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By Garrick Chow | Saturday, September 20, 2014

Musicians: Make a Lyrics Video to Share Your Songs on YouTube

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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 Richard Harrington | Friday, September 19, 2014

Choosing a Pair of Professional Headphones

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Headphones are a must-have piece of equipment on set, on stage, and in the studio. They come in different shapes and sizes for a variety of uses.

In this week’s Video Gear Weekly episode, Robbie and guest host Cheryl Ottenritter walk you through the different types of headphones and when it’s best to use them.

By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bid Adieu to U2? How to Remove Music from Your iTunes Library

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At the recent iOS 8/iPhone 6 launch event, Apple surprised iTunes users with a gift: The new U2 album “Songs of Innocence” is available for free to all iTunes users.

To make things even easier, this new album automatically shows up in your iTunes account as something you’ve already purchased—though you haven’t. So now any iTunes user can listen to or download the album as if they had purchased it in the iTunes store.

For me, this is great. I love U2! New U2 record for free? Yes, please.

But not everybody shares my opinion. It turns out lot of people don’t want the record. A music collection is a very personal thing and some folks don’t want music that they didn’t hand-select to show up in their music library.

So how do you remove the U2 album — or anything else — from your library?

By David Franz | Friday, September 12, 2014

Getting Clean Sound — the lynda.com Way

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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

Pump Up Your EDM Production with Waves Plugins

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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

Learn the Secrets of St. Vincent's Live Sound

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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

Songwriters: Make Royalties from Your Shows with ASCAP Plus

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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

St. Vincent Sound Guru Teaches lynda.com Course

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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.

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