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What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl?

Some explanations as provided by these forum posts: Virgin vinyl is non recycled higher quality vinyl. [...] Pure vinyl which isn't recycled or adulterated with filler. Quieter as a ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

I like the way you think. It makes perfect sense on the surface. But the music industry and legalities surrounding it are complex. There are a few reasons why this practice has not become common in ...
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Making music with cheap programs?

What you want to look for is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software package. A not-free option is Reaper which is is free fully functional trial that does not lock you out after the trial period. ...
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Who mixes for Pentatonix songs?

Ben Bram is the primary producer, arranger, and recording engineer for Pentatonix. Besides being an a cappella performer himself, he has extensive experience working with various groups and Hollywood ...
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How is/was this guitar vocoder effect achieved?

That would be a Talk Box (the track referenced in your questions is listed on the Wikipedia page). The gadget works by having a small loudspeaker linked by plastic tube to the musician's mouth, ...
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Publishing agreement around Beyoncé's song "Sandcastles"

The typical publishing agreement contract works like this (exact numbers may vary): The overall benefits of the song are split in two: 50% writer's income 50% publishing income Most often, the ...
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What Exactly Is *Virgin* Vinyl?

In the early 80's when I bought the majority of my vinyl, it was generally understood that albums and 12 inch singles were made of "fresh" vinyl and that 7-inch singles were generally recycled vinyl. ...
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Who mixes for Pentatonix songs?

I didn't think Bram did much in the way of mixing, at least not since the earliest days. He gets an "engineering" credit on PTX Volume 2 but not a "mixing" credit, for example. One of their long-...
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Why is it so hard to identify Library music?

It is the library which owns the publishing rights and agrees the any terms with the production. It will be in the library's own interests to gain a production credit as they are competing against ...
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Have any rock bands risked their lives or done anything extreme to achieve a tone?

My Bloody Valentine has a song called "You Made Me Realize" which features upwards of 15 minutes of sonic chaos at (purportedly) 125-130dB. This is actually dangerous. They give out earplugs ...
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Making music with cheap programs?

It depends what kind of music you want to make, but here are 4 free (open source) programs to make electronic music: LMMS Select the instruments and make them play, easily. Mixxx Mix existing ...
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Who mixes for Pentatonix songs?

There's a lot of suspicion that Pentatonix uses pitch correction - manual or otherwise - on their recordings, but there's no evidence of that. While to many their recordings sound auto-tuned, I've ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

Actually, in jamaican reggae music, they do release the instrumental! Tradition, in jamaican reggae music, is mainly backing bands (e.g. Roots Radics, Sly & Robbie, The Skatalites, The ...
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Did Eminem actually compose the song "Stronger Than I was"?

From what I've found, Eminem (or Mathers) is credited on this song as Writer and Producer. From Discogs and Wikipedia: Eminem is an American rapper, record producer. Also, about his own producing ...
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Does it follow industry practice to use the term "mix" to refer to a different version of a song?

The concept of a mix comes from the days of dub and disco when songs would be edited using mixing boards and tape to change the pace (especially in dub) or to change the length and ideal for mixing (...
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Making music with cheap programs?

If you have a Macintosh, GarageBand comes bundled with it, and is a pretty high-powered, almost-professional program. Of course, Macs are expensive themselves, but you can get a MacMini for around $...
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Why is it so hard to identify Library music?

It seems that there are a misconception from people, that think that every song in a soundtrack (movie, documentary, commercial...) as a real name, a disclosed artist and can be found in an album or ...
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Are posthumously-released songs by XXXTentacion actually sung by him?

Both this review and this one mention that XXXTentacion is the vocalist and that the only guest vocalist is Kanye West. If the vocals somehow sound different, it could be that the tracks published ...
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Why is it so hard to identify Library music?

Just to add to this. Sometimes music in TV commercials are specially recorded for the brands and not commercially available. This ad is a prime example. The music is so professional you would be ...
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Royalty reducers and ways in which record labels screw artists

Although it has been more than 10 years I can tell you the ways my label screwed me. 1) Spending a lot of money- they spend money to promote me and my music, but in my opinion it did not always lead ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

I'm an intermediate level(aspiring pro) songwriter. I've just released an album of some of my work, which will soon appear online. On that album I decided to include an instrumental version of the ...
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles?

Some singles are released with acapellas and/or instrumentals. But that is basically an open invitation for anyone to easily produce unauthorized derivative works. These, in turn, are unlikely to ...
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Who mixes for Pentatonix songs?

Ed Boyer is their production engineer. He is probably the most important acappella producer in the business. All you have to do is google him and you can find out about him and the equipment he uses ...
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