Introducing Webinar Wednesdays

Sponsored by Crescent City Duplication and Crescent Music Services
In conjunction with Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op

Join Diana Thornton and other music industry pros for a free webinar series covering a variety of topics musicians need to know about CD design, manufacturing, mastering, packaging and more. These focused webinars are chock full of information, tips and techniques from experts to give you the tools work more effectively with professionals or do it yourself.

Each webinar will run 15-30 minutes, with open Question and Answer time after.

Registration is free, but will be limited to 15 people to allow for personal attention during the Q&A session after the presentation.

Watch from any computer with no special software,
or even from your tablet or phone with a free app.


CD cover design demonstration

October 19, 2016   1:00 p.m. cst

Watch Diana design a CD cover in Photoshop. Learn the basics about fonts, bleed, resolution, design concepts, and saving for print and web. 30 minutes

CD label design demonstration

November 23, 2016  1:00 p.m. cst

Watch Diana design a CD label in Photoshop. Learn about templates, elements to include (copyright, contact), track names or no track names, font size, CMYK vs. spot color. 30 minutes

CD packaging options

December 14, 2016  1:00 p.m. cst

Review the most popular options to package your CD. Presented by Diana Thornton. 20 minutes

Preparing your music for mastering

January 11, 2017   1:00 p.m. cst

Learn how to create the best mix down and format to prepare your pre-master correctly to get the best results from mastering your music. Presented by Mike Hogan of Necromancer Digital Mastering and co-owner of Crescent City Duplication. 20 minutes

CD/DVD Production: Shortruns vs. Manufacturing

February 15, 2017  1:00 p.m. cst

Learn the differences between the two processes, the pros and cons of each, and when to use one over the other. Presented by Diana Thornton. 20 minutes

Photo Resolution

March 15, 2017   1:00 p.m. cst

Learn how file resolution affects the quality of your printed materials, why you can’t use images from the web, why you shouldn’t just enlarge a photo in Photoshop, and how to salvage low res images. Presented by Diana Thornton. 20 minutes


More topics to be scheduled – let us know if there is something you’d like us to cover.


Visit Diana’s training website for more information and to reserve your seat.


About Diana Thornton

Diana founded Crescent Music Services in 1997 to provide CD design and manufacturing for the New Orleans music industry soon after she recorded her own album. After Hurricane Katrina, she partnered with mastering engineer Mike Hogan to start a second company, Crescent City Duplication, to continue to provide shortrun duplication services, still the only dedicated source in New Orleans.

An award-winning designer for over 30 years, Diana works with many New Orleans’ greats including Basin Street Records, Kermit Ruffins, Ellis Marsalis and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She also designs books and is the art director for Bruce Spizer, one of the foremost Beatles experts. Diana has a Master’s degree in Underwater Archaeology from Texas A&M and she is the grandniece of the late William Russell, renowned Dixieland Jazz historian and composer.

About Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op

Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops provide fully-equipped work space for musicians, filmmakers, and other digital media professionals. For those who cannot afford, or do not otherwise have access to them, the Co-Ops offer: Windows 7 and Mac computers, high-speed Internet connections and WiFi, laser printer and scanner, color inkjet printer, telephones & fax, page layout tools, web design tools.

Recording space with access to Garageband, Pro Tools 12, Presonus Studio One, & other digital audio software, Final Cut Pro video editing, help with basic computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, graphics & page layout and digital PR kit creation. ELLA, a pro-bono music business legal assistance program led by top entertainment business attorney, Ashlye Keaton & Gene Meneray, that has helped hundreds of local artists secure and protect their intellectual property and resolve contractual issues. Contact Mark Fowler: Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Op 504.891.0580

Reasons You Should Never Scrimp On Your Photo Shoot

This is a great article on one of my favorite blogs,

Promotional photos are a huge component of a musician’s marketing and branding. It’s necessary to have just the right images to effectively market your music and its message.

However, as an image consultant for recording artists, I see a lot of mistakes made by independent artists when securing promotional photos. This includes:

  • Not budgeting for all the things required for a photo shoot (i.e. wardrobe, stylist, etc.).
  • Waiting until the last minute to try to book the photographer and stylists (allow at least two weeks notice and another two weeks for retouching).
  • Not using the best photographers and team you can get for your money.

Read the entire article

Creative LIVE Online tutorials

I never stop learning. Especially with all the new software, technology, and skills to keep up with. I discovered a website that offers free workshops – often multiple days worth. They cover a wide range of subjects, from photography to business to music to meditation. The live viewings are free, but you can buy the option to watch at your convenience later. I like to play the free live version while I’m working and let it play in the background, switching to it if there’s something I want to take notes on.

A few examples of upcoming courses:

Digital Drums with EZDrummer with Eyal Levi

Music Business 101: Networking with Steve Rennie

Meditation for Everyday Life with David Nichtern

Managing Stress & Optimizing Energy with Dr. Pedram Shojai

Sign up for their alerts and catch what you can.


Blue Note App


Experience the sights and sounds of the legendary Blue Note Records, with streaming audio, album covers, session photos, live performance videos, web articles, newspapers, and  playlists. The app is for both music lovers who want to learn more about the genre, and discerning jazz aficionados who want to dig deeper.

The free app includes some free music to stream (mostly 30-second previews), but you can link through to the iTunes Store for purchase or spring for the monthly subscription fee to get streams from their deep catalog of full length songs.
Each month Blue Note will highlight an album, artist, article, or a featured playlist compiled by musicians, journalists, and other jazz experts.

Get it from Itunes


I use dropbox to sync files to my ipad. It creates a folder on my computer to which I can drag files to. It then uploads them to their server and when I need to access the files I just open my dropbox app on my ipad or iphone and I can download the file wherever I am. I can also have it download and keep the file on my ipad for offline access. I use it for all sorts of documents I need to have with me. Great for traveling. And I love that it acts as a backup for important things in case my computer crashes because anything in the dropbox folder is also online in the cloud. You can password protect the files as well so it is secure.

Use this link for a bonus 500 MB for both of us. The service is free for the first 2 GB (plenty of space), and you can even share your folders with others for quick file transfer.


Musicians can reclaim old copyrights

“When copyright law was revised in the mid-1970s, musicians, like creators of other works of art, were granted “termination rights,” which allow them to regain control of their work after 35 years, so long as they apply at least two years in advance. Recordings from 1978 are the first to fall under the purview of the law, but in a matter of months, hits from 1979 will be in the same situation “and then, as the calendar advances, every other master recording once it reaches the 35-year mark. The provision also permits songwriters to reclaim ownership of qualifying songs.” Read the full article: New York Times

“Under the Copyright Act, authors (and their statutory heirs) may terminate certain transfers of copyrights that were effected in 1978 and after on the 35th anniversary of the transfer (although in some circumstances, different time frames may be applicable). Transfers of sound recordings and musical compositions are among the classes of copyright transfers that may be terminable. An author’s right to reclaim ownership of his or her copyright(s) is optional and must be exercised in accordance with strict notice provisions and within strict time limits.  If you are the author of sound recording(s) and/or musical composition(s) that were transferred to third parties, it would be advisable to contact your attorney or other advisors to learn more about this important topic.” Source: