πŸ’„Sephora Sync Placement & New Discount Code

Today I want to let you guys know about a sync placement I just got with Sephora for their March ad campaign coming soon. I cowrote this track and produced and mastered it, all from my bedroom studio.

That means you could too.

The song "Gimme More" from the Karnival EP I released 10/30/18 can be found HERE. It should be out sometime in March. I'll let you know when it does.

Stop thinking that you have to always have a producer. Learn to BE the producer. I did. So can you.

I want you in the Triple Threat Producer Course because I know you'll grow and get so much closer to achieving your goals. Let me help you.

For the next two weeks I am offering the Triple Threat Bundle (The Producer Course, the community access, and two bonuses) for $49/m. 

Use coupon code WINTER49

I can't to see you in the class.

Click HERE, and let's get started.

Zion

 

 

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πŸ‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ Facebook Group Recap - 2/20 thru 2/26

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. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us 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

  • Kenneth asked a question about the Unison Midi Chord Pack sale
  • Osie shared a really great deal on MRythmizerMB
  • Javier Ballester joined the tribe
  • Alex shared a video about turning your voice into MIDI software
  • Kate checked in and talked about digging into the videos of the course, and what she's learning
  • Sem checked in and talked about some of his struggles
  • In Office hours ... It's so important to listen to reference tracks if you're going to produce music. Mainly because you won't have to re-invent the wheel, and it'll motivate you to make yourself better. I strongly suggest listening to several songs that you admire before you start producing, every single day. Today we chatted a lot about this, started a new Triple Threat Spotify Playlist, and chatted about the use of real drums in production.
  • Alia Gilbert joined our tribe! Yay!!!
  • Blake shared a really cool remix and music video to Green Eggs and Ham that he made.
  • Rebecca shared a video about using virtual guitar Shreddage.
  • Kate shared a photo and check in of her and her producer 
  • Shelley checked in and question about mic bleed during live performance
  • Amber shared a success she had with running the repair tool in disk utilities on a Mac
  • A new Q&A was announced for 2/20 with producer composer Dirk Ehrert
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code ACCESS49. There's no installment plan, and you can quit anytime!


The Access Course  

  • Rick asked if classmates mix in headphones or monitors
  • David announced his excitement about his songwriting partner, Lauren
  • Mikey posted his Zoom chat replay on songwriting for guitar
  • Joan asked about copyright requirements for songs intended for licensing.
  • Paul asked about archiving songs meant for sync as opposed to releasing them.
  • Susan announced some radio play for one of her song.
  • Kristina shared a search from TAXI
  • Lori had questions about the process of working with a film maker, as she is working with one.
  • David seeks a collaborator for the January assignment
  • Pete posted Soundfly’s musical breakdown of pop hits from 2018
  • Cathy announced her new class next Wednesday about side hustles
  • Kayte and others posted successes
  • Kathrin asked a question about Cathy’s new bonus masterclasses
  • Angelique asked about everyone’s dream job.
  • Emily asked about covering people like Simon & Garfunkel and Beatles and such
  • Amira asked questions about split sheets for covers
  • Lori asked about having an #PK for your sync music
  • Mark posted an update about his progress
  • Kayte requested people connect as much as possible before their year ends
  • Victoria shared a search that came in that pays really well. Really, really well.
  • Ben and others posted songs for feedback
  • Heather is also looking for a collaborator
  • Victoria posted the replay of her listening session from 1/24/19
  • CTM posted the session with Brittany Whyte of the Chop Shop from 1/24/19
  • Cathy posted about her happiness with the Zoom session with Brittany Whyte
  • Rich and other posted their farewells
  • Jan posted notes from the Brittany Whyte zoom session
  • Bev posted about having second thoughts regarding TAXI and Hit License based on Brittany Whyte’s remarks.
  • Janet asked about any plans to keep the graduates of ACCESS and/or 6 Figure together.
  • Katie alerted us to the Sync Summit in NYC in June
  • Mikey posted his patreon campaign to raise money to go to the live event in March.
  • Cathy announced a next level program for those graduating.

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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πŸ“Œ The most commonly forgotten area to acoustically treat

 
In a lot of home studios I've been in, an area that's most often forgotten about is right above the recording desk.

It doesn't seem like this would be that big of a deal, but it really is. A flat ceiling right above your speakers is like having a giant mirror slapping the sound back into your ears, and can sometimes be worse than the wall reflections.

In this video I show you what I'm talking about, as well as show you an alternative to putting acoustic treatment in your home or office that doesn't leave any marks when you're done.

Here is the set of acoustic treatment I use: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/RoomDSTAlBur--auralex-alpha-dst-roominators-kit-charcoal-burgundy

Enjoy!

