Most Popular Male Singers Of 2012

Some have the good looks on their side; others have infectious rhythms or cheeky lyrics that are on the likes of all people. Some are talented, some are not, but they all share a common feature: they are the most popular male singers of 2012. 1. Psy Who said you have to be handsome, sexy…

Some have the good looks on their side; others have infectious rhythms or cheeky lyrics that are on the likes of all people. Some are talented, some are not, but they all share a common feature: they are the most popular male singers of 2012.

1. Psy

Who said you have to be handsome, sexy and talented to be successful? The 34-year-old rapper from South Korea provided that you do not have to be Justin Bieber to become virgin overnight. Inn just six months, Psy turned from an anonymous low appraised Korean singer into an international star. When “Gangnam Style” and its video with all those bouncy moves and cheeky girls were released into the mainstream, thousands of people realized that they are not suffering from influenza, but from Psy-fever. The song was actually like a tsunami for the charts, especially for the Billboard Hot 100 and Psy's fulminating and mysterious success earned him the MTV News from preschoolers to grannies, heterosexuals and transsexuals, Christians and Hindi, anyone can dance on his rhythms. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised his music for helping to promote tolerance and his video became the most watched video on Youtube, beating out Bieber's video of “Baby”. With “Gangnam Style” Psy closed the American Music Awards, was invited on “Saturday Night Live” show and “Today” show and inspired numerous parodies. His name is easy to remember and we will all remember him for a long time, especially since there are great opportunities to impress us with another major hit next year as he signed with Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun and his Schoolboy Records imprint.

2. Justin Bieber

Overthrown by Psy, Bieber lost his crown and his is not the critics' first pick for the most popular male singers of 2012. Neverheless, he is still one of the most adored singers of the year and has every right to be so. This year, he released his third studio album, Believe , which marked the passage from adolescence to adulthood. He proved that he evolved and matured as an artist and performer, he hit the road on the Believe Tour, which further promoted the album that was already taking the number one position on the Billboard 200 and he worked really hard on an acoustic album that will see the daylight next month, in 2013.

3. Pitbull

He is as aggressive as the canine specie whose name he so proudly took as his. In 2012, Pitbull released his seventh studio album, Global Warming , which received positive international acclaim, embarked on a world tour and he received the key to the city of Kodiak, Alaska.

4. Chris Brown

His mistakes have been long forgiven, so the only things that count are his musical endeavors. In 2012, Brown won the Grammy Award for Best R & B Album and he released a new record, Fortune , which received mixed reviews and yet topped the Billboard 200, providing that his fans' tastes are more important than that of the critics. Beside, Brown made the headline of several tabloids this year. But whether it's his take of cannabis, his new controversial tattoo, his community service or the violation of his probation, Brown is a name that makes magazines and tabloids sell and when this happens, his new album is also selling well.

The Greatest Female Singers Of 2012

They are the ones who set and maintain worldwide trends, the ones who rule the charts in their unique and chic way, who make our booty shake and our hearts cry with sorrow, they are the most beautiful and popular of their kind and the greatest female singers of the year. For them, 2012 was…

They are the ones who set and maintain worldwide trends, the ones who rule the charts in their unique and chic way, who make our booty shake and our hearts cry with sorrow, they are the most beautiful and popular of their kind and the greatest female singers of the year. For them, 2012 was a glorious year, as they surged in their fame and glory and outnumbered their fan base. So, gentlemen take your hats off for …

Rihanna

She is the diva of our time and the Pop queen of her generation. In 2012, Barbados beauty Rihanna has had a few collabs, not many, but as successful as possible: Coldplay's “Princess of China” and Drake's “Take Care”, she won her third Grammy Award for Best Rap / Sung Collaboration and was voted the Best International Female Solo Artist at the 2012 BRIT Awards. She released Rebelle , her second fragrance, she flirted with clothing design and made her first steps towards acting career (she starred as Cora Raikes in the theatrical feature film Battleship and had her first TV program, Styled to Rock ). She released her seventh studio album, Unapologetic , which was a massive hit on all continents and bought her the biggest sales since her debut, and performed live at seven gigs during her 777 mini Tour in seven countries, for seven consecutive days. For the Brits, she is the second biggest selling female singles artist of all time, while for the Americans she sits proudly atop of Billboard's 'Top 100 Pop Songs Artists of 1992-2012', so it's not difficult to understand why Rihanna was our first choice.

Adele

Although in 2012 Adele released just one song, “Skyfall”, her popularity did not suffer at all. The success of her last year releases kept her a safe and warm position on charts and on the hearts of her fans. She is still praised in every country on this earth; she took home no less than six Grammy awards this year for her album, 21 and on a time when the financial crisis and web pages providing free music seem to bake an evil master plan for the singers, Adele actually sells millions of copies, which actually included her on Forbes ' list of the highest paid artists of 2012.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is a firework in this industry and she proved it this year more than ever. She did not storm the charts with a new record, but she released her musical 3D film “Part of Me”, which grossed $ 30 million worldwide, she supported Barrack Obama in his campaign for presidence and focused on her new album that will hit stores sometimes next year. Billboard named her Woman of the Year 2012, so she is our third pick for the greatest female singers of the year.

Taylor Swift

Behind those calm and serene eyes lie a treasure of unrested energy. The young girl that never sees tired, Taylor Swift, has become more and more popular among the younger generation. In 2012, she released a new studio album, Red , which dominated the charts worldwide for a long time and triggered sales of $ 1.2 million, which is her personal best so far. She took home three MTV Europe Music Awards, she was named Best Female Country Artist at the 2012 American Music Awards and she received three nods for the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Singing Your Way Into The Charts – Step-By-Step

A Starbucks waitress; a little boy placing second in a local singing contest, which mother uploaded some home videos; or a girl who was told around 15 she'd either end up dead or in jail – ALL becoming worldwide, household names. Once you read enough stories on how some of today's superstars started out, you…

A Starbucks waitress; a little boy placing second in a local singing contest, which mother uploaded some home videos; or a girl who was told around 15 she'd either end up dead or in jail – ALL becoming worldwide, household names.

Once you read enough stories on how some of today's superstars started out, you realize that making the charts, is AS MUCH about your mind-set, as your talent .

Although positive thinking alone will not land you a hit single, a new wave of technology can help you slowly climb the ranks if you have a voice, and do your part in maximizing it – sometimes some vocal lessons, or experience in the recording studio .

