A Quick EQ Checklist To Help You Mix Like A Pro

Guest post by Soundfly

Want some more sizzle on a cymbal, or maybe a little less boominess on that acoustic guitar? By using equalizers (or EQs, for short) to manipulate the frequency content of a signal, you can gain more control over how your tracks sound.

How the Pros Use EQ

If you’re relatively new to mixing, it’s helpful to understand how professional sound engineers use EQ so you know what you should be working towards — and the rookie mistakes you should avoid.

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Album Or EP? How To Decide What To Release Next

In a musical landscape dominated by singles and playlists, some bands might be tempted to forgo making albums and EPs altogether and just release single after single instead, but bands continue to release multiple songs together all at once because it’s the best way of making an impactful, sweeping artistic statement. But choosing whether to release a few songs together on an EP or devoting energy toward releasing a full-length album isn’t always a simple decision.

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5 Ways To Transform Your Music Career Using Mindset

At ReverbNation, we give you a lot of concrete tips and tools on how to get ahead in your music career. Things like how to sell out your hometown show, how to make your mailing list stand out, or how to boost your career through community involvement.

But one thing that doesn’t get talked about, yet holds immense power in the outcome of your career is something that already resides within each and every one of us — our mindset.

Without the right tools in our arsenal, we’re bound to experience more failures, frustrations, and setbacks, and at the center of those tools is our mindset. Lucky for us, it’s one of the few tools that’s totally free and 100% under our control. Use it correctly, and it can transform the way people see you and the rate at which your career takes off. Pretty powerful stuff, right?

I’ve outlined 5 ways you can start changing the way you approach your career today, just by tweaking your mindset. Go into this with an open mind, employ these tactics, and watch as opportunities begin to show themselves to you, people begin to seek you out, and your career begins to transform.

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How To Tame Nerves Before A Big Show

After working hard to create meaningful music, it can be incredibly exciting when your band starts to get opportunities like opening up big shows. But unfortunately, the thought of playing to a packed crowd often comes hand-in-hand with debilitating performance anxiety for some people, including everyone from members of newer inexperienced bands to seasoned music veterans.

While some performers get nothing more than the feeling of butterflies in their stomach before an important show, performance anxiety is a major issue for some musicians no matter their age and level of talent. But if you’re someone struggling to tame nerves during performances, don’t despair. Here’s some tips:

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How To Write The Perfect Email Pitch

When you’re running a DIY PR campaign, there are a few crucial components that you have to get right: relationship building, strong content, timing, and impeccable email etiquette. It’s that last one that tends to trip people up right as they feel like they start to get their footing. After all, we’re a culture of abbreviations, misspellings, social media, and honestly most of us have no clue how to craft an email that’s professional enough to get the attention of editors and gain respect, while still being casual enough that it feels like a human being wrote it.

As a publicist and blogger I write and read a lot of pitches, and there are a few things I’ve noticed as stand out Dos and Don’ts of pitches over the years.

Let’s start with the things you should avoid doing:

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How To Promote Your Band On A Tight Budget

By Ged Richardson, Founder of Zing Instruments, runs us through five tips on how to promote your band on a tight budget.

Promoting a band is hard enough when you have the backing of a label. But when you’re just starting out, like many of us are, and your marketing budget is less than zero you’re going to have to get creative with how you get your name out there. You’re going to have to, in a word, hustle.

So let’s take a look at some stealth tactics for how to promote your band on a tight budget.

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5 Ways To Tell If Your Vocals Have Too Much Processing

When working with the endless options of vocal effects in today’s average digital audio workstation (DAW), it can be very tempting to go overboard. It’s like having a huge, free buffet in front of you — of course you’re going to want some of everything. But that doesn’t mean you need to put chocolate on pizza or eat four plates until you get sick. Several artists get away with large swaths of effects on their vocals. Look at Radiohead for example. Their seminal album Kid A opens with the song “Everything In Its Right Place,” in which singer Thom Yorke’s voice is reversed, looped, pitched up & down, and drenched in a variety of distorting effects. However, above all of those vocal FX lies Yorke’s clear human, emotive singing voice. So, when experimenting with effects like Radiohead, be on the lookout for these five signs that your vocals have too much processing.

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The ReverbNation Guide To Basic Music Theory: Part 1

What is it about music theory that has the power to inspire boredom, hatred or even fear in musicians? Humans usually don’t care for what they don’t understand, so it makes sense that even the most seasoned musicians sometimes yawn or shudder at the thought of music theory, a topic that’s benefits are frequently undersold and basic concepts poorly explained. But learning just a few music theory concepts is a powerful tool that every musician can use for writing, performing and understanding music. Rather than being a dusty set of rules that you’ll never apply to anything in your daily life, music theory is brimming with living ideas that can completely change the way you hear and create music.

This is part one of a special ReverbNation basic music theory guide. By the end of this guide, you’ll have everything you need to understand intervals, scales, chords, the circle of 5ths and other important music theory ideas. But before I walk you through the basic principles found in music theory, I need to tell you why it’s such an important thing for musicians to become familiar with.

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