular that nearly every serious musician has at least some type of recording equipment within their home.  For the amateur music producer or artist, these “studios” have saved them a great deal of money.  The problem is that it’s not been the best thing for the larger, professional […]

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How to Make Money as a Music Artist

How to Make Money as a Music Artist

These days, there’s a lot of talk about how difficult it is to make money as a music artist. While there’s no disputing that it can be a challenge (which is why you need other reasons to do music than just making money), the fact remains that if you are the kind of person who […]

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How to Get Starting in the Music Business

So you want to get started in the music business, but you don’t know the first step to take—or the second, or the third, for that matter. Obviously, this isn’t a question that can be fully answered in a simple article like this one, which is why we offer full apprenticeship (externship) programs geared to […]

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How Much Do Music Studios Cost to Use?

How Much Do Music Studios Cost to Use?

If you are a solo artist or a band looking to record your breakout hit record, perhaps you’ve wondered how much music studios cost for you to use them. There’s no set answer to this question, because studios offer a wide range of rates. The bigger questions to ask are: How much time do you […]

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How to Get Your Music Recorded

How to Get Your Music Recorded

So you have formed a band (or developed a solo act), written some amazing songs, practiced your brains out, and now you’re ready to get your music out to the public. The question is, how to get your music recorded? Twenty or 30 years ago, your options would have been very limited. Unless you had […]

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How Can I Get a Record Deal?

“How can I get a record deal?” It’s been the gnawing, desperate question on the lips of almost every singer/songwriter/band on the planet for generations. The mythical record deal is the end-all, be-all for aspiring recording artists: the Golden Ticket, the Shangri-La, the Promised Land. If you can just get that record deal, your troubles […]

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Copyrighting Music

  Copyrighting music is no longer an option; it’s a necessity.  If you wish to prevent anyone from plagiarizing your songs, then copyrighting is the first action that should be taken before even allowing anyone to listen to your newest creation.  After this simple process, the song is legally yours.  More than likely you’ve spent […]

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Careers in Recording

If you love music, and if you love the idea of working in a recording studio, a career in recording might be just the thing for you. The recording industry is always in need of talented professionals who can help bring music from notes on a page to a thrilling recording that listeners all over […]

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Careers in Live Music

In case you hadn’t noticed, live music is big business. The highest-grossing tours by major label artists can rake in hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and are getting more lucrative all the time—not to mention the thousands of indie acts and up-and-coming bands who perform in small to mid-size venues to gain exposure […]

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Life As a Studio Musician

If you’re considering a career as a professional studio musician, you might be wondering what it entails. The truth is, while, life as a studio musician can be both rewarding and lucrative, it isn’t all glamour and hanging out with rock stars. Being a good studio musician requires hard work, discipline, and a high level […]

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Choosing the Right Microphone

  When it comes to choosing the right microphone, it's all a matter of figuring out your own needs. Television, film and radio all require different effects with their microphones, and you have to consider that when making your selection. Here we will take a look at some factors you should look at so that […]

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Audio for Film

  One of the key components in any production is the audio for film, and yet so few people even realize what all is involved in creating it. There is a whole team of people that dedicate their lives to making sound for movies, and it is this team that is often taken for granted. […]

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Life As a Recording Engineer

The job of recording engineer is one of the most common career choices for students who are trained in professional audio. Sometimes, these recording engineers are hired by recording studios; sometimes they open and run their own project studios; and sometimes they act as freelancers, hired by professional recording artists or producers to come into […]

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A Rewarding Life As a Music Producer

  While life as a music producer may not be what music videos and popular television make it out to be, it is a rewarding career that brings a worthwhile number of perks and bonuses along with it. Know this; however, being a music producer is not all champagne and half-naked girls. There is real […]

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Life As a Concert Audio Technician

If you’re apprenticing as an audio engineer with a dream of becoming a concert audio technician (or live audio engineer, as some call it), you might be wondering what you have to look forward to. What does life as a concert audio technician really look like? Some of it obviously depends on what type of […]

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How the Internet Has Changed the Music Industry

How the Internet Has Changed the Music Industry

No one would dispute the fact that the Internet has changed the music industry drastically over the past couple of decades. In fact, things continue to change at a rapid rate, and the music business is still struggling to keep up.  From early issues like illegal downloading and music sharing sites (like the now-defunct Napster) […]

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I Want To Be a Hip-Hop Star

I Want To Be a Hip-Hop Star

Many young people dream of becoming a hip-hop star when they grow up. Perhaps you grew up watching Nas, Tupac or Jay Z on television and thought, “I want to do that!” It’s not an easy task, but with the right strategies and a lot of dedication, it can be done. One thing to consider […]

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How Do I Get My Music Recorded?

  Is music your life? Do you live for your next gig? Playing live is the ultimate experience for most musicians. Some practically live for it. However if you're serious about your music and want to make a career of it, you will need to be recorded.   So perhaps you are wondering, just how […]

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My Band Wants to Record. Now What?

So, you’re in a band, and it’s getting serious. Practices are going well, you’re building a fan base with live gigs, the songs are coming together nicely, the musicians are gelling, you’ve got a solid sound, and now you want to take things to the next level—the band wants to record. Now what? It used […]

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How Can I Become a Music Producer?

How Can I Become a Music Producer?

If you want to be a music producer, it starts with considering what the job fully entails. The role of music producer can be one of the most exciting and creative jobs within the music industry, but it can also be one of the most hectic. As a producer, you’ll need to be willing to […]

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How To Be In Demand As an Audio Engineer

How To Be In Demand As an Audio Engineer

With the many changes that have taken place in the recording industry the past few years, becoming “in demand” as an audio engineer is not as cut-and-dried as it used to be. With digital technology revolutionizing the field, indie musicians on tight budgets can now do quality recordings at home on their own computers, for […]

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The Best Approach to Making a Demo Recording

The Best Approach to Making a Demo Recording

So you’re interested in making demo recording of your music—but what’s the best way to go about it? Should you shell out the money for an expensive recording studio, or just make a simple demo in your bedroom? A while back, making a demo could be as simple as recording vocals and a single instrument […]

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How much does a recording studio cost to build?

How much does a recording studio cost to build?

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How Do Record Labels Turn a Profit?

How Do Record Labels Turn a Profit?

Take our survey to find out if you have what it takes to succeed in the music business! We don’t take everyone. In fact, we only take about 1 in 20 applicants. Take our 60 second survey and see if you have what it takes

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How much does it cost to record a demo in a professional studio?

How much does it cost to record a demo in a professional studio?

Take our survey to find out if you have what it takes to succeed in the music business! We don’t take everyone. In fact, we only take about 1 in 20 applicants. Take our 60 second survey and see if you have what it takes

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What Does a Music Producer Do?

What Does a Music Producer Do?

Take our survey to find out if you have what it takes to succeed in the music business! We don’t take everyone. In fact, we only take about 1 in 20 applicants. Take our 60 second survey and see if you have what it takes

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