“Mastering” your Film Score Cues? Please Don’t

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Every now and again, I come across posts by aspiring film composers asking about “mastering” their cues: “What should I use in my mastering processing chain?” “How much compression and limiting should I use?” “What do people normalize their tracks to?” Please, just … don’t. Unless you are delivering your music to a production library or for release as a …

Music Streaming vs Radio Royalties – Numbers on a Napkin

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Okay, it’s perhaps unpopular at the moment, but I’ll say it right up front: Apples-to-Apples, on a per listener basis, streaming pays songwriters much better than traditional broadcast royalties.  Even the suggestion of discussing music streaming with a bunch of songwriters and musicians is a good way to polarize a group. In the grand scheme of things – music industry-wise – …

The Pono Pretense

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FWIW, I have nothing against Neil Young nor do I dislike high-quality audio. Quite the contrary. I’d never classify myself as a “fan” of Neil. I could take or leave his music – perhaps blasphemous to other Canadians out there, but, it is how it is. I’ve long given up paying attention to the opinions of artists. They may have …

2012 “Discoveries”

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My third “annual” discoveries post is finally here! It was odd, in that I’ve been thinking about this for the past month – not obsessively or anything like that. I found myself almost dreading “drudging” through the music I’d downloaded as I couldn’t really think of any key albums or bands that really stood head-and-shoulders above the rest. Once I …

Say “No” to Stock Responses

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Over the past few days, I’ve been able to kind of sit on the proverbial “other side” of the boss’s desk. Instead of me pounding the pavement and knocking on doors offering my wares, I’ve been (the “boss”) entertaining requests from around the world to consider the merits of others’ creations. It’s been enlightening to see the variety of approaches …

Get Rid of Pesky Static Cling

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I’ll freely admit that I’m the type of person who can NOT live without variety when it comes to music. If you know me, you’d definitely put me in the “Type B” slot. It’s not that I’m restless, impatient or anything like that. There are some things that I don’t mind being routine but there are others that, in my …