Tips on how to create and be involved in an Online Music Collaboration
Todays technology for the recording musician has been getting better and better with each passing month it seems. Software and computer interfaces are getting much less sophisticated and more user friendly for the average Joe. And... let's not forget, less expensive.
Software like Acid Pro 4.0 is what I use to create and upload music to the web. I've been using Products from Sonic Foundry(Sony) for 4 years now. Their software products are superb to say the least. I highly recommend this Software to build your music creations. However, there are many others.
Acidplanet.com is where I upload my music and Video for the whole world to see and hear. As a member, you can upload music and video files for free.
Software like Vegas Video (also made by Sonic Foundry-Sony), it is what I use to create music videos.
I've been doing some online music collaborations as of late myself. This has been a great experience for me. However, as with anything else, there is a learning curve.
So... I thought I'd pass some simple tips that will help anchor you to a basic format you can start with.
These are common sense tips that I'm giving here and they work well if you follow this basic format everytime.
First, you need you find a website that has musicians who have the same interest you do. Yes, "online music collaborations."
Musician Forum Boards are a great place to start. Here are just a few that will help get you started.
Of course your on a great forum board as you read these other possibilties. I love Musician Forums.com
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Whenever a site such as these have a Forum Board, use them to find other artist that have the same taste as you. I usually introduce myself right away after signing up. It doesn't take long until you find some really cool musicians that are more than willing for an online collaboration.
Once I get on the Forum Board, I'll look for topic of discussions. Songwriting Topics, Recording Topics etc. This is where you'll find folks to collaborate with.
A great why to start is by taking a consensus. Throw the idea out there with some guidelines established. Remember, it's all in the approach. Then, folks need to hear what you are working on first, just to find out if it's something they can get into...
My first "collabs" were done by posting backing tracks for others to download and do their own thing with..
Some of the top players on AP really had a good time with that, and it grew into something way beyond what I intended.. Very cool..
You can do the same thing by building the backing track, and listing the lyrics you want in the song description..
You'll probably get a lot more folks involved if you let them post the songs on their own pages too...