By Bryan Baker, 2017-10-21
TuneCore is a low, flat fee service that distributes anyone's music or videos to iTunes, eMusic, AmazonMP3, and many other major download sites, while taking no rights and no revenue from the sale of the music. Artists are building careers, selling significant volumes of music and generating revenue while keeping their rights utilizing the new model created by TuneCore.
TuneCore has distributed hundreds of thousands of songs to iTunes and other digital stores including music from record labels, Grammy winners and unsigned artists. Customers include Aretha Franklin, Beck, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Public Enemy, Nine Inch Nails, Ricky Skaggs, Paul Westerberg, MGM Studios, Warren G, Bjork, Moby, High School Musical cast members, Ali Lohan, Cirque Du Soleil, Starbucks and tens of thousands more.
By Bryan Baker, 2016-04-27
A fellow graphic artist and voiceover creator Alex, asked me where he can find royalty-free music for his voiceovers.
Google came to mind immediately for me since I've used its royalty-free beds a number of times for my corporate videos. But there are thousands of sources on the interwebs aren't there?
As you really get to looking it seems that "royalty-free" is not always royalty-free or even free at all. If you look closely at the licenses of the places advertising royalty-free music you always seem to find something in the fine print that makes it not so royalty-free. And you often actually have to pay to use the music without royalty which doesn't really make sense, but it does at the same time.
Welcome to the music business.
Sometimes you can use music in youtube videos but not in podcasts. Sometimes it's vice versa. Sometimes attribution is required, sometimes it's requested. The devil is hiding in the details and you don't want the devil calling next year with a bill -- so pay attention to the details; look around for the licensing pages on any website from which you're downloading music.
As you begin creating things which utilize source material, you'll need a way to keep track of it. Collaborating with experimental musicians at Tapegerm presented itself with a need to find a way to log all of the collaborators involved in my music, so I developed something of the sort for homemademusic.com. You can use it as part of the Supporting Subscription to keep track of all of your attribution and other credits as well.
While a lot of royalty-free music is available to use with a simple attribution, this won't work for uses where attribution just won't work, like for a voiceover. I guess you could slip it in there creatively and make it work, but it's probably likely you don't want to do that. In many such cases, a license is available for usage without attribution for a price. Be sure to understand when that is the case and pay as needed.
So when you're looking for music to use in your projects, be sure to check the licensing agreements. Make sure the agreements specifically lets you use the music for exactly where you're using it. If there is any question, ask.
Having said all of that, here's a growing list of places to find royalty-free music. If you have more to add to this list, let me know and I'll add it. If you find this list helpful, link to it on your website. I like links on your website. I like linking to your websites too.
Google has a good variety of music in its Audio Library, but you can only use it in videos and nowhere else, so my friend, Alex, is out of luck there. It was created as a source of background music for Youtube creators.
tapegerm.com has royalty-free loops you can use to construct music beds. Check out the Projects pages. Tapeworm is an experimental music collective so the sounds there aren't the usual variety of background pablum.
bensound.com has a good selection and wide variety of music beds you can use for various purposes. Podcasts are oddly excluded from the allowed uses. Probably voiceovers too.
incompetech.com has a large selection of music of varied styles with lots of search parameters. There are lots of ads too, but you're sophisticated. You can deal with it. It would hurt to click one if you're interested would it?
The Music Bakery has a lot of music. Each piece costs a little bit to use, but it's a one-time charge. Make sure to look at the license since it doesn't allow for certain uses. But for stuff like video and podcasts and voiceovers and other things, you're good to go probably. Said the non-lawyer dude in a blog post.
By Bryan Baker, 2015-05-08
pro-tools-expert.com has posted a video of Bob Clearmountain demonstrating how to record drums with two microphones using Apogee Duet.
By Bryan Baker, 2017-09-20
I published GAJOOB in print from 1987 to 1994 and then online from around 1990 onwards. Yes, 1990. GAJOOB first went digital as a Mac Docmaker-format zine, complete with sound samples in Unix AU format.
By Bryan Baker, 2015-05-06
Too often, when beginners plan their studio… They forget about the most important element of acoustic treatment, which is of course: Bass Traps. Because, while regular acoustic panels are great at absorbing mid-high range frequencies, they aren’t that good at handling the low-end…where recording studios experience the worst problems.
By Bryan Baker, 2017-04-26
I've been doing a lot of weeding out VSTs and arriving at a solid arsenal and Sean Divine's video about his top 10 really helped me. He's using Logic like me, but this should be helpful whatever the DAW you're using.
By Bryan Baker, 2017-04-11
So I'm considering this audio interface. I hear good things about it. It has 2 headphone outs. I'm coming from sort of an old school setup; a MOTU rack firewire interface which served me very well, even recording into a very old iBook with OS 9 and Bias Deck II as the DAW. Now I'm on a MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X.
I've purchased a couple entry level audio interfaces since moving to the new computer. An IK Multimedia Solo and a Behringer Onyx. I got the Onyx because I used to run a Mackie mixer into the MOTU and liked that setup so I wondered if the mixer setup on the Onyx is what I was looking for. Also I needed something to transfer all of my cassettes to digital. I'm not sure it works well for either purpose, to be honest. It was cheap though. I gave it a shot.
The IK Solo works alright. Seems like I have to fight it much more than I ever had to fight the MOTU. I've made a good track with it (see below), but constantly unplugging and plugging instruments drives me crazy. To avoid that, I've even thought of stepping up to the 18i20, but I really don't need all the outputs. I never used any outputs on the MOTU except the stereo main outputs and the speaker outputs. Also, I like the rack since I have a road rack case, but do I really need the hardware outboard effects still? I kinda don't think so.
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From the manufacturer:
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is ideal for musicians, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals simultaneously on your computer. Four natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency* and class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by a host of additional inputs and outputs; four extra line inputs, digital I/O, two main monitor outputs and two entirely discrete headphone outputs. An ADAT input allows you to expand with eight additional mic preamps for larger recording sessions. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To that end, Focusrite and Avid will continue to work together to ensure all Scarlett interfaces are thoroughly tested with the latest version of Pro Tools. Scarlett 18i8 is also compatible with all other major DAWs, on Mac and PC. Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. * Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2omri5H (supported link - thanks!)
By Bryan Baker, 2017-04-01
Homemade Music was started by GAJOOB Magazine's Bryan Baker (that's me) in 1999. At that time I wanted to have a niche site filled with albums by the home recording artists I was featuring in GAJOOB. It was fun for a while, but real life took a turn and I took a few years away from music to pick up the pieces. At least as many as I could. I'm still trying to do that, to be honest.
Now I've picked up this piece and I'm spending more time here. To me, Homemade Music is just something I love to do. I love making a good song and I love just playing around and exploring without structure. I also love connecting with other people into recording and collaborating on things.
So that's sort of what this site will be about -- just a place to hang out and play around with creating music. There's already a lot of cool things we can do. Share video, post stems or loops maybe; and songs of course. I'll be blogging and vlogging. Personally, I've never gone too far into the technical details of software, DAWs, MIDI and all that. I just go by feel. But if you're into technical you can get on a box here and talk shop as much as you like. It's all good. I do like to read about it all.
So please join in if you're home recording. I guess most musicians are these days. It's now the thing. It came true. Home recording killed the music industry. But now it's something different and I think it could be for the better if we decide to make it better.