Is Vinyl Better Than Digital Music?
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by Chris Huff
3d ago
By Disc Makers' Author Chris Huff Estimated reading time: 7 minutes For most of the existence of the recording industry, vinyl records have been the dominant format that people have used to experience music. With the advent of the digital age, CDs outpaced vinyl, then downloads outpaced them all. Since the late 2000s, though, sales of vinyl have grown significantly every year, which begs the question: Are vinyl records coming back? In 2023, vinyl sales topped 43 million for the first time since the late 80s and surpassed CD sales for the first time since 1987. While nowhere near the sales numb ..read more
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How Long Do Vinyl Records Last?
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by Scott McCormick
1w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Scott McCormick Considering the ubiquity and convenience of digital downloads and streaming services, it’s truly remarkable what a comeback vinyl records have had. But millions of teens are now discovering the joy their parents once felt about the format. There’s something uniquely satisfying about the tactile experience of handling a vinyl record, the ritual of placing the needle, and the warm, rich sound that emanates from the grooves. Someone recently explained to me why she loved vinyl. “With streaming, whatever, I hit shuffle and songs play — which is cool, but it’s ..read more
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3 CD Album Cover Sizes to Know Before Pressing
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by Chris Huff
2w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Chris Huff When learning how to make an album, it’s no exaggeration to say that front cover artwork is extremely important. While it may not be as important as it was in the old days when people would often purchase an album based on the artwork alone in a brick-and-mortar store, the album cover art still provides a visual image from which to build your web presence and for fans to get an idea of what your music is about. If you’re pressing CDs, it’s important to know how the album artwork will look on the finished product. There are three standard CD album cover size op ..read more
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What is Music Publishing & How Does It Work?
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by Michael Gallant
3w ago
By Disc Makers' Author Michael Gallant Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Your songs are written and recorded, then mixed and mastered (with the help of The SoundLAB). So how do you start making money? One way is to understand the world of music publishing, the difference between the master recordings you’ve created and the underlying musical composition, and how to leverage both for income. It’s particularly easy for artists to be taken advantage of if they don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to music publishing, so be sure to take the time to educate yourself and get the most from you ..read more
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Top Music Grants for Musicians & Indie Artists
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by Chris Huff
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Chris Huff Estimated reading time: 8 minutes In these times where record label signings are practically nonexistent, indie artists need alternative methods of funding their careers. While there are plenty of ways for musicians to make money as indie artists, it’s true that musicians often must use their own money or crowdfund to complete an album. One outside funding option that many artists don’t always know about is finding a music grant. Grants can help artists fund recordings, tours, and pursue projects they might have considered frivolous due to lack of income, with ..read more
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What Is a Digipak CD & How To Make One
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by Scott McCormick
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Scott McCormick Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Believe it or not, CDs have been making a comeback. Thanks to how quickly and affordably they can be manufactured — especially compared to vinyl — independent artists have been rediscovering the product that launched the independent music revolution that started back in the 1980s. Compact discs come in a variety of packaging formats, including the jewel case, eco-wallets, and jackets, but the king of them all is the digipak. Digipaks have it all: they look great, they’re highly customizable, and they are eco-friendly. In ..read more
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What is a Deluxe Album (and How To Release One)
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by Chris Huff
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Chris Huff If you’re a purchaser of box sets, you’re familiar with the concept of the deluxe album. For those not in the know, a deluxe album is an extended version of a standard release. It contains unreleased tracks, live performances, alternate takes/versions, and whatever else the artist chooses to include. Often deluxe albums in physical form have special packaging and/or different artwork than their standard counterparts. Some artists have deluxe albums and super-deluxe albums with even more extras. For artists with a steady fan base, deluxe albums can be a profita ..read more
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How Musicians Make Money as Indie Artists
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by Chris Huff
1M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Chris Huff Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Truthfully, it can be difficult to make money as an indie artist. But, if you’re open to broadening the definition of what you do, it is possible to make money even in the current music landscape. Let’s explore some practical strategies for how musicians make money. Table of Contents: • Digital presence and online revenue streams • Grassroots strategies for local presence • Diverse income streams for indie artists • Leveraging physical products • Monetize your music with Disc Makers Digital presence and online revenue stream ..read more
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Powerful Rock Singing Without Damaging Your Voice
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by Mitch Wilson
2M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Mitch Wilson Estimated reading time: 5 minutes It is amazing how many great rock performers keep up with such powerful vocals over many shows and years. As a rock singer, it’s hard not to strain or hurt muscles that are competing with amplified instruments. The key to learning how to sing over a rock band is lots of practice and knowing how far to push yourself. Here are some tips on powerful rock singing without damaging your voice. Table of Contents: • Know your key and range • Where is your power coming from? • Hydration and exercise • Breath support and control • Ye ..read more
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5 Steps To a Successful CD and Vinyl Album Release
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by Tony van Veen
2M ago
By Disc Makers' Author Tony van Veen Too many artists record and release their album without giving any thought to how to make it as successful as it could possibly be. Yes, we live in a streaming world, and you should release everything you do digitally, because that’s where people discover and listen to music. But every successful album release should include a physical component (CD, vinyl, or both). Of course, release all the singles you want just digitally, but your album drops should include physical media, too. Here are five tips for how to make your next album release as successful as ..read more
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