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Monday, 28 March 2016
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There are many more than 5 reasons to check out and buy one of these new, affordable Aston Spirit and Origin microphones but here are the most important.  The price!  At around $250 for the Aston Origin cardiod condensor mic and about $400 for the Aston Spirit multi-pattern condensor mic, you will get ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2016 10:00 AM by Ken Barken
Monday, 21 March 2016
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As a music producer, I always pay careful attention to the reverb plugins my engineer, Dave Dillbeck, uses when he mixes.  Lately, Dave has been calling up 3 particular reverbs created by Valhalla DSP, all costing $50.  The first is ValhallaVintageVerb... VintageVerb has 15 meticulously designed ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2016 10:00 AM by Ken Barken
Monday, 14 March 2016
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There are a number of great DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations) on the market that you can use to make great home or professional recordings. Here are 4 quick reasons why I suggest you learn Pro Tools. 1. Pro Tools is widely accepted as the universal recording platform among industry professionals. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/14/2016 9:00 AM by Ken Barken
Monday, 07 March 2016
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I have been a producer / songwriter / studio owner for many years and I have worked with the best of the best engineers in the business.  We just started a new Pro Tools and Recording School at our Thirteen Degrees Studio and although I am not one of the Pro Tools instructors, I thought I would bolster ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2016 10:00 AM by Ken Barken
Thursday, 25 February 2016
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What are your goals as a musician?  This is a simple question but one that I often get complicated answers to.  In dealing with interns and recent music school graduates, I am always interested to hear what the students' plans and expectations are from the music business.  Many times there is no concise, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/25/2016 9:00 AM by Ken Barken
Monday, 22 February 2016
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I was just recently invited to join a new group by a friend of mine, and hit songwriter Frank Myers.  I had never heard of it but if Frank thought it was important enough to invite me I thought I would check it out.  It is called MusicAnswers.org.  From what I gather from looking at all of their YouTube ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/22/2016 10:00 AM by Ken Barken
Friday, 19 February 2016
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When I started as a songwriter only a few songwriter-tech-nerds knew anything about recording their own songs.  This is back when pro tools meant Matco or Snap-on.  We all wrote for publishing companies that took care of recording our demos in big fancy studios.  Those days are long gone and it is now ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2016 9:00 AM by Ken Barken
Monday, 15 February 2016
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  According to PayScale.com the average salary for an audio engineer in the US is between $25,765 - $82,108 per year, as of September 2015.  What determines whether or not someone earns a living as an audio engineer?  There are some basic answers to this question and some not-so-basic answers that ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2016 8:30 AM by Ken Barken
Thursday, 11 February 2016
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It is very distressing to me to see the trend in music licensing in a downward spiral.  As a partner at MasterRecs, I oversee the music library arm of the company, looking for places to license our production music in film, TV, commercials, video games, etc.  Every week I talk to new, incredibly talented ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2016 5:48 AM by Ken Barken
Thursday, 28 January 2016
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Here's a typical music search from, say, Acme Advertising Agency (no such thing...I think) for a new commercial.  Looking for very well known songs that are light and playful, either children's or with childlike innocence that speak to togetherness, community, friendship and all related themes.  Wow, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/28/2016 1:24 PM by Ken Barken
Friday, 22 January 2016
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An audio mixing engineer, or mix engineer, is an engineer who specializes in taking all of the recorded tracks of a song or composition and creating a final mix which combines and balances all of the recorded elements into a master recording.  A first-call mixer is a highly sought after, well-paid and ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/22/2016 9:43 AM by Ken Barken
Thursday, 14 January 2016
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If you have been thinking about jumping into music production or wanting to learn more about audio engineering, you will be thrilled to know that you can download the industry- standard audio workstation, Pro Tools, for free.  Avid Technology, Inc., the maker of Pro Tools wants you to learn Pro Tools ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2016 6:59 AM by Ken Barken
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
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As a partner of the music production company, MasterRecs, I can't tell you how many times I need to collaborate with musicians and singers by sharing Pro Tools files remotely.  Either a musician or singer is not in Nashville, or we are in a time crunch to complete a project and need some additional ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2016 5:52 AM by Ken Barken
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