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By Nate Mars | Wednesday, September 02, 2015

5 Reasons to Use Splice for Music Production

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Splice is a new platform and technology that easily connects your music production studio to the cloud.

I’ve been using it for and have found it helpful in a number of ways. In my new free lynda.com course, Up and Running with Splice, I dive into the specifics for signing up and installing Splice, sharing projects with collaborators, backing up your project, and more.

In this article, I’m going to show you a few ways that Splice can help you with your own music production.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, August 28, 2015

Are You Taking Advantage of GarageBand's New Features?

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Apple recently updated GarageBand to version 10.1.0, adding new features and abilities to what’s arguably been the best and most powerful version of its consumer-level digital audio workstation.

If you’re not already taking advantage of the updates, you should be!

Here’s a rundown of what’s new.

By J. Scott G. | Monday, August 10, 2015

17 Ways to Survive—and Thrive—as an Artist Today

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Surviving as an artist in the modern age is tricky. Trust me, I know, I’ve been doing it for nearly 20 years with varying degrees of success.

But with a little bit of strategy and discipline, you can survive—and even thrive—as an artist and creator these days. I’m going to show you how.

By Bobby Owsinski | Friday, July 31, 2015

Why Vinyl Records Are Back for Another Spin

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Eighty-five years after their debut, vinyl records are once again the hot new music release format.

Sales of vinyl records are seeing double-digit increases again this year and major record labels order a separate master for vinyl with just about every mastering job these days.

Why has such an antiquated format captured the attention of even hard-to-please Millennials? There’s no single answer, but like with most good consumer products, there are a lot of factors involved.

By J. Scott G. | Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Secret to Being an EDM DJ: Advice for Newbies

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I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been asked over the years, “What advice would you give a newbie who’s just starting out in the EDM DJ business?”

It’s a perfectly valid question, but no one ever wants to hear my answer. Especially these days …

By Garrick Chow | Monday, June 22, 2015

iTunes Library Eating Up Space? Spread It Across Drives

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If, like many people, you use iTunes as your primary media management system to organize and play your audio and video files, you may reach a point when your content begins to fill up your hard drive and you get dangerously close to running out of space.

I’m going to show you how to extend your iTunes library across multiple drives so you can continue to add media without having to copy or move your existing content to a separate drive.

By Bobby Owsinski | Friday, June 12, 2015

Apple Music Just Might Prove Skeptics Wrong

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There have been plenty of naysayers willing to condemn Apple’s new Apple Music service before it was even launched, but if this week’s presentation outlining the service was any indication, they might just have to take back their words.

It’s certainly true that Apple has fallen behind its competition when it comes to music streaming, and that Apple Radio wasn’t the resounding success that everyone anticipated. It’s also true that Beats Music, which the company paid a bundle for last year, wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire and quite possibly wouldn’t even be around today had Apple not thrown it a life preserver.

Then there’s the fact that while Apple touts 850 million credit cards on file for iTunes, more of them apply to the app side of the store than music, making the number slightly dubious when anticipating subscriber numbers.

All of that might lead you to believe that Apple Music could easily come and go after the initial wave of enthusiasm from today’s announcement died down.

If you watched today’s presentation however, it was readily apparent that there were a number of features shown that differentiate Apple Music from the competition—any one of which could make a big enough difference to help it dominate the industry in no time.

By Scott Fegette | Thursday, May 28, 2015

You Don't Need to Play an Instrument to Rock GarageBand

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We all hear an original melody in our heads from time to time. And it’s easy to let those fleeting moments of musical inspiration slip by if you don’t play an instrument.

But if you’ve got GarageBand installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can use its Smart Instruments to quickly sketch out songs even if you’ve never tickled an ivory, beat a snare, or fingered a single fret.

Let’s take a quick peek at the Smart Instruments one-by-one, and how you can use them to make a great song out of that tune in your head.

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