Writing and Producing Solo Instrument Parts

 Sometimes while producing a track I'll need to fill in the instrumentation with a solo'd instrument. Now typically this would be a guitar or horn solo, but sometimes it's a synth lead (monophonic instrument).

Whether it's for a dedicated solo section or just a solo'd instrument embellishing my instrumentation, I sometimes don't have the luxury of hiring an instrumentalist to jump in and do this, because of time restraint, budget or availability. So I resort to having to create the solo'd instrumentation myself, typically using a virtual instrument.

This video is to show you a little trick I discovered that has made it super easy to come up with "parts" for my solo. If you're like me you probably can't just play the part right off the bat, and make the part sound believable as a real instrument.

Using VI's is difficult because you not only have to make it sound like the real instrument but you also have to have an understanding of how that instrument would be played.

For example if you were playing a violin part, you'd need to consider the bow stroke changing directions. If you were playing a horn part, you'd have to consider the horn player needing to take a breath now and then.

But this tutorial I show you how to use your human voice to come up with the part first and record it, as if it is the instrument. Then using that recording as a guide to craft the solo notes and intervals using your VI, so that it sounds more human and natural.

Hope this is helpful!

Zion

 

 

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Best Email Time-Saver I've Ever Found

 

I want to share with you a little tool that has made my email management more manageable. Click the image above to watch a quick 3m tutorial.

I hope you find this helpful!

Zion

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 4/15 thru 4/21

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

DEEP discount for this producer course and community expires at the end of April! Use coupon code STUDENTSOFCATHY to enroll for just $39 a month. This will go up to $59 a month for members starting after May 1st.

  • Osie shared grooves and songs he needs topline melodies for. Several students began helping to pitch ideas for these. 
  • On Tuesday we had a webinar with special guest Josh Doyle where he shared his production experience, tips, lessons, and took questions from other members. A recorded replay was made available for students of the class.
  • Osie shared some Christmas songs he's working on, looking for feedback.
  • Discussion launced about using creative analog ways to make synthetic sounding snare sounds in the studio. Josh gave us a demonstration on how he made the snare sound in his Push Pull song.
  • Discussion about using a slinky as a shaker effect and percussion
  • Cora shared a portable recording studio device, and a discussion ensued about how that could be used to further production while being mobile
  • Office hours were on Apr 19 at 4p
  • Osie shared a "smart:EQ" plugin that he's trying out
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies. 
  • This week's office hours will be held on Thursday at 4p, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • Reminder that there is only one week left to get into this class at the $39/month price.


Making Money in Music

  • Students shared their album/ single releases 
  • Bev asked for help on music references 
  • Students shared their experience with online services where you can hire musicians for a production 
  • Students shared their spotify playlists 
  • MIM members share their BIOs asking for feedback 
  • Samuel Knaak shared his new, awesome podcast… starting next month with interviews with people in the licensing and sync world.
  • Victoria shared the replay of Cathy's Course 
  • Victoria shared the Song feedback from Cathy's Class 
  • Victoria shared the MONDAY MUSIC BREAKDOWN 
  • Samuel motivated us to keep up putting much effort into whatever we do: inspired by an episode of Cathys podcast with an interview with Saul Blinkoff 
  • Students shared their experiences with PANDORA 
  • Discussions about the online service HYPEDDIT
  • Patrick asked for advice on artist/producer split 
  • Jim asked for any indie, college or public radio station recommendations
  • Students talked about going to the ASCAP "I Create Music“ EXPO taking place in Los Angeles
  • Keali asked about Open Mic Sessions in LA 
  • Alex shared a great article about how you feel as a working Mom
  • Discussions and reminders of Cathy´s Homework: Think of creative ways to pitch supervisors, due Friday
  • Ari reminded us of a great post and tutorial from TJ Julia about how to create a Facebook ad for your music video. Students have had great success with this!
  • Sonnet announced that Pavel got a license through Catch The Moon Music! Whoo!!! Congratulations!!
  • Victoria shared the Office Hours Replay 
  • Office hours are this Thursday at 2p


