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Oct 12, 2015 10:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

This Week's Most Read Articles on Sonicbids

Get your weekly fix of the best of the best the Sonicbids blog has to offer! Here are 10 articles you might have missed (but definitely shouldn't have)!

6 of the Most Useful Free VST Instruments and Plugins

Akai MPK MIDI controller. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

A Google search for "free VST instruments" yields over 1.6 million results. With a constant onset of new products and releases, it's difficult to navigate your way through all the available options out there.  This list was designed to help save you time and energy from downloading low-quality, useless plugins that will only slow your computer down. Try some of the six plugins we've hand selected for you, and let us know what some of your favorites are!

How to Become a Working Online Session Musician

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Building a career in today's music industry is about finding creative solutions to old problems. Whether you're a singer/songwriter, a member of a band, or a gigging musician for hire, you have to face the issue of how to support yourself while developing your skills, fanbase, contacts, and resources. For many, this is an uneasy juggling act that requires a lot of focus, commitment, and determination. There's no shortage of competition, but there have never been more opportunities available to musicians than there are today. The question becomes how to take these opportunities and turn them into a profitable career. There's no one single answer to this question, but there are a number of trailblazers out there today earning income from rethinking how to approach their careers. Every day at AirGigs, we see musicians, vocalists, and audio engineers making solid income doing remote sessions from their own recording studios. These are folks who have learned to harness their skills and talents and market them successfully to a new audience – which are all key attributes and components that go into becoming a working online session musician.

6 Questions Songwriters Should Ask Before Demoing a Song

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This post originally appeared on Educated Songwriter.


So you've written a song that you're excited about and feel like it's got a real chance of getting cut or placed in a film or on TV. That's great news. Now the trick is to be sure you're asking the right kinds of questions of yourself and others before you spend good money creating a quality recording. I've put together a list of the six big questions you should ask before demoing a song.

2015 CMJ Music Marathon Must-Sees: Don't Miss These 8 Showcases and Panels This Week!

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Well, folks, it's that time of year again! Get your earplugs, tickets, and Instagram filters ready for New York City's best week of independent music, CMJ Music Marathon.

By now you've probably already recieved a few billion Facebook invites to events across the city, and you may be wondering, "Where do I start?" Don't worry, we've got you. While there's no limit on good music to fall in love with and informative panels to learn from, we've managed to narrow down our top picks for this year's CMJ. Feel free to leave a comment below with your CMJ must-sees, and you just might see some of the Sonicbids team there!