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DAW Match-Up Part 1: The Pros & Cons of Pro Tools

June 30, 2015

With so many DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) programs out there, it can be dizzying to try to narrow them all down to the right one for your needs. Each software suite has its own functions and strengths, and their usefulness can depend on whether you're an audio engineer or a musician with an interest in recording. To help you navigate these deep waters, we've put together a Pros & Cons series for four of the major DAWs: Pro Tools 12, Reason 8, Logic Pro X and Ableton Live 9.

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Korn Drummer Ray Luzier on How MI Helped Him Get the Gig

June 26, 2015

MI Drum Program alum Ray Luzier has kept busy since graduating from Musicians Institute in the late '80s. After playing all kinds of gigs--from cover bands in tiny clubs to world tours with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth--Ray finally scored a dream job in 2008: playing with Korn. The band members were blown away by Ray's drum performance at an audition, and he was immediately hired by the nu-metal icons to tour with them in Europe. Just a few years later, he became an official member of the band, writing and recording new material with them.

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The Business of Music: 9 Topics You Need to Know

June 23, 2015

In today's music industry, you need more than just talent to be successful. You need to know the business side of things, too—from public relations and management to music copyright and a whole lot more.  To really get a handle on those subjects, you'll want to choose a music college with programs that cover music business in depth.

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MI's Hi-Tech Curriculum Takes Music College to the Next Level

June 18, 2015

What is it that makes Musicians Institute such a unique music college?  Besides being located in the heart of Hollywood, CA--and having some of the best working professionals in the industry as expert instructors--MI recently unveiled a newly designed Performance curriculum that is unlike any other music college.

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The Coolest New Music Gear at Sweetwater GearFest 2015

June 17, 2015

Although a trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana may not always be practical, the annual Sweetwater GearFest offers the kind of exclusive music gear deals, workshops, classes and performances that just may make it worth it. Following up on our gear round-ups from NAMM in January, here are some of the highlights from the June 12-13 event. There’s something for just about every type of musician.

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Pros & Cons of Performing with Backing Tracks & Lip Synching

June 11, 2015

We've probably all seen plenty of big-time performers—from Britney Spears and Madonna to Ariana Grande and Beyonce—use some combination of lip-synching, pre-recorded backing tracks, or AutoTune in a live concert setting. That's a calculated decision to make their shows a spectacle, rather than a straightforward concert.  Sometimes that’s a good idea; other times, not so much.  Here are a few things you may want to consider before you decide to use these techniques in your own performances. 

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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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