Reaching for your dream CAN EASIER , with a PLAN and open mind.

Here are some examples of independent artists, reaching for stardom – without backing by major record companies.

Boyce Avenue

Once it became apparent that millions of people search for popular songs online every day, and that YouTube and Google basically share the same search engine, offering detailed search volume reports – many unknown, unsigned artists, started establishing successful carers, independently.

Once such example with nearly a BILLION views already and millions of subscribers and fans on YouTube, is Boyce Avenue.

By recording popular cover songs, and then tapping into search engine demand, competing for views with the original artist – they have amassed a wealth of fans worldwide, and started using this to record and publish their own songs as well, independently.

For a few dollars , anyone can now have their own online music store on sites like iTunes – provided you own the rights to the music.

Doing this the old-fashioned way would cost a fortune in:

  • marketing,
  • recording and production,
  • making and distributing physical CD's, etc.

Reduced Production Cost
Some artists took it one step further, by applying for clarity of copyright to certain popular cover songs – permission to re-record, publish and sell it as their own – for a percentage royalty on sales paid to the original copyright owner or label.

With most cover song backtracks pre-produced, ready-made, and freely available for next to nothing – recording expenses and time are cut to a fraction.

You could simply apply for the rights, and if awarded, get in studio immediately, record, mix, publish and sell as a single within 48-hours, worldwide – tapping into demand – without having to complete a whole album first, or expensive studio hours and session artists to produce your original, unknown songs – which no-one would probably know about yet.

Doing your Homework
If you were really smart about it, you could research the catalogs of famous stars, and see which of their songs are not published as singles, or available online yet (called “incomplete catalog”).
If by any chance, you could apply for and get these rights, you might make a small fortune, if there are millions of people worldwide searching on Google and YouTube.

Some of the benefits cover songs can offer:

  • a wealth of search engine demand worldwide, which you can tap in to,
  • building a fan club and subscribers,
  • saving your own songs for when you have amassed enough of an audience,
  • sell your own music at the click of a button.

If you keep an open mind, you'll realize there are many paths to stardom, of which this is just one.

Do not wait to get it PERFECT – just get STARTED … right NOW.

Attitudes Bar and Wedding DJs Must Possess

Most of the people these days choose to hire a bar or wedding DJ in order for them to have a rocking party. As time passes by, people are no longer getting involved into the traditional events as they believe that the demand for a new strategy is a must in order for their audience…

Most of the people these days choose to hire a bar or wedding DJ in order for them to have a rocking party. As time passes by, people are no longer getting involved into the traditional events as they believe that the demand for a new strategy is a must in order for their audience to remember their planned event.

So if you are a DJ, what attitudes must you possess in order for you to expand your services and be able to work with various clients?

1. Know Your Crowd

You must always consider what your audience would like to hear rather than playing what interests you. You may control the event but you have to make sure that your guests enjoy the party and will not step out that that door because of your lousy performance. Basically, the betterment of the event may depend on you but that does not mean you have to be too nosy about the situation as you have to always maintain the balance. The party is not about you so you have to make sure that your performances are for the people who listen to you.

2. Be a Star

You have to know how to socialize with people. Do not lock yourself into your pedestal as you have to make sure that people enjoy the type of music you are playing. By having a conversation with them, you will then get some ideas what music must be played. You may hear suggestions and comments, which must not be taken negatively as these are just points you need to follow in order for you to play good music.

3. Avoid MP3s

Being a professional DJ, you have to know that you must now use MP3 songs. You have to use equipment that will accentuate the music you are playing, rather than MP3 players which is not really helpful. Also, it's not cool, Dude! It does not sound like you are completely doing your part – being the DJ they want you to be.

Whether you are a bar or wedding DJ, you have to make sure that you will perform wholeheartedly as your talent will come out naturally if you love what you are doing. If you are not passionate about what you do, then the job is definitely not for you. Being a bar or wedding DJ has responsibilities to take. You must take these without having second thoughts if you want to be able to reach the success you have been seeking for.

5 Tips to Help You Choose a Vocal Trainer

If you are considering a career as a professional singer, picking the right vocal trainer can help you reach important milestones, to develop, maximize and preserve your talent. But what do you look for in a trainer? Not all professional singers make great coaches, and not all great vocal trainers are chart topping singers. Moving…

If you are considering a career as a professional singer, picking the right vocal trainer can help you reach important milestones, to develop, maximize and preserve your talent.

But what do you look for in a trainer?

Not all professional singers make great coaches, and not all great vocal trainers are chart topping singers. Moving from one coach to another, can also be counter-productive and disruptive.

Ideally, you want the best of both worlds, in line with YOUR goals as a vocal student.

Here are some ideas:

1. Goal

Which single goal are you hoping to fulfill, in search of a vocal trainer?

  • Do you sincerely want to perform confidently in front of friends and family?
  • Or would you like to win contests, and pursue opportunities?
  • Perhaps you'd like to become a recording artist?

This is critical to decide, BEFORE starting your search. You can not hit a target you can not see.

2. Style

Even though arguably, the anatomy of singing remains similar across categories and styles – make sure you select the right trainer for the job.

If you'd like to sing contemporary or modern – it might not make sense to go for full-on classical or opera training. Some vocal trainers are excellent at classical training, while others can be great at pop or rock for example. Make sure whomever you pick, fits the bill for what YOU want to achieve.

3. Track Record

You're certainly not as likely to win any contests if your vocal trainer has not produced winners or superstars in the past – or at least know what it takes.

Vocal talent can be a strange thing – it seems to either get better, or worse – no in-between, or “staying on the same level”.

If your coach is not improving his own skills – even if that means periodically taking lessons himself / herself, from industry professionals, you are not likely to see LASTING progress.

Some of the best vocal trainers often take refresher courses from their own mentors, to stay in touch with the trends and methods of the times.

4. Methods

There are varying degrees of qualification and accreditation as a vocal trainer. At the very least, you want to make sure your coach understands – and can transfer – the following:

  1. The anatomy of the vocal cords
  2. Diaphragm control, breathing and projection
  3. Toning, Dynamics and Modulation
  4. Performance and interpretation

There are other aspects to becoming a professional singer, but these are a great start.

