Submitted by thewhippinpost on Sun, 13/05/2007 - 18:48.

"90 per cent. of musicians are not millionaires—they earn about £15,000 a year from their royalties."
Michael Connarty - Labour MP, Falkirk East.

40,000 musicians and 3,500 record labels (that number seems large to me) have apparently signed a petition to increase the length of time copyright exists on their art... and by extension, of course, the duration royalties are paid.

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Sat, 24/03/2007 - 19:58.

You'll rarely read posts by me urging you to check-out an artist - in fact, this is the first - but when I do, you're in for an intimate education.

I recently heard Grimewatch on Mary Anne Hobbs' show on BBC Radio 1 and immediately thereafter had to masturbate... I urge you to join me.

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Thu, 22/03/2007 - 17:49.

Here's a list of Windows Vista-compatible sound cards, as compiled by the good folks at IeXwiki, with comments where appropriate. I've also included what they list as incompatible - but workable - and the just plain incompatible.

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Thu, 01/03/2007 - 18:07.

Diagram example of ambient speaker setup On the sleeve-notes to one of Brian Eno's albums (sorry, can't remember which one), I remember reading how he came across an easy trick to achieve an "all-round ambient-type" sound from a stereo recording by wiring a third rear speaker into a stereo amplifier - Brian Eno, for those who don't know, is regarded as the grandfather of ambient sound.

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Tue, 13/02/2007 - 20:13.

haxor It's been a while since I last read a good 'ole warez debate on the forums.

Press play.

Think of any popular brand in software - Cubase, Reason, FruityLoops, Photoshop, Dreamweaver etc - and you see a brand owing at least some of its success to the "freedom-fighters" of the web: the software crackers.

A side to the software piracy debate that is often overlooked is the scene can potentially be worth $millions to the right company with the right software. I'm gonna show you how this works using a forum post written by a member called Prime:

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Mon, 12/02/2007 - 16:38.

I was watching a Reason tutorial video the other day and there was this dude who obviously hadn't learnt the art of editing video... 'cos there wasn't any! We're left watching this guy sitting at his PC figuring out where to go with this sample that was looping... and looping... and looping!

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Fri, 09/02/2007 - 14:08.

We've already discussed a few tips to find the key of a song which invlolved mainly trial and error.

But as with anything, practise makes perfect and with this piece of kit from Solfege, you can train your ears to recognise chords and timing intervals, plus more by the looks of it:

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Thu, 01/02/2007 - 00:27.

Cakewalk SONAR 6 Producer box A Free Cakewalk SONAR 6 update is now available for download which - along with Vista-compatibility (32-bit and 64-bit) - also comes packed with new features.

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Tue, 30/01/2007 - 17:15.

Reason ReWire and Cubase Tutorial Updates

It's difficult to balance the spinning plates these days, what with trying to roll-out the dedicated online video tutorials for musicians service, the usual maintenance and upgrade projects that cook behind-the-scenes, and writing tutorials blah, blah, blah...

Submitted by thewhippinpost on Mon, 29/01/2007 - 15:17.

I'm glad I found this - I read it a while back but lost the URL - If you're seriously looking to get signed to a label, then you owe it to yourself to read carefully.

These A&R guys are not allowed to write contracts. What they do is present the band with a letter of intent, or "deal memo," which loosely states some terms, and affirms that the band will sign with the label once a contract has been agreed on. The spookiest thing about this harmless sounding little memo, is that it is, for all legal purposes, a binding document.

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