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I grew my business from my basement to the NASDAQ index — here's the best advice I have for aspiring entrepreneurs

Mario Tama/Getty Images<p>So, you think you want to start your own business? Good for you! People will tell you that 90% of all startups fail. That doesn’t mean yours will.<p>Starting a business can be one of the best decisions you will ever make. And I’ve found there are a few actions you can take that …

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Want to learn a programming language? Code School is dropping its paywall this weekend

Learning to code can be a daunting task when you’re starting out — and a bit pricey. To help out, Code School — who have classes on all the major languages and disciplines — is free this weekend.<p>From March 4 through March 6, Code School is dropping its paywall. For a full 48 hours, you’ll be able …

Everything You Need to Know About Spotify

It’s a fact: no one makes good music anymore. Okay, that might not be a fact, but it’s not my opinion alone. According to neuroscientist, musician, …

Set-Top Boxes

Now You Can Host iTunes/Stitcher/TuneIn Podcasts on SoundCloud

SoundCloud’s podcasting feature has been in beta with about 15,000 users, but now it is open for all.<br>Not only is SoundCloud a platform for sharing …

SoundCloud

Digitally Imported launches its on-demand streaming service for electronic music fans

After spinning electronic music on its online radio stations endlessly since 1999, Digitally Imported is launching its own streaming service to cash in on the burgeoning on-demand entertainment business.<p>Available as part of the company’s premium subscription ($7 per month or $70 a year), the …

This band's website loops Spotify songs to rack up payments for musicians

The website plays 30-second loops of music from artists with a live counter at the bottom that shows the amount of money the listener made for the artist. With each half a minute loop, the user can earn $.005 for an artist.<p>It's a clever wrinkle to the ongoing debate about musician compensation in …

Listen to the Sounds of Voyager's Golden Records

Thirty-eight years ago, the two Voyager spacecraft were sent out as proxies for the human race. Their aural archive—contained in two Golden …

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Studio Monitors

Choosing and setting up studio monitors is, of course, one of the most important aspects of designing a good recording/mixing space. Every decision …

How To Create Reverse Snare Drums - Into The Lair #125

'Star Wars' and Daft Punk collide in funky mashup

There's an alternate galaxy out there where the Death Star's superlaser disc is a speaker, Darth Vader wears light-up kicks and Boba Fett is named "Boba Funk."<p>This is the world of Darth Punk, an imaginative crossover between electronic music stars Daft Punk and the world of "Star Wars."<p>Daft Punk is …

Boba Fett

A 17-Point Content Marketing Checklist Proven to Boost Your Engagement

Content marketing is a proven strategy for generating leads, increasing sales and building engagement with your customers. If you’re still skeptical, …

Marketing

Facebook advertising for musicians

[<i>This article was written by Tyler Allen, and it originally appeared on the</i> <i>SonicBids Blog</i>.]<p>Facebook is like that best friend that you had in high …

Social Media

Alda lets you compose music in a text editor

For years, composers and producers have used complex tools to digitally score music. Developer Dave Yarwood wants to change all that with Alda, a new programming language he created to help people write scores with little to no coding experience.<p>Yarwood found GUI-based scoring and production tools …

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Daft Punk: being robots helped us to be normal humans

A new documentary sheds light on the mysterious helmet-wearing French dance duo behind hits like Get Lucky<p>The mystery surrounding Daft Punk, the French musical duo who usually keep their identities hidden under full-face robot helmets, will be lifted a little more in a new TV documentary to …

Watch This Soothing Short on the Meditative Craft of Guitar-Making

4K visuals and an enveloping soundtrack to give you goosebumps.<p>At the highest echelons of hand-crafted guitars, the instrument is no longer a product to sell — over the course of the many months needed to create one, the luthier pours their experiences and emotions into the guitar, which ultimately …

iOS Music App Overview: touchAble 2 Ableton Live Controller for iPad and iPhone

<i>Dubspot Blog contributor Josh Spoon explores wireless Ableton Live control with the touchAble 2 iOS application for iPad and iPhone.</i>touchAble is a …

The Perfect Combination? Rewire Ableton Live and Reason

Whenever I can, I mention either Reason or Ableton Live to other musicians I meet in passing. Both platforms tend to inspire a massive amount of …

Ableton Push 2

The ten most important things Ableton just revealed

Ableton isn’t a company with product news every other month, preferring to wait for more occasional, big announcements. Well, last night brought a …

72 Music Production Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started

Dear Past Zac,<p>The year is 2015. I … well you, are older.<p>In time, you’ll release two original EP’s on iTunes. You’ll get a remix and an original …

Becoming a Music Producer: Part 3 - Developing a Career and Making Money

<i>In the third installment of his series on “Becoming a Music Producer,” Dubspot contributor Michael Emenau tackles the big question of how to make</i> …

You Can Write Better Lyrics

You Can Write Better Lyrics by Mark Winkler. Mark has been writing songs for over 30 years, 150 of them cut by Liza Minnelli and Dianne Reeves, etc.

Harmonic Mixing Guide

Official Harmonic Mixing guide<p>Introduction.<p>We instigated the Harmonic Mixing revolution and have shown millions of DJs how to use this powerful …

How to Build a Brand For Your Music

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You: Ableton Push 2 Deconstruction (FFL!)

Push 2 is here and to celebrate its sampling features we’re hosting a classic French house deconstruction on this week’s FFL! Joined by Ski …

Music Production

Staying Creative: 8 Things I Learned From Ableton’s Loop Conference 20

My head is still reeling from all the excitement and interaction that took place last weekend in Berlin at Ableton’s Loop summit for music makers. …