Accomplished vocal trainers, can help you acquire and develop these abilities, sometimes in as little as 6-to-12 months – provided you do your part, and practice regularly. You want to determine your own pace for learning and progress.

Once you've been with a vocal trainer for more than 2 years, without hard results to show for it – it might be worth recondering your options – more in line with your goals.

5. Experience

Apart from technique, the most valuable part a vocal trainer can offer is EXPERIENCE.

The best learning often results from modeling the successes of others.

A good vocal trainer, will NOT try to make you sound like someone else – but instead bring out your own, true, unique inner voice. This is a very special skill – both a gift and an enjoyable experience.

Always ask for references. Speak to one or two of his / her other students, before making major decisions. Try to book a screening lesson first, if you can – to see if you will work well together.

Let your intuition be your guide – and do not settle for anything less than the best, inside your budget – even if that means shopping around.

Your voice is your most important instrument, and can not be replaced. Any good vocal trainer knows this, and should not be offended when you consider your options.

The Foundations of Singing – Your Diaphragm and It’s Role When Singing!

It is known to us all that Breathing is a critical part of our everyday life, in order for us to stay alive. However, when singing, it is essential to have good solid breath and diaphragm control for a very different reason. When you are singing, you are heavily relying on your diaphragm to act…

It is known to us all that Breathing is a critical part of our everyday life, in order for us to stay alive. However, when singing, it is essential to have good solid breath and diaphragm control for a very different reason. When you are singing, you are heavily relying on your diaphragm to act as a massive support system for you and your voice and you are actually pushing your diaphragm to its limit in order to sustain and project your voice.

The diaphragm technique required when singing, is far deeper than the regular and shallow breaths needed normally. in order to be able to successfully carry out this technique you will need to complete daily breathing exercises that involve inhaling, sustaining your breath and then releasing it, there are specific lengths of time that you will need to carry out each element of the exercise. For example you may start breathing in to the count of 4, holding your breath to the count of 4 and then releasing you breath to the count of 4, the stronger your diaphragm gets, the more you will increase the duration of time.

To fully understand how your diaphragm is used to support your voice when singing, try to imagine it to be similar to a 'bellow' used back in the olden days to put the life back into open fires and know that it is needed in a similar way when singing. Different songs and song styles will require different techniques and varying levels of breath control. Whether you are trying to hit high or low notes or strong and soft ones you will still need to rely heavily on your breathing technique to achieve this both professionally and effortlessly.

It is very important to understand when and where you need to store the breath in your diaphragm and when you need to release it. A common error that people make, is to presume that it is only the powerful or long notes that require good breath control, but this is not the case. To give you an example: – If you were to inhale deeply in the first line of a song and then release all of your breath within the first few words, then you are not using your diaphragm to support your voice and then when you try to sing the rest of the verse, it is likely that you will run out of breath and sound both weak and in some cases out of tune!

If you want to make sure that you are continuously building and strengthening your diaphragm, then you will need to carry out your breathing exercises on a daily basis. It is also important to note that you will need to consistently increase the duration of time that you inhale, hold and exhale,

Another key element to strengthening your diaphragm is to keep your shoulders down when carrying out the breathing exercises, this avoid shallow breathing, which will result in your breath running out very quickly and it does not reach your diaphragm fully.

If you would like to find out more about me or where to find my 'Top Tips' and 'Vocal Exercises' Blogs and Articles, please go to http://www.hollieyourweddingsinger.co.uk .

The 5 Pillars – A Success Blueprint for Unsigned Artists

Not having the professional backing of a major record company or studio can be hard on your pocket, if you do not have a PLAN to get noticed as an unsigned artist. Essentially, there are 5 step you can follow in pursuit of a break. If you do not make the effort with each, in…

Not having the professional backing of a major record company or studio can be hard on your pocket, if you do not have a PLAN to get noticed as an unsigned artist.

Essentially, there are 5 step you can follow in pursuit of a break.

If you do not make the effort with each, in the right sequence – you may chase your tail for years, even IF you have the next million-dollar voice.

Here are some steps you can take:

1.) Talent

Even world chart superstars will tell you, that talent is a strange thing.

Whether you do 50 shows on a world tour, or 5 rounds in your hometown singing contest – the work required seems to be the same, and there is no “in the middle” or “staying on the same level”. You either get better, or worse.

If you've not landed your big break yet, getting a vocal coach you feel comfortable with, which can push you to the next level, is a must.

There are other aspects as well relating to the development of your talent, like:

  • Longevity of your voice and career
  • Performance training
  • Recording studio technique

What you put in, is what you'll get out – and it's the ONE area, you're in full control of your destination.

Many unsigned artists mistakenly spend too much time pursuing contacts and producers, instead of focussing that time, money and energy, in getting them TALENT up to broadcast standard first.

2.) Product

The benefit of a major record deal, is that the record company helps you get your product out there – available to the masses.

This will be one of your major challenges as an unsigned artist – but also a golden opportunity, seen from the right perspective.

It's an opportunity to determine your fate – because if you can find a way to make and spread a product – singles, music videos, cover recordings, shows – and build a big enough fan club by YOURSELF first, record companies might find it increasingly harder to keep ignoring you.

And fortunately – with modern music production and publishing technology, many of the hard costs you faced before like recording, printing and selling physical CD's, are now something of the past.

For as little as around $ 15, you can have your own recording published online – your own online music store, royalties and sales collections done for you.

If you know enough about recording, you do not have to pay a studio thousands of dollars dollars anymore (provided you really know what you're doing).

Sell ​​enough copies online, attract enough fans, get enough views on YouTube – and record bosses might just knock on your door, sooner than you expect.

3.) Placement

You have to be in the game, for a chance to win it.

Visibility as an artist is KEY to being discovered.

Fortunately – you no longer need a million-dollar album or marketing budget, for that to be possible. The proliferation of free online music placement and syndication websites, allow you to establish a digital portfolio, and build a global, online following at the click of a button.

Here are just SOME of the services you can research:

  • SoundCloud
  • Reverbnation
  • MusicXray
  • IndieGoGo

There are literally hundreds of you can pick from – but those listed above seem to offer the best opportunities to EARN something in return for your effort.

You do not have to WAIT for your big break anymore – you can CREATE it, with a little perseverance and patience.

4.) Promotion

What do you do, if you do not have a budget, or resources to promote yourself?

Offer fan perks instead.