The Access Course

  • Lots of tunes were shared for feedback and lots of feedback was given
  • Sonnet facilitated Office Hours
  • Victoria shared Monday Music Breakdown
  • Victoria shared two submission opportunities (check files section)
  • Frank reached out to find a classmate who could do some rap for him
  • Osie asked for guidance in finding a specific music supervisor
  • Brad reached out to find other students in the Austin area
  • Ian shared some details re: YouTube’s content ID system
  • Debbie shared some info on pay-to-pitch sites
  • Rehya’s tune got played on Cable Girls
  • Harriet reached out to find a producer to work with her
  • Debbie shared an idea to network with local film producers
  • Mark asked for feedback re: best sounding synth pianos
  • Colin shared a clip of himself working for Blue Man Group
  • Osie reached out to look for topliners
  • Rick started a conversation on analogue rhyming tools
  • Marco got a song licensed through SongTradr
  • Whittney shared that she is having a tough time keeping up with everything
  • Debbie shared a blurred lines article
  • Christopher reached out for advice on how to get a specific guitar sound
  • Sonnet and Victoria started doing one-on-one sessions
  • Darren asked for advice about whether or not to release songs
  • Jaymie suggested fiverr as a possible resource
  • Halley reached out to the Boston people in the group
  • Brad asked for advice on TAXI
  • Tamara asked for help naming a new tune
  • Serge had some feedback on TAXI’s feedback
  • Mat continued looking for more student discounts
  • Rick asked for names of music libraries
  • Pavel Rivera got a license through CTM
  • Rehya shared a list of tv shows featured on Tunefind with notes on their music styles
  • Sonnet announced the location for CTM’s summit
  • Chris introduced himself
  • Cathy’s monthly class Monday, April 23rd at 10AM PDT
  • Office Hours – April 26th at 2:30pm PDT

 

Special thanks to Cora Himmelsbach and Shelley Montreuil for their help in consolidating all information on the MiM and Access Facebook Pages.

 

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 4/8 thru 4/14

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

DEEP discount for this producer course and community expires at the end of April! Use coupon code STUDENTSOFCATHY to enroll for just $39 a month. If you've been on the fence about this, now is the time!

  • A new student came on board. Welcome to the tribe, Jeb Colwell!
  • Amber shared some productivity tools she's been using with links
  • Fox shared a link to a site giving away free Kick samples
  • Josh shared a YouTuber that addresses mixes and tips for dealing cleaning up instrument spaces
  • Kate shared some questions she has about hiring string players and ideal key for songs she's producing. Lots of ideas and production philosophies were shared by other students.
  • Office Hours were on Friday, Zion connected in with students on topics of using VI guitars and ukulele's with Amplesound, and showed some demonstrations of how to use it.
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies. 
  • This week's office hours will be held on Thursday at 4p, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • Don't forget, Q&A with producer Josh Doyle is this Tuesday for students only. Woot woot!


Making Money in Music

  • Students shared their bio/ homework and ask for feedback
  • Questions and discussions about Split Sheets concerning Publishers including Ari's detailed answers
  • Discussions about buying Youtube likes/views/subscribers
  • Alex shared an article about System of A Down returning to the road this summer (woot)
  • Nykee discovered that the NARIP (National Association of Recording Industry Professionals ) that offer pitch sessions with various supes and licensing agents. 
  • Cathy shared a podcast episode of an amazing interview with Jen Sincero
  • Students discuss possibilities of live streaming 
  • Sheryl shared a great youtube video on bio writing by "Angela Myles Beeching“
  • Students share their album releases
  • Discussions about "Shopify“
  • Victoria shared the OFFICE HOURS replay   
  • Cathy's Monthly Class is MONDAY the 16th April 12:00 PDT


