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Audio Quality: Good Sounds On Facebook/Myspace/Tunecore
03/18/09 at 06:59 PM by Musformation.co
The following is a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.
Listening to music on Myspace, Facebook, Pure Volume etc. can be like nails on a chalk board. You just spent a ton of time and money perfecting your songs and they are now reduced to having cymbals resembling gremlin- sounding creatures and a bottom-end like an anorexic Olsen twin. Worst of all, this is how many of your potential fans are going to hear your music for the first time. It's enough to get you all Ian Curtis about life. Don't fret, we will show you there is hope if you just know what you are doing.

You will have your music in a number of different possible formats once it is done being mixed. Each way has a few simple steps you can take to get optimal results. First, we need to figure out what form your audio is in.

Getting Audio From A Professional Mastering Engineer
If you were smart and brought your recording to its full potential by bringing it to an experienced, professional mastering engineer, you are in luck; it should be very easy to get a great sounding project from them. Some of the better facilities like West West Side Music offer packages where you can get everything you need from them on a DVD. Below we have a simple language you can use to communicate to your mastering house to get the files you need.
  • If you are going to be uploading your music to sites like iTunes/TuneCore/Amazon, simply ask for "A DVD or Internet download of 16-Bit 44.1Khz wav's of each song"
  • If you are going to be uploading to social networking sites like Myspace/Facebook/Purevolume ask for "MP3's with the highest quality bit rate possible, with file sizes not exceeding 15MB's." Many sites have a limit of 15 MB's per song, which means that some songs that are longer than five minutes or so may need to be encoded at lower bit rates. resulting in lower quality.
Getting Audio From A CD You Already Have
If getting files from your mastering engineer isn't possible and you need to work with a CD fret not, you can still get a very high quality result. It just involves you doing some extra work.
  • If you are going to be uploading your music to sites like iTunes/TuneCore/Amazon we need to get you on a computer that has iTunes and a CD port installed on it. The first thing we need to do is tweak iTunes preferences. Click on "iTunes" and under the "Preferences" option to "General" and then click "Import Settings" (note: iTunes changes this setting all the time, this is the functionality in the latest iTunes, but it has also been under the "Advanced" dialog under "Importing"). Now we need to select "Wav Encoder" under the "Import Using" dialog (see picture at top of article). Next step is to insert your CD, usually the names of the songs will not come up, now highlight all of the tracks and go under the "File" menu and select "Get Info" and fill in the appropriate information. Next we need to type in all the song names. Now you are ready to click "Import" in the iTunes window. In a few minutes you will have imported wav's. Once the tracks are imported, eject the CD and find your imported files. Highlight the songs from your album and go under the "File" menu and click "Show In Finder." Highlight all of the songs on your record and copy them to a new folder titled "Your Record Title WAV's" this will be good safe-keeping in case you need them for compilations/licensing/etc.
  • If you are going to be uploading to social networking sites like Myspace/Facebook/Purevolume the first thing we need to do is tweak iTunes preferences. Under the Preferences dialog in iTunes go to "General" and then click "Import Settings" (note: iTunes changes this setting all the time, this is the functionality in the latest iTunes but it has also been under the "Advanced" dialog under "Importing"). Now we need to select "MP3 Encoder" under the "Import Using" dialog(see picture at top of article). We now need to select a bit rate. iTunes highest bit rate is 192 which is a nice bit rate but not the highest we would like. Now highlight the wav's we made in the previous step. Go under the "Advanced" menu in the top bar and select "Create MP3" version. In a few minutes you will now see 2 copies of all of your songs in the iTunes window. Highlight the songs from your album and go under the "File" menu and click "Show In Finder." Some of the files will be tagged .wav and some .mp3. Highlight all of the songs on your record with ".mp3" and copy them to a new folder titled "Your Record Title MP3's" and this again will be a good thing to have on backup.
If You Have Are Not Professionally Mastering Your Record
If you do intend to master your songs professionally (Tsk! Tsk!) you can choose to mix down to the audio formats you need. Whether you are mixing it yourself or at the studio with your mixing engineer, the following rules can be applied.
  • If you are going to be uploading your music to sites like iTunes/TuneCore/Amazon simply do a bounce or export your song as "16 Bit 44.1Khz Wav File"
  • If you are going to be uploading to social networking sites like Myspace/Facebook/Purevolume ask for "MP3's with the highest quality bit rate possible with file sizes not exceeding 15MBs". When mixing down select "MP3" and the highest bit rate possible prefferably 320K. You need to not have files exceed 15 MB's on these sites, this means that some songs that are longer then 5 mins or so may need to be encoded at lower bit rates(like 192K) resulting in lower quality. To see if your files exceed 15 MB click on them in your finder and click "get info" in your finder. If you have Pro Tools, you may wish to purchase their VERY high quality MP3 encoder. It is available through the Digistore for $19.99 and very well worth it if you are going to be doing this often.
Hopefully this has helped you get your files on to the internet properly. If you have any further questions please leave them in the comments and we will adress them in future installations.
The following is a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.
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The Musician's Guide To Creating A Band Facebook Page: The Basics Part 1
03/18/09 at 06:58 PM by Musformation.co
The following is a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.

