How To’s

The Cost of an E.P. or Album???

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in How To's, Intrductions, Recording, Studio Advice | Comments Off

I receive a lot of emails asking about how much it should cost to make an E.P. or an Album, yet most of those emails aren’t ever certain about much more details beyond the question. I recently responded to one of those emails with a pretty simple breakdown of the details needed to figure out the cost, so I thought I’d post it here to help everyone think through the process. Thanks so much for the email, XXXXXXXX. You’re right in thinking that a career in music requires well recorded songs available on iTunes for people to consume. I’ll try to touch on everything a little bit,...

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Advice for Recording at Home

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in How To's, Recording, Studio Advice | 2 comments

With widespread and easily affordable technology, more and more bands are trying to record at home.  Heck, if it weren’t for digital technology I wonldn’t be able to do what I do.  However, just because technology is cheap doesn’t mean the end user is going to make a great product.  Patience and knowledge still play the most important role in recording.  I mean, you could give Daniel Lanois a Shure 57, a Behringer preamp, and a dungeon and he’d still give you a great record. So, for those of you who’d rather tackle the processes of recording yourself, here is...

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Three Questions Every Songwriter Must Be Able To Answer

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in How To's, Marketing, Studio Advice | 0 comments

This was something that came across my desk this morning and it is almost perfect the way it is… so here is the complete, yet short post, which can also be found HERE. The article mentions the Library of Congress, which does us Canadians no good.  Instead, here’s the link to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office… http://www.cipo.ic.gc.ca Three Questions Every Songwriter Must Be Able To Answer 1. Q. Is it OK to shop the same song to more than one person at a time? A. Yes. It’s expected throughout the industry that a song will be shopped to as many professionals as...

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Liz Longley on Kickstarter

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in How To's, Recording | 0 comments

I’ve been following this young woman for about 6 years now. I have her first record (which was fantastic BTW) and have casually followed her move from coast to coast. Recently, like many, she’s jumped on the KickStarter Bandwagon. I’m not here to talk about KickStarter, I’m here to talk about her budget. Liz, unlike most of us, has the experience of making 3 records to this point. The most important thing she’s learned is that her team matters. Her and producer Gus Berry have put together a plan and a budget that Liz compares to $100,000+ record company budget....

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Real World Vocal Health for the Studio

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in How To's, Recording, Studio Advice | 0 comments

I’ve been singing for over 18 years.  How well is a matter of subjectivity.  I’ve also never had a professional vocal lesson. While I whole-heartedly encourage every aspiring singer out there to consider finding a vocal coach to guide and challenge you, coaches are not for everyone.  So much GOOD information is available on the internet that anyone could achieve acceptable results ‘teaching’ themselves.  However… … as with everything on the web, there is so much BAD info that can be misinterpreted or misused that your singing career could very easily be...

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Getting Ready for the Studio

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in How To's, Recording, Studio Advice | 0 comments

I’ve seen it happen a number of times and I’ve been guilty of it myself in the past; You can’t sleep the week before, you toss and turn with excitement as you look ahead to your turn in the studio. The plan is, you’ll show up and your art will turn into something amazing! It’s never that easy, though, is it? Those of you who’ve been through the recording process know how tedious the work can be and how being unprepared can really handicap your end results. Maybe you’re sitting around getting frustrated at your singer who’s spending over an hour...

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