How to Set Up a Simple Home-Based Recording Studio
Blog / 02/17/2014

How to Set Up a Simple Home-Based Recording Studio By Tennyson Williams, Author of The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity   In this day and age, setting up your very own home based digital recording studio is extremely affordable, as well as easy to do. Not only that, but its a lot of fun! In this article I’m going to be talking about how to get started with a home recording studio that will cost around a $1000 – that’s right, one thousand dollars. Don’t worry – our little studio is going to rock! After that I will also be discussing how to expand this same studio into a more diversified and fully functional studio, but first – let’s start with the basics. 1. Computer The computer that you choose to operate with is very important. Recording software can take its toll on just any ordinary computer, so there are some performances issues that we need to keep in mind. Its true that your computer will require a good amount of RAM, but this isn’t the only big thing. The CPU is also very important. In my opinion, I believe that anything above 3GBs of RAM is overkill. I also…

The Importance Of Following Up In The Music Licensing Business
Blog / 01/27/2014

The Importance Of Following Up In The Music Licensing Business   I’ve touched on the importance of following up with music licensing professionals a lot in previous newsletters. Today I want to dig deeper into this topic and drive home this point even further. A couple days ago I interviewed Aaron Bethune, the founder of Play It Loud Music, for members of my marketing service, Renegade Music Marketing. During my interview with Aaron he made the point very clearly that you have to follow up after making initial contact with him or anyone else. As Aaron explained, he receives so many emails on a daily basis that by the end of the day if he hasn’t gotten back to you, your email is probably so far down in his inbox that it’s possible he’s completely forgotten about it. Aaron explains that your initial contact is like planting a seed, but that you have to follow up to see anything come of your initial efforts. This is completely aligned with my experience. I’ve told the story before about the first song I signed to my previous publisher. I sent her several tracks and heard nothing back for about six weeks. I…

Establishing Rapport With Music Licensing Professionals
Blog / 09/25/2013

Establishing Rapport With Music Licensing Professionals   After I got my first TV placement in 2002, I was so excited that I immediately got in touch with my publisher expressing my interest in getting more involved and getting more of my music placed. I made it really clear that I was prepared to submit to as many opportunities as possible. This led to an ongoing dialogue between the two of us over the years that has led to the opportunity to submit to and write for many different projects. This led to many subsequent placements that I’m sure I never would have had if I hadn’t been as aggressive as I was. Getting your music placed with a solid publisher or library is a great first step and getting your first placement or two is an even greater step forward. But your work doesn’t stop there. In a way, this is just the beginning. For music to get licensed, it has to be the right piece of music at the right time. This is why sometimes songs will sit in catalogs for long periods of time, inactive, and then all of a sudden get licensed into one or more projects….

How To Finance Your Music Licensing Business
Blog / 09/17/2013

How To Finance Your Music Licensing Business   As they say, it takes money to make money. The music licensing business is certainly no exception to this rule. Due to the nature of the way the business works, there is a considerable lag time between the time you license one of your tracks and the time you get paid. And of course before you can even begin to attempt to license your tracks you’ll need to have quality recordings, which takes money. But don’t let this fact discourage you. If you’re resourceful, there are ways to get your tracks recorded for little or no upfront money of your own. A great way to record tracks on the cheap is by collaborating with other musicians and producers, in exchange for a percentage of any of your future earnings. It of course helps if you have a track record to bring to the table when negotiating with potential collaborators. These are tough times for a lot of people and many people are open to creative ways of getting things done. I’ve been doing these types of deals long before the recession. So don’t be afraid to think outside the box and come…

How Small Photo Editing Changes Can Transform Your Photos
Blog / 08/05/2013

How Small Photo Editing Changes Can Transform Your Photos   A photograph captures those special moments of yours which you will always cherish afterwards. How well it was captured and edited will sweeten your memories even more. But if the photo was not captured well it could be edited later. Here comes the important role of photo editing. Today photo editing is an integral part of photography itself. A lot of emphasis is put on it. The way a photo is edited can make a lot of difference. If some simple editing techniques are kept in mind and followed they will result in getting outstanding photos. These techniques might look simple and easy but they do make a huge difference to the overall result. Hence, we would be discussing some very simple and basic editing techniques which would be beneficial for you. The first and foremost point one should remember before starting the editing is that, to get outstanding and great photos one should try to use the techniques mentioned below: 1. Brightness/Contrast: this is the most easy and most widely used technique. Is to be used if the photo was too dark or was clicked in a too bright…

