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Producer Dustin Burnett has done a rare thing - penned an awesome essay with a very logical take on what matters with recording equipment. He gives a very logical take on the hyperbole and debate that goes on throughout the Internet. Check out a great blog post here.

We, know, we know, we know. Our comments system has always sucked. We now have our comments through the service Disqus. Which means commenting will be easy and fast from here on out! Enjoy and sorry it took so long!
Musformation DIY group.pngYesterday, we talked about how Facebook Groups are the new messageboards. We figured we would put our money where are mouths are and start one for Musformation! You can now join The Musformation DIY Music Business Tactics Group by clicking that link. Hopefully it will grow into a great community to get your music business thoughts answered.
In the past we have told you about online music creation tool Roc. This browser based music creation tool has been one of the coolest ways we have found to make music on the web and it is about to get a whole lot cooler. In what Aviary (who also have many other cool browser based tools) has dubbed "30 days of Roc" they will be releasing 50 new instruments for the platform that will make it all the more enjoyable to create music using their amazing tool. To learn more about it, keep up with their blog which will be announcing the new additions and showing the ropes of this cool new tool.

Recording And Synth Nerd Links 1/21/11

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Trying to find the right place to cut can be a painful part of mixing. Thankfully Quiztones has made a cool website where you can get to know these frequencies better. Check it out here and get better with your EQing skills.

Recording And Synth Nerd Links 1/14/11

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How To Choose A Key For Your Song

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The Secrets of Songwriting blog has up a fantastic article that can really up your game as a songwriter. Choosing the key to your song is a make or break choice and Gary Ewer has really dispensed some great knowledge on the subject.

Recording And Synth Nerd Links 1/7/11

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The Making of Lil Wayne's 6 Foot, 7 Foot

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Dropbox Goes 1.0 With Selective Sync

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Dropbox is probably one of the best tools available to musicians, producers or music business types. They have left beta and gone to 1.0 with their amazing software and we couldn't be more excited. Their new selective syncing of files makes life nice and easy. We couldn't be happy to see some of our favorite software growing up!

Cracked is known for its out there humor, but this week they have a great article that list some cool hidden features of some popular records. These cool tricks can give you inspiration to hide some cool things in your next release as well.

Recording And Synth Nerd Links 12/10/10

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The Cataracs Show How They Made "Like A G6"

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Which Order Should Your Plug-Ins Go In?

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tumblr_lcte8lKCg81qzxlbn.jpgThe blog PropertyOfZack just did an interview with Musformation's own editor Jesse Cannon. If you thought he was honest and opinionated here, you'll really love it as he lets loose on the future of the music business, leaks, Bandcamp and many more ideas regarding what goes into managing a band today. 

Recording And Synth Nerd Links 12/3/10

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How To Produce Punk/Hardcore Vocals

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Producing punk and hardcore vocals is much different than producing many other genres of vocals. It is also what I have been doing for much of the last decade. After the prompting of a good friend, I decided to write up some tips that aren't common Internet knowledge. Follow me to the jump and learn how you can most effectively get across your message of how painful it was to be stabbed in the back.
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It is no secret that online radio is one of the best ways to promote your music. With services like Pandora, Last.FM, Jango, Blip.FM and other services not only can you get your music before the ears of listeners who like the type of music you make, but you can also get paid for your plays as you begin to dominate the online radio airwaves.

It all comes down to this. As you come down to entering the studio and then recording your songs you are now tasked with one of the most difficult balancing acts ever known to man (ok... well maybe to musicians). We have written countless articles on how to avoid many of the pitfalls many musicians fall into when they go to capture their material. Read on and make something great for us all to hear.

With everyday, as the gatekeepers die and the major labels lose power it becomes more and more about just having a great song. This being the case you better start brushing up on your skills! We have assembled a lot of advice and tools for you to use to write better songs on the other side of this link.

When trying to break your music out of your circle of friends and out to the whole world, you are inevitably going to have to take on the hat of doing some publicity for your own music. As you begin to take on this large task there is numerous bits of advice that you may have overlooked on how to do this effectively. We have assembled numerous articles on how to take over the world of music and get it out there.

Now that you actually have songs recorded you need to get them out to the world to be heard. With every day that passes more and more amazing tools become available for artists to do this without the help of a label. We keep an up to date guide of everything you could ever want to know about what you should do in order to make the right choice on how to get your music out to the world.

Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Tumblr, YouTube all become more and more important everyday (well maybe not Myspace, but contrary to much chatter it is still important to know the most up to date ways to make Myspace feed your other pages). We keep musicians up to date with the most current ways to use all of these social networks to promote your music. If you are not reading our guides to social networks you are missing out on the crucial knowledge of how to promote your music with the most up to date techniques.

What separates the winners and losers is how well you handle playing live and then getting your show on the road. Playing live and touring may seem easy but there are countless pitfalls that one can encounted over time. We show you all the new tricks of the trade as well as wise advice that has been passed down over the years.

Managing a group of people and keeping everyone on the same page and motivated is one of the biggest make or break factors of any sucessful group. There are many emerging tools that can make this easier and we sort through them, all the while dispensing valuable advice on how to deal with your members with minimal chaos.

Getting covered by blogs is fast becoming one of the things that everyone wants to figure out. Sadly, there is not a lot of information out there on how to do just this. We have quite a few articles with the techniques we use to get the bands we work with on to some of the top blogs out there.