The Business of Making a Record (Part II)

[Editors Note: This is the second in a three-part series of guest articles from Coury Palermo. Over the next few months, he’ll break down what it means to grind it out and write, record, release and promote a DIY album early in your musical career. Coury is a songwriter, producer and musician who is currently one-half of duo love+war.] Read […]

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Gadgets We Like: GoChords Makes Writing Songs Easy With Its Web-Based Tool & App

GoChords was founded on the belief that you shouldn’t need to be able to read music in order to write it. This free tool, available as both a web-program and an app (for the iPhone, iPad, and Android) makes it easy for musicians of any level to compose music for whatever instrument they choose. All you need to know how to do is “drag-and-drop” chord symbols on top of the lyrics you’ve typed in. GoChords is stocked with a huge library of chord shapes, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you have the option of creating custom chord shapes.

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Gadgets We Like: MadPad App Creates Music From A Coffee Shop

Smule, the creators of social music apps like Magic Piano and Glee Karaoke have developed an app that lets you create a whole song from your bicycle, a can of soda, a book, or any other object or sound. MadPad, compatible on the iPhone ($0.99), iPad ($2.99), and iPod can turn any sight or sound into an instrument.

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SoundCheck Results: What Stage Is Your Music In When You Release It?

At what point in the process do you release your music? Check out the results from last week’s poll…

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Gadgets We Like: Voice Band App Lets You Make Music Using Just Your Voice

The Voice Band app from WaveMachine Labs lets you create songs complete with varying instruments, while using only your voice. Sound pretty cool? It is. You can use your voice to record up to 10 different instruments (guitars, bass, sax, synths, drums, and mic) separately with the app’s built-in recorder. All you need to do is select the instrument you’re recording, and then sing into the app’s recorder, thereby setting the pitch and beat for that instrument.

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