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5 Techniques For Making Your Programmed Drums Sound Realistic

3Unless you have the right friend, or enough money to hire a studio musician, finding and honest-to-goodness drummer for your recording project can be a challenge. Luckily, with the right production techniques, programmed drums can be made to sound almost as realistic.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Maximizing Productivity • Sound System • Innovative Music Companies • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how to maximize your productivity, what to keep in mind when purchasing sound equipment, some innovative music companies to keep an eye on in 2019, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Resources • Music Career • Inspiration • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared five innovative resources for bands in a band, weighed in on whether music could actually be a good career choice, looked at the ways in which intelligent artists seek inspiration, and more.

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Is Going Into Music A Good Career Move?

2While many conscientious parents may be eager for their children to take music lessons, the prospect of a full on career in music might be met with less enthusiasm, with guardians often concerned about the income and stability of their charges. Here we look at some of the pros and cons, and whether the music business can provide a suitable career.

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Gig Transportation: Get The Show On The Road

2Whatever sort of musician or performer you are, getting your art on the road and out into the world is key to your success. Here we look at how to arrange your transportation so that you can tour affordably without inviting disaster.

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Live Music, Merch Sales Management Strategies

1While a live performance is hopefully a thrill for all those involved, both on and off stage, it's important to remember that making these events a positive experience requires careful planning around the practical logistics of admission sales and merch.

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3 Free Apps Every DIY Rapper Should Be Using In 2019

3While there are certainly a myriad of apps out there designed to help with music creation and promotion, not all of them are as beneficial as they claim. Here we look at three which do live up the hype which every DIY rapper should be using in 2019.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Avoid Open Mics • Hip-Hop Social Media • Write A Song • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on why you should really avoid open mics, how social media has made hip-hop about rapping again, how to write a song (from the best in the biz) and more!

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How Spotify Pre-Save Is Leading A Shift In Digital Music Marketing

1Catering to your fanbase is a key part of successful music marketing, and Spotify's new pre-save option - which gives fans the option of adding as-yet unreleased music their library, allows artists to engage with their listeners early, and ensures listeners don't miss out on the latest tracks.

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Are Tribute Bands Legal?

2An integral part of the music industry, tribute bands seem to be only growing in popularity, with countless artists playing thousands of shows a year in masterful recreations of some of music's biggest names, and while these bands' success may not be up for debate, it does beg the question, just how legal are they?

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What Your Band's Website Truly Needs

1How you market your website makes all the difference heavy traffic and a digital ghost town, and just like marketing your music, requires a carefully composed strategy with a product that will leave fans coming back for more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Tour Expenses • Public Brands • Living As A Singer • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how professional musicians can effectively manage expenses on tour, what happens when public brands change in the music business, how to make a living as a singer, and more.

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5 Reasons To Learn Music Production For Your Band's Benefit

4These days, a career in the music business rarely consists of just writing and performing songs, and independent artists looking to make it in the current music industry should also be working to hone their production skills, for the sake of both their and their band's success.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Threatin • Therapy • Delicate Instruments • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors explored the curious case of the largely artificial band Threatin, how music therapy can help with addiction recovery, the best way to responsibly store delicate instruments, and more!

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Apple Music To Grow To 164M Users As iTunes Crashes [Morgan Stanley]

Apple music cardsApple Music will continue its growth trajectory, according analysts at  Morgan Stanley.  Over the next five years, Apple Music's 5% market penetration will expand to 14%of a growing user base of Apple's products, driving a 28% revenue growth.  Apple Music is predicted to grow to 164 million users by 2023.

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How To Make An Audience Feel Nostalgic Using Music

1Nostalgia can be a powerful tool for artists to harness, particularly when it comes to marketing to adults, and while directly copying music from their childhood by be legally suspect, there are a number of other ways to use elements from their past to evoke musical nostalgia.

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7 Top Marketing Strategies For Artists

2For a lot of artists, marketing doesn't come easily and, particularly given how deeply personal a lot of songwriting is, immediately shifting into shameless self-promotion mode can be difficult. Unfortunately, marketing is an essential yet increasingly part of being successful as a musician. Here we look at seven strategies that can make things easier.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Remote Collaboration • Millennials • Online Mixing • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the future of remote music collaboration, the ways in which millennials are changing the music industry, how to find the right mixing engineer for your project, and more.

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Millennials Are Changing The Music Industry: Here's How

3Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.

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How I Created A $300 Fan Generated Music Video

1While creating music videos is an important segment of an artist's music promotion, such endeavors are frequently expensive and time-consuming. In this interview Ariel Hyatt speaks with Eli Lev about how he did things a little more frugally with the help of fans.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Fanbase • Inspiration • Record Keeping • Studio Contracts • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at the source of inspiration for new music, why careful record keeping in a band is so important, which contracts studio producers should be familiar with, and more!

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Contracts Studio Producers Should Be Familiar With

1Studio producers and sound engineers typically require certain types of contracts in their work, so familiarizing yourself with such legal documents early can benefit you in the long run. Here we look the circumstances under which sound engineers should maintain ownership of work, vs. when a one-off fee is appropriate.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Production Mistakes • MMA • Horror Music • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on the most common production mistakes made by DIY musicians, how the MMA benefits engineers and producers, what makes for great horror soundtrack, and more!

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Benefits For Producers, Engineers In Music Modernization Act

1At long last the comprehensive and sweeping Music Modernization Act has been signed into law, affecting industry professionals everywhere. While the legislation was certainly surrounded by its share of controversy, we here look at some of the upsides to the act.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Copyright In China • Music Venue Maintenance • Booking • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, we explore the complexities of securing your copyright in China, how to properly maintain your music venue, the most effective way to book shows, and more!

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