Host a contest, for fans to feature in a music video, or name the title of one of your songs. Offer a single or album for pre-sale.

Use crowd funding websites (like IndieGoGo for example) to attract the funding you need, in exchange for VIP perks to all your funds.

Clear and buy the rights to one or two cover songs. Use search engine traffic reports to find trending niches and demand for music. Record and publish a cover single for free on YouTube. This may help you tap into existing search volumes, then compete for some of the views to direct to your own music.

Offer your own original singles for purchase, right from your YouTube Channel. (always follow the right copyright clearance methods and channels FIRST)

5.) Transition

Do these first 4 steps right, in sequence, and you'll have four times more valuable to any potential record label.

Do not let fame and fortune blind you – keep pursuing the smaller opportunities as well:

  • Compilation deals – One single on a collective CD publication
  • Synchronization deals – placement for TV and Film
  • Roster Rotation – Radio, digital broadcast
  • Advertising – Jingles, soundtracks

These can help you build the credentials, and make the contacts required to take that next bigger step.

With a plan and formula like this – you no longer have to sit around waiting for your record deal, as an unsigned artist, but can actively participate and CREATE opportunities for yourself to get discovered.

If you have not found the break you're looking for yet, start again with Step 1, and repeat the process – UNTIL you do.

Do not wait to get it PERFECT … just get STARTED – right NOW.

Home VS Professional Recording Studio: The Difference?

That depends – NOT on the SIZE of your TOYS … but rather the DEPTH of your SKILLS. Never before has evolving digital recording equipment – smaller, faster, cheaper, better – allowed you to so easily turn your laptop into a full studio, which record bosses only dreamt of 10-years ago. Does that mean YOU…

That depends – NOT on the SIZE of your TOYS … but rather the DEPTH of your SKILLS.

Never before has evolving digital recording equipment – smaller, faster, cheaper, better – allowed you to so easily turn your laptop into a full studio, which record bosses only dreamt of 10-years ago.

Does that mean YOU can be the next Universal, Sony or MTV?

Not necessarily – just because you CAN technically, does not ensure you WILL practice – and largely, it all comes down to the following hard factors:

1. Acoustic Environment: Isolation and Separation of Sound

Regardless of any fancy, expensive recording toys – what will make or break your recordings, is the SPACE you record in – the behavior of sound in the room, and its effect on what you hear, and lay down on disk to edit and mix later .

For vocals especially, what you ideally want, is separation and isolation – a clean, clear, non-reflective sound, as dead, warm, and full as possible.

This will not be the case if you have birds chirping or dogs barking in the background – although if the room is so reverberant (reflective), that you hear an echo, hum or shatter.

Any possible secondary sounds that can bleed into the take, are destructive, and eliminate your options later in the mix.

This is why acoustics are primary to any fancy equipment – nothing can sound professional, before IT does. You'll have lost even before STARTING.

There is no easy or ready substitution, for a proper sound proof booth. It's not so important that sound does not escape – as it is that no sound enters the booth. If you can ever so slowly hear a vocalist performing at full blast, while outside the booth – that's OK, as long as no sound ENTERs and registrants on the microphone.

Reflection filters can also help eliminate this problem, together with thick carpeting, curtains and non-reflective treatment of the space, if you can not yet afford a proper sound proof booth with integrated electronics and connectivity.

2. Pin-point Monitoring Accuracy: Feedback of Recordings

Secondary, but equally important to the space and acoustics, is being able to HEAR what is occurring in a recording, AND a mix.

A good set of studio monitors (speakers), with a reasonably flat response curve, is an absolute must. If you are actually listening to, your other equipment will not be much use.

In a studio, your monitors are much like a photographer's camera lens or view finder.

3. Pre-Production and Calibration

Getting to KNOW the sound and characteristics of your monitors, relating to other systems, is equally important. So is preparing your artist, the microphone setup, levels and project – to get the best possible result for the specific voice or artist.

The ability to listen, interpret and respond or adjust – is what can make the difference between a mediocre or hit recording: Simple little things, like how close the performer should be to the microphone, what compressions setting to use, the levels for feedback, and dynamics of the backtrack. What frequencies to shave for better feedback, and allowing the performer to be in touch with the performance.

These are often aspects that need thought and preparation BEFORE a single take is recorded – and no toys or tricks are likely to make much difference, AFTERWARDS.

4. Translation and Interpretation of a Mix

If you cut corners during the recording stage, it's most likely to have a noticeable, unavoidable knock-on effect in the mixing stage. It's more difficult to correct problems, than to avoid them – especially when it comes to mixing

Sub-optimal, or poor recording, simply does not translate into a good mix. It would be better to start from scratch – which is not often an option if you have paying clients, so rather get it right from the start.

For the mixing stage, you need as much as possible to work with. A good engineer is able to make all elements in a song sit together delicately, harmoniously, when the recording was done in the proper acoustic environment, with good separation and isolation, and the correct dynamic and tonal settings. Mixing becomes easy, when recording the right way.

5. Mastering: It's a Sequential Process

If the first two stages were less than desired – recording & mixing – mastering becomes a nightmare, and can only go downhill from there. Each stage feeds the other, an additive process – one forming the foundation for the next.

Often, the best thing to do, when a recording and mixing is not up to standard, is to start over – not even attempt the mastering process. Trying to enhance and improve noise, often renders just one product – more noise.

Mastering is a specialist skill and often take years to perfect – its purpose is not to correct mistakes, but enhance and polish an already professional product.

Conclusion:

Beside your equipment and facility – take some time to master each of the following aspects of becoming a world-class producer or engineer:

  • Acoustics and behavior of sound
  • Recording basics
  • Mixing skills
  • Mastering skills

There are many books, online forums and training courses available on each topic – some better than others – do not rush, take your time, and always ask for references and other people's opinions, before making a buying decision.

Take the time, and make the effort to approach professionals, asking them for tips and advice. Even though each might have their own preferences and opinions, you'll still get a very good idea of ​​what exactly you're in for – and once you notice a concurrence or pattern in different professionals 'feedback, you'll immediately know you' re on the right track.

Do not wait to get it PERFECT … just get STARTED – right NOW.