The Access Course

  • The April assignment was detailed – Father’s Day song
  • Lots of tunes were shared for feedback and lots of feedback was given
  • Cathy shared an inspirational post to remind us that it is important to create through the fear of failure and imperfection
  • Rick asked the group about copyrighting and the ability to group songs under one collective title
  • Matt asked about where to find out which tunes are landing ad spots
  • Sherry Lynn shared some resources for tax time
  • Laura had questions about SongTradr
  • Keith asked for thoughts re: where to place piano instrumentals
  • Carolan asked for feedback re: how to promote her remote vocal track services
  • Hunter Murtagh (music sup) did an excellent session, playback link was provided
  • Sonnet presented Monday Music Breakdown featuring 'You Do You' by Zayde Wolf – Xbox promo
  • Akira asked if anyone has been to the Richard Biggs composer breakfasts in Malibu
  • Mat shared a timely Soundtoys education bundle opportunity
  • Pete shared a video about performance pressure
  • Nancy shared a networking strategy she used at a recent conference
  • Cathy shared an inspiring post about being yourself
  • Mikey shared some insight on his favorite guitar pedals for recording
  • Rehya shared an interview she had with Bree Noble
  • Tony shared some recent success with Crucial
  • Anthony reached out to network in Maui
  • Debbie shared some recent success
  • Cecilia asked for feedback on writing for kids musical shows
  • DiElle asked for feedback from people who have worked closely with Bill Leffler
  • Victoria announced the Major Network school-based covers they will be signing to CTM as well as songs that almost made it
  • Tom reached out for assistance from people with kids that sing
  • Elle shared a behind-the-scenes of the making of a Super Bowl ad
  • Lisa introduced herself with a video
  • Prita looked for feedback on placements with no upfront fee
  • Victoria shared which songs made it and almost made it for the March, Spring assignment
  • Josh asked for feedback on preferred drum sounds
  • Tobias asked for advice to tune a recording of an acoustic guitar
  • Mark shared an inspirational video
  • Charles reached out to see if there are any students situated in Taipei
  • Anna shared a supe cheat sheet on Hunter Murtagh
  • Q&A with Andres Recalde (ad agency "72 and Sunny"), April 21st at 10am PST
  • Office Hours – April 19th at 2pm  PST

 

Special thanks to Cora Himmelsbach and Shelley Montreuil for their help in consolidating all information on the MiM and Access Facebook Pages.

 

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 4/1 thru 4/7

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

Listen up! Enrollment for the Producer Course and Community is now open! Discount available for students of any of Cathy Heller’s courses, but this won't last for much longer! Just private message Zion for coupon code!

  • A new student came on board. Welcome to the tribe, Emma McClughan!
  • Ashley Riley shared a song she's been working on and we all pitched in some thoughts and feedback for her.
  • Zion shared a video by Brendon Burchard about how to stay focused through all the noise, and stay on task to finish production and songs we've been working on. 
  • Osie shared a great little affordable software synth that's on sale this week.
  • Office Hours were on Thursday, Zion connected in with students on topics about mic placement techniques and compression settings
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies. 
  • Announcement made about our first Guest Producer Q&A for students of this class. Josh Doyle is going to be sharing what he's learned in producing for sync and take questions from other students.
  • This week's office hours will be held on Thursday at 4p, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.


Making Money in Music

  • Students discuss computer backups, hard drives and data/file storage
  • Students post their BIOs and music for feedback
  • Victoria shares the Monday Music Breakdown
  • Students share their playlists and ask for feedback
  • Cherie shared a cool podcast: And The Writer Is
  • Ari shared a blog and great video interview with Co-Founder and General Manager of SONGTRUST, Joe Conyers… explaining exactly what they do. 
  • Victoria shares the replay of Ari's webinar ..Yeah!
  • Cathy shared a song of hers with very motivating lyrics….which is now being used in a WALMART Spot
  • Victoria/ Catch The Moon shared a new license with us:  "Bold“ by The Highfields for Kotex. Congratulations! 
  • Students discussed the topic of music video promotion
  • Lizzie Brenkus shared a great episode of her podcast The Brink Of Midnight with an interview of John Ondrasik
  • Questions and discussions arose about Split Sheets concerning Publishers 
  • Nykee discovered ARI Herstand watching episode 5 of The Fosters :-) 
  • Victoria shares the replay of the OFFICE HOURS
  • The DIY Music conference is coming up this Sat (14th) in Spain, and we're excited to see posts and pictures from students who are going!
  • Office Hours with Sonnet are on Thurs


