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3 Reasons You Keep Hearing "No" on Your Demos

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If you've been pitching songs, you've probably been hearing “no” a whole lot. Most of the time, the people you pitch may not give you any other reason than, “It's not what I'm looking for right now.” But sometimes they straight-up tell you, “The song is great, but I can't do anything with it. The demo is no good.”

Sometimes you can't guess just by process of elimination – the melodies rock, the lyrics are tight, you even pitched it to the right people. But somewhere along the way, something went south. It just might be your demo. Here are a few things that might be wrong with it.

7 Quotes From the World’s Greatest Producers to Inspire You in the Studio

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We all need a little inspiration sometimes, especially after a long day in the studio when your energy is running low. Thankfully, we can always turn to the pros to give us a shot of inspiration. These legendary producers know a thing or two about getting great sounds in the studio, so take a moment to sit back and let their wisdom sink in.

4 Easy, Free Alternatives to Digital Reverb

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Find any great album in your collection, and you'll probably find unique tones throughout. Great recordings tear down assumptions and start from scratch, creating new sounds at every stage of the process. Visionary writers team up with open-minded and canny producers to find a palette of sound that makes the artist recognizable and matches up perfectly with the message of the music. Recording musicians are always looking for new ways to hack the listening experience and transcend the normal medium.

So why do we all reach for the reverb knob as soon as we lay down a vocal in the studio? That’s because reverb works. It sounds good, and almost always works more effectively in a recording context than a bone-dry vocal.

A great studio reverb could become a part of your signature sound, but the very one you’re using is most likely in wide use already, so you’re losing a chance to find an ingredient that would make your music special. Are there easy alternatives to digital reverb? Fortunately, yes.

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5 Tips for Quality Home Recordings

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Home recording can be a challenge. How do you get that studio quality minus the studio? Try these five tips below from the TuneCore blog and take your DIY recordings to the next level.

The Musician's Guide to Getting a Better Monitor Mix During Performances

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As performing musicians, the importance of having a monitor mix that lets us hear what we need to during a performance cannot be understated. Despite often not being the ones directly in control of this mix, here are a number of things we can do as musicians to ensure we get the mix that we're looking for.