Where to put your music as a beginning artist can be a daunting question. Every online service has pros and cons, and different programs work better for different genres, artists and scenes. Finding the right distribution method can be tough, and the industry is still going through growing pains when it comes to royalty payments.
[This post on the DIY Musician Blog was written by guest contributor Dave Kusek of New Artist Model.] You’ve worked long and hard on your new album, but all that work is for nothing if no one knows about it! That’s where promotion comes in.
Last week, CD Baby artists Shook Twins (a folk-pop band fronted by identical twin sisters) received an email from the producers of American Idol asking them to audition for the show. The email stipulated that the sisters “would have to audition INDIVIDUALLY OF COURSE!” Here’s how Shook Twins responded (quoted from the band’s Facebook page): Dear American …
How to tame the "Swiss army knife" of audio and video manipulation
This tutorial should enable you to install ffmpeg and the auxiliary libraries that will give ffmpeg support for various codecs. It'll then go on to explain the basics of what a video file is, how it's created by ffmpeg and how a media player takes it apart again to display the picture and give you the sound. Next, you'll find out how to influence the way the data is produced. Finally, I'll deal with more advanced topics such as merging several sources and introducing time differentials.