YouTube’s new streaming service has caused a stir in the independent music community for what many artists and labels say are unfair contracts and unreasonable negotiating tactics. But, many artists aren’t taking it sitting down. A case is expected to go before the European Commission soon.
Some of the music industry’s biggest artists and executives have recently been speaking out against the royalties paid by streaming services. And, a recent court ruling between Pandora and ASCAP may have made things worse by evoking a legal precedent established in 1941.
Youtube’s new streaming service has already locked in deals with the major record labels, but negotiations with indie labels are on the rocks as the video streaming giant is offering them the short end of the stick. Here’s what indie labels are saying about the deal.
Some indie producers have rediscovered cassette as a medium for adding analog color into their mix. While this is, for the most part, not the best way to add warmth to digital recordings, there are some cool effects that can be had by incorporating an cassette deck insert into your workflow.
Jack White has set a new world record for fastest record, from studio to store, ever made. In another unconventional release from Third Man records, a live version of the title track “Lazaretto” from White’s new album was recorded, mixed, mastered, printed to vinyl 45s, and sold in less than four hours.
As yet another step in the world of accessibility in home recording, the UK’s National Philharmonia Orchestra has made thousands of recorded instrument samples of their orchestra available for free online. Each instrument in the standard orchestra, along with multiple percussion patches, can be downloaded directly from their website.
If you self-publish your music, you may want to consider making your own album art. Creating it isn’t as difficult as it seems. By following these three tips you can produce a professional looking cover for your music on your own.
Professional publications are a great way to keep up with the latest news and get tips on your recording, mixing and mastering. You can glean a lot of understanding from reading interviews of producers and in-depth gear reviews. These three magazines are a great place to start if you want to develop your craft and keep up with the rapidly-changing music business.
Berklee College of Music is now offering free eBooks on various subjects in professional music. With articles written by instructors in Berklee’s online education program , the handbooks are full of great information. Here’s an overview of the content offered and how you can sign up to get it.
By leveraging the Internet and today’s recording technology, you can expand your list of musical collaborators and produce recordings with world-class artists for cheaper than ever. À la carte music collaboration means you can work with drummer in one city and a bass player in another, and have your mixing and mastering done across the world. Here are three practical tips for producing an album with à la carte collaboration.