Zion

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🌊 Facebook Group Recap - 1/13 thru 1/19

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. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us 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

  • Chelsey shared news of her purchase of Logic X, and excited to dig into it
  • Sem shared a workaround fix for the hum he was getting in his guitar chain
  • Mikey shared a video instructing and announced a webinar on guitar training
  • Alex shared a great video mashup video
  • Rebecca started a convo about using a VI solo strings instrument
  • In Office hours,we discussed types of MIDI instruments, breaking drum racks into separate tracks for rendering, recording audio specifically guitars with dynamic vs condenser mics, and reminded everyone about the Q&A with Josh Doyle tomorrow.
  • On Wed we we had an amazing Q&A with producer / songwriter / artist, Josh Doyle! He truly is a triple threat, and is making a living full time with his music. Replay was given.
  • A new Q&A was announced for 2/20 with producer composer Dirk Ehrert
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code ACCESS49. There's no installment plan, and you can quit anytime!


The Access Course  

  • Paul asked for clarification of what “hook” means. Very interesting discussion.
  • Serge and others posted music for feedback.
  • Jennifer and others bid us farewell as their respective years ended.
  • Jim posted his confusion about reference tracks and got lots of feedback
  • Alex posted replay of production and mix reviews
  • Brittany seeks producer
  • Susan and others posted about their successes
  • Victoria posted results of the Film Cover Search
  • Moana seeks a producer
  • Marty asked for a hard date for the year ending in January, and was told the week of January 28th.
  • Victoria asked for info about Songtrust
  • Joe is looking for lodging during the live event in March
  • Susan requested info about who got into the ACCESS Group
  • Danny asked for a show of hands for the live event
  • Zion announced his Q & A with Josh Doyle
  • Mikey announced his “guitar and songwriting” live chat
  • Cathy asked for feedback on Songtradr
  • Jamila asked about supes creating TV stings for the artist.
  • Paul asked for people’s experience with The Artist’s Way
  • Alex posted another Mix & Production Review video
  • Emily posted about the January Happy Hour Meetup on 1/26 at 7 pm
  • Rachelle is looking for lodging in Anaheim during NAMM where she is performing.
  • Serge posted about his dissatisfaction with Songtradr
  • Cathy posted a replay of her “Fun announcement”.
  • Emily posted the replay of her listening session
  • Levi shared an event
  • Michelle asked for opinions regarding Songuard.com(part of Masterwriter)
  • Jan posted about her new book/cd project and the love it’s getting at an Austin bookstore.
  • Emily asked about the rescheduled Chop Shop session
  • Bev requested information about GarageBand, or a class in it.

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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Virtual Strings - VI Philosophy (yes, It's totally possible!)

Most people would say that you can't use Virtual Instruments, particularly strings, in place of real instruments.

I disagree.

The reason most people are turned off by this is because the producer playing the VI isn't very good.

First, you have to understand how the instrument is supposed be played. This may take a little training and education at first.

Then you need to have a really great VI that gives you options to adjust articulations of that instrument.

Next, you'll need to take the time to really make a part shine by finessing with the subtleties and articulations that make that instrument sound real.

And lastly, blending it into the mix with the right reverbs and staging is a must.

In the first couple tutorials I show you using some of the songs I have uploaded on my Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/zionbrock

In the last song, I did the strings for a version of Anita Exira's track here: https://anitaexira.bandcamp.com/track/the-tides-and-kindred-phenomena

Enjoy!

Zion

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πŸ₯Š Facebook Group Recap - 1/6 thru 1/12

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. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us 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

  • Tobias shared some sales going on at Izotope
  • Zion talked about how to make money as an affiliate of Triple Threat Artist, so that the class pays for itself
  • Mikey shared a video he made about songwriting for guitar, and broke down a song he analyzed 
  • Derek shared a link for reference track ideas
  • Zion reminded all students that they can sign up for a one-on-one session
  • In Office hours, we all checked in and updated each other on what we were working on. Afterward we discussed headphones, speaker placement, and working on grooves.
  • Juli shared a video of her commiting to do more grooves
  • Rebecca Dale joined us, woohoo!
  • Sem shared a Spotify playlist of songs that inspired his music
  • Derek shared a list of top 100 songs of 2018
  • Chelsey shared news of getting Logic Pro X!
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code ACCESS49. There's no installment plan, and you can quit anytime!


