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Recording, Honing Your Craft, mixing

Nov 23, 2015 06:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

6 Quick Steps to Diagnose and Eliminate Muddy Mixes

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If you're on a tight budget and can't afford a mixer, or you're just looking to further develop your skills as a competitive, 21st-century musician, it's difficult to know where to begin. Mixing is an art form that requires attention to detail, resolute patience, and technical knowledge that usually only comes with time and experience. Luckily, we've got you covered with this starter list of go-to areas in your mixes to tackle so your songs can sparkle. Follow these steps to figure out what's hindering clarity and holding back your music from shining.

6 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Record Your Next Album

Chris Martin (image via Coldplaying)

So you’ve previously released an album, an EP, or even just a single, and you’re ready to embark on your next project. With so many places to start when it comes to songwriting approaches, recording strategies, and marketing endeavors, it’s important that you ask yourself a few key questions – and that you're satisfied with your answers. We’ve compiled a starter list of six things to ponder before tackling your next record.

5 Creative Ideas for an Unforgettable Album Release Party

Drake Bell (image via E! Online)

Hosting an album release party is all about creating a network of supporters for your new material. You want to give fans a memorable experience that not only highlights your music, but showcases your style and artistic point of view. Try one of these five unique ideas, and you'll undoubtedly secure more support for your musical endeavors!

Recording, Honing Your Craft, opinion

Nov 3, 2015 08:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

Do You Really Need a Producer? These 6 Benefits Might Convince You That You Do

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It's been my experience that although not every artist necessarily needs a producer, every musician can benefit from having a pair of objective ears that are trained to recognize and deliver a compelling product. If you're on the fence about whether to contract producer talent for your project, consider some of the benefits of having one listed below.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, piano

Nov 3, 2015 06:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

The 6 Best Keyboards Under $1,000 for Traveling Musicians

Most actively touring pianists are aware of the magical sounds that can be produced by the Nord Stage 2 and the Korg SV-1. However, if you don’t have extra thousands coolly sitting around in your checking account, the digital keyboards below are fantastic options, and they won't break the bank. We've broken down our selections into categories based on the top two requested features of stage pianos for traveling musicians: weight and realistic sounds.