How To Record Music

Over the weekend I found just enough time to put together a new website called HowToRecordMusic.com that will be dedicated towards my love of teaching the art of recording music. I have been recording music for over 20 years and while it's been a wonderful journey of giving my music away, I've never had the ability or desire to give my tricks of the trade away. Well, all of this will change now. I am going to focus in on what works and what doesn't in the modern world of recording music in every genre.

Music Is My Therapy

To me, music is my therapy, my inhale, my exhale, my way of capturing and releasing my emotions, my way of communication. Music has always been there for me when times became overwhelming.

My Personal Goal

HowToRecordMusic.com is going to keep me inspired, honest, dedicated, hungry, and educated. I can only hope that it treat you the same.

Get Social

Today is the first post. I setup the YouTube Channel: @howtorecordmusic and I plan on uploading at least 1-3 videos per week. I'm still re-learning how to use final cut pro (it's been awhile) so bare with me while I crawl through the learning curve and find a nice content creation rhythm.

Additionally, you can stay connected to more content on Twitter: @howtorecordnyc, Instagram: @howtorecordmusic, Facebook: @howtorecord, and Google+: @howtorecordmusic account to help you stay connected to the content.

Contact

As always, please feel free to reach out to me personally at @erictherobot or checkout my blog at erictherobot.com

Over the weekend I found just enough time to put together a new website called HowToRecordMusic.com that will be dedicated towards my love of teaching the art of recording music. I have been recording music for over 20 years and while it's been a wonderful journey of giving my…

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The World's Greatest Company

As I'm entering my 17th year as a software developer working in large corporations and also small startups, I'm starting to reflect on what it is that truly makes me happy about my current job(s) and past jobs. For me, it's not the money, although it certainly helps pay the bills and creates options, it's never been the #1 reason for me to join a company.

What sticks out the most to me is the team, structure and product. I've been on both sides of the table in the corporate and startup worlds and my new outlook is starting to surface. Is there really a company out there like this?

Here is a list of things that makeup my ideal workplace:

  • Flat Structure
  • No Marketing Department
  • Customer Driven - The customer is the boss
  • Lean & Green
  • Act small. Think big
  • Autonomous Culture
  • Rotating Team Leadership
  • Understanding of Open-Source Philosophies
  • Distributed Team
  • Open office hours
  • Eat Ups / Drink Ups / Meet Ups / Demo Days / Roundtable Discussions / Hackathons
  • Data Driven Decisions
  • Slack / Skype / Hangouts / RTC
  • Everyone codes, or has coded, or is learning to code
  • Employee Product Ownership & Usage
  • Transparency and Open Allocation
  • Pet, Kid, Hobby, Etc Friendly Office Environment
  • Innovative and open to innovation
  • Core Values remain Clear and Enforced Core Values
  • Question everything
  • Understanding that there's always a better way, but knowing how to compromise
  • Enable employees
  • Hire character, train skill
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Company wide involvement with social media
  • Book Clubs
  • Many Hats. Many Shoes.
  • Couches, Beanbags, Pods, Standing Desks, etc.

Of course there are many more "things" to consider, but these are what I came up with in just a few minutes. What "things" do you consider when thinking about a great team, product and company?

As I'm entering my 17th year as a software developer working in large corporations and also small startups, I'm starting to reflect on what it is that truly makes me happy about my current job(s) and past jobs. For me, it's not the money, although it certainly helps pay…

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How do you find a business idea?

The biggest problem with finding a “business idea” is when you call it an “idea”. Calling something an idea implies coming up with something truly novel, which is extremely difficult. The trick is to shift your mindset and start searching for “problems”.

Businesses aim to solve problems. When you think about it this way, it’s much easier. All you have to do is find a problem. In your own life, in someone else’s life, doesn’t matter. Unless your life is perfect, there should be plenty of problems all around you.

Dropbox as a business idea would sound something like “Cloud storage for your files”, but Dropbox as a problem would be more like “I’m sick and tired of emailing files around”.

Businesses are solutions. You can’t come up with a solution until you know what problem you’re solving. The good news is, problems are everywhere. Happy hunting.

Source: michaelcblog.wordpress.com

The biggest problem with finding a “business idea” is when you call it an “idea”. Calling something an idea implies coming up with something truly novel, which is extremely difficult. The trick is to shift your mindset and start searching for “problems”. Businesses aim to solve problems. When you think…

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Zappos Ditches Hierarchy To Improve Company Performance

I found this interesting and I hope to be using this practice in the future. Flat v.s. Tall / Tiered Hierarchy Organization Structures.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2014/01/07/is-flat-better-zappos-ditches-hierarchy-to-improve-company-performance/

I found this interesting and I hope to be using this practice in the future. Flat v.s. Tall / Tiered Hierarchy Organization Structures. http://www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2014/01/07/is-flat-better-zappos-ditches-hierarchy-to-improve-company-performance/…

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Great Questions For Starting Any Business

I can finally say I've been able to answer all of these questions below with ease. Other projects I've been involved with in the past have been extremely challenging. I hope if you are a young entrepreneur that you find this list useful and are able to answer them with ease as well.

  1. Will you personally use you product?

  2. Can you find 10+ people who are willing to pay for it now?

  3. What do you love to do? How different is it from your idea?

  4. How painful is the problem you intend to solve?

  5. Is your target market big enough to create a real business out of it?

  6. What is your revenue model and how realistic is it?

  7. How well can the founders execute?

  8. Can the founders identify what they need to do, beyond the obvious?

  9. How does the customer addresses the problem today?

  10. What is the recent trends that make your solution possible?

  11. what is the simplest version of this idea?

  12. How fast can you take the idea to market?

  13. How soon can you build version one?

  14. What makes your product different?

  15. How much money is needed to build your first prototype?

  16. Customers will only buy a simple product. Can you explain your product in one sentence?

  17. Do you have any advantage over the competition?

  18. Are you passionate enough about the idea to dedicate all your time for the next 1-2 years to it?

  19. How easily can your get access to 2-3 high profile people who can advise you on how to succeed in that target market?

  20. Can you convince 1-2 great people to work with you right now?

  21. How soon can the you scale it?

  22. How will it make the world a better place?

  23. In what way is it creative, innovative and unique?

  24. What opportunities and risks do you face?

  25. What is the picture on patents?

  26. What long-term goals have you set?

  27. How is the industry developing (market growth)?

  28. What are the key success factors?

  29. Why should someone give you money?

  30. How will your business survive and grow in the next five years?

I can finally say I've been able to answer all of these questions below with ease. Other projects I've been involved with in the past have been extremely challenging. I hope if you are a young entrepreneur that you find this list useful and are able to answer them with…

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