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Parallel Compression Tips for Drum Mixes February 9, 2016

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Watch this video to learn a clever mixing trick that will give your drum mixes extra drive and impact – parallel drum compression using the SSL plugins.

Delta Force January 9, 2015

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Delta Force.

Here is another video in a part of a collection of music videos sharing some of the music of Mark Allan Wolfe Composer / Music Supervisor / Producer I hope you will enjoy it and share it with your friends with in your network. For more music and info please visit markallanwolfe.com

What do you believe? February 7, 2014

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Here is an excerpt from a J Michael Dolan BLOG posting that I thought was pretty helpful and so may you. I am always trying to encourage my artists and friends , fellow musicians as well in the pursuit of their craft. You never know when you will make a name for yourself or strick it big. My motto is CAN’T don’t work here!

Stay in touch by also visiting markallanwolfe.com and
wofliesmusicpublishing.com

PACK OF LIES

It’s a big lie, that because of the massive changes in industries like music, publishing and television, that your chances of being successful are less.

It’s a big lie, that other artists & entrepreneurs are not anxious & edgy about what’s happening in the culture of art, tech and business today.

It’s a big lie, that very soon the exponential growth of technology will finally slow down and become the “new normal.”

It’s a big lie, that building a tribe of fans, followers and customers before your next product is produced, released or shipped is a waste of time & money.

It’s a big lie, that people who are ahead of you in technology got there because they’re smarter than you.

It’s very TRUE that a lack of confidence is the greatest killer of worthwhile ideas and personal genius.

If your interested in learning a little more about the writer of this posting feel free to visit

http://www.jmichaeldolan.com/pagecnewabcdez.php?blogid=337

A quick thought about my day December 7, 2013

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horse

horses around the corner

 

I was so blessed this afternoon running errands with my darling and by our home was like 5-6 horse chilling on this dude farm like always but they were real close to the gate so I , we, had to stop and say hi to them there were the coolest animals beside my dogs and cat.  I had such a time just chilling with her feeding these wondeful animals some were brown some were carmel or white. There was of course the one alpha and the rest just chilled.  As I looked at these awesome animals I could not help think a few things, of how over the centuries these animals helped mankind work, survive, thrive and grow. How we have worked together with these and other animals yet many folks either abuse them, or do not REALLY care for them. It is a shame.

It just amazes me that GOD is so righteous and cool that He gave mankind these wonderful beast to work with him. They are to me so powerful and awesome and I think that Jonathan Swift when writing Gulliver’s Travels got it right with the Houyhnhnms. I would encourage you all for a good read or for a good entertaining movie check out  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115195/

If your interested in learning more about his ideas check out these links below. The key here is to EDUCATE yourself. ANYONE can debase himself, anyone can be evil and mean it takes a real person of character to rise above the dirge of society. Then once you are being filled with light you then can share it with this dark world.

Anyways I had a wonderful experience feeding these wonderful beast who loved me back in return. I thought about their history, they have feelings to some degree I am sure. They are truly magnificent creatures! Enjoy  your day as I have enjoyed mine. Spend it with those you love, tell them and show them often for you never know how long you will be blessed with their presence.

If you are reading this and thinking that I am strange or silly maybe you need to spend some time with nature and animals or with those you love, and recall how precious life REALLY is. That there are always going to be evil people and there are always going to be kind, good hearted folks. Do not let this world make your heart so hard that you forget to take time to stop and smell the roses for as quickly as blinking your eyes you can lose it and it will be taken away in a flash. You then will long for these few moments when you stopped to hold someones hand, looked at a sunset, walked on the beach. It is cool This is the time of the year to be thankful and love folks. Rejoice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houyhnhnm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels

My Sweet by Composer Mark Allan Wolfe October 8, 2013

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A music video of a song called “MY SWEET” written and performed by Mark Allan Wolfe. It is a mellow rock /pop song I recorded in my studio where I record most of my music. This was a love song of sorts created for my beautiful wife who I write many songs for. Yet this song has no lyrics and is instrumental only for maybe you will gain something different from it. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share it with anyone you think may also enjoy it.

If your looking to find music for your video or web tv , film website, video game where ever you need music visit website and listen to the several hundred tracks available or license directly from the site. You can also email for price quotes on custom music. Many tracks are finding placements with in American Pickers,Barter Kings, NY INk and many other reality programing and tv shows.

For more music and licensing please visit markallanwolfe.com and wolfiesmusicpublishing.com

Devotion October 5, 2013

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Devotion.

 

 

 

A song called “Devotion” from the up coming NEW release of “Passing Thru” by Mark Allan Wolfe. This is an acoustic piece mixed with several synth pads and a light piano solo covering.

A acoustic guitar melody accompanied by synth pads, and piano trickleing around. Music was made primarily for meditation time, reflection and so forth. More heavier music is available as well as soft rock, Jazz and electronic at markallanwolfe.com. feel free to repost this and share it as well as other videos available from the website.

