Music Production, Recording & Mixing

Archive for the Music Business Category

Finding and Keeping clients in the Music Biz

What online and in-person activities have you found the most worthwhile in building a client base for mixing and mastering? I’m going to expand on this a bit, and make it a bit more generic for anyone trying to make a living in the music business, not just for recording,

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WordPress web sites for Musicians

“Do you have a web site?” As a band or artist of any type, that is a question you may get asked often. These days it is more important than ever to have a strong web presence to promote your music or art.  Sure, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

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Relaunch of the FREE Musicians’ Classifieds

Just a quick post to mention that the FREE Musicians’ Classifieds site has been entirely reworked and upgraded (version 6 now) and is once again open for musicians.  It’s an all new system, so I had to start fresh and could not import old user accounts and ads. This is

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Getting Started as a Mixing Engineer or Music Producer

Here’s a question I got via email this morning: What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out at producing/mixing music? I can’t quite decide if I’d rather wear the producer’s hat or the mixing engineer’s hat. I ask because I want to take music production more

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Words of inspiration from Young Guru

Recording vocals in the old DBAR Productions vocal booth

Tuesday night we had the opportunity to attend an inspirational presentation from Young Guru.  This was an event put on by the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy, and their Grammy U program. I was able to bring a guest, so I brought my wife along.  Although my wife

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Advice from Superstar Producer/Engineer Elliot Scheiner

Elliot Scheiner is one of the top producers/engineers in the world, with 24 Grammy nominations, 7 Grammy awards, 4 Emmy nominations,  1 Emmy award, 3 TEC Awards nominations, etc…. The list goes on!  Even if you don’t know his name, you have most certainly heard his work. Yesterday I had

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Maximize Your Recording Budget

Revised & Updated! This is an old article I wrote in the early 90s. Quite a bit has changed since then, but most of the advice here still applies. With the reworking of my site in 2012, I have gone through this article and made some additions and revisions to

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Getting started as a songwriter

This was a reply to a personal e-mail to me from someone (who didn’t wish for their e-mail to appear on the site) who wanted to become a songwriter. One of their non music-business friends thought that in order to become a songwriter, they also needed to be a full

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Can You Really Do It All Yourself?

Recently, someone was thinking about buying a digital recording system and was wondering if he really could get major label quality results from a low budget home studio system.  He was specifically concerned about whether or not he would be able to obtain the “warmth” he was used to from

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How to become a Professional Producer / Engineer

Here is a reply of mine to a person who asked “how do you become a professional producer?”. First of all, realize that there is a difference between a “producer” and an “engineer”. The producer is pretty much the creative director. He usually doesn’t operate the equipment or anything like

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