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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rolling In The Deep (Instrumental) - Now Available on Loudr!

Hey, everyone!

A common request I get is to make my instrumental covers available for download so people can use them for contests and such. Unfortunately, for legal reasons, it's harder to release these songs than my original music. However, I recently joined a site called Loudr which helps me handle all that stuff. To test it out, I decided to submit one of my most requested covers, Rolling in the Deep by Adele. I had to wait a bit for approval but it is now available to download!

Thought I'd also take the time to answer any potential questions you may have about this. I posted this a little while ago on my Facebook page so I might as well just copy and paste that here. If you have any other questions, leave a comment below!

Q: "Why does it take so long?"

A: Cover songs are hard to legitimately release. It's tough to get the proper licenses for it. The platform I'm using requires at least 1 month to review the submission. Keep in mind, the company will be observing the holidays, so there is a possibility the song will be delayed.

Q: "I thought you were releasing all your music for free."

A: Yes. All my original music I plan to release for free and as a pay what you want option. However, covers are different. If I was to release it on a similar popular platform like I do for original music (BandCamp for now, to be expanded later), the minimum I can release it for is whatever the license and royalty costs for the song(s) will be. If I'm releasing something I have to charge for, I want to make sure I can get some of that back to help support me and continue making more, and not be giving all the money to the original artists and distributors.

Q: "Why $1.50?"

A: With the percent cuts from the distributor, original artist, potential collaborators, and additional possible distribution platforms, I make a very small amount from each sale. I feel like $1.50 is the sweet spot between ideal price point and what I feel is appropriate compensation for the work put into the song. However, this is a test run so depending on how this works out, prices for future covers may be more or less, accordingly.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Snowfall (Official Lyric Video)

FINALLY! I've been meaning to work on and release this video for a long time now. Here is the official lyric video for my song, Snowfall, which you can download right now! You can also get the official multitracks if you want to remix or cover the song!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FAQ: What Software / Equipment Do You Use?

I've been getting asked this question a lot lately. I know I've made a post about it before, but it's very outdated now so I wanted to update it. Since it's such a common question and relates heavily to my music, I've decided to post it on my main site instead of my personal blog. So let's get started!

Software


I used to switch between programs, but now I almost exclusively use Mixcraft 6. I find it does everything I need and is a lot cheaper than all the other major music creation and editing programs out there. I use it for both original music and mixing mashups. For original music, I use several VSTs and effects that I use with my guitar (which I'll get into later). There's a few free ones I've found online that I use a combination of that, unfortunately, I don't have in front of me but I have template saved of on my desktop PC that I record with. For the other music tracks, I build them all virtually within Mixcraft. I sometimes use a regular computer keyboard and mouse to create the notes, but a lot of the time I'll use a USB midi keyboard (I even have the keys labeled with corresponding percussion notes).

Instruments


The only real instrument I use is an electric guitar. My guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul. I also have an acoustic guitar I borrow for some tracks but I'm looking at purchasing my own for future music. I don't use pedals or anything anymore since I handle all of that in Mixcraft now.

Equipment


I'm not really going to list my PC specs right now, especially since I sometimes switch with my laptop and plan to upgrade my PC further, but I will say I currently run an Intel Core i5 processor for both running Windows 8.1. Most of my music and mashups are recorded onto a 3TB external HDD which I usually back up... but I've been slacking on that lately. Don't follow that example because if I lose everything I'll be pretty screwed. ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR WORK!

For recording guitar, I use a really old and outdated M-Audio USB interface made to record guitar and microphones. I don't think it's available to purchase anymore since it's been improved upon greatly with new products, but I got it as part of a cheap bundle with Pro Tools. I'm looking at eventually upgrading this one so it's not something I really recommend.

For building virtual tracks, when I'm not using my computer's keyboard and mouse, I use a Korg nanoKEY2, which is great for throwing into a laptop bag. The keys are not quiet but they are slightly pressure sensitive. I even use them to track drums and percussion.

For acoustic guitar and vocals, I use a Shure microphone (not sure which, it was a gift) which is plugged into that M-Audio interface. As a result, there is a little bit of static and some audio issues, but I believe that can be resolved by upgrading to a new interface or mixer. I also edit to make sure it sounds as much like studio quality as possible. I also use a mic cover but as long as you have some sort of pop filter you should be alright.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comments section, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, or Ask.fm!