Unless you are living under a rock you may have heard Facebook is taking over! Now nearly double the size of Myspace, Facebook is still not quite as friendly to bands, but with all those people on there, it is time to get your band on there. We will help you navigate through Facebook's confusing landscape and get a great profile for your band!
Ed note:
This Is Not A Facebook Group
Some people looked at me a little crossed in the last article since they have already made a Facebook Group for their band. A Facebook Group does not have half the potential a band profile does, it is very important that if you have a Facebook group you link it to your new Band Page.



Setting Up A ProfileLike we said before, Facebook is very unfriendly to its gazillion users. The first thing we need to do is login to Facebook using the profile your normally use to login. Now you are at that screen where all your friends post about what they ate for lunch. Click this link here. You now want to choose the item Artist and Band button. If you are a musician you should choose that tab. If you are a solo artist you can go either way. Then you need to type in your bands name. Remember that this is not Myspace, you need to write your band name not "YOUR BAND NAME (HAS NEW SONGS)". Click "Create Page" and you have a new Facebook Page.


Now What Do I Do?
  • Add a Photo- If no one knows who you are, I suggest using a picture or logo associated with your band. This means do not use the picture of your drummer barfing all over his fling in Ohio. When people are on Facebook, they will see people becoming fans of your band in the newsfeed, the more recognizable your band is in that stream the more likely they will recognize you and "friend" you.
  • Click "Edit Page"- Once you do this, you have a lot of options! In our next blog we will cover the more advanced parts of this process.
  • Make Yourself A Fan!- I hope you are a fan of your band, so make your self the first fan. This will get added in to the newsfeed and your friends will see you now have a page for your band and hopefully they will add your band. If you have your doubts, you may wanna give them a nudge by posting a new "note", announcing your page.
So now you made yourself a spiffy profile and logged out of Facebook. Now let me tell you what happens next: you will login and have no idea how to go back and get to that band page again! Facebook is so user-friendly! Anyway, I am here to help - scroll to the bottom and click the "Page Manager" button (see pic below) and then you will get to the screen pictured below where you will want to click the button that says "Pages" this will bring you to a choice of your pages. You can now select your bands page! Whew!



In the next part of this series we will discuss all the bells and whistles to put in to your profile. In the meantime here are some bands with quite a few bells and whistles to their profiles for you to start researching till our next lesson:
Death Cab For Cutie
Dillinger Escape Plan
The Mars Volta
Forever The Sickest Tranny Looking d00dz Kids


The following is a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.
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03/18/09 at 06:56 PM by Musformation.co
The following is a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.

We now have a Facebook profile! We know how to get back to it! Now we gotta figure out how to work it! In this post we will discuss some of the features of a Band Page and how a Facebook page for your band is different then having a Facebook group.

This Is Not A Facebook Group
Some people looked at me a little crossed in the last article since they have already made a Facebook Group for their band. A Facebook Group does not have half the potential a band profile does, it is very important that if you have a Facebook group you link it to your new Band Page.

Let's Get It Started
So the first thing to set up is the admin permissions. On your page, right below your picture, you will need to click "Edit Admins". You will now be able to choose any of your Facebook friends to be able to edit this page. Hopefully, you are friends with your bandmates so you can add them to this.

There are a whole lot of features familiar to everyone who has used Facebook for their personal life. It is very easy to upload photo albums, update your status, add events (AKA your upcoming shows or recording sessions).

Lift Off
This is not Myspace! Facebook is very protective of it's users (except for letting all your fat friends from high school post about eating donuts six times a day). There is no one to protect you from that! The first thing you need to do to get this page really going is publish it. OTHERWISE IT DOES NOT EXIST TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD! This is accomplished by clicking under your profile picture on "Edit Pages". Next, click the little pen on the box for "Settings", then click "Edit". You now now must choose "Published (publicly visible)" in order for your profile to be visible to the world, otherwise even if your fans search for you, they will not find you.

