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Top 10 Reasons Being a Pop Star Sucks

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being a pop star sucks

You thought this was something you wanted? Do you dream about 100,000 raving fans a night, plus the few throwing water and lighters at you? Well, guess again, because here are the Top 10 reasons being a pop star sucks... 1. Riders & Planes People think it's cute to make fun of us for this, but there's a reason for having a "rider" in our […]

Mozart & Music Piracy in 1770: The Vatican’s Miserere

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mozart music piracy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the most iconic classical composer of all time. It’s a status not just drawn from the fact that he’s behind some of the most recognizable pieces of music ever written, but also because of the prodigious nature of where these works came from. We’ve all heard the stories; he started composing at around the age of four, he completed his first […]

Did 50 Cent Throw the Worst First Pitch Ever on Purpose? (Yes)

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50 Cent Baseball

This is a strange post to find in here on the LedgerNote blog, but let me explain why it's here, not only from our perspective but 50 Cent's as well: "Never waste a good marketing opportunity." 50 Cent is a master marketer in terms of never letting the spotlight die if he doesn't want it to. He'll fake beef with another rapper, he'll piss off […]

How Do I Keep My Neighbor From Hearing My Subwoofer?

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subwoofer neighbor noise complaint

Ah, the classic concern of good music-loving neighbors everywhere: "Can I use a subwoofer without getting a noise complaint from my neighbors?" The fact that you're asking this first before you just start bumping the bass is fantastic, because it means you have a chance to be proactive about it. If you live in an apartment, condominium, townhouse, duplex, or any other joined living space […]

Eminem Gets Pissy if You Claim Nothing Rhymes With "Orange"

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Will the real Slim shady please continue to defy the laws of the English language? There's a common belief that you can't rhyme anything with the word orange. It's one of those old wive's tales that isn't technically true, but it's fun to stump kids with. Many writers over the years have scratched their heads trying to figure it out, mostly just making up words […]

How Do We Calculate the First Reflection Panel Wall Position?

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We received a fantastic question dealing with one of my own favorite topics, that of acoustic treatment. Unfortunately, buying or building it isn't enough. You have to know where to place it on the wall if you want it to do its job the best it can. And that takes a little math... As always, we shout out some of our industry friends who've had […]

Where Should I Start Learning Music Theory?

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We received a great question from a decent producer, who like many of us started out in rhythm based genres that don't demand a ton of music theory knowledge. But he's ready to expand his skill set... where should he start? In addition, we want to give mad props and say thanks to DonSuite, a composer who had this to say: Yours are the first […]

The Rode Procaster Levels are Too Low & I Need More Gain!

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rode procaster levels

Among the recent questions we've been helping readers out with, there were a couple very technical ones. Here is one regarding getting enough gain out of your preamp for a troublesome mic. We like to shout out the good people that we talk to, even if we don't use their questions for one of these posts. Thanks to William for a great discussion about the […]

Recording Studio Pet Peeves That Drive Me Bonkers...

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You know what really butters my biscuit? You know what really grinds my gears in the studio? Let me tell you... The Worst Things Musicians Do In The Studio In no particular order, these are the things that drive us recording, mixing, and mastering engineers bonkers: Not wrapping long cables in the over-under fashion I'm aware that not everyone is aware that there's a better […]

The Top 10 Best Mixed Albums I've Ever Heard

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Before we jump right into my list of best mixed albums, let's remind the jimmy rustlers... this is an opinion post. And since it's based around my opinion, it's limited to the albums that I've had the fortune to listen to and become intimately familiar with. These are my favorite in terms of mixing, and that means that it started with top of the line […]

Human Speech From a Piano...

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human speech from a piano

I, for one, welcome our new piano overlords. In 2009 at the World Venice Forum, an Austrian composer named Peter Ablinger unveiled his crazy talking piano contraption. While everyone was wondering what exactly was about to happen, he had it read the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court in a human voice: The video is in German but there are subtitles and the piano […]

The Curse of the 27 Club

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curse of the 27 club

Chance? Conspiracy? Synchronicity? These are words tossed around by those of us in the know who want to get to the bottom of this mystery. Why have so many musicians fallen to the curse of... What is the 27 Club? During a tumultuous time for music when artists were again using their voices for social action in the fight against corruption, four of the largest […]

How Do I Link & Monitor the Signal Chain While Recording?

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Today's question is an interesting double dose of technical information that's not obvious to anyone who hasn't had the experience of tinkering around with all of the professional hardware and software we use during studio recording. A special thanks goes out to Martin for finding an error in a post about acoustic treatment. Let's hop into our questions: How Do I Link & Monitor the […]

How Should I Use This Alternative Acoustic Treatment Insulation?

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acoustic treatment insulation

Today's question-giver has found a great local source for rigid fiberglass for acoustic treatment. But will it meet the needs for producing professional quality music? Let's find out. Special thanks goes to Eric for correcting us on some details about the LA-2A compressor, one of the best and historically important important compressors out there. It's important to get it right, so thanks again to Eric. […]

Is There a Go-To Procedure For Mixing Songs?

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Of the many questions we've received lately, three of them featured a similar theme, The Order of Operations, either in the question or in our answer. Here they is the first in full for the benefit of the entire community: Special thanks goes to Artur for taking the time to say shoot us this kind email: Dear LN, Thank you very, very much for sharing […]