Music Industry RoundUp – February 16th, 2012

Here’s your CrazyEye Music Services, Music Industry RoundUp for February 16th, 2012.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Grammy gala to celebrate Branson’s music achievements.
Virgin Group’s Richard Branson will be honoured at a pre-Grammy Awards bash next month, receiving the Recording Academy’s President Merit Award at the Pre-Grammy Gala dinner hosted by the Academy and veteran US record industry exec Clive Davis.

MIXING TIPS: A case for mixing at a lower volume.
Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner sits down with Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution to talk about how mixing at a lower volume really can make for a better sounding mix. In the latest podcast Joe did with Graham, one of their 5 mixing “hacks” was to mix at lower volumes.

MASTERING TIPS: iZotope’s OZONE 5 is out! Get a look at the latest features.
iZotope’s complete mastering system in a single integrated plug-in includes eight essential mastering tools: Maximizer, Equalizer, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Stereo Imaging, Post Equalizer, Multiband Harmonic Exciter, Reverb, and Dithering.
Ozone 5 Advanced adds 6 additional component plug-ins, extended features in every module, and an entire suite of configurable meters. Read the product specs here.

MUSIC PRODUCTION: Create a Drummer Friendly Audio Click Track in Logic Pro.
There’s an excellent range of drum synths and drum instrument plug-ins out there, not just for electronica, but for acoustic and ‘guitar-based’ rock and pop. This makes it quite possible to program your own drum patterns with most of the frills, intricacies and nuances that a real drummer brings to the table. And while that’s great when you’re sketching out an arrangement in the studio, when playing live or recording your final song, it’s more than likely you’ll want to have a real, human ‘stick twirling’ drummer to rely on.Read the entire article here.
To learn more about Logic you can view this video for its core functions.

MUSIC MARKETING: Twitter Tip for Musicians: ‘Slow and Steady’ Joins the Twitter Race.
For musicians that want to use Twitter in order to promote your albums and shows, here’s one very important tip that often gets overlooked: stick with it!Picture this- an album is finished- YOUR album- you’ve been recording in the studio for months, wrestling each note into its right place, sweating over every detail; in short, you’ve created a masterpiece and it’s ready for the world!

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT: The Reality of Artist Development Deals at Major Labels.
Owen Husney is a musician, artist manager, and concert promoter based in Minneapolis. He was Prince’s first manager, and the person who arranged the famous contract with Warner Brothers which allowed Prince nearly unprecedented creative control over his music. Read the entire article here.

THE LISTENING ROOM: Music Recommendation – Seth McFarlane “Music is Better Than Words”
I am a huge fan of Seth McFarlane and this album puts him a few levels higher. This record is reminiscent of the days when Frank, Deano and Sammy ruled the scene. McFarlane and the production team did such a great job on this that the Grammy’s took note. If you’re into dames, martinis and great arrangements this one is for you. It’s a solid modern-throwback.

Wishing you all the best and happy music making.
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