The Access Course

  • The April assignment was detailed – Father’s Day song
  • Lots of tunes were shared for feedback and lots of feedback was given
  • Sonnet broke down ‘Colors' by The Highfields on Monday Music Breakdown
  • Sonnet facilitated Office Hours
  • Rehya Stevens shared her new project which was spawned during Cathy’s original six figure Songwriting class – The Dang Kids
  • Shelley shared an article on composing music for TV shows
  • Whittney started a convo on AIFF vs WAV pros and cons and metadata
  • There was a lot of discussion around the Soundtoys bundle sale
  • Harriet asked for suggestions on how to collaborate remotely
  • Mat arranged a student discount with Soundtoys … he is looking into other similar opportunities
  • Jody asked for clarification re: TV mix
  • Mat suggested swapping stems with other members to re-mix each other’s work
  • CTM shared Cathy’s song, Colors, is being used in a Walmart spot
  • Osie share a link to a cool free synth
  • Mikey launched a Patreon page
  • Whittney asked for clarification on length specs for commercials
  • ‘Bold’ by The Highfields got licensed by Kotex
  • The Sup session with Hunter Murtaugh was re-scheduled for April 10th
  • Tobias started a convo about cover songs on Songtradr
  • Cathy went live for a little inspiration
  • Lizzie shared her podcast – Brink of Midnight
  • Darren started a convo re: pitching services
  • Jan started a convo about producing in GarageBand
  • Dree dropped a new music video ‘No Chill’
  • Colin started a convo about Audiosparx
  • Music Sup Hunter Murtaugh – April 10th at 2pm
  • Office Hours – April 12th at 6pm

 

(Special thanks to Cora Himmelsbach and Shelley Montreuil for their help in consolidating all of this information. :)

 

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 4/1 - 4/7

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

Listen up! Enrollment for the Producer Course and Community is now open! Discount available for students of any of Cathy Heller’s courses, but this won't last for much longer! Just private message Zion for coupon code!

  • A new student came on board. Welcome to the tribe, Emma McClughan!
  • Ashley Riley shared a song she's been working on and we all pitched in some thoughts and feedback for her.
  • Zion shared a video by Brendon Burchard about how to stay focused through all the noise, and stay on task to finish production and songs we've been working on. 
  • Osie shared a great little affordable software synth that's on sale this week.
  • Office Hours were on Thursday, Zion connected in with students on topics about mic placement techniques and compression settings
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies. 
  • Announcement made about our first Guest Producer Q&A for students of this class. Josh Doyle is going to be sharing what he's learned in producing for sync and take questions from other students.
  • This week's office hours will be held on Thursday at 4p, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.


Making Money in Music

  • Students discuss computer backups, hard drives and data/file storage
  • Students post their BIOs and music for feedback
  • Victoria shares the Monday Music Breakdown
  • Students share their playlists and ask for feedback
  • Cherie shared a cool podcast: And The Writer Is
  • Ari shared a blog and great video interview with Co-Founder and General Manager of SONGTRUST, Joe Conyers… explaining exactly what they do. 
  • Victoria shares the replay of Ari's webinar ..Yeah!
  • Cathy shared a song of hers with very motivating lyrics….which is now being used in a WALMART Spot
  • Victoria/ Catch The Moon shared a new license with us:  "Bold“ by The Highfields for Kotex. Congratulations! 
  • Students discussed the topic of music video promotion
  • Lizzie Brenkus shared a great episode of her podcast The Brink Of Midnight with an interview of John Ondrasik
  • Questions and discussions arose about Split Sheets concerning Publishers 
  • Nykee discovered ARI Herstand watching episode 5 of The Fosters :-) 
  • Victoria shares the replay of the OFFICE HOURS
  • The DIY Music conference is coming up this Sat (14th) in Spain, and we're excited to see posts and pictures from students who are going!
  • Office Hours with Sonnet are on Thurs


