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Digital Distributing Your Songs With iTunes

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Many songwriters ask me how they can distribute their material online after completing their productions.  Distributing your materials online is a very easy way to broaden your listening audience and make your music accessible for purchase throughout the world.  What would we do without the internet?

What Is Digital Distribution?

Digital distribution, when it applies to music, is selling your content online in digital mp3 format.  Instead of purchasing a physical copy of a cd in an old school record store, consumers are now able to purchase recordings online.   This is a sad reality for record stores, but at the same time makes distributing independent music much more accessible!  Currently, the world’s largest digital music company is iTunes.  Ever heard of it?  I thought so.  iTunes has changed the music industry with their model of providing digital music for sale across the globe through their online sales.

How Do I Get My Recordings On iTunes?

Believe it or not, digitally distributing your materials for sale online through iTunes is easy!  Any independent songwriter can post their music for sale online if they take the proper steps.  Just another reason why independent musicians have much more advantage than 20 years ago when the need for label support was more necessary in making your recordings accessible to the public.

Which Companies Offer Digital Distribution?

These sights can help you get your materials live on iTunes:

1.  TuneCore
2.  ReverbNation
3.  CDBaby

All you have to have is a finished master of your materials and you’re ready to get your songs for sale on iTunes (but first make sure you go through the proper steps of determining if it’s ready for release).

Typically, an iTunes single song purchase is .99 cents up to $1.29 per song and the artist receives a designated percentage of the sale of each single song sold.  For every single sold on a .99 cents purchase the artist receives .70 cents.  Managing your iTunes purchases through these online distributors is easy and a great way to get your music sold.  I have personally used Tunecore myself in releasing my materials and find the layout very convenient and user friendly.  They keep track of my sales and have an accounting breakdown of sales per month.  As the artist, I can request to have the royaltees from my sales sent in a check whenever I’m ready, or can choose to have the money transferred to a future project.

Are My Songs Ready For Release?

Get a producer or trusted musical ear to take a listen to your recordings to help you determine if all of the steps have been taken to assure your song is ready for release.  Remember that once your song goes live, you cannot take it back.  Re-releasing materials after they’ve already gone up for sale is not professional.  If you’re happy with where your song is at, I would recommend emailing your final mp3 of your product to a producer at Studio Pros (info@studiopros.com) and they will give you some feedback on what can be improved and help you make the correct steps to get it released.

Improve Your Recordings…

Common improvements that can be made on home recordings are: get your programmed drum tracks recorded by a live drummer, putting some polishing touches on your vocals with  vocal tuning where needed and a professional mix/master by an experienced engineer to get the final polishing.  If you are hesitant of the overall quality of your production, Studio Pros can help you get a professional broadcast quality production complete and radio ready within weeks.

If you’re ready to take the final steps at making your materials live, you can do it today!  Contact a producer at Studio Pros: 1-310-928-7776 or email us at: info@studiopros.com and we can help you put the finishing touches on your recordings.  You can get your recordings distributed in no time!  Give us a call.

Get Your Song Produced Right With The Pros

Monday, April 28th, 2008

kati-in-the-studio.jpgMr. Dylan said it best, “The times are a changing”. So are the ways of getting your music recorded. Back in the day you could only go into a recording studio to get your songs recorded. Now, there’s the option of Studio Pros.

Some people may be turned off by this. Sending their music off into cyberspace seems unrealistic and threatening to the songwriter. The truth is each “studio musician and producer” you are collaborating with across the web has a face and a name. Not only are they living, breathing, and laughing people but they want to collaborate with YOU as a songwriter. Recording online is just a way to make recording more convenient for the songwriter.

Studio Pros is the perfect example of this. You can send your song off to Los Angeles to get it produced. Of course all of this is done via the internet, and the next thing you know… BAM, your song is produced and ready for the radio.

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Featured Artist: Mark Ibberson

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

mark-ibberson.jpgEver feel like your stuff isn’t good enough for other people to hear? Many musicians feel that way, and as a result, their songs just pile up and collect dust.

Mark Ibberson is a perfect example of someone who decided to push through those feelings of self doubt and uncertainty, and get his songs out there to share with the world by using Studio Pros music production service.

He’s from a small village near Lake Geneva in Switzerland and has been songwriting for ten years now, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he decided to release anything. Songwriting is his passion he says, “I can do it whenever I want: Late in the evening, on the train to work… or in one of those boring meetings!” It’s usually in the most unexpected moment that inspiration hits you and you just have to write!

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Featured Artist:Mark Sadek Ricotta

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

mark_ricotta.jpgMark Sadek Ricotta is a man of few words, but when it comes to songwriting he doesn’t hold anything back. Studio Pros just recently did a music production for Ricotta and got in touch with him to get to know the man behind the song.

How long have you been writing songs?

“I’ve been writing since I was in junior high. I started playing guitar when I was 6 or so. I wanted a toy guitar when I was little out of curiosity and got a few lessons and that’s was about it really. I’ve been playing ever since.

Do you have any major influences in your music and songwriting style?

“My major influences would probably be early 90’s rock, a lot of classic rock, as well as cheesy pop music (it’s the truth). I take a lot from listening to the hooks in pop and applying them to my songwriting.

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Tricks of The Trade – Mixing Advice From Elad

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

mix-master-elad.jpgCreating a ‘band sound’ when recording individual session players

One of the most common problems I encounter when producing a track is the lack of a ‘real space’ sound. Most self-recording artists are trying to make the best out of what they have. What they usually have is a small room with home recording equipment. Sometimes it is easier and more feasible to have a musician record a separate track individually instead of a full live band. In dealing with this situation I’ve found a few ways to create a full band sound out of these individual session player’s tracks. The greatest obstacle to overcome in recording tracks separately is maintaining a natural sound. We always need to remember that some styles simply aren’t meant to be recorded separately. Try recording a jazz trio individually and you’ll soon find it’s a mission impossible. In the end, some albums were just meant to be recorded live.

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