Easy Face Painting Review
Blog / 06/12/2013

Easy Face Painting Review   Halloween is a fun time of year for kids and there are always parties to go to. However, if you want to make a really good impression at your Halloween party for kids then the best thing you can do is offer something unique. Face-painting is a great way to spice things up at a kids Halloween party. Easy Face Painting is a great resource to help you learn all the skills and techniques to make the face painting at your Halloween party a huge success. Brought to you by JoAnne Westcott, Easy Face Painting is an eBook you can purchase online for just $29.77 – a real bargain when you look at everything that is included with this offer. You get an eBook with step by step instructions on how to paint some incredible and fun designs as well as a list of all the things you need to get started. Even if you’ve never painted faces before, you will learn everything you need to know with this brilliant little eBook. As you can imagine, painting-children’s faces can be a little difficult because they are fidgety by nature and especially so when they are…

Do You Understand The Music Licensing Market?
Blog / 05/15/2013

Do You Understand The Music Licensing Market?   The publishing company that I have worked with for the last several years recently changed hands. There is a new owner who is now screening music and her approach is a little different than my previous publisher. One of the first questions she aks me when I submit material to her is where I see the material being pitched. At first this question sort of annoyed me. I don’t know I thought, that’s your job. You pitch it wherever you think it will work! But the more I thought about it, the more I realized this is a perfectly reasonable question for a publisher to ask a songwriter. As a songwriter pursuing licensing opportunities, you are essentially creating a product that your publisher (assuming you work with a publisher) is going to attempt to sell to an end user. It’s ultimately your publisher’s job to find projects that need music and match up relevant music with relevant projects. But if you really want to do well licensing your music you need to understand the market you are working in. In other words, you need to do market research. Think of yourself as…

How To Use Composition In Photography – Techniques
Blog / 03/18/2013

How To Use Composition In Photography – Techniques   Composition is a tricky thing to master. Unlike the technical aspects of picture-taking, composition cannot be measured like exposure, white balance or focus. It’s a subjective thing that requires personal taste and an appreciation for a range of aspects such as line, shape, perspective and value – to name a few. Without a sold set of rules, composing photographs well can feel a little overwhelming. In this article you will discover some of the aspects that contribute a well-composed shot. Its up to you to figure out the best combination for you shot, put them into practice and asses how you can use them o emphasize your scene. Its about self expression and evoking mood and atmosphere, rather than replicating the scene as your camera sees it. The world composition is defined as a mixture of ingredients – here we’ll provide the ingredients but then its your job to make the cake. One of the first things you need to establishes in your scene is what to keep and what to discard. You need to actively edit your scene to get the best from it. This could mean waiting for a…

Self Publishing Your Music
Blog / 03/16/2013

Self Publishing Your Music   When you license your music for use in TV, Film, Video Games, etc.. someone needs to administer the publishing. A question people often ask me is whether it’s better to self publish or to assign your publishing rights to a separate publisher. You DO give up your publishing rights when you assign them to an outside publisher,as well as half of all the royalties each song that is assigned to a separate publisher earns. This is what’s known as the publishing share of performance royalties and it’s how publishers earn their money. But the question remains, is it better to self publish or to work with an outside publisher? The answer really depends on how established you are as an artist and how many contacts in the business you already have. Chances are that if you’re reading my newsletter you are an independent artist who is still trying to break into the business of music licensing. In this case working with an established publisher who already has industry contacts makes perfect sense. You give a portion of your royalties away in exchange for the relationships the publisher you are working with has. It’s a perfectly…

Which is Better.. Keyboard or Piano?
Blog / 03/15/2013

Which is Better.. Keyboard or Piano? Real pianos are great but the one big drawback is you can’t turn the volume down so with a piano you tend to end up playing for the neighbors. With a keyboard you can stick on some headphones and play whatever turns you on – you can experiment, make mistakes and sound silly and play something a thousand times without driving other people nuts. Ideally – have BOTH! If you are buying a piano it is preferable to buy an overstrung piano not a straight strung! How to tell: Lift the top lid of the piano you should see the tuning pins at the top of the piano. If the tuning pins are evenly spaced along the pin block and the strings are all parallel and vertical this is a straight strung piano. If there is a group of tuning pins at the left and a separate group at the right and the strings cross over in a X shape this is an overstrung piano. Also get a tuner to check it out. I bought a piano once that needed to have the wood treated because all the pins (that tighten the strings) were…