Music Industry RoundUp – March 3rd, 2012

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INDUSTRY NEWS: Grooveshark Files for Dismissal of Copyright-Infringement Case, Blasts Major Labels’ Lawsuit
Music streaming service Grooveshark has reacted strongly to the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by three major labels. In an 18-page motion to dismiss, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Grooveshark’s attorneys, Rosenberg & Giger P.C., call the majors’ lawsuit “among the least informative and substantive pleadings imaginable.”
Escape Media Group, Inc., parent company of Grooveshark, and Grooveshark’s managers were sued for copyright infringement by Universal Music Group in November. Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment joined the lawsuit in December; EMI joined in January, although it is not named in the response.
Read the entire article here.

MIXING TIPS: Surround Sound Mixing. Guest post by Unne Lilijeblad
It’s been six years now since I took the plunge and invested in a complete Dynaudio Air 5.1 surround sound monitor system. At the time, I though that Surround Sound on DVD-Audio and SACD discs was going to take off among music consumers. That didn’t really happen.
Read the entire article here.

MASTERING TIPS: Title: How to Use Multi-band Compression in Mixing and Mastering
Multi-band processors of any kind can reach into areas that their single-band counterparts just can’t touch. These processors are not just useful in mastering – they can be indispensable at the mix down stage, especially when treating drum and instrument groups.
Read the entire article here.

MUSIC PRODUCTION: The RecorderMan Drum Microphone technique.
I’m made a lot of records during my time in the business and I’ve never seen this drum micing technique before. When I mic drums I always use a forest of mic stands because there is a mic on every instrument. I have a project coming up soon and I think I’m going to try this method, but expanding it a bit by adding a snare mic, a kick mic and maybe one room mic. I can’t wait to try it out.
See the technique here.
Plus, download this free Stereo Microphone Placement Techniques PDF from DPA Microphones

MUSIC MARKETING: Mobile Marketing for Independent Artists: Tools
So exactly what tools are out there for the average, hard-working DIY musician? Are the all-singing, all-dancing mobile marketing campaigns of established artists totally out of reach? Well the good news is there are an increasing number of affordable tools that allow indie artists to get mobile. You just need to know where to look.

MUSIC MARKETING: What Pinterest’s Skyrocketing Social Network Means For Artist Marketing
Pinterest could be the next big social media tool for artists, labels and music brands-especially if they’re into wedding dresses.

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT: How to Pack Like a Rock Star.
Although this isn’t really Artist Dev I thought I’d include it for all of you touring musicians. How to Pack Like a Rock Star is much simpler and more efficient way to pack. Sooner or later the world will learn that Rock Stars are the real packing professionals and this is your inside source! So if you too are planning on living a life out of your suitcase then this could be the simplest, most effective, and by far most pleasurable way to learn how!
Read the entire article here. And see the promo video here.

Gear Recommendation – AKG PERCEPTION 170 Professional Instrumental Microphone.
I’m not sure what mics where used in the RecorderMan Drum Microphone technique above, but they resembled the industry standard AKG 451. Seeing that those are around $550 each I thought I’d source a similar mic at a more affordable price for the home musician. This AKG 170 is a small diaphragm true condensor transducer, includes the mic clip and has great reviews. You can get two of them for around $200. That’s a fantastic deal! Here’s a 5 star review from

“Great microphone, great price”
“This is the first time I am writing a review for a product. At first, I was kind of afraid to order the microphones for such a price comparing to the standard prices, but after I got them, no regret. I bought two, and have used them only for one week to record guitars in stereo and drums as well. In acoustic guitars, They sound great, they pickup every single sound, though some resonance in the low end. In my drums, they work excellent, amazing. They grab every single sound from the drum kit, and even though i thought they wouldnt grab the kick drum sound too good, in fact, they pick up that sound really good. They pickup exactly the whole image of the drumset, and the kick drum amazingly. I just hope these mics last for a long time.”
AKG Perception 170
AKG Perception 170

Wishing you all the best and happy music making.


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