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

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Music/Audio, Opinions, Ramblings

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 – …

Fetch Boy!

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Cody. He’s a fantastic dog. He’s always eager to please and LOVES to fetch his ball.

Being too eager can unfortunately get him screwed up in this activity though. Try as he might, he can’t seem to resist the urge to start running to fetch the ball BEFORE I actually throw it.

couple of these incidents is usually a sign that we need to continue on the walk.

This actually got me thinking of my eager-beaver days when I was starting out in this artistic business of ours.

Incubator Improvements

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I’ve been a little lax in updates on the Incubator. A LOT has gone on since the last post I tossed up with a photo-diary of running Cat 5e cable out to the “Incubator”. The first of a couple of projects I’ve been working on was getting better lighting out there. The previous owner had used the structure as a …

To be Young Again…

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o… I’m not talking about revisitng my youth and chasing after nubile young ladies … sorry to disappoint if that’s what led you to click your way over here. Rather, I’m going to ramble on about topics more closely related to the subject matter that is the undercurrent of this blog. Over the last couple of days, I started getting …

Saying Those Sweet Nothings

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My wife came home on Friday evening after work, walked through the door and we had the following conversation: Me: “So… how was it today?” Her: “Nothing spectacular … You know what I was just thinking?” Me … Her: “What would you think if we reno’d the ‘shed’ for your studio?” Me: Needless to say, I’ve been in a fantastic …

When an Artist Speaks, Does Anyone Listen?

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I started mulling over this line of thinking after seeing Canadian “Alt-Rocker” Matthew Good get his blog post about the Vancouver Stanley Cup riots picked up by the Guardian over in the UK. “Who’s Matthew Good?” you ask. Apparently he was “big” in Canada back in the ’90’s, but I was living in Seattle at that time and as he …