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Inside Abbey Road & Recording The Beatles

Looking to release a single? Read this first

For any independent artist looking to release a single (or album), it's amazing much prep work needs to done prior to release.

A Grammy Nominated Artist Shares His Royalty Statements

In timely fashion, following on from my last Blog post "Spotify - Marmite of the Music Industry", Armen Chakmakian a Grammy nominated artist has made public his royalty statement highlighting the abysmal remuneration musicians are currently getting from digital streaming sources.

14,227 performances of music (almost every track 100% owned by the artist) generated $4.20 !!!!

Read the full article HERE.

Surely this has to change. Yes music should be made first and foremost for fun and for a release of inner creativity, but once that has happened and once the music in question is bringing in monetary rewards, there should be a fair share for the talent that made it happen.

Is anyone really making money out of Music streaming?

In a recent article published by www.bloomberg.com (see full article HERE) it reported that Spotify has lost a total of $200 million since it was founded! (These figures are according to a report last year based on its financial disclosures written by PrivCo, a firm that studies private company performance. Spotify declined to discuss its balance sheet)

Is anyone really making any money? Is it just diluting the brand of music for no gain?

Spotify - Marmite of the Music Industry

As our beloved music emporium continues to fall into disrepair through lack of financial input one issue seems to be dividing us all.

Streaming services (I've named Spotify as they are getting the most publicity, but please read here others based on similar models), do you love them or hate them?

YouTube For Artists

Are you a recording artist?

Do you upload video content to YouTube?

 

YouTube has announced it's looking to improve the service it gives to recording artists. It's starting with a new set of pages called "YouTube for Artists". If you haven't already visited this area a link is here.

 

Hopefully this is the first step in recognising the importance of supporting the creative talents of this world, both in the tools and advice to optimise their works and also a step towards getting the monetary rewards to a sensible level in what is at the moment a broken system.

 

Watch this space "YouTube for Artists"

Song Lyrics

If you are a involved in the creation of music backing tracks and are looking for lyrics or need song lyrics for any reason, please check out my songbook while you are here.

These are song lyrics available to use (subject to the usual copyright laws).

New songs are being added all the time so check back from time to time to see what's new. Bespoke lyrics can be written upon request, just get in touch.

 

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

Your songs and Youtube

Like it or not, Youtube is now the No.1 place the majority of music listens go to, to listen to musical content.

There are pros and cons, as with everything in life.

The major stumbling block for musicians is the remuneration for song plays. You need 600 or so song plays to equal 1 download! (Don’t quote me on the figures, just a quick head calc, do the math yourself to see how bad it is!).

But, that being said, if you can catch the Youtube viewers eye there is the potential of many, many, many, many (get the idea!) more plays than could possibly be achieved by downloads alone. So it shouldn't be discounted.

Again, don't quote me on this, but I think you need a tie in with a collection agency like Rumblefish who operate with major content handlers like CD Baby.

CD Baby have written several guides to monetizing your music via Youtube, here is the most recent.

 

Complete link if the above doesn't work. Have fun.

http://members.cdbaby.com/campaigns/request-youtube-guide.aspx?Source=YOUTUBEPAGE-YOUTUBE-MEMWEB&Dest=https://www.pages04.net/discmakers-cdbaby/CDBabyProspects_MASTER/YouTube_Guide

 

Mixcoach

As much as I hate diverting you away from my site, I have to put a word in for Kevin Ward and all the great things he is doing at Mixcoach.

If you haven't heard of Kevin or have never visited his site, pop across to Mixcoach and see what's going on.

There is a vast amount of knowledge in the form of Podcasts and Youtube videos and there's a great Pro Membership Mixing Service available for anyone looking to improve their mixing skills.

For a Podcast taster check out their current mail out for advanced compression usage.

Bob Katz K System

Hi,

When dabbling in your DAWs workings or playing with your plug-in. Have you ever come across Bob Katz K-System and wondered what it is?

Q: What is Bob Katz K System and why should you use it when mixing audio?

A: Bob Katz K-System is a metering and monitoring standard that integrates the best concepts of the past with current psychoacoustic knowledge in order to avoid the 'loudness war' chaos that currently exists See the K-System link above for background information and a more in-depth knowledge. Assuming you have looked at the essay on Bob Katz site "Part II: How To Make Better Recordings in the 21st Century - An Integrated Approach to Metering, Monitoring, and Levelling Practices".

Q: Why should you bother to set it up and use it when mixing? A: This is why I would urge anyone who mixes music to set up a fully calibrated K System (bear in mind this is my personal experience, it may not be as beneficial for you). The following is written assuming you have a clear understanding of monitoring levels and metering concepts. If anything is unclear to you, please ask - willechomusic@googlemail.com

  1. The K System is optimised to past known standards that work. It ensures that the listening position is monitoring at 83db with a K20 meter (K20 metering ensures 20db of available headroom up to 0dbfs. Bob Katz recommends mixing to a K20 meter and mastering using a K14 meter. This method leaves 6db of dynamic reduction to the mastering engineer, achieving a K14 master).

83db is important as this has been proved to be the optimal listening level for the film industry – it works. It's not too loud, but it's up there at the top end of our listening levels. This is where I feel the importance is for mixers. Because the monitoring level is up there at the peak of our listening, anything you boost above this 83db comfortable, but loud, reference will stand out as being wrong (unless it's an emotional dynamic push within the song). So judgements on levels of individual instruments or degrees of frequency boost become so much more obvious. If you are monitoring at low levels, you can boost a frequency by way too much and it will not become apparent until you crank up the level of you playback system and go OUCH, that hurts, because the individual frequency has been boosted too much.

  1. Mixing to the K System will give you better mixes. Because of the above and because you don't need to reference any other meter than the K Meter on output, you will become a better mixer making judgements on feel alone. Also monitoring at 83db for K20 gives the instruments and mixes the natural punch that is missing at lower levels (this is why loudness buttons are on playback systems – to add the missing punch at low levels). The problem we have as mixers is that we monitor at low levels where the punch just isn't – never has been – but we try to un-naturally give our mixes this fake punch at low levels, which gives un-desirable results when playback levels are increased. The K system overcomes this; you won't feel the need for adding compression that's not needed.
  2. It is based on average and peak levels. If you mix to the K System you will bring dynamics back into your mixes. The K System you mix to relates to the average level of audio. Mixing to K-20 standards, there is no worry of peaks distorting as you have a clear 20db of available headroom.

Another really important thing for mixers is, there is the RED section on the meter this is the special treatment area used in the film industry for the last few DB where explosions etc would jump out at you over and above the average constant level. This area has a special place in mixing too, as this is the area where you boost the emotional highs of the track. Make sure the emotional high of the track goes into the red on the K Meter for that brief moment and you give listeners and emotional experience that has been lost with square block wave mixes/masters of today.

  1. It sets a standard for enhancing mixing and mastering audio and enriching the listening experience for everyone. Audio mixed using the K System will give your mix the best chance of "travelling well" i.e. being played back on different systems. K System mixes give the playback medium what they were set up to receive.
  2. One last important note is. This is to be used as a reference standard. It's not to say you will always mix at 83db (K20) monitoring levels. You can mix at whatever monitoring level you are comfortable with, BUT the important thing is that you will push your monitoring level to 83db at some stage and it will give you the true reference.

I hope this is not too much information and that it helps if you are thinking of using the K System.

If you are still interested in using the K System my next post will deal with setting a K System up.

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