The Access Course

  • The April assignment was detailed – Father’s Day song
  • Lots of tunes were shared for feedback and lots of feedback was given
  • Sonnet broke down ‘Colors' by The Highfields on Monday Music Breakdown
  • Sonnet facilitated Office Hours
  • Rehya Stevens shared her new project which was spawned during Cathy’s original six figure Songwriting class – The Dang Kids
  • Shelley shared an article on composing music for TV shows
  • Whittney started a convo on AIFF vs WAV pros and cons and metadata
  • There was a lot of discussion around the Soundtoys bundle sale
  • Harriet asked for suggestions on how to collaborate remotely
  • Mat arranged a student discount with Soundtoys … he is looking into other similar opportunities
  • Jody asked for clarification re: TV mix
  • Mat suggested swapping stems with other members to re-mix each other’s work
  • CTM shared Cathy’s song, Colors, is being used in a Walmart spot
  • Osie share a link to a cool free synth
  • Mikey launched a Patreon page
  • Whittney asked for clarification on length specs for commercials
  • ‘Bold’ by The Highfields got licensed by Kotex
  • The Sup session with Hunter Murtaugh was re-scheduled for April 10th
  • Tobias started a convo about cover songs on Songtradr
  • Cathy went live for a little inspiration
  • Lizzie shared her podcast – Brink of Midnight
  • Darren started a convo re: pitching services
  • Jan started a convo about producing in GarageBand
  • Dree dropped a new music video ‘No Chill’
  • Colin started a convo about Audiosparx
  • Music Sup Hunter Murtaugh – April 10th at 2pm
  • Office Hours – April 12th at 6pm

 

(Special thanks to Cora Himmelsbach and Shelley Montreuil for their help in consolidating all of this information. :)

 

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 3/25 thru 3/31

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

Listen up! Enrollment for the Producer Course and Community is now open! Discount available for students of any of Cathy Heller’s courses, but this won't last for much longer! Just private message Zion for coupon code!

  • We celebrated Josh’s announcement of his sync placement
  • New members joined our tribe and launched into alignment with production techniques and guidance 
  • Osie started a discussion about using handclaps and whistles still in sync music. 
  • Students shared songs they worked on for the Spring assignment of the Access course
  • Great feedback on production and techniques for students in the middle writing for the Access class 
  • Zion announced a work trip to Germany, and planned office hours from there. 
  • Office Hours on Friday kicked ass. We walked through production techniques and gave real time examples of using VI for production hacks. 
  • This week’s office hours will be on Thurs at 9am


Making Money in Music

  • Many students share cathy’s homework to find out who their costumers are students share their bio and ask for feedback
  • Riki Carigan shares a playlist on Spotify
  • Victoria shares The Monday Music Breakdown: an end title spot featruring “Try everything“ by Shakira for the Zootopia Movie
  • Cathy shares her interview with Seth Godin where they talked about turning your passion into your career. Amazing!
  • Discussions about filmmaker recommendations in Mexico.
  • Nykee Millie and Whittney share their song Hold On To Me and ask for feedback on the mix
  • Ari shares his interview on MSNBC about social media
  • Cathy invites us to follow her on Instagram: @cathy.heller
  • Justin shares a very interesting article from CD Baby about live streaming on Facebook.
  • Discussions about Symphonic Distribution which is a service Ari recommended in his last newsletter of Ari’s Take….
  • Justin shares an interesting article about SPOTIFY
  • Ari was live on facebook: he talked about the importance of staying focused and following your authentic dreams, and how toxic it can be to always compare yourself with other more successful artists….
  • Victoria shares the office hour of the week
  • Juli shares an article about iTUNES
  • Students discuss insurance for musicians.
  • Lauren shared an article from distrokid about Getting more Spotify followers by HyperFollow
  • Ari´s class is on MONDAY Apr 2, 2018 6:00PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) !!!


