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How to Perfectly Mic Your Entire Band in the Studio

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Many bands that are new to the studio take a hands-off approach, standing back while a studio engineer sets up mics and obtains sounds. How many of us have heard something strange on the studio monitors and thought, “He’ll probably fix that in the mix”? Then there are those of us who, to reduce cost or gain creative control, have built our own studios and recorded ourselves. Often, these makeshift facilities use somebody’s borrowed home or apartment, or set up in a business that’s closed for the weekend.

Whether we’re the engineers or the engineer is working for us, the band just won’t sound right without reasonable mic placement. Here are a few tips, in order of operation.

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Musical Creativity

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Creating music is difficult, but nobody said it was going to be easy. You need to learn to play an instrument, practice every day, and on top of that, you’re expected to share your innermost feelings and emotions, and doing so eloquently is a daunting task.

Sometimes it’s not just the beauty that isn’t immediate, it’s anything. Everybody hits snags when they’re involved in something creative, and music is notorious for catching people in spells of indecision, doubt, and pure nothingness.

If you’re having a hard time getting over the blank space in your mind, here are a few tips that can help get the ball rolling.

Musician Life

Aug 24, 2016 08:00 AM

Anthony Cerullo

5 of the Best Day Jobs for When You're Just Starting Your Music Career

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Contrary to what some movies may depict, some big-time record exec probably won't be lounging in a dive bar looking for his next star. Of course, some people get lucky and meet the right people, but you shouldn't bet your career on that. If you wanna get paid, you have to work hard for it, and in this industry, that can take years.

Starting out as a musician has to be one of the least motivating ways to start any career. It might be a while before your investment in music starts to pay off, so it's not uncommon to see musicians balancing a day job or six. Some may call you crazy but, deep down, you know it's worth doing what you love. Love is great and all, but in reality, love alone won't pay the bills. So, it's best to get to work.

The Scientific Truth About How Sleep Affects Your Practice Sessions and Performances

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For most of the 21st century, sleep has been the elephant in the room as far as medical science is concerned. While the benefits of a good night’s sleep have been known for decades, doctors and other medical professionals have been reluctant to see sleep as a legitimate part of a comprehensive medical treatment, and many doctors themselves regularly work in a sleep-deprived state, despite evidence showing that sleep deprivation causes more car accidents than drug and alcohol use combined.

Many musicians treat sleep in the same way. While we know that getting good sleep is important, we’d gladly trade a few hours of sleep for a few hours of extra practice time, or a few hours of hanging out after a gig. But if you’ve ever thought that it’s worthwhile to trade sleep for practicing, it turns out you’re only making things worse.

How to Find Band Members

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Being in a band is hard work. It’s like running a small business where all of your coworkers are in a relationship with each other. In order to have a successful and fun experience, all of the members have to gel together in terms of personality and playing styles.

But how do you go about finding somebody new who fits well? It takes a lot of hard work and persistence, for one. Follow the guidelines below to help the process move swiftly and efficiently.