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Youtube and music industry – A war for supremacy

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If you are to listen to various individuals from the music industry, then you would think that Youtube is one of the worst things that could ever happen to us. In short, they see Youtube as a streaming service that is taking money out of their pockets as the site allows the upload of videos even though copyright laws forbid them. The truth isn’t as simple as this as no video can stay on Youtube if it doesn’t follow copyright rules.

The majority of singers support this stance against Youtube, even though they all have dedicated Youtube profiles. It’s hard to see any single release from a famous singer without them being involved with Youtube. These double standards are something that Youtube doesn’t have any problems with.

Different views of this streaming site

Many older musicians and other players from the world of music have negative opinions about Youtube and other similar streaming services. They don’t want things to change, and they use all possible copyright rules and loopholes to fight against streaming sites.

On the other hand, you have young artists and those that want to become singers who see Youtube as a site that can help them leave a mark on the music industry. Many young people find that this streaming service is an excellent promoting option as it doesn’t require any investments. They see this streaming service as a platform at which they can post their videos and get almost instant feedback on whether they are doing good or not.

Young people that have talent might not have enough money to record a song or two in a professional studio. They might also have excellent writing tastes and an ear for a great tune, but the lack of money can be an obstacle they can’t pass. But Youtube is free, and anyone can post a video there.

Young people love this site because it allows them to “shoot at the stars” without having to invest thousands of dollars beforehand.

Youtube is an alternative

bearIt’s safe to say that Youtube presents an alternative to the old way of creating successful musicians. Now, many individuals claim that it ruins the music industry as there are other ways for people to make a breakthrough in this scene. But only those that want to succeed in the realm of pop and mainstream music can rely on various music shows and similar events where they can present their talent in front of people who matter. And only a few of them will get the chance to succeed.

People whose talents will work well in genres that aren’t mainstream pop and hip-hop have to rely on streaming services to get the attention of other people. Youtube is the best streaming site when it comes to getting attention. Any individual that has a great voice and an ear for the tune can do a cover of a famous song and draw the attention of the audience. All that is left after that is to continue the good work and write songs that will attract producers and other necessary parties.

Best microphones on the market

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Those people who don’t plan on doing their research can read through this short list of microphones. All entries in this article are excellent for studio recording. Some of them are good for one genre, while others excel at producing superior vocals for other styles.

Remember, this is a short introduction of these microphones. Check detailed reviews of each product before you purchase one of them. This will prevent you from buying a mic that doesn’t work well in the environment you operate in.

Audio-Technica AT2035 – A microphone for rappers

If you are an upcoming rapper, then you should buy Audio-Technica AT2035. This 200+ dollars microphone is an excellent choice for rappers because it has a high-pass filter that gives off a flat response that eliminates the background noise and accentuates the sound of the voice. People also use it for acoustic guitars and other acoustic instruments due to its ability to capture singular sounds at high quality.

Audio-Technica is known for excellent mics with USB connectivity that are cheaper than this model. However, the quality of the sound, that comes with XLR connectivity, of this microphone off-sets the price difference.

Shure – Delivering Excellency at the price of cheap knock-offs

Shure SM-27-SC is one of the best microphones when it comes to quality versus price. It costs only 270 dollars, which places it between high-quality mics that cost up to one thousand dollars and cheap knock-offs you can buy for less than one hundred dollars. SM-27-SC is a microphone that is superior to mics in the same price range due to neutral frequency response as well as a low-frequency filter with which you can play.

This product is an excellent purchase because you can use it for more than just recording vocals. Indeed, SM-27-SC can record everything from acoustic guitars and drums to electrical guitar tabs. This versatility means that you get a lot from one product that has an affordable price and a reputable brand name on top of everything.

MXL 770 – A perfect microphone

MXL 770People who lack money can always buy the MXL 770 as it is an excellent mic. This model is over fifteen years old, and it still can compete with products that are two or three times more expensive. So, if your budget is one hundred dollars then don’t hesitate and buy this product as it costs only 75 bucks.

May news – The world of popular music

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There is always something exciting happening in the world of popular music. May is a month in which we saw many exciting announcements and music releases and considering that this month isn’t over, it will be packed with more exciting news.