 

For more info and licensing information please visit his website http://www.markallanwolfe.com

Devotion October 5, 2013

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A song called “Devotion” from the up coming NEW release of “Passing Thru” by Mark Allan Wolfe. This is an acoustic piece mixed with several synth pads and a light piano solo covering.

For more info and licensing information please visit his website http://www.markallanwolfe.com

More tips on getting music placed July 17, 2013

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I have been enjoying the feedback and questions from the previous posts I thought I would elaborate a little more and share a few more thoughts with you. Now before I begin I must say that you may not think what I share is perhaps a tip, but these have been things that have and still do help me out. These thoughts and ideas have come from experience and from certain folks I know in the business who are either A&R people, other Music Supervisors, Composers and if I may GATE KEEPERS Muahahaha!

Now some of this MAY hurt your heart and get you angry, but if you are sick you go to the DR to find out whats wrong. If you are trying to get music placed or make some money in the music biz you are reading this humble attempt at a BLOG. I do NOT have all the answers NO ONE does but here we go…

Ok so you have made some music, you are trying to be FAMOUS, you are trying to share with the world your most incredible song that has ever graced the ears of man….now what do you do? How do you go about trying to get it to the right people? Some of you who read this may have years of experience and this will all seem silly or maybe a review of sorts.

To some this will be strange and you have never heard of these things or even contemplated them. Some of the terminology may seem foreign and strange but if you take the time to learn and read up on  these things they will benefit you in years to come.

How do you explain something that has taken a life time to learn and put into practice with in a few senteces? How does one reveal the truth to someone when they do not want to hear it? Wait a minute what? Yes thats right many people do NOT want to hear what I am saying. You want OTHER people to do all the work for you but you want to reap the rewards of THEIR labor? Yes Mr Anderson this is true. I have seen it time and time again. On one hand there are a group of people who will bust their butts and do what ever they can to try to make it in the busness and then there are those who will go half way and expect the same results. Does not happen.

You have to do your homework no matter what you have to study, force yourself to do things you would not neccessriy do as a musucian such as read, educate yourself. I cannot begin to tell you how many people will email me or call and they have NO clue as to how things work and how this business end works, they think that you make the music place it on itunes, or make a youtube video and people will stop in there tracks. Not that there is anything wrong with not knowing for we are all learning. It is the fact that this is all they think needs to be done. That some one beyond the great expanse will hear them and sign them and their music as in the days of old, or the movies.

Ask yourself a few of these questions, and write them down on paper or on your laptop….

Where do you want to be in a year?

Where do you want to be in 5 yrs?

How do you get there?

Who can help you get there?

Why do you want it?

These are your goals, your blue print for what your trying to do.

Where is music used? EVERYWHERE

Who provides them with that music? How can I get my music to them, or that person?

Why do you write your thoughts and ideas down? If you do not have some form of direction YOU WILL NEVER go anywhere. You have to set out a course a plan. You have to put yourself in the right places at the right times. I believe it was Walt Disney who said  “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”

You need to identify and try to start meeting filmmakers and music supervisors. A few things to try to remember when meeting and establishing ANY new relationships with in this business are as follows;

Composing is primarily a relationship-driven business. If you are not one who likes to work with people you may have trouble working in this field. Not impossible just something to work on. Be seen as a solution NOT a problem.
Be someone who’s easy to do business with and approachable. Do not be arrogant be a little humble. Like with in ANY relationship building, remember to consider others time and thoughts not just YOURS.

Respect their time – when you call, get to the point and always listen. Don’t take anything personally. If someone gives you their thoughts or ideas (like this BLOG) do not trip out just realize that it is just their views. RESPECT, relax, do not stop making music because you got rejected EVERYONE gets rejected.Edison the dude who helped discover the light bulb failed like hundreds of times I think even 206 times!
Always inspire confidence in you and your music. Always remember the unique aspects about you and your music.
Do your homework – learn as much as possible about the person & projects.

I will always share when I can to try to help out everyone. I would humbly ask that if you like this posting and have benefited from it that you write us back share your music with us if you want. I am always looking to network with people of like mind and collaborate so feel free to email. I would also like to ask that you share this with anyone you feel would benefit. It is like we are trying to put into practice what I have been writing about these past few articles. Lets build relationships. ROCK ON!

 

More tips on getting music placed.

Mark Allan Wolfe Blog moving! March 26, 2013

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Mark Allan Wolfe Blog moving!

UPDATES!

