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I have noticed that almost every singing entertainer in the business writes their own songs or is with someone who writes original songs. How do I make a cd for example as a tribute to Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard or just an assortment of great established songs that were not written by me? How do I do that without getting into copyright problems? Thanks. Joe

Joe Wednesday 23 May 2007 That sounds like a great CD idea. We are doing a similar type of project with an artist this year. The only issue is to get mechanical licenses for each song. The best place to go is harryfox.com. Do a song file search to see first if harryfox handles the song or songs and then it will tell you how much you will have to pay per song per CD sold. It's usually around 9 cents per song per CD. If you're doing a CD of say ten songs you should expect to pay about a dollar per CD for all of the licenses.

I have an Audio engineering questions. I would like to your opinions on using "doubles" on a track; can they be used througout the entire song, or only parts of the song? Is there a 'general rule of thumb' as to where they should be used and when they are the most effective? Also, what is your advice when it comes to harmonies. What is the "technique" used in audio engineering to make them sound 'tighter' so they don't sound like a background vocal?

Mark Healey May 20th 2007 Hello, Are you speaking of vocal doubling? If so it really depends on a few variables. If the song is a pop or R&B doubling might be used in choruses but hardly ever in verses. If it is some type of dance song you might find doubling more often and perhaps even all through the song. It really is a matter of personal taste but that is generally how vocals are done. As far as harmonies, they are usually doubled and sometimes even tripled and then it is a matter of balancing them. If you triple harmonies, which I usually do, pan one pass hard left, another pass hard right, and keep the third pass in the middle. This makes the sound balanced and full and wide. Hope that helps. Rod

WHICH COMES FIRST ON THE MIX DOWN: REVERB, COMPRESSION, EQ, DELAY?

SHAFIQ SHABAZZ May 20th 2007 Hello, Always start mixes with EQ. Take the time to EQ each sound and get it the way you want it to be. Once that is done, and depending on the numbers of tracks you have this could take a while, then you start to think in terms of affects such as reverb and such. Listen to some of your favorite artist's CDs and study how individual instruments sound to get an idea of how to EQ and balance sounds together. Rod Clemmons

how do I send my Demo to a label company?and how do you know wich one is reliable?

Nathalie-joan Limon 2007-03-25 In submitting a demo a few things need to happen. First your demo needs to be as close to broadcast level sound as you can afford to make it. Labels will tell you differently but Do No listen to that. Most decision makers at labels are not musicians so you really can't leave anything to their immagination. Next you should have a really professional photo of yourself in the way that you want people to see you and you want this picture to somehow reflect your artistry and the sound of your music. A good and concise voice teacher or coach whom you can trust to guide you safely to strengthening your voice. It is Very important to pay attention to correct breathing technique, support of the notes you are singing, and understanding your range. These a skilled teacher or coach will be able to show you. Rod Clemmons

What advice do you have for singers, who want to improve there voice in singing?

Darleen 2006-12-17 The best thing to do is to find a voice teacher or coach whom you can trust to guide you safely to strengthening your voice. It is Very important to pay attention to correct breathing technique, support of the notes you are singing, and understanding your range. These a skilled teacher or coach will be able to show you. Rod Clemmons









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