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You wanna get your sounds up on the web?
We discussed (a bit) about my philosophy (like I always do) on .MP3 and
WWW sound files in the last article what I think I need to do next is
explain (just) a few of the tools you'll need to be successful at getting
your sounds up on the web!
First, you'll HAVE to pick a site (or three) to be used to store your
files. There are a LOT of them out there right now, & I'm pasting a list in
(originally furnished by Bryan Baker, of GAJOOB 'zine & HOMEMADEMUSIC.com )
below the list has a few comments from Bryan, but don't take HIS word for
it go and VISIT the site(s) first, read through the fine print, then test a
few downloads yourself. Anyway, here's Bryan's list:
IUMA.COM is the grandaddy of
music sites. they used to charge a lot of
AUDIOGALAXY.COM hosts mp3 files with a 25MB limit. They are announcing a "new" audiogalaxy soon. They don't sell music currently. MP3.COM hosts mp3 files. you can now put html on your page which allows for more customization. they will create DAM CD's which are culled from tracks you select and burned to a CD to order with your artwork. They're cut is 50% of your selling price.
RIFFAGE.COM is quickly becoming a favorite mp3 site. they've just signed a co-branding deal with AOL which should push them even further. They will sell merchandise, including T-shirts, you send to them and keep 15%.
GARAGEBAND.COM just gave away a $250,000 recording contract and is now promoting their second one. It's founded by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and as Sir George Martin on its board. They don't sell stuff. You have to review 10 songs for every song you upload. They award the recording contracts based on reviews. very slick interface.
AMP3.COM is very inconsistent. they pay you 5 cents for every download, but then stick a 5 second ad on the front of your mp3 file.
Here are some others I'm less familiar with, but have posted information in past DiY Reports:
NETUBE.COM is a little corner
of the web to discover atists and bands by offering music downloads in mp3 format in a
creative way. The goal herefrom the start was to provide a vehicle of exposure for the
indie artist, signed or unsigned, required being simply a permission email from the
unsigned artist or artist/ bands label. E-mail: email@example.com.
QUICKMP3.COM is in need of
finished product of all genres for downloading. I know that there a host of other
mp3 sites out there already, however, most if not all, are giving the downloads away for
free. We will be selling the downloads and you will be paid $ .50 for each download. We
will be using a single format so you can send material for as many different genres as you
wish. There is a fee of $30.00. For this $30.00 you may submit up to 12 songs(on one CD-R
please) and we will upload them to our site and away you go. If interested, send me an
e-mail. Contact: James. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MP3VAULT.COM -- Why join mp3vault.com?
mp3vault.com provides real time, to the minute stats on all your mp3 downloads, QuickPlays listened to, your current standings and your web page visits. And We're Just Getting Started!!! Web Address: http://www.mp3vault.com.
WEEKLYINDIEMP3.COM is a new site with weekly indie MP3's. "No Crap, just good indie bands." Web Address: http://www.weeklyindiemp3.freeservers.com
Announcing AUDIOSURGE.COM --
"My friends and I love music, especially independent music. We felt that their were
tons of great bands out there who weren't receiving the recognition they deserved, mainly
because they weren't signed to major labels. The Internet and the popularity of MP3s have
started to level out the playing field between the major and independent artist. We wanted
to be part of that revolution. So we started a free service for independent artists,
labels, promoters, and general music fans called audioSurge. Do you love music? Then you
should check out some of the free MP3s we offer on audioSurge.com. We might not have
"Crash" by The Dave Matthews Band or "Ruff Riders" by DMX, but we
certainly have a lot of tracks by talented musicians. For instance if you like Matchbox 20
or The Counting Crows you might want to check out "Lay You Down" by Tremorphlo.
KWEEVAK'S TRACKS is a MP3 and music promotion
site. We offer links to MP3's by many famous Classic rock artists and this feature is
drawing in many rock n roll enthusiasts who then find out about the new music we are
promoting. The artists we have represented on our site have reported that our site has
provided more international sales and interest than received from the larger new music
directories. This is because we feature only a handful of artists at a time and promote
them to our large, international audience. Contact: Richard J. Lynch. Phone: (973)
962-4710. E-mail: email@example.com.
