Quit Putting it Off and Get Your Acoustics and Monitoring Together

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Whenever a musician or fledgling recording engineer decides to create his or her own studio, the journey seems to begin by poring over gear catalogues to choose the sexiest mics, preamps, compressors and EQs. It’s a common tendency to want to outfit one’s studio with the most glamorous and coveted gear because everyone knows that…


How To Prepare For Your First Big Music Event

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The first big music event at your venue will introduce you to the ins and outs of everything that can and likely will go wrong with hosting this type of event. While it will be important to take many notes on how your venue could do things better, it is not impossible to get a…


Frank Zappa Hologram to Perform With Steve Vai, Ex-Mothers of Invention

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Performances are slated to kick off later this year with more to follow in 2018 Nearly 25 years after his death, Frank Zappa will return to the stage as a hologram for a series of concerts with his former sidemen. The first concerts – produced by Eyellusion, which previously created a touring Ronnie James Dio…


The History of the Music Industry’s First-Ever Digital Single For Sale, 20 Years After Its Release

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In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran’s “Electric Barbarella” as the internet’s first-ever digital single for sale, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates Twenty years ago this month, in September of 1997, Capitol Records became the first major label to sell and digitally distribute a single from…


How Music Affects Your Productivity

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You might be rocking headphones while you read this–but does what’s playing make you better at your job? Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put into words. It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity–but does music itself help…


This Little Wireless Gadget Turns Your iPhone Into A DIY Recording Studio

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iZotope’s new Spire Studio uses Wi-Fi and smart microphone tech to make mobile audio recording even easier. BY JOHN PAUL TITLOW There are few creativity killers more potent than an overly complex tool. For musicians both casual and pro, such complexity—sophisticated software, plug-ins, cables, audio interfaces, and microphones—can offer a lot of creative control, but…


Feat the kitchen sink: how Zayn, David Guetta and Drake changed pop credits

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David Guetta is a confusing man for a number of reasons, the latest being his involvement in the aptly titled single Complicated. Sonically, it’s a straightforward approximation of the current pop sound – the song’s true complexity lies in how it’s billed. Brace yourself for an explosion of pop-lexicographical wizardry that will leave you wondering…


How Spotify’s Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry’s Newfound Recovery

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In financial terms, Spotify is like a high-end mall that was just built on an earthquake fault line. Like other subscription streaming services, it’s driving the music industry’s nascent recovery with recurring revenue. But the company constructed its business in the U.S. quickly — carelessly, but apparently with the best of intentions — on the…


The sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intense

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Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a nerve-wracking film. Three separate storylines tell the famed World War II tale — where 330,000 Allied forces, surrounded by the enemy, were evacuated from the Northern beaches of France — in a way that feels tense and visually stunning. Built around a score by composer Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk hardly ever…


Why Discogs Is Ready To Serve Much More Than Just Music

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The music industry may be relying more and more on digital formats for its financial success, but physical music database and marketplace Discogs continues to grow its business—and is now making the ambitious case that other verticals should follow suit. Over the last five months, Discogs has quietly launched five additional marketplace verticals under its wing, including Gearogs (music gear), Filmogs…