The Access Course

  • Kim was having a tough time feeling quite low until she came home to find out that she got her very first placement on ‘Agents of SHIELD’ airing March 30th.
  • Lots of tunes were shared for feedback and lots of feedback was given
  • There was lots of helpful conversation about mastering plugins and services
  • Sam started a conversation looking for podcast resources that are sync-specific
  • Mikey suggests the Recording Studio Rockstars podcast
  • Rick asked for some guidance re: file formats and metadata
  • Sonnet broke down ‘Try Everything' by Shakira for the Zootopia movie on Monday Music Breakdown
  • Jody started a Disco users conversation re: organizational structure
  • Cathy released another podcast episode where she interviewed Seth Godin
  • Debbie shared an interesting article on a film composer round table with Hans Zimmer
  • Anna shared a supe cheat sheet on Brian Vickers
  • Victoria announced a new submission opportunity (cover songs)
  • There was quite a bit of discussion around iTunes and the end of downloads
  • Sonnet facilitated Office Hours
  • Randall let everyone know that he has a kick ass studio space he wishes to share
  • DiElle shared that she and her husband will be in LA in May … looking to connect
  • Music Sup Hunter Murtaugh – April 5th at 2pm
  • Office Hours – April 5th at 6pm

Zion

 

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 3/18 thru 3/24

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist 

Listen up! Enrollment for the Producer Course and Community is now open! Discount available for students of any of Cathy Heller’s courses, but this won't last for much longer! Just private message Zion for coupon code!

  • Zion shared an example of using the Exhale software to make a new groove
  • Worked through challenges when making grooves in production
  • Students shared some of their songs for pitching to searches for feedback
  • Osie shared a new tool for recording music on an ipad
  • Zion shared a video of some thoughts about how to write toward a general theme
  • We shared a victory lap with Josh for getting a sync placement this week! woot woot!
  • Office hours on Friday involved disucussions about following industry trends and solving customer issues
  • Amazing strides were taken by students in completing video tutorials and exercises
  • Office hours this week will be on Thursday at 9am.
  • Only 2 weeks left to get access at discounted price!
     

 


Making Money in Music

  • Rachel shared an article about indie wire survey
  • Students shared new songs and releases
  • Kris Angelis asks about streaming royalties and splits and Ari gives a really detailed answer to this, and reminds to check out his book ( chapter 13 ) and puts a link in to Ari´s Take
  • Zion shared a link about creating grooves using Exhale
  • Victoria shared the replay of Cathy´s amazing class from the 18th of March
  • Zion broke down the Homework of Cathy´s class
  • Victoria shared all song feedback that was given during Cathy´s class
  • Many students shared their songs for Cathy´s Homework
  • Students shared their Bios to get feedback (Ari´s Homework)
  • Laurence shared a great interview with JONI MITCHELL where she talks about the 4 elements she thinks are essential for writing a great song!
  • Staci shared an article about Music and Social Media
  • Victoria shared the names of the people whose songs will be pitched and signed by CATCH THE MOON . Congratulations!! Also to those who almost made it!
  • Victoria shared the Monday Music Breakdown about a Coca Cola Ad
  • Arie Papernick gave a good example of how important a good BIO and STORY is for an artist and shares a link to the winner Canada´s CBC Searchlight contest.
  • Several discussions about using STUDIO ONE DAW
  • Sonnet announced that Timus Irvin´s song is being considered for a 30k ad through CTM. We are keeping our fingers crossed!
  • Victoria shared the office hours replay from march 22nd

 


 The Access Course

  • Students shared songs they’d been working on throughout the week
  • Tobias shared a new mic, and led a conversation about affordable mics
  • Students reached out for collaborations and demonstrated resourcefulness
  • Zion shared an example of using the Exhale software to make a new groove
  • Victoria annouced the students who will be signing their Female Empowerment songs with Catch the Moon Music. Congrats everyone!
  • Victoria announced the songs that almost made it to the Female Empowerment
  • search, with feedback
  • Debbie shared a great interview article about cutting through the noise
  • Students shared their playlists on Spotify
  • Interview webinar with Rob Nokes from from SoundDogs, replay was posted
  • Matt shared news about how new laws for getting artists paid
  • Monday music breakdown was shared with song by the Knocks, really good stuff
  • David shared a great new EQ plugin that was free for a couple days
  • Austin started a conversation about cold emailing music sups
  • Keith shared a really cool article on Industry Insights for 2018
  • Lisa shared the SondExploder podcast
  • Samuel gave us insights into channel strip insights
  • Jamila shared the Tune Core podcast of Music Made Me
  • Tobias started a discussion about new
  • Office hours were on 3/22, and replay shared
  • Sonnet announced that Timus Irvin’s track is up for a 30k ad spot! Congrats man!!!!
  • Serge started a discussion about Fervor Records
  • Samuel announced some hiphop tunes that were signed with Crucial
  • Great discussion about Studio One DAW
  • Debbie shared a cool article about a female composer’s score
  • Josh announced his new 40k license for a song he did with Brittany!!! So bad ass…
  • Debbie shared a sync license info article
  • Zion shared a video of some thoughts about how to write toward a general themes
  • Brian Vickers from Disney webinar was on Sat, replay available
  • This Thursday is a webinar call with Hunter Murtaugh at 10am

