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    AIM: Association Of Independent Music

    Alison Wenham • Steve Johnston

    We would all like to make a living from selling our own music — but how would you actually go about it? The UK-based Association Of Independent Music offer some thoughts on how to cope with the opportunities and pitfalls of the modern music industry.

    People Nov 2004
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    Paul White.

    Keeping Hardware Alive

    Leader

    Editor In Chief, Paul White, believes that if the manufacturers of studio hardware outboard equipment still want to be building it in significant numbers in five years' time, then a system similar to the one he proposes in this article is the only thing he can see that will keep them in the game. Read on...

    People Nov 2004
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    The History Of Roland: Part 1

    1930-1978

    The Roland name is almost synonymous with music technology — there can't be an SOS reader who has not made use of their instruments at some time. As founder Ikutaro Kakehashi approaches his 75th birthday, we begin a journey through the company's extraordinary history...

    Music Business Nov 2004
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    The Engineers Who Changed Recording

    Fathers Of Invention

    Some of the legendary names in engineering and production didn't just make great records — they also invented equipment and techniques we take for granted today.

    People Oct 2004
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    Alternative Careers For Sound Engineers

    New Directions

    The music industry's down, but your passion for audio is still high. Fortunately, there are alternatives to working in the studio that can feed your fervency and still make you a living — perhaps even a better one.

    Music Business Jul 2004
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    Kid 606, Cex & The Tigerbeat6 Label

    Tiger Tales

    There's some amazing music being made in bedrooms these days. And bringing it to the wider public is the job of the Tigerbeat6 label, whose stars include label founder Kid 606 and Rjyan Kidwell, aka Cex.

    People Jun 2004
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    Vic Keary

    Thermionic Culture Valve Designs

    SOS talks to a British designer who thinks audio in the 21st century is still best served by tube.

    People Jun 2004
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    Educate Your Ears

    Leader

    If you've never heard top-quality recording gear with your own ears, what reference do you have when assessing mid-price and budget gear?

    People May 2004
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    Mic Manufacturing In The Far East

    Siwei Zou : SE Electronics

    Chinese manufacturing has brought the price of microphones down to levels unthinkable a few years ago. But does the quality suffer accordingly? SOS visited one of the biggest mic companies in China to find out...

    People Feb 2004
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    Digital Music Distribution

    What's In It For Musicians?

    The success of Apple's iTunes Music Store has revitalised online music sales, and not just for the major record labels. Plenty of home-based musicians are now selling music digitally, and making real money. Find out how...

    Music Business Feb 2004
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    Cutting Edge

    The Impact Of DVD

    Could DVD kill the CD but save the music industry? Cutting Edge wouldn't be surprised...

    Music Business Oct 2003
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    Steve Gibson & Dave Walters: Recreating Samples

    Rinse Productions

    The process of clearing samples can be financially crippling, as well as causing havoc with release schedules. Rinse Productions specialise in helping producers and labels by recreating problematic samples to order.

    People Sep 2003
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    Cracking Under Pressure?

    Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White explains why hardware is one way of reducing piracy in the music software industry.

    People Sep 2003
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    Digital Rights Management & Music

    A barrier to creativity?

    Music industry sources suggest that soon all CDs will have built-in copy protection, and plans are underway to fit PCs with a chip that will police audio use. Will this protect creative rights, or become a barrier to creativity?

    People Aug 2003
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    Paul White c.2003

    It's Not Over Until The Fat Computer Sings

    Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White ponders a future full of virtual pop stars...

    People May 2003
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    Tim Geraghty Of BMG Production Music

    The Big Production

    Production music will never be glamorous, but it can be very lucrative. As head of music production at one of the UK's largest libraries, Tim Geraghty is in the perfect position to offer advice to SOS readers with an eye on this market.

    People May 2003
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    Bob Moog

    Voyage Of Discovery

    Unquestionably the best-known name in synth design, in 2003 Bob Moog was still creating innovative electronic instruments. With the new Voyager synth about to hit the shops and the rights to use his own name restored, his star seems to be on the rise once again. SOS chats to this founding father...

    People Mar 2003
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 7

    On The Record

    In this final part of our series, we recap on the key things you need to consider before you start your own label, and take you through the process to the first release.

    Music Business Mar 2003
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    Steinberg & Pinnacle: The Buyout

    What It Means For You

    The shape of the music-technology market changed dramatically in 2002, with the two largest German music software companies gaining new ownership from American corporations. Have Steinberg reached the summit with Pinnacle?

    Music Business Mar 2003
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 6

    On The Record

    In Part 5 we explained how a label can create its own distribution channels by selling merchandise on the Internet. This month we examine dedicated distribution companies, and how the smaller companies can serve niche record labels.

    Music Business Feb 2003
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 5

    On The Record

    The earlier parts of this series explained how to set up your label. Now it's time to start looking at ways to get your recorded work out and on sale to the public.

    Music Business Jan 2003

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