Billboard Hot 100 No.1 goes to Childish Gambino

The most important news of this month is that Drake fell from the No.1 place of the Billboard Hot 100. This was a surprise as everyone thought that he would retake his No.1 with the next song. This place was overtaken by Childish Gambino and his hit single “This is America.” News about this overshadowed many exciting things that also happened during this month.

Third teaser track of the Lykke Li’s fourth album

The hype surrounding fourth solo album of Lykke Li called “So sad so sexy” picks up the pace. This happened on Mother’s Day due to the release of the third preview called “Utopia.” The video for this teaser includes home movies of the artist along with her mother and son. She said that this video and this album are the things that her mother wanted for her as well as the thing she wanted to do for her mother. The album will hit the market on the 8th of June.

A pleasant surprise for Christina Aguilera fans

ccThe musical silence of Christina Aguilera that lasted six years was broken earlier this month with the release of her first single from the upcoming album “Liberation.”  The second single of the upcoming album, called “Twice” hit the radio stations earlier this day. This song is the last teaser of the album that will get the release in June. Christina Aguilera will go on an American tour once the album is released. This will be the first American tour after ten years, and everyone is eagerly waiting for it.

May was an exciting month, but the June is set to be even better. Not only will we enjoy in new releases from stars that weren’t active for years, but we will also be able to listen for songs of current stars. Continue following our page for more news from the world of mainstream music.

Choosing a microphone for recording vocals

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One of the hardest things when it comes to the creation of a song is to select a microphone you will use to record vocals. This isn’t an easy decision, and it shouldn’t be due to the sheer number of factors that affect it.

Buying a perfect microphone is all about knowing about parameters within which you will work and using them to find the best product. The following parameters will give you some idea of what it takes to buy a product that will do everything you want.

A step-by-step guide to buying a microphone

The first thing you will want to consider is the budget with which you are working. The best microphones can cost up to several thousand dollars, and they are probably out of your reach. The budget will give you a basic idea of which products to look for.

The next thing you will have to consider is the environment where you will record vocals. There is a big difference between a professional studio, an amateur studio, and your room. This also affects the amount of additional equipment you will have to buy.

If you don’t want to bother with these things, then buy a condenser microphone with a price that falls within your budget. They are best for any studio, and you won’t make a big mistake if you buy one. However, it’s better to invest some time into research and buy a mic that will work excellently rather than just being OK.

The next thing to think about is the connectivity of a mic. The cheapest p[rodducts have 3.5mm connection, and you should avoid them. You will see products like this in karaoke joints because they are cheap and the quality of the sound is low. You can go for USB microphones, but that isn’t the best option. The best option is to buy a microphone with an XLR connector as it produces the sound that is superior to everything else.

What else to keep in mind

Many people will blow their budget on a microphone and several other pieces of hardware and forget about small things that support the whole thing. You shouldn’t do that as it will blow up your budget. Make a list of everything you need to buy and calculate the costs before you start buying things. This will prevent you from spending all money and still being unable to create music due to lack of some additional equipment.

Recording microphones – A guide to recording music

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Microphones play an essential part in recording a song. Every studio uses more than a dozen different microphones in the recording process. This number might sound high if you know little about the recording process. You probably don’t know that every microphone is different and thus it works well with some instruments and genres and is useless in others.

The first thing you have to know about microphones is that there are two prominent types, condenser, and dynamic mics. One model works well with some instruments while the other is excellent with others.

A basic comparison between microphones

The first type of comparison is the frequency response. Instruments that have a high frequency (piano, cymbals and acoustic guitars) work well with condenser mics. On the other hand, dynamic mics are great for recording low and mid-frequency instruments (drums and electric guitars). This is a simple comparison (the complex one is too long for this post). We won’t mention vocal recording mics because they deserve more words than one or two paragraphs in this one.

Seven additional comparisons give you more info about these two microphone types. If you have time and will then do some research on this to find which model is better. You, as an amateur musician, will probably buy only one or two mics for your instruments and thus you want to know which one to buy, without having to read too much into this subject.

Which instrument recording microphone should you buy?