 

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 3/11 thru 3/17

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

Enrollment for the Producer Course and Community is now open! Discount available for students of any of Cathy Heller’s courses. Just private message Zion for coupon code. 

  • Office Hours on Thursday involved an awesome discussion on simple acoustic treatment solutions with materials available. 
  • Topic of compression and demystifying it is planned to be addressed more.
  • Laura shared her homemade solutions for acoustic treatments
  • Discussion about using Exhale, Zion will be releasing a video this coming week on how to use this amazing plugin.
  • A free EQ plugin was shared for download.
  • Zion shared a live stream of working with a mixer remotely, and talked about the dynamics of finding someone you work well with.
  • A song was shared by Celia Rose and Zion that's a song the used for pitching for the women empowerment search.
  • Shelly shared a 7day challenge of making beats
  • Osie shared a new plugin for discussion for creating chord progressions, hooks and melodies.
  • Zion will be producing live this coming week for students of the course. 
  • Students actively pushed forward with class assignments and made huge strides in upping their production game.
  • This coming Thursday will be another production "deconstruction" where we will listen to each other's songs and talk about what works and what doesn't.

 
Making Money in Music

  • Students shared album art for feedback
  • Lyric Videos and new songs were shared
  • Several new students shared Spotify playlist they'd been curating 
  • Justin shared an article with the head of rock at Spotify
  • Akira shared video of seeing Ari play live
  • Discussion about bandzoogle, and suggestions for website creation
  • Justin shared information about Apple Music trying to catch up with Spotify
  • Reece started a discussion about twitter marketing
  • Andrew shared a publication of his new video
  • Great Monday Music breakdown by Sonnet about a song called Apple Pie
  • Justin started a discussion about single vs albums
  • Jeff started a discussion about Facebook advertising
  • Zion reached out for sax player connections in our group
  • Office hours were on the 15th, and replay provided.
  • Kristina shared a link on artist profiles for spotify 
  • Jeff shared a huge accomplishment with the Int. Film Music Competition
  • Students began sharing their bios, according to Ari's homework
  • Faris asked for advice on writing up agreements
  • Andria asked for more podcast recommendations, and discussion followed
  • Rachel shared a link about Standout Song Moments on TV
  • Big discussion about splits with producer and using Distrokid, by Celestrialblue
  • Reminder about Cathy's course on Monday 3/19, @11:30am, mark your calendars!


 The Access Course

  • Dennis started a discussion about Garageband techniques
  • Students shared a few more cover songs they had been working on.
  • Several discussion were had about the March assignment
  • Samuel shared a cool link about the music in Black Panther movie
  • Mikey Meiers shared a link to the music he and other students had placed in Teen Mom
  • Several more students were asking about collaborating with a producer.
  • Lots of women empowerment songs were shared this week, and discussed for feedback
  • Great question about the use of the "B" words in sync music
  • Sherry looking to meet up with other class members in Nashville Mar 15-21.
  • Debbie shared a great link about what you can learn from cover songs
  • Justin shared an article with the head of rock at Spotify, and an article about Apple Music trying to catch up to Spotify
  • Tamara started a discussion about lullaby covers
  • Kim shared a podcast on Spotify called Showstopper
  • Victoria announced the submissions that almost made it for the Feb assignment
  • Great Monday Music breakdown by Sonnet about a song called Apple Pie
  • Debbie shared an article about facebook having licensing deals with all three major labels now
  • Talk and collaborations happening with the March "spring" assignment
  • Debbie shared news of Disney's new multi billion dollars investments 
  • Tobias reaching out for a producer on a new song
  • Victoria announced the first placement in Teen Mom with songwriters Mikey, Ashley, and Josh
  • Students shared lots of creepy cover songs used in trailers and ads
  • Cool new plugin shared by Samuel
  • Kristina shared a link about sprucing up your Spotify artist profile
  • Kim shared information about sharing multiple tracks on Disco
  • Office Hours were on March 15 at 2, replay posted
  • Ernest started a discussion about gear to purchase for his studio setup
  • Several artists and songwriters were reaching out to the group for singers for work for hire.
  • New student intro videos were posted
  • Tuesday is webinar with Rob Nokes at Sound Dogs
  • Saturday is the webinar with Brian Vickers from Disney

