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New Music Video for My Song, Café

An acoustic jazz video of coffee shop love

It's been a minute since I've made a music video, and I've had that creative itch for some time now! We at Brain Stamp are working on a new jazz album (or EP, depending on how many tracks we end up writing). I loved working on our track Café from our last album and wanted to make a video for it to tie it into the new songs. There were several setbacks here: 1). I don't have money to blow on an expensive video, and 2). I don't have a lot of time to put into making one. If you've seen my video for Tangerine, you know I'm a big fan of DIY. I wanted to do some[...]

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A Recording Studio Cleaning Checklist

A checklist to keep your recording studio clean

One of my (many) pet peeves is a filthy studio. It seems to kind of go with the trade. Creatives are typically messy, disorganized people. That's okay to an extent, but we can all agree it can be a little much, no? When you have to dig your mixing board out from a mound of magazines and you have weeks-old food laying around, it's time to clean. Why should I clean my studio? My clients don't mind. First of all, they do. I guarantee it. They may not say anything, but no one likes a dingy, dark studio where you're afraid to sit down or breathe. Plus, what if yo[...]

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Music Stems: How to Send and Receive the Right Files for Your Music Project

How to send the right stems, files or tracks between musicians

When sending files between musicians, songwriters, producers and mixers, there can be a lot of confusion over what is being sent. For starters, some people call them completely different things (stems, files, tracks, exports, etc). Then there are people who are not sure what type of stem to send (.wav, .mp3, .m4a, etc). For the sake of simplicity for this post, I'll be calling them Stems throughout. Just know that there are several terms for the same thing! Let's get into it:   A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Right Music Files 1). Establish what[...]

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Working with Reverb for Vocals

How to use reverb to enhance your vocals

Reverb is a tricky mixing topic. There are multiple plugins, techniques, and endless articles to read about the topic. What is the best way to use Reverb for vocals?   If you came here for one simple answer, I'm sorry to disappoint but it really is a matter of taste. You can find articles that tell you a range to fall within or advice on the best plugins, but these are all opinions. Reverb is a matter of taste. So, why am I writing an article about how to use Reverb, only to tell you there's no easy answer? I'm glad you asked. Before I wrote my b[...]