Surviving Your First Professional Recording Studio Session: 7 Tricks

If you have dreams of becoming the next million-dollar voice – but have not had a single experience recording before – your first session in a clinical, professional recording studio, might be slightly nerve-wrecking or overwhelming – if you have no idea what to expect. And many engineers or producers, in their down-to-business nature, will…

If you have dreams of becoming the next million-dollar voice – but have not had a single experience recording before – your first session in a clinical, professional recording studio, might be slightly nerve-wrecking or overwhelming – if you have no idea what to expect.

And many engineers or producers, in their down-to-business nature, will not always take the time to put you at ease.

So here are some pointers which can help you make it a much more pleasant, even enjoyable and rewarding experience:

1. Go for a pre-recording brief or studio tour

Nothing puts you quite as at ease, as familiarizing yourself with the alien environment of dials, knobs, lights and microphones BEFORE you step into the booth and deliver your talent.

When you make a booking, try to do so in person, at the studio, on a day or time it is not busy – and ask if you could just quickly see, and acquaint yourself with the surroundings – before you make payment.

This way – it will not be so alien on the day you arrive for your booking.

2. Ask for a pre-recording sound-check if possible

If time allows, and the studio is courteous enough – ASK if you may quickly hear what it would be like in front of the microphone – with the headphones on. Be upfront about it – and explain that it helps you calm your nerves, to do a better recording on the day.

Here's a BIG secret:

Most engineers and producers are AS UNCOMFORTABLE dealing with your nerves, as you are – so if you explain that a sound check before the time, will help you better deal with this, MOST of them would be willing to comply, for the sake of a smooth recording on the day, and be happy to let you do this in advance.

3. Ask what is expected of you

Different engineers and producers may have slightly different styles and ways of working, with different setups.

Ask what is expected of you, for them to have the best material to work with. Ask for the do's and don'ts.

Having a clear idea of ​​what is expected of you, will go a long way towards making you comfortable and more confident when delivering your performance.

4. Know your lyrics and song by heart

Do not wait until the day before to learn your lyrics. Make sure you are so practiced, that it's almost second nature and you can do the performance without even thinking, or blinking.

Most studios allow for you to pin-up the lyrics within reading distance behind the microphone – just so you have it there to steady your nerves, but do not rely on this.

Ask whether this is the case, before you enter the studio for your session, so you are fully prepared. Bring a printed copy of the lyrics with you – if that is the case.

Get some decent sleep the night before – take a sleeping tablet if you have to.

Make sure you arrive 5-10 minutes before the time to re-acquaint yourself with the environment, but not so early that you interrupt another session – as you'll just be forced to sit outside waiting – which does not help for nerves.

Avoid sugar and sweets at least one day before – and if you're prune to a scratchy throat, dairy as well just to be safe.

Make sure your voice is warmed up, by doing the proper vocal exercises, especially if your booking is in the morning – try not to book too early.

5. Do not be afraid to communicate

When stepping inside the booth and putting the headphones on, remember that in most cases, the engineer or producer hears a different version of your performance, on a different set of speakers.

They do not necessarily hear things the way you do, and until you do not TELL them – they will not.

Do not be afraid to ASK them to adjust levels for you on your voice or the music, until you are comfortable – even if it is required multiple times. You are a paying client, and you need to HEAR what you are doing, allowing your best performance.

NOT DOING SO, is like ordering a coffee, and being too afraid to ask the waitress for sugar or milk.

Different vocalists have different preferences – and if you do not speak up, the engineer or producer will most likely just assume that everything is fine.

6. Relax: Do not apologise, or be melodramatic

It is almost guaranteed, that in your first recording – you'll make many mistakes, be overwhelmed, second-guessing yourself. Even the most famous recording stars, had a first time.

Instead of frantically apologizing or making a scene, ask for guidance and feedback instead.

Most engineers and producers have done this hundreds of times before. Taking the attention of yourself, by asking for guidance, gives you time to listen and compose yourself, for the next attempt. BREATHE.

Stick to the business – if you make a mistake, an engineer or producer's natural first response, will be to stop immediately, cue the recording again at a drop-in point, and look over to see if you're ready to try again. This is part of their job, and to them it is second nature. You do not need to be embarrassed or over react.

In some instances, they'll ask out of court – even though it might seem totally aloof and mechanical, if everything is all-right and you can hear yourself properly.

DO NOT take this personally. All they're checking is that you have proper feedback levels and are comfortable – often a common problem if a vocalist makes a mistake.

As soon as you make an error – LET IT GO.

Accept that this is a natural part of recording sometimes-the more hours you get to spend behind the microphone, the better you'll get. DO NOT beat yourself up about it – it wastes time, spoils the mood and momentum, and just gets you in a worse and worse state for the next take.

Just pretended it never happened, compose yourself, and move on to the new take immediately, without remorse or apology.

7. Power of State: Imagining your best performance

One trick that often helps, is to get your mind and body in a simulated state, which empowers you (neurologically) to deliver your best on queue.

Close your eyes for a moment behind the microphone, and pick a specific moment in your memory where you achieved success in singing. It might be a contest you won, a live performance that got a standing applause, anything.

Re-live that moment fully in your mind, and then draw it into your body, using ALL your senses – what it looked like, sounded like, smelt like, FELT like – in that moment as it happened.

Now open your eyes and give your best performance ever, as if in that moment.

Additional Tip:

• If you still struggle, after you second or third recording – considering getting a specialist studio vocal coach for a few sessions, to teach you the ins and outs of making better recordings

If you apply the insights above – making recordings will become a pleasurable, easy and rewarding experience for you.

Remember, that engineers and producers also make mistakes – and they have the benefit of working behind closed doors, often without any time pressure, when editing and mixing your recordings.

So be sure to get your part right. Although it helps to be polite, do not be apologetic about it.

Do not wait to get it PERFECT – just get STARTED … right now.

7 Ideas to Find, Market and Create Superstars – From Your Home Studio

The success of major talent shows on TV today, suggest the best vocal talent might still be out there somewhere … Nothing bolsters your reputation or career like finding the next million-dollar voice, presenting that talent to the world. You do not have to be a superstar producer or record boss to get in on…

The success of major talent shows on TV today, suggest the best vocal talent might still be out there somewhere …

Nothing bolsters your reputation or career like finding the next million-dollar voice, presenting that talent to the world.

You do not have to be a superstar producer or record boss to get in on the action.

Here are 7 Ideas to establish yourself as a future music industry talent scout:

1. Host an Unsigned Artist Discovery Contest

Advertise an Unsigned Vocal Artist Contest in your local music classifieds.

