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An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

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What does it take to get a song featured on Record-Producer.com?

People are asking what you have to do to get a track featured on Record-Producer.com. Right now, all you have to do is upload one...

While some (er.. about 20) Audio Masterclass visitors would like to read meaningful and well-constructed articles about Barkhausen noise in analog recording, others (thousands!) want to hear more audio. That was proven for sure by the recent article on Greg Milo's track Lonely Man.

What we're looking for here is interesting recordings. Let the four remaining global record companies produce the well-crafted but ultimately rather meaningless fodder for the generally uninterested masses. We want to hear music with life, heart and soul.

We don't want to hear autotuned perfection. Perfection is boring. We want to hear the subtle interplay of harmony and timbre. We don't want sampled beats lifted from sample libraries or vinyl. We want hand-crafted rhythms, whether played for real or electronically constructed.

We don't want to be seen as a rung on the ladder to getting signed by a major. We want to be a rung on the ladder to selling thousands of your self-produced CDs at your own concerts.

A worthy cause? Well, tell us what you think. But as Magic Michael said, "Music is the property of the people, not the corporations." Actually, he didn't say the "not the corporations" bit. But the feeling behind his message though was that the production and marketing of music has become too remote. We ought to be making it ourselves, producing and selling products ourselves, buying 'at market' directly from the producers and bypassing the corporations. Let them do what they are best at - potato chips, soap, oil products. The kinds of things that don't have hearts or souls.

Enough of that. Now for some tracks...

Depending on your browser, you might have to click twice.

I Wrote a Song by Michael D. St. Clair. Michael says, "Not trying to 'Out Beatle' Greg Milo or anyone but here is something you may enjoy listening to."

It's Over by George Kaufmann. George says, "I believe that the best rock music was in the 60's era. The love I have for for that kind of music inspired me for many years and it just carried on. I really never tried to sound like anyone specific but since I was always told that my music had a Beatle/Orbison flair, I decided to submit. Thanks."

Hey Marlene by Harley Fine who says, "Hey Marlene is a track from my CD Hidden Drive and has always been a fan favorite."

Over to you. What do you think about the quote, "Music is the property of the people"? And what do you think about the tracks..?

By the way, if you want to upload (using the link at the top of the page), please include as much information as you can. If you send lots of detail about how your track was made, and a photo, you might even get a page to yourself plus a link to your website.

By David Mellor Thursday November 30, 2006