 

- Zion

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 3/4 thru 3/11

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. I do my best to relay what I think is the most important details, but it's very possible for me to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!

 


The Triple Threat Artist

Enrollment for the Producer Course and Community is now open! Discount available for students of any of Cathy Heller’s courses. Just private message Zion for coupon code. 

  • Two new students joined our tribe. Woot!
  • Zion streamed some production work live, and made it available on youtube
  • Office Hours on Thursday involved an awesome discussion on background vocals and tips and tricks for creating group and gang vocals.
  • Lots of questions were answered this week involving production techniques in conjunction with the assignments from the Access course.
  • Students actively pushed forward with class assignments and made huge strides in upping their production game.
  • This coming Thursday will be another production "deconstruction" where we will listen to each other's songs and talk about what works and what doesn't.

 

 
Making Money in Music

  • Great Monday Music breakdown by Sonnet about a song called Dare To Wonder on an Oreo ad.
  • Tamara started a discussion about Distrokid.
  • Hope discussed using Ozone for mastering
  • Aaron shared a cool article on why pursuing music
  • Students shared songs and their journey in getting them promoted.
  • Cool article shared by Justin about Quitting your 9to5 to pursue music full time
  • Students began sharing their Bio's in accordance with Ari's assignment
  • Ari had an online class on 3/5, replay shared in the facebook group
  • Ari shared an article about 150+ Female Producers you need to know
  • Students shared their new and update websites
  • Sonnet had office hours on 3/8, replay shared in group
  • Discussion about Facebook advertising started by Jeff.
  • Shelley shared a lyric video.
  • Dree shared a song release
  • Victoria talked about the spring bonus and congratulating the winners
  • Next Cathy class coming up on Monday 3/19, 11am PST

 


 The Access Course

  • Cool article shared on whether your song is 'too smart'
  • Keith started a discussion about registering cover songs with PRO is necessary 
  • More students shared their cover song submissions for Feb
  • New writing assignment for March was discussed and shared by Sonnet
  • Discussion on metadata for cover songs
  • Discussion by Sarah about splits for cover songs
  • Discussion by Sal about using Taxi
  • Cool article about Doner Ad agency shared by Debbie
  • Students reaching out for co-writers, rappers, collaborations
  • Great Monday Music breakdown by Sonnet about a song called Dare To Wonder on an Oreo ad.
  • Serge shared his success with different sync sites
  • Sonnet updated the calendar with lots of more upcoming webinars
  • Cool article share about Indie Bands becoming more popular on Netflix and other original shows
  • The new Apple ad was shared and discussed by Emma
  • Office Hours with Sonnet was on 3/8 and replay made available
  • Discussion about Bulletproof Musician
  • Links for Access Course was updated by Victoria, check Files area
  • Submission Opportunities doc was updated with a new female empowerment opportunity, make sure you check it.
  • Debbie shared a link to 26 songs that'll empower you
  • Katie shared a spreadsheet to share songs that have been accepted by CTM
  • Link shared by Mark to Universal Productions playlist on Spring
  • Kat Quinn shared a spreadsheet with contact info of past Access course guests.
  • Ernest started a great discussion about producer plugin and tool advice for home studio producers
  • Victoria shared Bonus Info instructions, due Friday 3/16
  • Next webinar session is on March 24 at 10am PST, with Brian Vickers from Disney

 

- Zion

 
 

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