Host a studio audition for each respondent. You may charge a small fee for this, if your intention is good and you offer some value – like giving them a copy of their audition to take home and use as a demo.

You'll be amazed with the talent you unforgettable. Keep them on your books and start a mailing list, offering your expertise and services. Once a quarter or so, offer a prize to the best talent, like a sponsored, free recording, independent contract or recording deal.

Find placements and opportunities for that artist – and publish the results.

2. Sponsor a prize for other contests

Search for singing contests in your area. Sponsor a free recording or two for the winner, and ask for access to the entrants' e-mail addresses in return, to add to your mailing list.

A contest winner is sure to have some talent, and in return – you may get the opportunity to work with that talent, for a joint release credit.

3. Draft an Independent Artist Contract

If you're going to invest your resources to help make an unsigned artist famous, or find them the next big opportunity – offer them an independent recording artist contract, in which you request the sole mandate to promote and even manage that artist for a year or two, sharing in a percentage of all income derived from that.

But make sure that artist becomes a priority then, and you have the expertise and resources to deliver on your contract.

4. Find a Mentor

One way to get the resources and expertise is to find a mentor, someone better and more successful than you – to work with in partnership for a while, learn everything you need to know in exchange for some benefit offered to that mentor – like doing editing or mundane work for them – even if you have to do it free for a while.

This way, the Mentor can also start referring work to you, not worth their time financially.

5. Build relationships with record companies

Start with independent labels if you have to. Work your way up the ladder as you become more successful. Social media offers a whole new variety of ways to get in touch with record executives.

Offer your help and labor if needed, in exchange for building a relationship. Get to know the A & R managers at record labels, the people responsible for finding new talent for their companies.

6. Offer value-added services

Offer to submit recordings to independent labels, on your clients' behalf, for those you find impressive. Try to negotiate some airplay, even with smaller, local radio stations.

Request for clarification on copyright for certain cover songs, on behalf of your artists or clients. Offer to publish their music online. All of these are services you could charge for – and should you be successful, it creates a whole new world of opportunities for you to expand your studio and business.

7. Sponsor your time & expertise, to share in success

If you want to make it big, you have to commit big. Finding the next million-dollar voice takes work and effort – you have to be in it, to win it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Yet these steps outlined above, explain simply and clearly what you can start with TODAY to increase your chances.

Do not wait to get it PERFECT – just get STARTED.

Recording Studio Customer Service – Fulfilling Dreams

Although – in the economic sense – a client books your studio to receive a service, there are often much softer motivations at play, when making their decision. If you pay attention, not only will you get repeat clients for life – you will attract their friends and family, without ever needing to spend a…

Although – in the economic sense – a client books your studio to receive a service, there are often much softer motivations at play, when making their decision.

If you pay attention, not only will you get repeat clients for life – you will attract their friends and family, without ever needing to spend a single dime promoting yourself again.

The perspective which can help you accomplish this, is quite simply the following:

Think about each client paying you, not for a service , but as a hope of fulfilling their dreams – then do everything you can, to help them realize that.

The best asset you can ever have – whether times are good or bad – is good word of mouth.

Here are some ideas, to help you turn every client that enters your recording studio, into a walking billboard for you, for life – and keep them coming back for more in future.

1) Show Since Interest

Be a person first – then a specialist.

It's easy to just get on with the task at hand, on a ticking clock. But there might be a larger picture, if you can step back for just one second, and take the time to ask.

What are these client's dreams, ambitions and motivations? Where are they headed? What compelled them to get in touch with you specifically, and book this session?

What has their experience been in the past, and what are their expectations moving forward? How can you help them make the most of their talent, intent and efforts?

Like with ANY other business – these are denominators which can help you build a relationship – instead of just a transaction.

Do it right – and get them to spread the word about you.

2) Reassure and Inspire

A common mistake made by some, even experienced studio owners, is to think their specialist skill infers some kind of power and ability on them. Even if that is the case, it's not the main reason why clients will come back to you.

It has been proven that clients will either pay more for the same quality and product, with a studio that at least undertakes to fully understand and care about their needs (their dream). And in rare instances, clients will even pay the same or less for a LESSER product – if their emotional needs are addressed better elsewhere.

Unlikely, uninformed or unfair as this might seem – it's not a matter about wrong or right – but a matter about who cares the most. Make the experience of recording, a special and memorable one for every client, and they'll certainly come back for more.

3) Get Involved

The motive behind a dream, is not rational – it's not a list of do's and don'ts. Take the time to encourage and inspire every client in a session – even if that client is not equal to the standards you might be used to – they might know someone else who is, and will talk.

Always give your best, regardless of the talent presented – or do not take on the business in the first place, if you are unable to do this. Kindly refer them to someone else, where they will be in good hands, and get the best value and experience for their money – in exchange for a referral fee or some other exchange.

4) Share Your Knowledge

Most likely, clients come to you because they feel you can offer some kind of solution, which will get them a step closer to their goals and dreams.

Take this opportunity, to exceed their expectation, and surprise them.

When you share your experience, skills and knowledge – in ways that inform and educate them, to offer them an advantage over the status quo, you'll become their trusted advisor – not just a provider.

5) The Extra Mile

Go beyond the call of duty – offer value-added service which may assist your client with the next step in the process, after they leave the studio. Where do they plan to take their demo, or what do they plan to do with it?

Do they require some contacts or expertise for the next step?

Can you make a recommendation for album art, a photo shoot, a music video?

Do you know a good vocal trainer for a refreshing course, or a contest they can enter with some prize which could assist them in pursuing their dream?

Just because you're not a seller, or do not sell car insurance, does not mean that the courtesy of customer service does not apply. Make each and every client remember you, giving them good reason to talk about you. The best advertising, is always free.

Decide to be exceptional, starting TODAY.

From Home Studio to Global Music Empire – 6 Keys

One of the problems with starting your own home studio – and dreams of making it big – is that you have so many other established, influential record companies to differentiate yourself against, even just in your geographic area. This will be hard if not impossible, if you do not at the very least have…

One of the problems with starting your own home studio – and dreams of making it big – is that you have so many other established, influential record companies to differentiate yourself against, even just in your geographic area.

This will be hard if not impossible, if you do not at the very least have some credentials, or a string of super talent to carry you through the growing pains of opening a recording studio.

