Independent Musicians Are Becoming the Future of the Music Industry

Independent Musicians Are Becoming the Future of the Music Industry

Stereotypes of professional musicians tend to stick to one pole or another — they're either a world-famous, arena-touring troubadour with a luxurious lifestyle, or they're down on their luck playing in a dive while forgoing a "normal job." Take a look at reality and you'll find plenty who are something in between: the independent artist who aims to make ...

7 Ways to Get Unusual Vocal Effects with Izotope Plug-Ins

7 Ways to Get Unusual Vocal Effects with Izotope Plug-Ins

Clean edits, tonal balance, a brilliant EQ, perfect dynamics, and tasteful ambience—this article is about none of that! Instead we’re going to examine how Nectar 3, RX Elements, VocalSynth 2, and a few bonus goodies, can help you achieve interesting, esoteric, exciting new vocal effects. 1. Harmony vocals with Nectar 3 If you need quick harmony vocals, N ...

Permut 8 User Guide

Permut 8 User Guide

Permut8 is an effect plug-in that embraces the sounds of primitive digital signal processing hardware. It is programmable to produce a wide range of effects from traditional delays and flangers to beat-repeaters, bit-crushers and yet unheard of circuit bent madness. At its core is a 12-bit digital delay with variable sample rate from 0 to 352 khz. The de ...

The 25 Best Female Jazz Singers of All Time

The 25 Best Female Jazz Singers of All Time

There is no shortage of talented vocalists, but the best female jazz singers possess unique voices which hold their own against their male counterparts. By Charles Waring Ever since jazz was born at the dawn of the 20th Century, women have been – and continue to be – a minority in what is a largely male-dominated world. There is, however, one area of the ...

Science-Backed Office Music Playlists for Productivity

Science-Backed Office Music Playlists for Productivity

1) Classical Music One of the most frequently cited studies related to music and productivity is the "Mozart Effect," which concluded that listening to Mozart for even a brief period each day can boost "abstract reasoning ability." The study -- led by researchers Gordon Shaw, Frances Rauscher, and Katherine Ky -- employed 36 Cal-Irvine students who were ...

Top 25 Relaxing & Calming Songs to Chill To

Top 25 Relaxing & Calming Songs to Chill To

Hakuna Matata , what a wonderful thing. It means no worries. So if you're feeling stressed, fear not. Billboard Dance has you covered with a relaxing music playlist of calming and peaceful songs from established headliners and up-and-comers alike. Hit play to enter a mellow and soothing state of mind with these relaxing and calming music favorites. Relax ...

The Best Metal on Bandcamp: June 2019

The Best Metal on Bandcamp: June 2019

metal Programming note: Two of the best heavy albums of the month aren’t strictly metal albums, and they were made by folks I’ve worked with in various capacities that would make it a conflict to write about them at length. But do yourself a favor and check out Cave In’s Final Transmission and Pelican’s Nighttime Stories. Now, on to this month’s picks. V ...

Last Year's Rumored Daft Punk Leak Has Been Revealed

Last Year's Rumored Daft Punk Leak Has Been Revealed

Back in March of 2018, Reddit was sent into a frenzy after someone claimed they found a clip of a leaked Daft Punk track on SoundCloud. A mysterious Soundcloud user with the handle “User19972001200420132019” uploaded a track titled ‘x’, which spans just 17 seconds. The short clip features a classic French electro motif with deep robot vocals possessing a ...

A Tasty Night in Dublin Shane Macgowan’S Top 5 Restaurants

A Tasty Night in Dublin Shane Macgowan’S Top 5 Restaurants

Shane MacGowan: songwriter, hellraiser, poet frontman. The Pogues lead singer has a long relationship with Glasgow, playing memorable shows at the Barrowlands around Christmas time when their hit Fairytale of New York is an anthem for festive revelry. Now more likely to be found in a restaurant than a bar in Dublin, where he has made his home, he reveals ...

Wife Swap: 11 Things That Were Totally Fake (And 6 That Were Real)

Wife Swap: 11 Things That Were Totally Fake (And 6 That Were Real)

In today's world of media entertainment, it's not uncommon for reality TV shows to either be scripted or completely fabricated - Wife Swap is no different. Based off a similar show in the U.K., Wife Swap aired on ABC in 2004 and was an instant hit in America. The show lasted six years on ABC then took a two-year hiatus before returning to ABC in 2012 for ...

The New Guilty Gear Looks Gorgeous

The New Guilty Gear Looks Gorgeous

Developer Arc System Works is making a new, untitled Guilty Gear game. The new Guilty Gear will be released sometime in 2020, according to a teaser trailer shown at Evo 2019 on Sun

Godzilla 2014 Retelling

Godzilla 2014 Retelling

By: Kyero Di' Nelma Retelling 1 I'm back, and I have a new story idea. I have run Into a creative slump with Godzilla: Malevolent Waters and thus wll not continue until I have renewed inspiration on that project, Instead, being freshfrom watching the 2014 movle in theaters, I wll be putting together a rtelling of the events of the movle in the manner I w ...

The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

49 Key controllers hit the sweet spot for many musicians and music producers with their four octave set of keys. They are more playable than their smaller 25-Key siblings, yet still compact enough to be mobile, and to not take up too much space in a home recording studio. Here we take an updated look at the best of these 49 Key MIDI controller keyboards, ...

•	Top 10 Albums Per Year

• Top 10 Albums Per Year

2019 1. Grey Area 2. Father of the Bride 3. Bandana 4. The Plugs I Met 5. Ventura 6. Igor 7. Dedicated 8. When I Get Home 9. Guns 10. This Wild Willing 2018 1. 2012 - 2017 2. Avantdale Bowling Club 3. Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 4. Crush 5. DAYTONA 6. Aguardiente 7. Isolation 8. Room 25 9. Kids See Ghosts 10. K.T.S.E.

My Top Military Movies (25)

My Top Military Movies (25)

1. Paths of Glory (1957) 88 min | Drama, War 8.4 Rate After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou

The Best Video Game Music: Our Guide to the Best Soundtracks

The Best Video Game Music: Our Guide to the Best Soundtracks

Video game music is one of the most exciting areas of contemporary music, with composers like Austin Wintory, Jessica Curry and Nobuo Uematsu winning fans the world over with their video game soundtracks. 1. 1. God of War, Bear McCreary (2018) 2. Sony’s 2018 instalment of the God of War saga was one of the most anticipated releases of the year. And it pr ...