Category Archives: Industry Trends

Where we’ve been, where we’re headed.

Industry Intel: 2015 Recording Engineer Salaries (By Industry and Region)


It’s that time of year again: Time when audio students begin graduating into the workforce en masse. Also: Time to review the past years’ jobs data to see where the best prospects in the audio industry lie. Each spring—not too long before schools let out—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its latest job […]

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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


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A Brief History of Popular Home Recordings

For recording musicians of my generation, the first experience of turning a dual cassette deck stereo into a multi-track recording device, by dubbing the output of one deck to the input of the other while playing a new instrument through the stereo’s mic/line input, was a bit like sorcery. Sure, the original Casio drumbeat is […]

Also posted in All Stories, December 2013, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Music: Making it, Listening to it., Producers and Studios, Technology | Comments closed

Live Venue View: Barbés – Music that Breaks Boundaries

Barbés is a rare kind of venue where you can walk through the door on almost any evening, expect to hear a band that you’ve never heard of before, and practically without fail, that band will be amazing. Learn more about what makes Barbés tick on SonicScoop.  

Also posted in All Stories, December 2013, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed

A Slew of New Services Help Indie Artists Claim Their Rights on YouTube

As more consumers come to rely on the video streaming site and grow accustomed to increasingly high production values, YouTube has finally begun to turn from the Wild West it once was, into a freshly-tamed frontier where creative professionals can actually begin to make a little bit of sustaining income for their efforts. What led […]

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How to Tell If You’re an Amateur Musician

We all like to think that we’re beyond categorization. And to some degree, we are. To be human is to be flexible and multifaceted. But that’s not going to change the fact that throughout your entire life, others will categorize you, just as you do to them. It also won’t alter the reality that there […]

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The Uninsured Musician’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act

As many as 43% of artists and musicians in the US currently lack health insurance. This is about 2.5x higher than the average national rate. We’ve taken a look at the new prices and policies, and how they affect musicians and freelancers, in what has become one of our most popular articles of the year. […]

Also posted in All Stories, November 2013, Sub-Feature 1 | Comments closed
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