Here are 6 ways to cut the time, effort and learning curve in half , if you are just starting out, in pursuit of a music production career of your dreams:

1. Volunteer for Big Music Projects – Work for Free at a Big Studio

One way to get credentials and a reputation fast, is to get involved in music or studio projects larger than just yourself – especially if that project has a good chance of going main stream.

Once it does, people will talk about it – and if you can associate your name with it even in some minor way, you'll have a better chance of gaining people's trust and admiration from the start.

It's no secret – people more reliable trust, and spend money with people they admire. More importantly, people more readily trust and spend money with people OTHER people admire.

Even if you have to work for free for a while at a big studio or record company, after-hours or part-time – volunteer some effort into a music or studio project which will help you earn the credentials, to pay off handsomely in future .

Whether it's starting by volunteering as a cleaner, editor, or just making coffee for the studio staff – use that to learn and offer your services for free, in return for gaining experience you can talk about with your own future clients.

2. Write about that Experience – Your Story and Credentials

Start your own website or blog. Talk about the things you see and hear. Learn everything you can by taking the time to talk to staff, at the company you volunteer with.

Catch an elevator ride, or walk the engineer or producer to his car, offering to help carry his gear or notebook. Ask questions – any engineer or producer passionate about his work, loves to share. Pick up any tips and tricks you can while building the relationship which could get you even an inch closer to the action.

3. Specialize

Specialization makes it easier to attract the interest of one specific target market – and the perception it creates, is that you do ONE thing really well.

There are many markets to specialize in for running a studio. One could be vocal demo records. Another could be bands or ensemble productions. Another could be making custom backtracks.

If you do ONE thing, and do it WELL – chances are people will talk about you, and choose you over a non-differentiated studio, claiming to do everything equally well – which most people intuitively know is impossible, even if they do not admit it.

Besides specializing in a skill, you could also specialize in a MARKET. For example, making cover recordings for start-out artists, who want to get noticed on YouTube.

That's very specific – and if you can back it up with a portfolio – even more believable.

The great thing about specialization is that it simplifies your workflow – allowing you to concentrate on and get better (the best even) at ONE thing – and over time, it allows you to charge MORE than other studios, for that specific service – as you get better and more successful.

People will come to you, based on the result – not price. Most aspiring artists do not equate their dream with the cheapest price – but the best quality, and opportunity it might create for them in living their passion.

4. Offer the Complete Package in your Niche: AZ

Once you have chosen, and feel comfortable with your area of ​​specialization – learn to understand ALL the needs of your paying clients as quickly as possible – and offer solutions to their problems.

Offer them the full package – so they do not need to shop elsewhere before or after you.

If – like in the example of cover recordings for unsigned artists on YouTube – you realize that most artists struggle with clearing and getting rights for their recordings – offer to do it for them, at a reasonable price.

If they dread the process of finding a good, affordable music video producer, after leaving your studio with their master recording, offer to do it for them – build relationships with one or two producers, and refer business to them in exchange for a commission, or some leads in return.

Make the life of every client that enters your studio EASY – easy for them to come back, easy for them to talk about you, easy for them to refer other artists to you.

5. Fix your pricing – per RESULT, not per HOUR.

Most big studios charge a fortune per hour, with no guaranteed deliverables – only the facility and engineer for 60-minutes at a time. Most aspiring, undiscovered talents simply do not have an open check book to start with.

If you can offer a reasonable product, at a reasonable price – to help them get noticed by bigger record companies – you'll have a booming business, and many feet coming through your studio.

If you charge per song recorded – fixed price – and NOT per hour, you'll offer your potential clients more certainty and peace of mind, on exactly what they'll get for their money – without leaving them guessing how many hours it might take .

This can swing a decision large in your favor, and easily get you more clients – provided your workmanship, is up to some kind of standard to justify the cost.

6. Offer a Money-Back Guarantee

Add a money-back guarantee on your work, and see what happens.

Sure, there might be one chancer every now and then, looking to exploit it – but generally, you'll find that for every one that does, you'll get 20 clients who will not.

Why do home shopping networks offer this?

Because they know the majority of people do not take them up – and for everyone that does, they have 20 other sales to cover the cost.

People more easily part with cash, if they know there is a back door – whether they actually USE that back door or not, does not matter to them.

Armed with these 6 new insights – you can create a lasting business in half the time, with half the effort, gain invaluable experience, and many new studio clients, for life.

Do not wait to get it PERFECT … just get STARTED – right now.

Requirements For A Great Music Mastering

Mastering is an essential step that is made before the music is prepared to release in the market. The music Mastering is considered as an essential process as it forms and excellent music tracks to give it some clarity, depth, punch and the musical track volume. Musicians frequently give equivalent if not more significance to…

Mastering is an essential step that is made before the music is prepared to release in the market. The music Mastering is considered as an essential process as it forms and excellent music tracks to give it some clarity, depth, punch and the musical track volume. Musicians frequently give equivalent if not more significance to mastering like to the other song creation elements in order that the ultimate product has the preferred splendor and finesse.

Music Mastering is a vital process which helps to balance out the different musical components in order that the audience has an inspiring experience. Mastering is made for the music CDs and for movies. In mastering CD, it is likely to get the highest volume without losing the characteristics of music. The whole pressure in the music CD is smaller than mastering on a movie track.

For the ideal mastering for a music track it is essential for having the correct equipment and facilities. Dedicated to mastering and to the recording studios are generally designed for the single reason of Music Mastering. Personalized analog mastering processes are able to create music of an ultimate high quality and can also make the dissimilarity between a miss and a hit. Artists are conscious that they already need the help of professionals in Music Mastering in order to get their sound track into the next stage.

The studio you choose to get the music mastering work done should be selected after careful thought. It is completely very important that they should have the talent in music mastering and all at once have the knowledge to know the exact modifications that are required for your tracks. Every part of music needs for different mastering strategy and technique. Instant amounts of equalization and density can make the best dissimilarity to the whole result. Furthermore, changes to one small area can make the best dissimilarity to the finish product.

If you're looking to put in that final completion to your music track you have to admit to a professional mastering service. They have to employ the newest music mastering equipment in order to give the best to complete. Recognized studios will dependably bring excellent support and services. Studios that are technologically higher will also give bass sounds management and bass sounds optimization, stereo improvement, cleaning and taking away of unwanted noise, actual time block mistake check and master disc analysis and proper density and restrictive techniques.

