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My experience with RouteNote.com (so far)

Update, July 21th, 2015:  It has been a long road, with several bumps, but overall I do recommend RouteNote. They always pay on time, and they have been willing to work out some of the particular issues I’ve had. Read on for more details on my long journey.

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Originally posted January 29th, 2014:

I’ve been bitten by the “create a bunch of music and then publish it” bug.  I wish I would have contracted this virus earlier, but timing can’t always be helped.  Since I am new (very, very new) to distributing my music online, and there was no help online when I searched for certain information, I decided to chronicle my experience to share with others.

I had some questions, like:

What services should I release my music on?

How long does it take for a song to be released on iTunes?

How long does it take for a song to be released on Amazon, or Spotify, or Groove (Xbox) Music?

Is it easy to release my own music online?

How do you pronounce RouteNote? (it’s pronounced like root)

How much do iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Groove Music, etc. pay artists?

So hopefully, by sharing my experience with some of the details, it will make it clearer for others trying to go the same path.  Maybe my experiences will even give you confidence, so it doesn’t feel like you are jumping into a big dark ocean, in the middle of the night, naked. Continue reading

Alesis DM10X Kit Review

There is something magical about percussion instruments.  The almost paradox of brutally hitting something to make a sweet and pleasing sound.  For as long as I have been a musician, drums are the things that people gravitate to over other instruments.  You don’t have to learn a chord shape or memorize scales, you just hit things with rhythm.  Children feel drawn to the drums, it’s as if we are all born with the desire to hit things and make noise.

I too, have been drawn to hit things and make noise.  I have always loved the sound of a well tuned and high quality acoustic drum kit, but space and volume control in my home have been an issue.  Therefore, I had always resolved to make an electronic drum kit part of my studio space.  An electronic drum kit gives more flexibility in recording and post production fixes and tweaking, so it works best for my set up.

After much deliberation I decided on the Alesis DM10, and then proceeded to convince myself to purchase the Alesis DM10X , which adds larger pads and puts the Snare pad on a stand instead of the rack.  Amazon.com had the best price, so I ordered one up and two days later I received 92.6 lbs. of electronic drum kit.  Now, after some time with the kit, I am ready to review the Alesis DM10X Kit.

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