By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 10, 2014
There’s an old saying: Nothing ruins a great video like lousy audio. And when using consumer cameras, you’re often stuck with a less-than-optimal microphone to begin with.
But if you have a reasonably modern smartphone, you have all you need to record great audio on location.
By Garrick Chow | Saturday, September 20, 2014
It may surprise you to learn that, after traditional radio stations, the number one place where people go to discover new music today is not iTunes, or Spotify, or Pandora. It’s YouTube.
As a result of hundreds of thousands of music fans uploading videos of their favorite songs in their entirety, YouTube has become the world’s largest jukebox. If you’re an independent musician, posting your music to YouTube has become an important way to share your music and gain new fans.
However, you may not have the financial means or the time to plan, shoot, and edit a full video production for all the songs you want to promote.
An increasingly common solution for musicians who want to get their songs up on YouTube so they can be found by fans is to make a lyrics video, which is simply a video in which the lyrics to the song play along with the music in real time. This is a quick and inexpensive way to post your songs to YouTube while providing a visual that’s more interesting than a static image.
Lyrics videos can be created in nearly any video editing software. Let’s take a look at how to create one in iMovie for the Mac.
By David Franz | Friday, September 12, 2014
Any time you record audio, there’s a chance you’ll record some unwanted sounds along with the desired material. At lynda.com, we record audio for our courses every day in sound booths, on live-action stages, and on location all over the world. And every one of those setups presents its own audio challenges.
By David Franz | Saturday, September 06, 2014
How do EDM artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris get that giant pumping sound from their synths while keeping their kick drums slamming through the mix? They use a technique called side chaining.
By David Franz | Friday, August 29, 2014
If you’ve ever wondered how the big acts manage their live stage shows using today’s cutting-edge technology, Daniel Mintseris—keyboardist and programmer for St. Vincent and David Byrne, among many other artists—is going to show you.
By Scott Fegette | Thursday, August 21, 2014
It’s hard to make a living as an independent songwriter in today’s music industry—and even more so if you’re not already established in the field.
When budgets are already tight, it’s tempting not to register with a PRO (performance rights organization) if you aren’t anticipating enough (or any!) radio play that could net you a royalty check.
But here’s a reality check for you: If you’re a serious songwriter, you really do need to register with a PRO if you ever expect to see a dime for your work.
By David Franz | Friday, July 18, 2014
Did you catch St. Vincent on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last night? Get an inside look at how the band’s explosive, exhilarating sound is put together with a new course by its keyboard player and programmer Daniel Mintseris.
By Scott Fegette | Monday, June 16, 2014
The Ableton Push is a super-flexible songwriting tool and its Drum sequencer view is particularly helpful for building out beats quickly. But when you add a third-party drum plug-in to a MIDI track, Push only gives you its general melodic keyboard interface, not the super-handy Push drum pad and sequencing interface. If you want to use a third-party drum module like NI’s Battery or Toontrack’s Superior Drummer with Push’s drum-programming interface, you’ll need to follow a few simple, but often-overlooked steps.
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