Archive for January, 2007

This blog wants to showcase your music

Shawn Hessinger

Yes, that’s right. One of the things I hoped to do from the beginning with this site was to promote independent music and music projects.


Let’s face it. Even with the easy accessibility of the Internet there’s a lot of content out there and convincing people to pay attention to your music over everything else going on can be a trick.


My name is Shawn Hessinger, proprietor of the n10ah Online Music Network. Read more about me and why I founded n10ah here.


I can’t promise you that a mention on this website will jump start your music career, but I can guarantee that I’ll do everything in my power to help independent artists online.


If you’ve got a project, band, release or website you’d like the online music community to know about, shoot me an e-mail with as much information as you can, a good place to contact you with any questions, a good link to a website with online audio samples of your music (if possible) and a photo.


I’ll do the rest.


How much we are able to post will depend on the quality and quantity of submissions. I will provide at least one link to your site, and would appreciate at least one link back here from your URL too.


Hopefully this way we can create a sense of community amongst online musicians and fans and help each other in the discovery and promotion of lesser known independent artists.


Other collaborative opportunities are possible in the future depending upon the size and participation level in the community we build.      


So let’s see what’s out there and promote independent music to the world. Please send me your submission today!


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More recording tips

Reel to reel tape recorder

Here are some more recording tips from independent
Nashville based Renaissance Recording Studio’s John Wheeler


Wheeler suggests a project studio with good quality tape deck, mics, mixing board, can be thrown together for around $8,000.


Here’s the breakdown:

  • Mics—high end AKG C-414 for slightly under $1,000, lower end AKG C-3000 or Audio Technica 4033 both for under $500
  • Recording decks—ADAT (digital) for under $1,000 or 8-track reel to reel recorder for a little over that (In fact, the above Tascam MSR-16S 16 track analog reel to reel which is more than Wheeler says is necessary to get started was being listed for a “Buy It Now” price of just $1,600 from a Syracuse, NY, seller on ebay at the time of this post)
  • Mixing board—Mackie 8-channel console for around $500 used
  • Other odds and ends—microphone preamps (budget Symetrix and DBX units or Avalon and Focusrites high end), JBL or Yamaha NS-10 monitor speakers, good low cost reverb either Lexicon or Yamaha REV-500, low cost DBX 160A or RNC compressors
  • Things to avoid—cheap microphones with poor sound quality, multi-track cassette recorders, mini-discs
  • Other alternatives—Record directly to your hard drive provided you use 44.1 kHz or greater (This may require extra hardware and software for your computer)

For more on Renaissance Recording Studio serving the independent music community check the studio’s main link and for more tips on microphone selection and placement, tracking techniques and mixing click here, here and here.

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