The Access Course  

  • Bev asked for advice regarding  her handheld recording device
  • Tobias pointed out that Tamara is a featured artist on TAXI
  • MaShanda and others posted their December assignment
  • Cathy congratulated several class members on sticking with The Artist’s Way
  • Kristina asked for a download link for Module 11, and Emily obliged
  • Andria asked for opinions on song splits with her producer
  • Mikey posted a video on Songwriting for Guitar
  • Moana requested opinions about a song she wants to use for a reference track
  • Jaynee requested a suggested playlist for January
  • Tamara linked the group to panel discussions from the guild of Music Supervisors conference.
  • Nick and others posted successes
  • CTM posted a replay of Office Hours
  • Tobias posted about Music Supervisors and Broadcast Producers at ad agencies
  • Joe asked about a playlist Cathy talked about back in October. Michelle linked him to the playlist.
  • Kaeli asked a question regarding mashups
  • MaShanda asked about direct performance buyouts
  • Victoria posted a new Submission Opportunity due 1/12
  • CTM posted a list of those graduating in January
  • Katie seeks a co-writer/producer for the January assignment
  • Lincoln asked about uploading connected songs to SongTradr
  • Tobias requested info about discovering the email format used by Format Entertainments. Got a great response from Jake.
  • Mar asked a question about research
  • CTM posted an update about the November assignment
  • Victoria posted a listening session replay from 1/10
  • Heather and Andria both requested a collaboration for the submission opportunity
  • Bev asked about the schedule of live broadcasts from CTM
  • Angelique asked about the meaning of AMXT
  • Tony and other graduates posted farewells
  • Tim posted his Submission Opportunity submission.
  • Cathy requested testimonials from graduating students
  • Paul initiated a discussion of the word “hook”

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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πŸ”₯ Facebook Group Recap - 12/30 thru 1/5

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. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us 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

  • Pete was inspired by the goal setting and asked to keep the videos for quick viewing
  • Mikey jumped in and shared a video about songwriting for guitar
  • Kate shared a beautiful song she wrote about the shores of Maui
  • In Office hours, I illustrated and reminded students about the google 100 grooves folder, as well as the exercise worksheet. We walked through showing a student example of how it works. Then we talked about habits and I gave some tips that have been very helpful for me.'
  • Kenneth shared a humorous post about new years resolutions.
  • Chelsey started a discussion about updating here computer and transferring DAW and plugins from her old computer
  • Bethany joined our class, woohoo!
  • Kate Hardly shared a link to a song she's working on for the Access class
  • Zion shared a video meme about looking outside the box for creativity
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Wednesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code ACCESS49. There's no installment plan, and you can quit anytime!


The Access Course  

  • Mikey offered guitar lessons
  • Dwayne and others posted about successes placing music
  • Pete posted his resolutions with regard to collaboration
  • Alex posted an invitation to have your mix and production reviewed
  • Helen and many others wished us all a Happy New Year
  • Laura posted a cover of Auld Lang Syne for our enjoyment.
  • CTM posted a summary of successes in 2018
  • Zion posted a video about vision and goals for 2019
  • Joe and others posted songs for feedback.
  • Patrick requested recommendations for open mics
  • Tobias requested recommendations on a fig.8 condenser mic
  • Dennis announced that his production music library is being represented by 5 Alarm Music
  • Mark asked if it was too soon to restart sending out emails
  • Tamara joyfully announced that she is featured on TAXI. Congratulations, Tamara!
  • Angela seeks an accountability partner
  • Michelle posted Cathy’s podcast episode where she interviews Becky Scott
  • Kurt announced that he created some of the backing tracks for the new show The Masked Singer.
  • Bev requested help identifying a song, was told to download Shazam, which worked.
  • Alex posted feedback on several people’s productions.
  • Cathy posted video of the venue where the live session will be in March. Gorgeous and huge.
  • Kathrin asked about turning in assignments late.
  • Rick asked about the best mic to use for acoustic guitars.
  • CTM announced the January assignment is in the files. Good luck all!

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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🎯 Your 2019 Goals Ready? Let's Get Locked and Loaded!

So a couple weeks ago I shared a recap of my year in 2018. I talked about the goals I met and didn’t meet, the growth I had, new things I learned, and the direction I’ve found.
 
Then last week I shared some information about how important it is to know your five and ten year VISION before setting goals for 2019. I’ve been so amazed and impressed by the response I got back. A lot of you have been sharing with me how important you found this and where you want to be celebrating when the new year hits next year.
 
Today, New Years Eve 2018, I want to talk about Making Goals for 2019. I have a few thoughts on this, that I’d love to share with you in the video, but i’ll recap it right here also.
 
