There’s always a balance between the business side and the creative side of music. How far to the left or how far to the right you want to be is completely up to you. You can either be producing the kind of music you want, which you are creatively proud of (but selling little) or you can be grinding out songs you know will sell, but that might not be fulfilling, and you can be anywhere in-between. Personally, I don’t think there is any bad place to be with music. Make it because you love doing it, if you happen to make some money at it great, if not, you can at least be proud of the work you did.
Very well put Adam. I think there is a balance of business and creativity, at the least in this market.
Good business says “Find out what sells (or will sell), how it sells, and make it happen with excellence”
I now realize that everyone doesn’t have the same goals on AJ as authors, but we do have to realize that no matter what are goals are, there is a business side, or else none of us would be one here. We just have to find the right balance for what we want to accomplish. If we are okay with just creating music for passion sake whether it ever sells or whether the quality is decent or not, then that’s fine (if that’s what you want). On the other hand, if we love creating music but want our name/brand to be successful in selling, then we have to do our part in research, “perfecting” our craft (creating music and making our mixes sound polished and professional), etc.
It’s always easy to blame other people, or things for our lack of success, right? But that gets us nowhere. The question is, what are WE going to do to become SUCCESSFUL . And every successful person has their ups and downs, as well as moments of failure. So be encouraged AJ authors! I know i’m new in town, but i’m already learning a lot from all of you guys. Let’s work hard, utilize our resources, continue to get better, not sacrifice our passion or love for music, and not take NO for an answer.
Oh, and I may take a stab at the singing thing fairly soon…I do have pitch correction software hehehe…just kidding. I’ll give it a shot
Great posts guys. I think Tim should run for president… or @ least write a book on “How to Thrive in the Jungle.” No, but seriously, thanks Tim for the wisdom. Let’s continue to work hard guys
@SERF, I see you have a featured author badge… Does that mean that we get to see you down on the bottom of the front page next week? That sure was quick! Congrats!
...maybe ::secretly snickers:: ...Yes! it’s true. I just found out …i’m suuuuupper excited about it. I feel honored. I’ll save my excitement post for next week though Thank you Phil!
@ BristolMusicTech, Sorry for the unnecessary info ...i got too excited.
@DamianN, you can look into Waves C4 and C6 …and like I said Waves L316 is cool too.
Hey Bristol Music Tech!
There are many benefits to mastering your music:
1. You can raise the overall volume. The music industry has been in a “loudness” war for years now, especially in the digital recording era, and so loudness is a common feature to mastering. Raising the volume can really bring out the energy and or transients in your mix. As long as it doesn’t distort …at that point, it’s too loud Coming close to 0dB in volume is good as long as it doesn’t distort your mix. There’s not a hard fast rule to this though. Just taste and opinion.
2. Depending on how you master and what your process is for mastering, you can go for punch, or you can squash the dynamics. It’s all in what you want and the plugins and/or hardware you use. For example, ONE of my favorite mastering plug-ins is Waves L3-16 where you can limit, eq, and compress over the frequency spectrum. You can also choose your release characters which can allow for a punchy mix or a squashed loud mix. It’s up to you. If the song calls for punch or feels better that way, go for it!
3. Of course, the goal is for the mastered mix to be better than your pre-mastered mix. If it is, then there is no need to include your pre-mastered mix, just the mastered one. It should be slightly louder (depending on the level of your pre-mastered mix), produce the feel that your want, compressed and/or limited, and EQ’d (if necessary) to bring out a polished finished product.
Mastering is the icing on top. It’s kind of like the glue that brings everything together. Necessary, not all the time, but BENEFICIAL almost all the time.
Oh and I don’t know what your mastering process is, but in case you don’t have one, what I do is print my final mix as a 24-Bit Stereo wav file. Then once i’m ready to master, i’ll open a whole new session and import the file, then have at it. I’ll always compare my mastered mix to my pre-mastered and mastering 99% of the time wins ! Mastering (if done right…and there’s many ways to do it. There isn’t one way to get to the destination as long as you get there) in my opinion is essential for the reasons I mentioned above, and more!
Sorry for the long reply but I hope that helps. I don’t claim to be a “mastering” engineer by any stretch, but these are things i’ve learned over the years from studying and listening to mix engineers and mastering engineers (from YouTube and the music they mix/master hehe), studying mixes, and doing it myself.
This is a good thread. I’ll say that we must work very hard. Nothing in life comes easy (for most of us). What will you and I do to “rise to the top?” The cool thing that I’ve noticed in my 2 weeks here is that everyone is supportive of each other to be successful and I love it. You guys are amazing ...Now let’s do it.
All of these tracks are great! Eria, your track is definitely motivational. I like your thick guitar work.
Audiophile-Trax – I love your track as well. It’s simple, catchy, and just plain works! I have a track that’s in the Que to be approved that sounds sort of similar