The Music
In order to use Facebook's music player you need to verify that you are the person who owns your music. In order for you to do this you must VERIFY YOUR PAGE. Under the settings box we were just on click edit on the Music Player. Up top you will see a tab that says "Verify Your Page". You can take a picture of your license with your iPhone, scan a passport, provide them some sort of ID, so they are not the ones getting sued if you upload someone else's copyrighted music. After that, you get to wait two whole days for verification! In the mean time go write the song that will define your generation or something.

In The Mean Time
There is plenty of stuff for you to fill out, such as Discography, Contact Info (booking, manager, etc.), Concert Dates, Biography etc. MAKE SURE YOU LINK ALL YOUR OTHER SITES (Twitter, Myspace, etc.)!

Two Days Later
Go back to the same exact screen where we went to verify your music. If you forget how to get back to your page, go read Part 1 of this series again. Before you upload music to Facebook, make sure you know all the facts about getting great sounds on to your Facebook page by reading this article. Now you will be asked to to "Add A Track" and this is where you will upload your music. In order to use Facebook to upload your music, you need to have your music in MP3 form and in a file under 15 MB. Make sure you have a link to buy it on either Amazon or iTunes ready, since once the upload is done it will ask for it.

Other Music Options
Both Last.FM and iLike will allow you to make playlists where you can add your own music. This will allow you to get your music easily shared by other Facebooks users. It may seem redundant to have your music up on your site 3 times, but the sharing facilities are one of the few ways to get your music around on Facebook.

Next time we will discuss some advanced methods of sharing your music on Facebook!

The following is a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.
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The Musician's Guide To Twitter: Getting You/Your Band On Twitter (And Why You N
03/08/09 at 02:11 PM by Musformation.co
The following is a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.

Twitter! TWITTER! Tweeting! SRSLY! WTF?!?!? Yes, even your Dad is doing this right now. Old curmudgeons like John McCain are even doing this. Now everyone is telling you that you/your band has to join Twitter (does this mean you become a Twit???) or else you will never succeed and fail at all your hopes and dreams and end up a loser like, ughhhh, JOHN MCCAIN! Seriously though, I still hate Twitter and have committed the next few hours of my life to why we need to be on Twitter and how to get there. Let's do this together!
OK I lied, I have been on Twitter for a while. I don't use it too much though, and everyone tells me that I don't get it. Well, it is time to get it!

I am going to start with a list of why you need to get on Twitter. Hopefully this will convince both of us:
Your fans are there waiting for you
It is a really fast and easy way to tell your fans what you are up to
Your fans aren't yet burned out by every band trying to be their friend YET(ACT FAST!)
This is a great way to show off your band's personality and bond with your fans
It is a fantastic way to network and bond with fans, other bands/musicians and other industry types
Okay so now that you are convinced go here. Sign up for Twitter using an email address you are going to stick with! Choose a name that tells people who you are. Get while the getting is good, so you don't have a stupid name that isn't going to come up high in searches. Now FILL OUT YOUR PROFILE. People are cruising around this thing all day looking at posts and deciding who to be friends with. If you don't fill out your profile and put up a picture the odds that anyone who is going to care about you are minimal. Be sure to list your website as someone where people can hear your music! You also want to make a wallpaper for your background to make it look all nice and snazzy!

Next you need some friends. Click "follow" on a few peoples profiles. Here are your first 3:
http://twitter.com/JesseCannon
http://twitter.com/musformation
http://twitter.com/sensuaulharass

Now we need to make a post! Just start off saying Hello! In the next segment we will get into what you should be twittering about.

Get on your website/myspace/facebook/mailing list etc. and start telling them about your awesome new Twitter acount. Send out bulletins and put a permanent link to your Twitter on all your other sites and promote it!

Now start to find your own friends on there! Look up bands you have played with, your friends bands, friends in the industry, superfans etc.

This should get you started gaining some friends in this Twitter game, as people see your profile they will add you. Next time we will discuss what you do now that you are here.

This was a post from the blog musformation.com. It is a daily guide to essential knowledge for bands and musicians. From time to time I will be coming over to absolutepunk.net to share some of the content with you guys. If you like what you see check out musformation.com.
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