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Simple Sound Waves

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English: wavelength in sine wave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)English: Simple Sine Graph with description (Photo credit: Wikipedia)English: This shows several waveforms: sine wave, square wave, triangle wave, and rising sawtooth wave. Français : Cette image montre plusieurs formes d'onde: sinus, carrées, triangle, et dents de scie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Ever wonder what sounds are made of? These are the building blocks of sound. Check out these informational YouTube videos on sound synthesis, sound waves, and music technology.
Online Noise Generator http://simplynoise.com/
Basic Sound Waves



Sine wave to Square Wave



Additive Synthesis Visual only



LOGIC STUDIO NOTES

Logic Studio's ES2 synthesizer has a Tutorial Library which has several basic settings that can be used for amazing original synth beats.
The EX24 has basic sound waves under: Synthesizers/Synth waveforms. There you will find both Analog and Digital waveforms that you can use in mixing. Cutoff: Determines the frequencies th…

Music Industry Organizations to Join

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Great American Music Hour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Just like any other profession, musicians gain a lot through networking, participating in conferences, and having opportunities for performances outside their usual circle of colleagues.

The organizations below provide excellent opportunities through online and personal networking, conferences, concerts, festivals, music business help, and grants.

Like with any organization, it is best to be very involved with a few that really meet your professional music needs instead of being a member of two dozen organizations where no one knows you or your music. Once you choose an organization, take advantage of all of their membership opportunities, whether it is a free web listing, free web page, an opportunity to publish online, attend conferences, or apply for grants.

Music Organizations for Composers, Music Educators, and Electronic Music

American Music Center
http://www.amc.net/

ASCAP
http://www.ascap.com/index.aspx
BMI
http://www.bmi.com/

SEAMUS

Music, Multimedia, and Visual Art

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Composing for Tape/Multimedia and Live Musicians

Composing for tape, media, and live performers is closely related to composing film music. Just like a live orchestra must have a score perfectly synced to what is happening in the film, a score for multimedia and live performers has to be perfectly timed and in sync for the performance to succeed.

This usually means:

1) Including Time Code in the score
2) Including audio and/or visual cues in the score
3) Many hours syncing up measures and notes with time code
4) For rehearsal (and possibly concert purposes), a practice CD or DVD with a click track for each performer and the conductor
5) Neat, legible, and professional quality music scores
6) As much communication as possible between composer and the ensemble during the creative process
7) It is up to the composer, not the ensemble, to make the entire composition understandable and performable by providing clear instructions, legible scores, and playable music.

A note here: There is often more …

Musicians - We Want to tell the World About You in our New Artist Spotlight Series

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English: Photograph of musician Nicole Skeltys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As you may have noticed the New Music Resource recently had a facelift. The New Music Resources is starting a new exciting article series on contemporary musicians, artists, and other creative people. 

And we would love to write about you!

If you are an artist, musician, poet, video artist, filmmaker, writer, singer, music tech specialist, etc. we would love to add you to our new NMR Artist Spotlight series. The New Music Resource currently has over 7000 hits per month, reaching countless artists and musicians throughout the world, including the Americas, Australia, and Europe. 

Write a short blurb about your latest concert, project, album, song, book, or whatever in the comments below. Include a link to your work so we can scope it out and see your work. The NMR Artist Spotlight Series will feature at least one artist/musician per month, with the hopes of featuring an artist every week. If contacted, you will fill o…

Layman's Guide to EQ

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The spectrum of a 1 kHz tone. A sound will not be heard if it is under the threshold in quiet. This limit changes around the masker frequency, making it more difficult to hear a nearby tone. The slope of the masking threshold is steeper toward lower frequencies than toward higher frequencies, which means it is easier to mask with higher frequency tones. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)A Layman's Guide to EQ
Frequency: number of cycles per unit time (measured in hertz, Hz)
- A sound at 1Hz only has one cycle per second (making it a low, an inaudible pitch) - A sound at 20 kHz has 20000 cyles per second (an extremely high pitch usually outside the human range of hearing...your dog might hear it though) - Human range of hearing can be from 20Hz to 20kHz -Orchestras tune to A440 (at 440 Hz)
It is important when mixing to determine the general frequency range of your instruments, sounds, and voice tracks in order to EQ properly.
Excess noise, for example, happens in the upper frequency range, …