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7 Best Portable PA Systems

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This article was written by Michael Keel, a sound engineer at Spine Studios Having a decent portable PA system can make or break your performance. That said, it’s important for budding musicians – both vocalists and instrumentalists – to understand that having the right portable PA system not only helps enhance a performance, but also does away with the need to totally rely on the sound equipment at the venue. Familiarity with the equipment is naturally a morale booster, and it enables musicians to handle any equipment failure with relative ease, more so if armed with adequate backup! Choosing the…

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9 Best Studio Monitor Stands

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This blog post is written by Michael Keel, sound engineer at Spine Studios There are a number of things to consider when selecting a studio monitor stand. First of all, it needs to be sturdy and strong enough to hold a monitor. In some cases the monitor stand may need to be portable, which means that you will need to search for a studio monitor stand that is fairly light weight without compromising strength. Value for money is also an important consideration. It is also a good idea to select a stand that is adjustable, while some stands can be…

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13 Best WordPress Themes for Bands & Musicians

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When it comes to starting a blog or website for your band, one of the hardest aspect can be finding a nice theme that fits your brand and visually sells your music. Here are 13 of the best WordPress themes for bands, musicians, DJs or people wanting a music themed blog/website. All of the themes are responsive and all very popular. Each has its own quality, feature or benefit that helps raise it above the competition. 1. Vellum – $60 (Preview)

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5 Tools to Make Your Life Easier as a Band Manager

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Band managers don’t exactly have it easy. They’ll typically book the shows, do the accounts, negotiate deals, promote the band, manage the merch, and provide a legal foundation for the band. In short, they’re a jack of all trades, and in this post we’re going to look through a few tools that can make a few of the tedious management tasks a bit easier. #1 A tablet / good smartphone With so much travelling around and going between meetings, a tablet is a handy investment for any manager. Not only does it mean you don’t have to lug around a…

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Ten Reasons Why Pixels Are Better Than Paper

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This is a guest post by my friend Dave Tamkin, who’s the head honcho over at Head Above Music. From Paper to Pixels Do you have a nostalgic devotion to your stacks of coffee-stained, curled, yellowed and smudged sheet music? Are you convinced that the scent of mildew it exudes somehow contains magic that makes you a better musician? Let me posit something that will revolutionize your world, if you let it: Becoming a paperless musician will lead to faster, more effective learning and performance of music. It is physically more convenient, and will actually give you and your students…

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How Much Money do Viral Music Videos Make?

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Ever wondered how much money a viral music hit makes – and where that revenue comes from? Here’s an infographic by FanDistro, a company who we recently reviewed here on The Musician’s Guide, that explores behind the scenes of viral music. What I find particularly interesting about this infographic is how there’s seemingly no correlation between how viral a music video went and how much it earned from digital download revenue. It’s also interesting to see the breakdown of Gangnam Style’s reported earnings from commercial deals, digital downloads, streams, and YouTube ad revenue.

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Fandistro: A Socially Responsible Way to Promote Music?

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While browsing the floor at MIDEM this year, I came across an interesting company called Fandistro who help artists promote their music while supporting charities. But it wasn’t the charitable twist that caught my attention. It was their slogan: 1 artist + 20 fans + 80 posts = 390 new fans Anything that claims to increase the size of your fanbase by almost 2,000% is enough to make me curious. So here’s how it works: you upload and launch your song on Fandistro just like any on other service. Then you promote your song to your existing fans as usual….

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The Future of Mobile Music Revenue

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According to this infographic by mobile app creators Mobile Roadie, the future of how artists earn money from mobile is changing. It’s hard to believe, but ringtones and ringback tones (whatever they are?) represent the biggest chunk of global mobile music revenues at the moment. However, in 2013 it’s estimated that full track downloads via mobile will overtake this. Here’s the full infographic. You can view the full blog post about the infographic on Mobile Roadie’s blog.

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