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Video: Why Mixing to Reference Tracks is So Important

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Have you ever thought, "I really want this song to sound more like the Beatles?" or even something more esoteric like, "I wish this song sounded summer-y?" By using reference tracks — inspirational guides that help you illustrate the sound you're going for — you'll be better able to help your engineer pinpoint and figure out how to create it.

Video: The Basics of EQ: How the Professionals Use It

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As a musician, EQ is an important ingredient in any recording process. As with any skill, the more hands-on training you have with it, the more you'll be able to use it to make your tracks that much more professional. 

Sonicbids Bands Open for Allen Stone at Brooklyn Bowl

 

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Almost 1,000 people were in attendance at a jam-packed house last November 8th at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York, to watch world-renowned performer Allen Stone hit the stage. Stone’s (very friendly) fan base came out in droves on a beautiful fall Wednesday to watch his first NYC show in over a year. The doors opened and people filed in to start their night, hitting the bowling lanes and enjoying some of the Bowl’s famously delicious chicken. Smiles and great conversations were everywhere. They were a perfect crowd for an award-winning venue like Brooklyn Bowl, whose stage has featured acts the caliber of Guns N’ Roses, Kanye West and thousands more over the years.

7 NYC Venues that Should Be on Your Radar

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Booking shows regularly can elude many artists. They submit emails and cold call venues, spin their wheels and waste hours without much to show from their efforts. Most of the time it’s because they are not working strategically. Remember to take into account the following parameters when determining if a particular venue is a good fit:

6 Surprising Things You Probably Didn't Know About SXSW

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The SXSW Music Festival is a week of musical breakthroughs in the heart of Austin, TX. SXSW has been grown in quality, scope, and reputation every year since its launch in 1987 – with no sign of losing momentum anytime soon. With over 2,220 musical acts ranging from up-and-coming to legendary musicians, SXSW has hosted household names including Iggy Pop, Lady Gaga, and Dave Grohl.

Test your knowledge with these six surprising facts that you may not know about SXSW.