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Honing Your Craft, mixing

Sep 1, 2016 10:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

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.

sonicbids, office gig

Aug 26, 2016 09:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

Drunken Logic Talks Balancing Life With Music at Sonicbids Office Gig

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They may have dubbed themselves Drunken Logic, but the feel-good, thoughtful, and wildly catchy tunes from band members Jake Cassman, Ryan Jordan, and Austin Wells are all but that. Recently, the Boston indie rock band graced the Sonicbids headquarters for an office gig. They caught us up on what's new, what's to come, and how they balance music with other work.

This Infographic Explains Everything Songwriters Need to Know About How the Consent Decree Revision Impacts Them

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This infographic originally appeared on Soundstr.


If you follow the news in the music industry, you might have been hearing about the consent decree lately. Even if you aren't exactly sure what it means, you may have been able to gather that the revisions made on the consent decree will greatly impact songwriters. There are some songwriters who are starting to sweat, and you may be as well.

If you're wondering what exactly the consent decree is... well, there's a lot to it. Its purpose is essentially to regulate how ASCAP and BMI operate and prevent the development of a monopoly in the industry. ASCAP and BMI are nonprofit companies, and the consent decree binds them to this agreement. However, there are other for-profit companies, SESAC and GMR, that aren't bound.