If you run an amateur studio, then you know that choosing a microphone for recording instruments isn’t something you can do without any thinking. In general, many young and upcoming musicians and amateur studio owners buy condenser mics because they are superior for studio recording. This is wrong as there isn’t better or worse microphone for recording as none of them is good for everything.

You have to remember that there are nine sub-categories of microphones and big recording studios use several of each sub-category. So, the best way to buy a mic is to research which one is the best for instruments you will use and stick with it until you get more money to fund the purchase of other microphones.

Mainstream music trends in 2018

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The world of mainstream music relies on patterns to deliver products that people will love. Almost every artist in the mainstream world looks for trends they can use to reach the top of charts. Drake is one of the artists that do this well which is why his songs are almost always No.1 on charts.

So, the biggest question of late 2017 was what type of trends would dominate 2018. Trends we mention in this article are active at the moment. Now, whether any of them will result in something significant is not a thing anyone can guess. Speculation on this is possible, but that is a waste of time, at best.

Trends of the famous music scene

The split of the One Direction opened a door for new boy bands to take on the stage and grab the attention of teenagers. And many big producers have tried to gather a group of handsome and talented teenagers who could work together as a group. The majority of those that tried failed miserably as their boy bands were unable to impress people. However, several succeeded and they created PrettyMuch and Why Don’t We. These two boy bands are already grabbing the hearts of young girls, and they aren’t leaving any room for other groups to use this trend to become stars.

gigDespacito is a song that kick-started the revolution of Latin pop music. This song started a trend where all significant stars want to work with Spanish speaking artists to create songs that would cater to Spanish speaking Americans, of which there are a lot of. Some of the big stars already did it, but everything changes in 2018 as this trend is becoming more popular among singers.

The latest trend in 2018 is the involvement of the Youtube with the music scene. This streaming giant wants a piece of the pie, and they already introduced several things that make their entrance into the music scene interesting. Producers are trying to avoid this, and this leads to the focus on pop music over hip-hop. This means that less and fewer hip-hop songs will hit the top of the charts if the Youtube doesn’t do something about it.

Studio equipment that pros use

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No modern song you see in charts could exist without dedicated work of the recording studio. Now, you have different studios that cater to stars, but all of them employ professionals who use top-notch equipment to record songs and turn them into hits you listen on the radio.

A professional recording studio owns a plethora of different equipment which they use to record songs. Some of the equipment pieces are cheap while others are expensive. The price matters as high-quality tools cost a lot of money. This is why recording a song in such studio is extremely expensive. But some devices will work well even if their price is low.

Less-known recording studio devices everyone uses

Now, this article will take a look at some of the tools that big studios use. Some of the devices you will read about are less-known even though they are essential in the recording process.

Almost every digital recording device contains a master clock. This device syncs different digital samples you input. This is highly useful as it can synchronize four or five (even more if you want) samples you input from different equipment pieces. Many people don’t know, but only one device has a master clock, while others act as slaves. If that weren’t the case, then it wouldn’t be possible to sync all samples as all devices would try to do it at the same time. Big studios use standalone master clocks as it makes everything easier.

knobsAnother device that all studios use is a digital converter. Once again, many devices have it, but only the top studios use standalone digital converters. These can cost up to several thousand dollars per device which is why only the wealthiest studios buy them.

Analog software is a thing of the past, or so you would think. You won’t find this equipment anywhere but top recording studios. They do this due to the sound that analog hardware creates. According to the pros, this type of equipment creates the music that is superior to plugins that digital devices have.

You don’t have to use equipment, top studios use, to create music that could bring you success. The tune, voice and the lyrics are what will propel you toward stars.

The evolution of pop music in last 30 years

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Every half-decent news site covers pop music and its artists because that is what people want to read about. The world of the famous singers is something that regular people want to know about because that is something above them, something they can’t reach.

Studies that focus on mainstream music increased in number in the last decade due to the need to deliver exciting news about this industry. Writing about artists and their private lives are one thing, but not every pop music fan wants to read what their favorite singer ate that morning.

Quite a significant portion of people want to know about their stars and what they do, but not all of them want to read about that every single day. Some more critical articles must exist so they can give pop fans, and those that don’t listen to that music, some subjects and some info about the whole industry.

