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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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    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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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 4

    On The Record

    We've discussed how to set up your label and integrate it with the UK music business. But how you run it from day to day, and who you employ to help, is up to you. We look at how two own-label bosses manage...

    Music Business Dec 2002
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    The History Of Korg: Part 3

    40 Years Of Gear

    Cutting-edge innovation is by no means a guarantee of commercial success, but Korg have had a flair for both - although not always simultaneously. We look at how this continued to be true throughout the '90s to the present, when the company pushed the boundaries of physical modelling while refining their world-beating workstations.

    Music Business Dec 2002
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 3

    On The Record

    This series has already looked at the legalities of song ownership and how to make money from song publishing — but, as the head of your own label, you also make money from record sales. Like publishing income, however, it's not straightforward. We explain the basics...

    Music Business Nov 2002
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    The History Of Korg: Part 2

    40 Years Of Gear

    In the 1980s and early '90s, with Yamaha's help, Korg expanded dramatically, producing some of the first affordable digital recorders and physical-modelling instruments. But it was their world-class synths, such as the M1 and Wavestation, that made them the company they are today...

    Music Business Nov 2002

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