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Journal Of an Audio Student: Lesson 3–Analog vs. Digital

It’s been a few months since we posted in this “Journal Of an Audio Student” series (go here, here, here and here to catch up), but as a reminder, I’ve been documenting my progress as a student of the Recording Connection Audio Institute, a mentor-apprentice course which is taken on-site in a real recording studio. I’m going through this program for my own enrichment as a DIY musician, and I’m really […]


Improving Performance: Vocals and Pitch

Here’s another adaptation from the “Polishing Your Performance” series of posts I wrote in 2010 for The Developing Artist. This one deals with vocals and singing on pitch. I was reminded of the importance of this just this week when I sat in on a vocal recording session with a local musical artist. I was impressed by the fact that he was very meticulous about making sure his vocals were […]


Improving Performance: Tips for Interacting With Your Audience

Here’s another nugget from the “Polishing Your Performance” series of posts on The Developing Artist, this time about live performance and interacting with your audience. No matter how good you are in the studio, most DIY musicians today rely heavily on live shows to get their name out there and to build a following. You can’t phone this in, or your audience will notice and won’t take you seriously. Hopefully, […]


Finding a Niche: A Key to DIY Success (part 1)

If you look at the career of pretty much any musical artist who has found success (DIY or otherwise)—and you should be studying such artists if you are serious about this thing yourself—you will find a common thread among all of them: they found a niche. That is, they found something within their music, their persona, their talent or their identity that was just a little bit different from everything […]


Improving Performance: Find the Beat

A few years ago, I wrote a series on The Developing Artist called “Polishing Your Performance”, focusing on different ways DIY musicians (or any musician, for that matter) could improve their skills. The piece below is adapted from that series, and deals with one of the simplest yet most important aspects of good musicianship: finding the beat. It seems like this is so simple it should be obvious, but I’m […]


What? You’re a DIY Musician, and You’re Not On YouTube??

There’s this unfortunate irony that by the time you get wind of a new trend and manage get on the bandwagon, chances are the trend has already peaked. But in the case of DIY musicians finding success on YouTube, there’s still time to get on board if you haven’t already. Not only is online video becoming a dominant force on the InterWebs, but YouTube in particular has become a social […]


Multiple Income Streams for DIY Musicians

Let’s get this part out of the way: making a living as a DIY musician is tough. Even with all the avenues that have opened up for us in recent years (i.e., the Internet, digital recording, YouTube and social networking), relatively few DIY musicians have built a big enough fan base to support their careers on a full-time basis. Even fewer become rich doing it. Yes, being a DIY musician […]


Watch David Grohl Deliver SXSW 2013 Keynote Address

For a guy whose band has been (sort of) on hiatus, Dave Grohl has been in the news a lot lately—from his consistent outspoken-ness in favor of old-school analog recording, to his recent quasi-Nirvana reunion (with Paul McCartney) at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, to his indie documentary “Sound City”, for which he assembled an all-star soundtrack and now-touring supergroup Sound City Players. And now, he follows in the […]


Music Piracy: Resist Or Adapt?

The article below was first published on The Developing Artist. Given the recent reports that music sales have finally started to become profitable again (suggesting that the effects of music piracy are on the wane), I thought it was a good time to brush the dust off this one, especially considering that some of the things I discuss in this post seem to be coming to pass. Enjoy!   Music […]


DIY Musicians: The Balance Between Just Doing It, and Doing It Right

This article is adapted from a piece I posted two years ago at The Developing Artist. DIY musicians face an ongoing dilemma between spending huge amounts of money (which they may not be able to afford) on their recordings, or cutting corners just to get  their music out there. I discuss these issues in the post below. Enjoy!   Despite that fact that modern technology has made it easier for […]


Avoiding the Subculture of Mediocrity

Let’s face it: being a DIY musician (or an independent artist of any stripe, for that matter) is a lonely business. Not only is there a lot of stuff you have to do on your own besides music (booking, networking, promotion, all that good stuff), but it’s also very easy to get discouraged at rejection or an apparent lack of progress. For most of us, it takes a lot of […]


The Tortoise and the Hare: Pitfalls of Instant Success [2012 In Review]

As today we wrap up our month-long look back at some of MIMO’s more intriguing pieces from 2012, we wanted to highlight this gem written back in June, “The Tortoise and the Hare: Why Instant Success Could Be Bad For Your Career”–an interesting take on the pitfalls of instant stardom. DIY musicians, take note, and learn. –Ed   As kids, many of us heard the fable “The Tortoise and the […]


Is It Necessary to Master Your Recording Project? [2012 In Review]

This month, we’re reviewing some of our favorite MIMO posts from 2012. This post, originally published last September, contains some sound advice (get it?) for DIY musicians on the question of whether it’s necessary to master your recording project. Enjoy! -Ed So, you’re an indie band or artist, and you’ve just finished tracking your latest recording project. You’ve got the overdubs done, and you’ve done a final mixdown, and you’re […]


Journal Of an Audio Student: Changing Studios

Continuing my video diary documenting my journey as an audio engineering apprentice through the Recording Connection…the video below describes an issue I encountered during my studies, and how the school’s Student Services resolved the problem by having me change studios.  The quick manner in which they acted showed that they were committed to making sure I had the best experience possible.     Since my last post, I’ve had a […]

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