Happiness and sadness in pop music – How pop evolves

Pop has been a part of mainstream music since it appeared more than fifty years ago. It still plays an essential role in the mainstream. It stayed relevant through the continuous evolution of both the tune and the lyrics.

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The study that took more than half a million songs released in the UK in last thirty years came up with some interesting facts that touch on the evolution of pop.

The first conclusion came from the categorization of songs by the mood they produce. It states that songs became sadder as the years passed. Happiness and brightness went down at the same pace at which the sadness went up. This doesn’t mean that all songs at the moment are sad, but the majority of them have lyrics that invoke the sense of sorrow.

The second classification took into account the overall tune of pop songs. The results point to the music changing to become more danceable. Lyrics can be either sad or happy, but the melody is always fast-paced, and that caters to the young audience.

Lyrics – Losing relevance in mainstream music

The last classification took a look into the evolution of words in pop music and its comparison with other emerging genres. The conclusion is that the words lost their importance in the music in the last decade or so. The catchiness of the tune is what attracts people to a song. This, however, is only restricted to pop and other mainstream music.

Music is the reflection of the society

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The fact that music reflects the community is well-known for more than a century. This is why the investigation of tribes that lived in the past is conducted through exploration of their way of life, which includes music.

People like to express their state of being through songs. This applies to everything from the genre and tune to lyrics. The downfall of one style and the rise of another means that the culture is changing and people are looking for different means to express themselves.

What does this mean?

This means that we can analyze the songs and see what kind of the society either existed or still exists. This allows us to examine the modern society and see what place in our world the music has and how it interacts with the culture.

If you take a look in the past, then you can quickly recognize the state of society through the songs that existed through the time. Sixties are memorable through the rise of rock and other genres that expressed the freedom and rebellious nature of the people of that time.

Seventies were full of rock and hard rock bands with the emergence of metal in last few years of the decade. This reflected the freedom people acquired which allowed them to express their opinions without fearing for their safety.

The modern music in a modern age

headphonesThe contemporary age took a somewhat different turn when it comes to the connection between the society and the music. The state of the community stopped affecting the music (in a way). The variety of songs started shaping the culture in turn.

Mainstream music follows trends to cater to the society and to change how it perceives the world. This is different than how it was in the past. But this doesn’t mean that there aren’t music genres that represent the people. Hard rock, metal, hip-hop (not the mainstream) are just some of the styles that express the feeling of people who don’t act like sheep and listen what is most popular at the moment. Then some artists bring the sentiments of the society into mainstream music because they adapt to the popular trends.

The refreshing “This is America” takes the No.1

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“This is America” is a song by the artist known as Childish Gambino and it took the No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from Drake. Now, everyone thought that Drake would keep the first position throughout the year as every song he released got there.

But, “This is America” is something that allowed us to take a look at the present state of the mainstream music and see what kind of trends exists at the moment. This article is less news and more analysis of the favorite music.

How did the “This is America” reach No.1

It’s safe to say that visual aesthetics of the popular music play a major part in the popularity of a song. This song is proof of that. The popularity of “This is America” skyrocketed after the release of the video, and that made some people question whether the audio is important at all.

Well, no video will make a song popular if it doesn’t have a good tune. Childish Gambino and his associates knew that, and therefore they went on to create a song that has a melody that comforts with the trends in the industry. This alone couldn’t lift the song to the No.1.

Childish GambinoWhat made this song famous are the lyrics. “This is America” is a song that touches on civil and political subjects and that is something this industry didn’t have in a long time. Yes, there are rebel songs, but they don’t belong to the mainstream music, and therefore they don’t count. However, even these lyrics couldn’t make this song into what it is now, even though Childish Gambino went to be a guest at “Saturday Night Live.”

The official video of the song pushed it to the No.1. It was provocative enough for people to watch it several times and discuss the content on various forums and social networks. Those discussions introduced the song to other people.

Now, whether the video is politically correct or not doesn’t matter. Childish Gambino achieved the goal with this video and whether this will have a positive or negative effect on the industry is still unknown.