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After you leave Roland Professional Sound, Inc., there are many decisions to be made about the next step for your music.  

So many artists and labels are operating independently these days, it’s important to know how to proceed on your own.  From securing funding for your projects, understanding the mastering process to knowing how to sell your music online, we wanted to share some information on specific topics we are often asked about. 
There are many options for creating multiple copies of your CD.  You can duplicate them yourself or hire someone else to do it for you.   

Roland Professional Sound, Inc. is a studio partner with Disc Makers, the nation’s leading independent CD and DVD manufacturer.  They offer a complete line of services including:  CD duplication, CD replication, design services, digital distribution, etc. They are a one-stop shop for all your duplication/replication/online distribution needs.  

What’s more, they offer better pricing to our clients as well as commission to Roland Professional Sound, Inc. based on your business with them.  We, in turn, offer that commission back to you as credited studio time.  So tell them we sent you! 

To learn more about their services, please visit their website:  www.discmakers.com. 
There, you will find all the information you need, including the difference between duplication and replication to decide which one is right for you.  Another advantage of using a duplicator like Disc Makers is that they can handle selling your music online very easily and economically since they are partnered with a popular distributor.  More on that below.

While there are other duplication companies out there, we strongly encourage you to consider Disc Makers.  They do outstanding work.http://www.discmakers.com/shapeimage_6_link_0
You’ve recorded your songs, now what? Getting your project mastered is an important, final step before releasing your music - whether it’s for just one song or an entire album.  

Mastering Can ::

::      Even out song levels and EQ individual tracks for cohesion
::	 Enhance flow by changing the space between tracks
::      Eliminate noise between tracks 
::      Raise the overall level and enhance sound quality
::      Add CD text information (artist, title, track names)
::      Add ISRC codes  (a unique serial number for each track that is free to obtain and    
        required for digital distribution)

A completed master will enhance the overall quality of your project and add that critical polish that is necessary to compete in the music marketplace.   Roland Professional Sound, Inc. is completely equipped to do just that.
Mastering at Roland Professional Sound, Inc. is charged at the normal hourly rate.
This is one of the most relevant topics for musicians today.  With the shift from music stores in shopping malls to the online arena of iTunes and MP3s, it has never been easier to get your music to the masses.  

What You Need to Know:

::       Most online music stores (iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, etc.) require you to go through an approved distributor to submit your songs to their website ::

::      There are many online distributors out there with different policies and fees.  Several of the most popular include CD Baby, TuneCore & ReverbNation ::

Because there are too many to name, you must do your homework in order to decide which one works best for you.  They are the ones paying YOU for your music sales, so you should be aware of their fees and commissions as well as their policies relating to your ability to set pricing for songs/albums, etc.  You can’t have more than one distributor, so choose wisely.  Remember, the music sites themselves (iTunes, etc.) will also charge a commission.   

Many CD manufacturing companies are affiliated with distributors  (Disc Makers is partnered with CD Baby for example), so you can often purchase a package to get your CDs duplicated or replicated as well as distributed to sell online all at the same time.  This is often a cheaper alternative to doing each process separately.  

One of the many advantages of a distributor is that they will complete the other processes necessary to sell your music online or in store.  

These include:

::      Getting a UPC barcode for your CD (or single(s) if you’re releasing songs that aren’t part of an album). A distributor can purchase a UPC at a cheaper rate than what you would pay if getting one on your own.  A UPC barcode is absolutely necessary whether you sell in store or online.  It is used to track sales through Nielson SoundScan, which is the official sales source for the music industry that determines the Billboard charts. A distributor will embed the UPC barcode in your album (or song) information before submitting your music online and will report your online sales to SoundScan on a regular basis.  The same UPC is used for an album no matter where it is sold.  Keep in mind that if you are only releasing singles that aren’t part of an album, you will need individual UPC barcodes for each single.  

::      Getting ISRC codes for all of your tracks.  This is a free, unique “serial number” for each track on your album that will follow that track wherever it goes (say it is sold individually or makes it on a compilation CD).  The ISRC is important for tracking plays and purchases to SoundScan much like a UPC is for an entire album so that the appropriate parties are paid - especially since online music sites foster the sales of individual songs and not only entire albums.  You can register to receive ISRCs on your own, however a distributor can obtain them, register them with SoundScan and embed them into the tracks before submitting them to online music sites.  

::      If the ISRC code is obtained before the music is given to a distributor, it can be embedded into the track information on the CD during the mastering process.  Otherwise, your distributor will obtain the codes and embed them directly to the MP3s before submitting them to the online music sites. 

::      Both a UPC barcode and ISRC codes can be obtained outside of a distributor to sell your music.  However, keep in mind that online music sites REQUIRE you to go through a distributor to put your music on their sites, so it usually more economical and efficient to obtain them through the distributor. 

::       You should consider registering your music for copyright protection to ensure
         that no part of your work is used by others without permission. 

::       There are many differences in the types of copyrights one can obtain, from musical 
         compositions to sound recordings.  For an in depth explanation of these directly from           
         the Unites States Copyright Office, click here. 

::       As with any legal process that involves federal law, we would advise you to consult
         with a legal professional if you have any questions or concerns.  

::       To view a tutorial about registering a copyright online from the United States 
         Copyright office, click here.

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Securing enough money to cover your project has never been easier with a whole host of dedicated websites aimed to help you achieve your monetary goals.  The ability to tap in to your existing network of fans, friends and family as well as finding new supporters is made easier with these online crowdfunding resources.  Some of the most popular platforms include: 

::      Kickstarter
::      GoFundMe
:;      Indiegogo
::      PledgeMusic

Don’t know where to begin?  Click here to see the details of each of the 4 resources listed above.  There are many others out there, so don’t stop here.  It’s important to find the one that’s right for you.  Crowdfunding.htmlshapeimage_23_link_0

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