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By Julian Velard | Saturday, October 03, 2015

Whatever Happened To Song Form?

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I wrote my first song when I was 15 years old. It was an ode to Pee Wee Herman called, “Pee Wee, Why Can’t You See Me?”

Sadly there’s no recorded evidence of my nascent masterpiece, but I remember it being in traditional verse/chorus form with an eight-bar bridge.

As a sophomore in high school, I knew nothing about song form, let alone bars or beats. It was just what sounded right to me. I spent the majority of my teenage years immersed in the music of the ’60s and ’70s; while everyone else was wearing plaid and listening to Pearl Jam, my Discman had Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life on repeat.

By Larry Crane | Friday, September 25, 2015

Mixing Miracles in the Studio—with Tape Op's Larry Crane

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From starting my first band 30 years ago to running a professional studio since 1997, I’ve spent a lot of days in recording studios. And I’ve learned that artists in the studio need a lot of support.

A great engineer or producer is always anticipating clients’ needs and helping to keep them productive. Sometimes you even need to think like a detective or archaeologist to find answers to difficult problems.

That’s what I did for one rock group that “lost” an important drum track for the album they’d recorded. With the recording tricks I share in my video series Music Production Secrets, I was able to help them—and produce a great, usable mix.

It just took a little studio magic …

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


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


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.

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