I just wanted to encourage you all and let you know of a few changes if I have not already done so. If you have been following my one blog here, first I would like to say THANKS for doing so. I am very thankful and humbled. I want to bring your attention to a few new things going on here. I am moving things around a bit to help me out in the day to day opertations here. If you follow the link in this blog or thins one,

http://markallanwolfe.com/wordpress/

I will still be having this blog at wordpress.com but I will not be focusing on soley the music aspect. I felt in my heart to maybe share a little bit more news, thoughts and opinion  and other life stories and such. I will still be making my music blog all about the music, ways to get ahead, find placements and such, I just wanted to point you to the new place for that. I would be very thankful if you can share with the world this new link and info. I may just keep it open for a bit as I meld into the new vibe. 

The NEW Blog is located on my website which is also filled with a LOT of new information, tools and of course MUSIC ! All geared to help spread the word, enlighten and educate people about how to license music, where to FIND music and a few other things. I hope you like it and share with the world all that is in it.

ROCK ON!!

The Basic’s of Music Publishing March 25, 2013

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I would suggest that with anything you need to learn and study what you can. If your trying to go at making music a career or make any kind of money of your music you should always do what you can to understand the business. There is SO much to learn and many other folks out there with more info that you have no excuse for not teaching yourself.

THis article is by no means and end all but merely a starting point to educate yourself in the music business. I would also like to share with you a few places to visit at the end of this BLOG posting that you may find some helpful tools and insights along with some encouragement. Follow the links at the bottom be sure to share all things withthose in your world of influence for you never know who is listening. Peace

 

Copyright Basics

Whenever an original song, with lyrics or instrumental music, is “fixed” in a tangible medium (recorded or written down), a copyright is generated. The copyright owner of a song is entitled to certain exclusive rights in the song under the U.S. Copyright Act. Therefore, only the copyright owner of a song can use the song unless someone pays him to use it. When a copyright owner allows someone else to use his music, the owner is really granting a license in the copyright. A license is a legal agreement between two or more parties that allows one party to use something that another party owns, but does not transfer ownership from one party to the other. The money from these licenses is called publishing.

Publishing

1. Registration with Library of Congress and optionally, with the PRO (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC) with whom the publisher and/or songwriter are affiliated. Registration provides best protection in the event of copyright infringement.

The three main PROs in the United States are BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers). Each of these works basically the same way but with a few slight differences. Each boasts thousands of members and many great artists and performers. For instance BMI has over 350,000 members including Jimmy Buffet and The Beatles. ASCAP also has over 300,000 members including Elvis Costello, Jay-Z, and Alan Jackson. SESAC has Garth Brooks and Bob Dylan in their stable.

2. Exploitation – can include sales of CDs, downloads, ring tones, video games, film, tv, advertising and many forms of different commercial licensing usages.

3. Collection – getting the money for the mechanical royalties plus any/all other licensing fees which are sold.

Summary of music publishing

Even as the music industry changes, publishing will always be the “constant” at the center, so it’s important to understand the publishing side of the music business. For example, even if CD (compac discs) sales completely fade out, there will still be mechanicals, synchronization, performance royalties and other streams of income from dozens of traditional and new commercial music licensing types.

License Music markallanwolfe.com

License Music wolfiesmusicpublishing.com

Publishing

Publishing is concerned with the registration, exploitation (Sales), and collection of the copyright.

Royalty Streams

In this video  An Introduction to Music Publishing   learn how royalty streams work.

1. Royalties paid to the songwriter/composer (could be same as publisher) are the mechanical royalty which covers the composition.
2. Royalties are also paid to the performer of the song, which can be the same as the publisher and/or record label.

Publishing is focused primarily on the royalties paid to the songwriters and composers. If you are just starting out, you will most likely be a self-published publisher, which is very common these days, and is the best way to build and expand your future music publishing career and licensing opportunities.

Songwriters receive the following royalties

1. Mechanicals for the composition of the music – paid by the label to the songwriter for the rights to “mechanically reproduce” the writer’s song on CD or download. Note, this occurs whether or not the writer is the performer of the song.

2. Performance – Paid by the Performance Rights Organizations (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC), to the writer(s) of the song when the writer’s music is broadcast over the public airwaves, such as radio, tv, satellite, internet, etc. Note, some music publishers and libraries also do direct, “per program” licensing deals with broadcasters or other businesses using their music.

3. Synchronization for use of music with visual media such as film, videos, slide shows or games, etc. – Paid by the producer of a movie, tv show or ad agency to the writer of the song for the right to “synchronize” the writer’s music to the producer’s moving images.

4. Special use – paid by creators of ring tones, karaoke, video games, etc. to the songwriter for the rights to use the songwriter’s composition work.

5. Print – When music gets published in song books, sheet music or other transcriptions, the royalties are paid to the publisher and the songwriter.

It is important for you as an artist or someone involved with artists, to understand how music publishing works to generate money, but also to generate interest and audiences to continue growing your publishing career and related opportunities.  To learn more about the most common music licenses categories and types,  I would recommend Types of Music License article.

Links for MORE

markallanwolfe.com

wolfiesmusicpublishing.com

artistshousemusic.org

licensequote.com

 

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