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5 Steps to Start Your Own Record Label

September 18, 2014

You should never let the lack of a record deal stop you from releasing your music. If you feel it's ready for the world, it takes only a small amount of time and investment to start your own record label for releasing music digitally online. Even if you don't plan on making the label a large-scale venture, having your own independent label can prove that you’re taking your professional music career seriously. 

With these five relatively simple steps, you can kickstart your label and start getting your music out there.

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Superstar DJ/Producer Dave Audé Gets Real in Exclusive Interview

September 11, 2014

MI’s Summer Shot 2014 is still fresh in the minds of scores of students who were lucky enough to attend the two-week music camp on campus this past June & July.  Musicians of all ages, experience levels and styles had the opportunity to learn from special guest artists including superstar DJ and remix mastermind, Dave Audé, who has put his signature spin on tracks by some of the biggest names in music—including U2, Sting, Madonna, Lady Gaga and many others.

Next Level Noise recently followed up with Dave to see what he’s been up to. We sat down for an interview that explores how he started in the music industry, working in L.A., and advice he has for up-and-coming musicians.

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10 Music Software Plug-ins for Every Budget and Platform

September 10, 2014

There are so many great music software programs, as we’ve covered before in Next Level Noise.  But there’s an even greater variety of music software plug-ins components that can add even more power and variety to any of the original programs.   With so many options, where do you even start?

Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered by breaking down 10 of the coolest available plug-ins in three different price ranges.

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The Beats Are Heavier Than Ever with MI's Latest Drum Program Instructors

September 04, 2014

The Drum Program at Musicians Institute has always benefitted from expert instructors who are working out in the real world as performers and recording artists, and then bring their experiences back to the school to share with students. Recently, MI has added some incredible drummers to the faculty roster, all of whom are making serious noise behind the kit—whether it’s on the road, in the studio, or in the workshops of top drum manufacturers.

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8 Awesome Pad-Based MIDI Controllers

August 26, 2014

In our last post, we gave you the rundown on some the coolest all-around, keyboard-based MIDI controllers that are available. But depending on how you make music, a controller that is primarily pad/button-based may be the best option.

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Top 7 All-Purpose Keyboard MIDI Controllers

August 19, 2014

If you're making your music "in the box"—in other words, using a completely computer-based setup—a full-featured MIDI controller can be one of the most important pieces of gear in your studio. But there are a dizzying number of options to choose from, especially as technology gets more advanced, affordable and user-friendly.

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About Next Level Noise

Next Level Noise is the official blog of Musicians Institute, focusing on bringing you resources for modern music performance, technology, business, education and creativity. NLN covers everything from academic degrees and practical musicianship to the latest gear, on-campus events, and interesting news from today’s global music scene.

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