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Mastering Isn't a Dark Art, It's Just Misunderstood

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.

 

At Sage Audio Mastering, we realize that, for years, mastering has been viewed as "mysterious." It has been described as a “Dark Art,” and some think of it as the “Wizard” behind the curtain. Most people within the music industry don’t know what actually happens in the mastering stage, even though every single song that ever gets heard has likely been deemed “mastered” and ready for release.

The 5 Best Songwriting Competitions (And 3 Key Tips for Success)

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Songwriting competitions are an excellent way to raise your profile, get a little cash, and boost your confidence all in one shot. The sheer amount of songwriting competitions out there, however, can be overwhelming. Which ones are reputable? Which ones aren't? Not to mention that the crème de la crème, so to speak, can be potentially intimidating to apply to.

In this post, we'll walk you through the process and give you some pointers – as well as highlighting five of the more important competitions.

How Did This Cover of "Africa" Get Over 11 Million Views (and What Can Musicians Learn)?

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On August 30, 2010, Mike Massé’s life changed forever. He uploaded his live performance of Toto’s hit song “Africa,” and it soon amassed over eight million views. Today, it has over 11 million views.

The video itself isn’t anything special. It’s just Massé and his friend, bassist, and backup singer Jeff Hall, playing the song in a pizzeria, sitting in chairs. But there are reasons why this video blew up. And every musician can learn from Massé’s success.

Here are few key takeaways you can apply to your own videos and covers.

Honing Your Craft, Performing

Sep 10, 2018 06:00 AM

Gavin Whitner

5 Essential Tips for Mastering the Art of Palm Muting on a Guitar

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While there are so many ways you can play the guitar, when you consider how many ways you can manipulate and alter your sound on top of that, your possibilities become limitless.

Honing Your Craft, Recording

Aug 22, 2018 06:00 AM

Gavin Whitner

How to Overcome Vocal Fatigue Before a Recording Session

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Vocal fatigue is one of the most compromising conditions a singer or vocalist can face, and when it comes to recording, anything less than your best performance just won't do. Some describe vocalists and singers as athletes, and you should adopt the same mindset not only in regards to practice and training, but also caring for your voice in order to avoid vocal fatigue.