So you’ve made a vision for where you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years. Now you’re putting pen to paper and trying to figure out what your goals should be for this coming year. Here are some considerations:
  • Personal goals (losing weight, more exercise, eating better, better relationships, etc.)
  • Educational goals (learning a new language, mastering an instrument, learning how to produce you’re own music, understanding music theory better, etc.)
  • Money Goals ($5000/m in online cashflow, paying off debt, landing a huge sync placement with your music, selling merch at a gig, etc.)
  • Service Goals (Helping your community more, offering services, local charities, fundraising, etc.)
Try and limit yourself to only 3 or 5 major goals. Why? Author and business consultant Jim Collins says, “If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.”
 
Crazy, right!?!
 
But it kinda makes sense. You need your focus to be laser sharp. You can combine many of your goals together, or make subgoals if you have to. But just limit yourself, I say between three and five.
 
This is going to sound nuts, but I want you to double, triple or quadruple your goals!
 
Yes, I want you to be insane about this. Why? Because you need to think WAY bigger from now on. You may not hit all your goals in the end, and that’s ok. The point is that you try, and that you stretch yourself into crazy areas you never thought possible.
 
I can’t stress this enough, think WAY bigger.
 
Now print it out, laminate it, and put copies up on your refrigerator, studio walls, bathroom mirrors, or in your car.
 
I like to make my computer wallpaper display my goals in giant text, so that I see them every time I sit down to work.
 
Prepare to read these every day, so they’re always fresh on your mind and on the tip of your tongue. So important. If I see you and ask you what they are you should be able to spit it out faster than a cat chasing a laser pointer!
 
Next, I want you to start sharing your goals with your significant other and friends. Let them know how crazy you are! What’s the worst that could happen?
 
Lastly, start breaking your goals into subgoals, like monthly or quarterly. This is where you’ll start using a planner to make it all happen. I personally love the Getting Things Done method, but there are all kinds of methods out there. Let me know what you find and end up going with!
 
You’re going to need to start eliminating pointless distractions in the next year. Less binge watching Netflix, less video games, less time wasters.
 
You’re going to get your life back.
 
You’re going set this world on fire.
 
Zion
 
PS: If you are interested in Kajabi (the platform I use to send these emails, update blogs, create websites, track students, payment systems, etc.) Use this link to get a 28 Free Trial right now:  (I apologize, in the video above I stated that you can get 30% off, but I misspoke, that was just a black friday sale. This offer does include 28 day free, which no other offer does.)
 
(The 15 minute Method I mention in the video is here: https://www.courageandclarity.com/plan/)
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🎊 Facebook Group Weekly Recap - 12/23 thru 12/29

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. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us 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

  • We started a discussion about Ableton Live as the primary DAW pros and cons
  • Zion announced doing one on one's with every student to get more acquainted and find out how to help everyone.
  • Tobias shared a couple free plugins that everyone should check out.
  • Sem shared a video and article about Stem mastering\
  • Zion shared a video about going into the new year with a clear vision and goals
  • Mikey Meiers shared a cool tip on guitar production
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code 49FORLIFE. There's no installment plan, and you can quit anytime!


The Access Course 

  • Eric and others posted holiday songs for our enjoyment.
  • Cathy posted about all the changes and exciting new programs.
  • Amira and others (including me) posted holiday greetings
  • Cathy posted encouragement and love for the holiday and comfort for those who are not having that great a time.
  • Mikey posted a video offering skype lessons.
  • Marty and others posted December assignment songs for feedback.
  • Lori seeks a producer for a Christmas songs.
  • CTM reminds us about the December 1-4-19 deadline.
  • Robin posted a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger encouraging us to work hard.
  • Zion posted a video on setting goals for 2019
  • Jacq sent everyone greetings and a song, after her absence
  • Rick posted a video about using samples and loops in your music
  • Tobias called our attention to free plugins being offered
  • Amira asked for guidance on putting songs for sync on streaming services and opinions about Distrokid
  • Emily posted an article about the tempo of current pop music
 

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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πŸ”¬ Get clear on your vision before setting goals for 2019!

"If your ship isn't getting any closer to the harbor, it's unlikely it's the harbor's fault." - My Godfather

Listen, we've got to start talking about your goals for 2019. If you're having trouble putting these together for this next year it's probably because you're not clear on your vision of where you want to be.

Can you take a few mins to think about where you want to be and what your life will represent over the next 5 to 10 years? This is something that's going to organically change over time, but you've got have a direction right now! 

So do yourself a favor, sit down and write out where you want to be in the next 5 years, mentally, emotionally, relationally, spiritually, musically, etc. Get clear on this right now!

When you go to write down your goals for this year, they'll start falling into place!

I personally love to visualize where I'll be on NYE 2019, and how will I want to celebrate. For me, I want to be on a cruise in the middle of nowhere, sipping brandy and smoking a cigar with good friends. 

Paint a picture like this, and ask yourself what you'll be celebrating. And if you'd like, email me back and let me know what that looks like!

Zion

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