Experienced in mastering hands and right tools process will make sure that a finish product that sounds good everywhere. It can make the essential impact and result on the music that gets them to the preferred high levels with regards to the sound their clearness. Recording studios are efficiently handled and have the newest state-of-art mastering equipment will in all possibility to have record mastering services. It gives a sample for the sounds recorded before they are pushed. Studios offer their customers protected on online mastering services wherever they can have actual time access into the mastering methods and are given regular updates and online suggestions.

What Every Musicians Should Know About Copyrights

Copyright as stated in the dictionary is “the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work).” According to this definition, copyright is ownership. You own it so you can do whatever you want with it. You can make more, give it…

Copyright as stated in the dictionary is “the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work).” According to this definition, copyright is ownership. You own it so you can do whatever you want with it. You can make more, give it away, hand it out, sell it, etc …

A copyright according to the book, “All You Need to Know About the Music Business”, is a “limited duration monopoly”. When you have a song that you have written by yourself, you must properly register your song's copyright and you and your heirs will have full exclusive control of that song for your own life and 70 more years.

Where to register your original work

The proper method to register a song for a copyright is to register that work with the Library of Congress (LOC). They have all the proper forms to register the work. One of the most important reason to register your song through the LOC is that they register an official date on the copyright. I've seen some musicians mail themselves the lyrics to their song or mail the cd to the sameselves and use the postmark on the envelope to use as their copyright date. That is a possible method, but if someone else were to properly register that same song for a copyright with the LOC and you had to go to court, they might have the upper hand because they did it the proper route. In other words, registering your copyright with the LOC stands up better in court.

If by chance your song is used without your permission, the date of the copyright will be used by the courts to affirm that the unauthorized use of your song has happened. This unauthorized use of copyrighted materials is called “infringement.” Once you have your work registered, copyright law is now in effect to protect your rights to that work. The penalties to someone who uses your work without your consent can be huge going from $ 750 to $ 30,000 for each work that was infringed on. If the defendant infringed knowing that it was not their work, they could face fines up to $ 150,000.

A copyright owner's 5 exclusive rights

Once you have a song that you've registered with the LOC, you have the foundation use your song to earn money. Song copyright owners experience the same five exclusive rights that any author of a novel, screenplay, painting, poem, or other intellectual work has. These include the right to exclusively:

  1. Reproduce the work
  2. Distribute the work
  3. Perform the work in public
  4. Allow a derivative work to be made
  5. Display the work in public (mostly due to visual media and artwork)

If anyone else were to make copies of the copyrighted work without the permission of the owner, they violated the exclusive rights reserved for that author.

Music Publishers

It is standard practice for a songwriter to assign the copyright of their song to a music publisher. The music publisher in turn will do what they are best at and that is making money off of that song. The music publisher in turn develops as many licenses as possible for your song. Examples of this are placing your songs in TV, film and video games. They can also use your song in a commercial, greeting card, or a compilation album.

Normally a songwriter will split the money 50-50 with their music publisher. The 50% is for the hard work that the music publisher puts into the artists song. If it were not for the music publishers hard work, then that song might have never made it on TV, film, video games, etc. When that song is chosen and performed on radio or TV, it creates a public performance royalty. There are 3 Performance Rights Organizations (PROs) in the US. The 3 are ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, These organizations watch and monitor where your song is played and then they collect a royal on the behalf of the songwriter and publisher. An author can only sign up to one of the PRO's.

The Interesting Process of CD Mastering

CD Mastering is to “fine-tune the pre-production of audio file, and then transfer it from a source containing post production to a storage device (the master) eg Compact Disc”. Then this master copy has been sent to Production Company to produce commercial level copies. The whole process is supervised under provision of mastering engineer. To…

CD Mastering is to “fine-tune the pre-production of audio file, and then transfer it from a source containing post production to a storage device (the master) eg Compact Disc”. Then this master copy has been sent to Production Company to produce commercial level copies. The whole process is supervised under provision of mastering engineer.

To master audio it should combine some processes that primarily applied to SIA (Stereo interleaved audio files). The following defects are meant to remove: Mastering engineer is responsible to clear sonic and physical defects from raw audio files.

Reproduce the Music for playback support of different playback systems, like digital music players and Dolby Sound systems.Use the best audio tools and engineering equipment for best quality.Mastering engineer apply different effects on pre-production music: like track gaps, fades, adjust track levels, Dolby, cross fading, perceived volume, etc.Burn a high quality CD-R with the help of different software like NERO or some special tools.In the end check errors of pre master CD to ensure that it replicate successfully at duplication plant.

To perform these tasks a Mastering engineer should have accurate acoustics and can distinct that what is actually present in music mix. Stem mastering is also used to modify music for best effects or add the music that has been missed during original recording or become fade. Stem mastering uses a bunch of instruments, eg Drums, Bass, Synthesizers, Vocals, Percussion and Guitars.

Now a day most of the tools uses for mastering audio are now available easy. So if someone has a latest computer with high specs can do this process by utilizing different tools and software. But skilled persons far much better than home studio buddies because they know what to do and what not to. Those hardware that are essential for CD mastering are as follows

1. Best Accurate Monitors

A full frequency monitor which can reproduce audio from 20Hz to 20 KHz. The final master release will only be as good as the monitors we are using. M-Audio BX5 Studio Monitor will be the best choice.

2. Equalization should be Natural

The most sensitive implementation is to equalize the sound so it can be adjusted in real time with other equalizers on play back devices.

3. Compression of Sound

Most of us think that compression disturbs the sound quality but actuality it's not that way, it is the only tool in CD Mastering to make the soft passes louder and the loud passes softer than before.

Limiting the peaks

The most tiring effect to a music lover is that if he is listening to music that's going smooth and all of a sudden it got peaks. Obviously it becomes disturbing instead of soothing the soul. That's why limiting process reduces the peaks in sound files.

5. Now the Overview

As everyone has his / her own taste in music. Barely some people like dump compression over a mix while other want to let it run in that way. The worst thing is to master a sound in mono format that is used in Radio transmission.

So before passing your pre-production to mastering engineer for CD Mastering kindly change it to “.wav” format as it is preferable for them and never forget to keep tracks arranged in the same sequence.