In the studio again today, but this time working on mixing down songs instead of recording in order to get tracks finished. The process of making an album involves many different parts and today the focus was on mixing down the first four tracks of Make Music. The goal in mixing down the tracks is to balance and shape the sound of each of the instruments for that track. This can be a painstaking process because the smallest changes can make a big impact. It also becomes challenging when you’ve heard the same song 50 times with countless different versions. They all start to sound the same!
Mixing the track Pickmeup and getting it ready for mastering.
One of the other challenging aspects to mixing is that when the tracks finished and you listen to a mix down of your work, it can sound different depending on what type of sound system you play it on. I try to listen to my mixes on at least four different systems (studio reference speakers, headphones, my car, normal stereo system, laptop speakers, etc.). By listening to the track on different systems, you can hear how the song performs and see if you need to make any adjustments. Ideally, you don’t have to do much, but it is a perpetual learning process when you are creating sounds.
Thankfully, the mixing process for Make Music has been spread out over a large period of time. The finished tracks that were worked on over the last week are: Tour, Bright Eyed, Anyway…, and Pickmeup. These songs were at a stage where they just needed a little more work to finish up. The final mixes are sounding really great and will only get better after they come back from being mastered. It is nice to have these tracks finished finally.
Now that tracks 2 through 5 are complete, the focus is back on recording and getting the next four songs ready. Those are: Mission Accomplished!?, For All The Days My Muse Called In Sick, Song3, and Despair. Back to the studio to keep working!
On Thursday 8/9/2012, Opener was submitted through TuneCore to a wide variety of music distribution platforms. I’m pleased to say today that Opener has been released globally and is available now on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, and slew of other music outlets. The links for the song on iTunes and Amazon are below:
Opener on iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/opener-single/id552396679
Opener on iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/opener-single/id552396679
Opener on Amazon MP3 – http://www.amazon.com/Opener/dp/B008W9ERMI/ref=sr_shvl_album_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1344820682&sr=301-3
Opener on Amazon MP3 - http://www.amazon.com/Opener/dp/B008W9ERMI/ref=sr_shvl_album_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1344820682&sr=301-3
The song is also available for streaming directly on the A Rising Force – SoundCloud band page and the new TuneCore artist info page. Please share links with everyone and anyone you think might be interested! The exposure helps greatly and we appreciate all the support that our fans give us by telling their friends about the band.
With Opener released, the focus is now back to finishing the rest of the tracks on the album and readying them for a late 2012 release. Over the next week, I will be submitting the next four tracks for mastering and working on preparing the following four to be mastered.
In addition to the release of Opener, there has been an Internet Radio campaign through Jango running for the band. This campaign is a test of the platform to see how well it works to reach new fans. So far, the results have been very positive and the band has been able to connect with new people from all over the world.
Finally, the website for the label of the band – Make Music Productions – has finally launched. Make Music Productions is where you’ll find not only the latest music from A Rising Force, but also eclectic releases from other new artists that are still in development. There will be more information about the future artists on the blog on the label site. Check it out for the latest information.
Today I checked my email to find a link to the final mastered copy of Opener, the first track on the upcoming album Make Music. I can say that I’m very pleased with the job that was done – it is way better than anything I could do. I used TuneCore mastering services which are handled by Universal Music Group.
The whole process of submitting the track was very cool because it uses the same interface that they use internally for processing their tracks. Despite my initial delay in getting them the instructions for mastering the track, they were able to get it done even faster than I expected. I plan on using them to finish up the mastering on the remaining twelve tracks once I finish producing them.
Now that the track is complete, I have to finish up some album art and get it submitted to iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and all the other digital music distribution outlets. TuneCore makes it easy to submit to all of them at once and provides a single credit for $14.99. Assuming you think you can sell at least 20 copies – you should be able to make back your money. The next post will be when the track is finally ready!
A Rising Force reached a milestone a little while back – there are now over one hundred followers (103 at the time of this writing) of A Rising Force on SoundCloud. In just under three months, with only the demo tracks, we’ve been able to raise awareness of the band to more people than we could possibly reach in any other way. Thank you to all of the supporters! We look forward to releasing more music and reaching even more people – if you’re a fan, please help spread the word to your friends.
There was a slight delay in the mastering process for Opener due to some poor instruction following, but the track is finally in progress and should be completed sometime next week. Once the band signs off on the final approval, the track will be submitted to iTunes, ideally in time for an early September release. When there is a more concrete date for the release, it will be posted here.