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5 Expert Recording Tips to Try in September

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After a summer of playing killer gigs, you and your bandmates might be thinking ahead for new material. With summer coming to a close, it's time to hit the studio and start working on a new song or album that'll ready just in time for touring to start back up.

Whether you're new to recording or you're a seasoned veteran, we've put together some expert tips that'll help anyone out in the studio.

8 Reasons Why Every Band Should Play SXSW at Least Once

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Although it's over half a year away, you should already be thinking about the 2017 SXSW Music Festival and SXSW Conference. As one of the largest music festivals of the year (over 30,000 attendees last year!), it should be on your radar as either the first or the next big festival you play. Last year, all kinds of artists  from small indie acts to huge names like Erykah Badu  performed, gained massive media exposure, and made lasting connections in the industry. And the festival only plans on getting bigger, so this is the time to take advantage of the discounted early application price of $35 before it ends on September 9, 2016.

Not quite sure what the fest is all about? Here are the top eight reasons why every band should play SXSW at least once!

Honing Your Craft, mixing

Sep 1, 2016 10:00 AM

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Tutorial: How to Add Character to Stock Drum Sounds in a Mix

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You've laid down stellar vocals, incredible guitar tracks, and you're ready to add in some drums. But those stock drum sounds are just... blah.

In this video, Matthew Weiss from The Pro Audio Files discusses how to take bland-sounding stock drum sounds and bring them to life.

How to Book Gigs

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You’ve spent hours and hours honing your live set to perfection, and now you’re finally ready to start the process of booking your first gig. Or maybe you’ve played a few shows already, but it seems that your same group of friends are the only people showing up. It’s easy to stagnate in this spot for a while, so how do you take your gigs to the next level?

There’s a ton of information out there about how to promote your gigs, but none of that matters unless you’re actually booking great gigs in the first place. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through exactly what it takes to get booked, how to find great gigs, and how to pitch venues like a pro. Let’s get started!

7 Little Ways to Become a Better DIY Musician This Week

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We know that being a DIY musician is far from easy. Going out into the music industry on your own is intimidating at times, but it can be so rewarding in the end. In this new series, we're giving you a quick roundup of our best tips and advice from experts every Monday to help you become a better DIY musician.