Category Archives: 2014

Building the Practice Habit: 6 Science-Supported Steps to Great Musicianship

Django Reinhardt

“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” ―John Irving Research shows that developing a skill is nothing like cramming for an exam. Creative ability, like physical strength, is something that develops slowly, almost unconsciously over time, given the right stimulus. Because of this, the most fundamental determinant of how great your musicianship will become lies […]

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Music Business Lessons From The Beatles

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“Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.” -Ringo Starr 50 years ago this week, The Beatles touched down in New York City for the first time. It is a cliché, but a truthful one, to say that the pop music world has never been the same since. By any […]

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Music in 5.1 Dimensions: How the Best Surround Mixers Approach the Soundstage

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Surround sound made its first public appearance in 1941, when Disney released its groundbreaking animated musical, Fantasia. Ever since then, surround systems have increasingly been used to enhance the emotional impact of films (which George Lucas has famously, and accurately, declared are “50% sound.”) In the mid 1990s, a small but meaningful mass market for […]

Also posted in All Stories, February 2014, Industry Trends, SonicScoop, Studio Skillset, Sub-Feature 1, Techniques | Comments closed

The Best Electric Basses for the Recording Studio

It’s hard to make a great pop song without a great bass line, and it’s hard to do a great bass line justice without a great bass sound. The bass often serves as the soul and the spine of a record, and if it’s not right, nothing is. Although the vast majority of tone lies […]

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NYC Indie Labels: Captured Tracks — Instinct, Intellect, and Artistic Expansion

Mike Sniper started the indie label Captured Tracks in 2008, working nights out of the basement of Williamsburg’s Academy Records, which he helped run during the day. Within a year, he’d be putting out a constant stream of new releases. Although 2009 was an especially rocky year for the global economy, that didn’t slow things […]

Also posted in All Stories, February 2014, Industry Trends, New Releases, SonicScoop, Sub-Feature 2 | Comments closed

Why Music Education Actually Matters

By さかおり (Myself) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“We favor the inclusion of music in the curriculum on an equality with other basic subjects. We believe that with the growing complexity of civilization, more attention must be given to the arts, and that music offers possibilities as yet but partially realized for developing an appreciation of the finer things of life.” —First Resolution […]

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Recently on Justin’s Blog

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One of my personal goals for the new year was to try writing a daily blog to see how I’d like it. So, in 40 days, from December 20th to January 30th, I wrote 40 blog posts. (Okay technically, those dates are 42 days apart. I did take 2 days off one weekend just to […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, February 2014, Rants and Raves | Comments closed

A Smart Way and a Dumb Way to Build a Recording Studio

Justin Colletti. What an ego!

I’ve seen a lot of studios succeed, and a lot of studios go out of business. Read about it on my blog.

Also posted in All Stories, February 2014, Sub-Feature 4 | Comments closed

Learning from Social Media Failures

(Or: How To Take Control of Your Online Life Without Burning Your Hand on The Stove) For the amount that Social Media has come to dominate many of our everyday lives, we know precious little about what it’s doing to us. Though at times it’s unnervingly easy to forget what life was like before social […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, January 2014, Rants and Raves | Comments closed

The Science of Effective Social Media Use

(A by-the-numbers look at controlling your media feed instead of having it control you.) In “Learning from Social Media Failures” we explored so many of the ways social media can go wrong and erode your quality of life. But how about a little focus on the ways to use it right? Whether you’re a content […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, January 2014, Rants and Raves | Comments closed
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