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Wishing You a Speedy Recovery: Learning From Mistakes

TABFH 2 As musicians, learning from mistakes can contain a lifetime of struggle. Our percentage of mistakes may even be less than magical compared to a baseball average. Learn more on how to recover from musical mistakes…

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Differences in Sound Quality Between Streaming, CD and Vinyl Playback

TABFH 2 For people that care about getting the best sound out of their music collection, it’s important to understand which playback medium delivers the best sound.

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BLUE ROOM SHOWCASE: EZRA MAE & THE GYPSY-MOON @ DC9

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Yesterday we announced that we have created a new blog series entitled “Blue Room Showcase,” which will feature reviews of only local artists in order to showcase our area’s passionate and talented musicians. In this first installment, we feature Ezra Mae and the Gypsy-Moon, an up and coming garage rock/psychedelic/blues band from Washington, DC. The band consists of Sandy on vocals and guitar, Stephanie on guitar, Travis on bass and harmonica, and Andy on drums. They may only have one recorded song (titled Valleys in the Dust available on their bandcamp page), but they certainly make up for it in their live show.

On January 25th, Ezra Mae and the Gypsy-Moon played a show at DC9 opening for Adia Victoria. When the first note was hit there was an instant groove that had the audience bobbing their heads and swaying with the music. Although they are a relatively new band, they play well together and they have managed to create a sound that is truly their own; when you listen to them play their songs, they all have a similar distinct sound, but there is enough interest (like Travis’ harmonica or Sandy’s bluesy guitar solo) that each song sounds unique. The stand out song of the night was Valleys in the Dust. Sandy’s two guitar solos in the song just ooze emotion.

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48 HOURS TO PRODUCE AN ALBUM: A MOMENT OF CLARITY

48 Hours… Can seem like a short amount of time when you’re spending it with someone special. 48 hours can also seem like a long time if you’re talking the about the space between meals. Perspective is everything, especially when you’re trying to record all of the vocals for your album inside of 48 hours. No Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte or Hollywood magic to help out either. Interestingly enough, I had met Daniel “Spider” Pierce 48 hours after my very last show with a group I was mentoring. He was a producer and a damn great one too. On a chance meeting, he wanted me to listen to the music he made. Funny… at the time I was frustrated creatively and dizzy with options; and here I am, presented with yet another option. I admit, I was out of focus and unsure about my creative direction. “Spider” made the direction clear. He had music for days. Music that spoke to me. He played track after track and I sat there; conceptualizing an album “Johnny on the spot.”

Click here out “Graffit Bleu” on YouTube at Cafe Luna’s in Sacramento:

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO SING YOUR HEART OUT

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Be realistic about your abilities and don’t forget to have fun! It can be really intimidating to sing and listen to yourself through big speakers. Here are a few tips that we recommend here in the studio and to our clients as they prepare for live shows.

* Relax….Relax, you have to make sure you are feeling comfortable physically, mentally and that you are driven to complete the track at an appropriate time because you do not want to strain your vocals.

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TIPS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR RECORDING SESSION

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There are a number of things you can do as a recording artist or as a band to ensure your recording time in the studio is efficient & productive, and your budget is not wasted.

– The most important tip for a successful recording session: be early or on time! If you have a session scheduled for 11 AM, the session will start at 11:00 whether you are there or not! If you are concerned about being late for the start of your session, arrive early so that you have time to warm up.

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BLUE ROOM PRODUCTIONS’ APPROACH TO AUDIO MASTERING

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The Final Touch

How to prepare your mixes for mastering at Blue Room Productions

Many musicians and engineers still don’t understand the importance of mastering when creating a professional recording. It is a very critical, but often overlooked step of the recording process. Mastering is essential to the recording process and can quickly separate your recording as a professionally produced record from amateur recordings that are unmastered or poorly mastered.

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