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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    This month, our US correspondent speaks to producers and engineers who have had to broaden their horizons in order to keep up with the ever-changing music industry.

    Music Business Apr 2011
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Energy drinks makers Red Bull and sportswear company Converse have both recently opened their own recording studios. But what does this mean for artists and smaller recording facilities?

    Music Business Mar 2011
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    TV Music From The Inside

    Notes From The Deadline

    What would happen if composers were paid to pitch their ideas? It might just be the end of Western civilisation...

    Music Business Feb 2011
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Two grassroots organisations show how their focus on the local music scene is helping studios survive in the new economic climate.

    Music Business Feb 2011
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    You might think that being a TV composer is a life of parties, beautiful women, fame, glory and dongles, but the reality is rather different. This unique chronological study plots the lifespan of a typical project.

    Music Business Oct 2010
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    A Guide To Contracts For Producers

    Deal Or No Deal?

    The role of the producer is changing, and whether you're freelancing for record companies or developing new bands independently, it's vital to put your relationship with label and artist on a solid legal footing.

    Music Business Jul 2008
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    How Your Music Earns You Money

    Alternative Revenue Streams

    With album sales in free-fall, alternative revenue streams are becoming ever-more important. We explain where todays songwriters can look to earn money from their music.

    Music Business Dec 2007
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    Start Your Own Record Label

    Marketing your music in a digital world

    The world of music retail is changing fast, with digital distribution bringing new opportunities for independent record labels. Our in-depth guide to starting, running and developing your own business will help you get up to speed.

    Music Business Sep 2007
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    Recording Contracts Explained

    A Guide To Contract Terms (Written By An Entertainment Lawyer)

    A recording contract might seem like the Holy Grail, but record labels are not charity concerns and their contracts are not set up with your interests in mind. Our guide to contract terms, written by an entertainment lawyer, explains what it all means and what the implications are for the artist.

    Music Business Apr 2007
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    10 Years Of Native Instruments

    Industry Profile

    As Native Instruments celebrate their 10th anniversary SOS goes behind the scenes at the company, remembers the highlights, and looks forward to the next decade in software instrument design.

    Music Business Oct 2006
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    Getting The Most From The MIDEM Show

    Networking & Doing Business

    The annual MIDEM conference is the music industry's biggest shop floor and networking opportunity — and whether you're an artist, a DJ or a producer, you can do business there. Read on...

    Music Business May 2006
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    FX Copyroom: Tape Salvage & Transfer

    Kevin Vanbergen

    We've seen some curious studios in SOS over the years, but not many have included a warehouse full of vintage hardware, Pro Tools HD rigs, and thermostatic ovens. But it's all part of the daily routine at FX Copyroom...

    Music Business Sep 2005
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    The History Of Roland: Part 5

    1998-2004

    As Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi celebrates his 75th birthday, we conclude our history of this innovative company by coming right up to the end of 2004...

    Music Business Mar 2005
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    The History Of Roland: Part 4

    1992-1997

    The recession of the early '90s was difficult for many companies — but not Roland. Diversifying still further from their roots as a maker of synthesizers and organs, they emerged stronger, encompassing almost every area of hi-tech musical instrument manufacture.

    Music Business Feb 2005
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    Creative Commons, Copyright & The Independent Musician

    New Approach To Copyright Licensing

    As the music industry struggles to adjust to the growing effects of the Internet on sales, even traditional concepts such as copyright are being reconsidered. We examine the Creative Commons movement and explain how it could be useful to musicians everywhere.

    Music Business Jan 2005
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    The History Of Roland: Part 3

    1986-1991

    Roland made their name with analogue synths and effects, but by the mid-1980s, they needed to go digital to remain competitive. It was a leap into the unknown for the company, but it ushered in a golden era...

    Music Business Jan 2005
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    The History Of Roland: Part 2

    1979-1985

    This month, we see how Roland survived some tricky times at the start of the 1980s, and how founder Ikutaro Kakehashi ensured that they were well-placed to take advantage of technological developments over the following few years.

    Music Business Dec 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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    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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    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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