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Best Free Vocal Recording Software Programs

Are you ready to experiment with recording your vocals at home? Want lay your vocals on your beat and make a demo before you take it to the studio?

If you are on a budget, or would just like to start recording vocals from your computer, there is very good news.

There are a handful of free vocal recording software programs which provide you with everything you need to begin recording your songs to your beats.

Even though I have Logic, which is considered by many to be one of the best paid software programs for recording, producing beats, and editing audio, there are still times when I need to make a quick recording or edit some audio in a pinch. For situations like these, I will often use a free, light audio software program such as Audacity, Acoustica or Waveshop.

Let’s get started. Listed below are 5 of the best free vocal recording software programs available today, at no cost: Read More »

How To Create An Electronic Press Kit (EPK) For Music Artists

If you are a music artist, there is a good chance that you’ve heard about the importance of creating an Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

There are still many artists who do not know what an EPK is, why it is important, or how to create one. This article will teach you everything you need to know about creating one.

What Is An Electronic Press Kit?

First off, it is important to explain what an EPK is.

An Electronic Press Kit is a collection of resources which contain information about a music artist, musician, or band.

Typically, an EPK will contain the following pieces of information or media:

  • Artist Name
  • Biography
  • Audio Files Of Songs or Demos Read More »

Earn A Music Degree From The Comfort Of Your Home

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Want to learn how to make beats? How about discovering how to record and mix your music?

Even better…would you like to learn music from the comfort of your own home, and earn a degree for it?

Well,  the world renowned Berklee College of Music is now offering the opportunity to earn a degree without leaving your home.

You can earn your Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Studies without having to worry about relocating. And it costs a lot less than the on-campus tuition.

Berklee now offers at-home programs for the following courses of study: Read More »

Choosing And Buying A Domain Name For Your Music Artist Website

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If you are a musician / music artist, I probably don’t have to explain to you the importance of having your own website in today’s era.

In order for your music to be taken seriously, you need an official site.

And in the era of WordPress, you can build a professional looking and clean website using WordPress Themes for as little as $50 –  $60. Don’t believe me? Check out http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress.

I build all of my sites myself with WordPress, and you can too. This surely beats the days of needing a fully customized website hand-built by a designer for $10,000.

Regardless of which approach you decide on, the first thing you must do is brainstorm your domain name and purchase it.

Let’s begin: Read More »

Video: What Does The Future Hold For Independent Music Artists?

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In today’s era of ever-changing, ever-growing technology, it is absolutely crucial that you, as an artist and musician, do everything you can to foresee the future of the independent music industry.

Will there be new and more effective means of distributing your music? Are the rules and methods of publishing going to change?

Will the idea of selling your CD album in a store make a comeback? Or will the trend of electronic sales continue to grow until physical sales are all but a memory?

Arm yourself with priceless knowledge and check out this new video from Berklee College of Music. The video is from their awesome “Resources For Independent Musicians” series, and I highly suggest that you check out the rest of the videos as well.

In the video, Berklee instructor Mike King talks with Tony van Veen, CEO and president of AVL Digital Group, which is the parent company of CDBaby.

Without further ado, check out the video here.

 

Why You Should Record In A Professional or Home Studio

Do you take your music career seriously?

Be honest as you ask yourself this question.

If you just record songs over beats for fun or for practice, and are sure that a career as a music artist is not something that you would like to pursue, then you can disregard this article.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with recording songs for fun, and if that is what you do, then I am certainly not here to tell you what to do….keep having fun doing what you love!

On the other hand, if you’ve gotten to that point where you’ve decided that this music thing is the path that you have chosen, then please…hear me out.

Of everything that bugs me, there is one thing that has always caused me to step back and ask myself, “Why?” … Read More »

100% Free YouTube Advertising With YouTube’s FanFinder

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By now, I’m sure you realize the importance of YouTube for promoting and marketing your music.

Videos have been taking over everything. In today’s world, most people would much rather watch a video than read a blog.

The same goes for your music. People love seeing visuals to go along with your song. And creating a music video for your fans can be the one thing which catches on and goes viral, skyrocketing your music career to levels previously unseen.

But one big problem that many of you run into is video promotion and marketing. Read More »

Buying Beats Online: The Beat Lease Explained

More than any other question I get, the single most common one pertains to buying beats online…particularly leasing beats from a website.

Many consumers are in the dark about what it means to lease beats.

So I’ve decided to write this article to help clear up any confusion about leasing beats, so that you may approach your future purchases with more knowledge.

First off, I just wanted to clear up that a beat “lease” and “non-exclusive rights” are almost always the same thing, unless otherwise defined by the producer.

So without further ado, here are the main characteristics of a beat lease:

Ownership

When you lease a beat from a producer, you are granted non-exclusive rights to it. Non-exclusive rights grants you “partial” access to use the beat. The producer retains exclusive rights to the beat, and may continue leasing the beat or sell exclusive rights to other artists. Read More »

Track Separation: The Importance Of Tracked Out WAVs

Before I begin, I’d just like to say that the goal of this website is not solely hip hop beats for sale.

In this blog section, you will find an invaluable resource of information, ideas, and advice which will help your music career.

That said, I wanted to discuss an issue that a lot of artists ask me about. I will often get a question such as: “Is track separation important? Should I invest in the tracked-out files when I lease a beat?”

It is a great question, and the answer depends totally on your personal goals as an artist.

To begin, I’d like to first define what track separation is. Before getting into it, please understand that there are several terms for track separation, and every producer will call it something different. The following terms all pertain to track separation: Read More »