HOMETOWN SOUNDS is a new mp3 site for your songs. Band pages have biographies, mp3's, contact information for ordering music. Web Address:http://www.hometownsounds.com
MIRRORMUSIC.COM invites the
independent/unsigned musicians among you to upload MP3s of your original music. "The
site is still quite new, and we look forward to lots of participation from the best
independent musicians out there. We are committed to helping your music find the audience
it deserves, and helping you find the resources you need. The basic premise of the site is
this: artists upload MP3s to the site. Listeners come tothe site to listen to music, rate
individual tracks, and receive recommendations for further listening based on their
ratings and other people's ratings. The recommendations are generated by an intelligent
correlation algorithm we have created. This means that your music will reach the ears of
people who are most likely to enjoy it. You will have a page on the site on which you can
keep track of your music, including how many times it has been downloaded and listeners'
average ratings for each selection. We also link to your outside home page (if you have
one) so you can expect more interested listeners to visit your site. If you don't have any
tracks for uploading we also invite you to register as a listener on our site, so that you
can find great tracks by other independent artists. So far, all uploads and downloads are
free on MirrorMusic.com. We are investigating ways of letting you designate certain songs
for free download, and certain songs for sale. We will make sure that
the mechanisms we set up are beneficial to the artists and reasonable for the listener.
LYCOS LISTENING ROOM is a new site offered by Lycos designed to guarantee your music is heard. Lycos Listening Room utilizes Fast Search & Transfer's advanced searching technology, so your future fans can easily find your music. By identifying yourself with music genres and other artists who have influenced your sound, new listeners can easily locate the type of music they want to hear - your music. Of course, fans familiar with your name will have instant access to your music. By uploading your music right now, your music will be the first heard on the Lycos Listening Room site due to launch November 1st. Please be advised the following URL to which you'll have access is a pre-launch beta site. This beta site has been designed to receive your music and artist information before we go live on November 1st. Lycos Listening Room will provide all the elements you need to reach new fans and retain the current ones. All you need to do is provide your music in MP3 format and some biographical information - we'll walk you through the process. We look forward to working with you and assisting your future success in the music industry. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web Address: http://188.8.131.52/logon
FRANCEMP3.COM is the leading MP3 files distributor in France with over150.000 visits per month, 130 artists and 300 songs currently on line ; we offer you a FREE opportunity to join us ; you will have the benefit of presenting as many songs as you want... on your own web page, and your own e-mail, your download and streaming statistics, a clear presentation of your band. Francemp3.com is the first Net Company to have signed a distribution agreement with SACEM, the French authority who controls Authors, Composers and Publishers copyrights, to whom we pay a fee for free downloaded music. Whether you are French or non-French this means that if you are member of your domestic Copyright Agency, you will be paid by SACEM, even though your files are downloaded for free. Francemp3.com is the only French MP3 company to have rented a booth for the MIDEM 2000, the international music market in January next year. If you wish so, we will be more than happy to help you find an editor or a productor for starting a great music career. Web Address: http://www.francemp3.com
STEP # 2
The next step is to convert (some of) your tunes into .mp3 (and/or .ra) format. To some, this sounds like a complicated process, but once you've done it, it's really easy to do (though it DOES take a pretty fair chunk of your time).
Here's the way I do it (& the (basic) tools I use (this is NOT "the way", it's just the way Zzaj does it):
A. Record your files from (from CD, analog tape, whatever) to .wav format.
The tool I use for this is "Cool Edit". It's downloadable from the net at
this site: http://www.syntrillium.com/load.htm
The version I got requires $50 to unlock it so it can do all functions at one time, but the "free" version still works just fine. The download page shown above features newer versions that will allow you to convert DIRECTLY to .MP3 format, & they certainly bear investigation (though I imagine they will be pretty costly).
B. If you use the "free" version of "Cool Edit", you will then need to
convert the .wav files to .mp3 format. I use WINAMP ENCODER information about it & download sites can be found at http://software.mp3.com/software
Don't forget, you'll need the PLAYER software, too. Just download the
programs to your computer, expand them (by double-clicking on them) and then begin using them.
you've got them all converted, go to the .MP3 site you've selected as "home" for
your toonz & begin the (somewhat) time-consuming process of uploading your files. If
you're lucky enough to have a fast Internet connection, it will take much less time, but it's
still a lot of work
Over the next few weeks/months, we will furnish more
in-depth discussion of each of these steps. In the meantime,
Also, to look & listen to the results of his work, go to http://www.olywa.net/rotcod/CDS.htm