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Untangling Cover Song Licensing on YouTube

Found this article on Wired. Good reading, although rather frustrating. There are millions of cover songs on YouTube, with around 12,000 new covers uploaded in the last 24 hours. Nearly 40,000 people covered Rolling in the Deep 11,000 took on Pumped Up Kicks, 6,000 were inspired by Somebody That I Used to Know. Until recently, all but a sliver were illegal, considered infringement under currentContinue readingUntangling Cover Song Licensing on YouTube

DDP masters

If you are submitting your music as a DDP, please follow these instructions: Uploading a CD/DVD Image file or RAW disc files to the factory For an Audio CD project DDP Image files work the best, .iso files do not work for Audio CDs. It is best to create an image file of your disc before uploading  iso and DDP image files are standard forContinue readingDDP masters

Where to host your website

Even if you use Facebook, you should consider having a website. I use Dreamhost as my hosting server, and WordPress for my website development. Dreamhost has been very reliable, and their tech support very responsive, and they are one of the few WordPress verified hosting servers.

Passport Travel Tip

Scan your passport, important documents, prescriptions and photos of your instrument and equipment in case they are stolen. Then email them to someone (you can contact easily by the internet) staying home so that if you lose your documents you can have them emailed to you (or your embassy – or the authorities) to make it easier to get replacements. If you have a secureContinue readingPassport Travel Tip

Take yourself out of the equation

When faced with a dilemma you just cannot seem to figure out or decide on, step out of yourself. Pretend it’s a friend or co-worker struggling. What would you tell them? What words or guidance would you offer? What suggestions would have have for them? When you remove your own emotions, things can appear clearer.

Louisiana recording studios

Nice listing of Louisiana recording studios collected by Parker Dinkins of MasterDigital. http://masterdigital.com/studios/index.htm Alphabetically, by location and by services. And while you’re there, check out MasterDigital’s mastering services. www.masterdigital.com

Goal worksheet

Nice little sheet you can print out and keep in your wallet to keep your goals with you at all times. http://www.isetmygoals.com/goal-setting.html PS:  I just folded it in half longways and then accordion with no cuts. Never could get his folding instructions to work right.

Airbed N breakfast – great resource for places to stay or to rent out a room

http://www.airbnb.com/ Do you have an extra room/apartment/house to rent? If you have a spare room to rent out during mardi gras/jazz fest you need to get on this site. I use this site to rent my house in New Orleans during jazz fest and mardi gras. The people I get are wonderful. Do you need cheap places to rent while traveling / on tour? ThereContinue readingAirbed N breakfast – great resource for places to stay or to rent out a room

Creating MP3 files

You want the following specs no matter what program you use: File type: mp3 Bit rate: 192 kbps or 256 kbps Be sure your embedded tags include your artist name and song title Remove track number from file name Windows Media Player Put CD into drive click on the “Rip” tab WMP should automatically detect and scan it. Media Player should then query an onlineContinue readingCreating MP3 files

Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?

Success Planning for Musicians and Bands “Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice. “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where . . . ,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. Lewis Carol – Alice in Wonderland PlanningContinue readingWould you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?

Getting your CD track info to show up on computers

When a music CD is inserted in a computer connected to the internet, the media player application (like Itunes and Windows Media Player) go through a convoluted system of taking the number of tracks on a CD, the running times of the tracks, and then comparing this information to a database of existing CDs online where it then retrieves the album, artist, track information, andContinue readingGetting your CD track info to show up on computers

Creating a Compressed (zipped) folder

For Windows Open the drive or folder where your files are located Select the files you wish to include. Right-click Choose “Send to” and then “Compressed” A compressed or zipped folder with the same name as your new folder will appear in your folder. You have an opportunity to name it anything you want. It should have .zip as its extension.

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