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By Cliff Goldmacher | Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Professional Harmony: The 6 Rules of Songwriting Collaboration

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For songwriters, the idea of collaborating may be off-putting. That was certainly how I used to feel. The creative process is so personal; how could you share it? And why would you?

But then I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, the co-writing capital of the world. And as I wrote more and more songs, I ceased to think of them each as precious and untouchable.

The truth is that songwriting collaboration can make your work better: It can increase your creative output, expose you to new forms of songwriting, and let you share the burden of creating and promoting your songs.

But there are some rules …

Whether it’s your first co-write or your hundredth, follow these six tips to make it go as smoothly as possible.

By Cliff Goldmacher | Saturday, February 21, 2015

5 Tips For Songwriters: Getting Through the Slumps

2015_02_21_Song1 Whether you’re brand new to songwriting or have been at it for decades, like I have, there are certain things that are universally true. Like this: At various times, songwriting is going to feel like a struggle. You can get lots of tips on making it in the music business from my new lynda.com course Write, Think, and Act Like a Professional Songwriter. But here are a few tips for songwriters to make the process feel like less of a burden:

By David Franz | Friday, February 20, 2015

A Peek Inside the Music Industry

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We’re proud to introduce a new four-part interview series offering a look inside the music industry through the insights and stories of four of its rule-breakers.

Watch as music producer Bobby Owsinski interviews iconic industry personalities Al Schmitt, Richard Gibbs, Hanson Hsu, and Michael Beinhorn—all of whom have an uncanny capacity for adaptation, reinvention, and making their own luck.

We kick off the series with Al Schmitt with Bobby Owsinski: Wrapping Cables to Winning Grammys featuring the Grammy-winningest music producer/engineer in history (23 so far!).

By Brian Lee White | Sunday, February 08, 2015

Is Auto-Tune Evil? Another Perspective

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Love it or hate it, Auto-Tune (and pitch correction tools like it) have solidified themselves as a fundamental part of 21st-century music production.

With the recent release of Auto-Tune 8 and the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards both upon us, it’s a great time to discuss a few misconceptions surrounding tuning software and its role in modern music production—as well as offer up some of my best practices as a professional using these tools daily.

By Julian Velard | Saturday, February 07, 2015

Live Musicians Will Love Apple's MainStage 3 Update

The mainstage 3 update has dozens of new features

It’s been a year and a half since Apple introduced MainStage 3, a major update to its surprisingly powerful, very affordable, user-friendly live music application.

Mainstage 3.1 recently debuted with dozens of new features and bug fixes. Some of these features will be extremely useful to power users trying to get the most out of their computer on stage.

Let’s take a look.

By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Inside the Logic Pro X 10.1 Update

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Logic Pro X 10.1 may be just an incremental upgrade for Apple’s flagship digital audio workstation, but underneath the hood it feels like a full release in itself.

Apple claims the Logic Pro X 10.1 update is focused on EDM (electronic dance music) and hip-hop productions, but the new beat-generation tools, updated sounds and instruments, and streamlined editing features have something to offer no matter what type of music you’re making.

Let’s take a look at the great new features in Logic Pro X.

By Garrick Chow | Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Export Your Song: How to Share GarageBand Files

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We’ve shown you how to record and mix a song in GarageBand to create a unique custom gift for someone you love. Now it’s time to send your song out into the world.

In its current state, your tune can only be played within GarageBand, so you need to export it—or “bounce it down”—to a single audio file that can be played in common audio applications.

Here’s how to share GarageBand files with someone on your holiday list.

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving a Song as a Gift? Your Guide to Mixing in GarageBand

mixing in garageband will give your song that polished sound

There’s no more personal and heartfelt gift you can give someone than a song you wrote and recorded just for them.

I’ve shown you how to record a song in GarageBand. The next step is to make your recorded tracks sound good—both by themselves and when they’re all mixed together.

There are some really useful tools for cleaning up your less-than-perfect takes and mixing in GarageBand. Let me know you.

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