Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

DDP and How to Provide Us With Your Master

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Eyedea Worx creates many CD projects for bands and musicians who have a new release to share with their fans.

Before we can replicate a musical project, however, we need to have a master that we can accurately re-produce while ensuring that the track order and audio quality remains intact.

There are several ways to provide us with a master, but our preference is to receive a DDP (Disc Description Protocol) or a physical replication-ready CD.  A DDP  file is basically a digital version of a completed CD, with all of the relevant information already attached to the files, including:

  1. -Files labeled DDPID, DDPMS, and DDPPQ (or SUBCODES) that all describe and organize the disc
  2. -A file that contains the audio data for the disc
  3. -A file that contains the CD Text information for the disc

A DPP is typically provided by an audio engineer or a mastering house and is the simplest, easiest, and most accurate way for Eyedea Worx to receive your master. DDP facilitates direct upload for duplication or replication and is a flawless delivery method to ensure that your copies will be exactly in the order that you intended.

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If you don’t have a DDP or a physical CD master, we can accept .WAV files. We prefer to receive these files through Wetransfer, a free service that allows users to send larger files.

Once received, we must burn a physical copy of those individual .WAV files in order to create the master copy for replication or duplication.

In order for us to take individual .WAV files and create a CD that matches what you envision for the final product, however, we will need you to send us some instructions before we create the master copy:

  1. -In what order do the tracks need to be sequenced? Even if the .WAV files are numbered in the file name, having a track list will ensure that we can get the order correct.
  2. -Do you want any gaps between songs? Typically there is a 2 second pause between each track on a standard CD, but we can create the master with either a 1 second gap or no gaps if necessary.
  3. -Do you want the project’s information text embedded  on the CD? This means that the master and all copies created will have the artist name, album name, and all track titles embedded onto it so that it automatically displays the information when played in a car stereo or in a computer player like Itunes or Windows Media Player.

Creating a physical master from .WAV files does require some time on our end, so there is a $25 fee to create a master from .WAV files. Embedding the text information also requires additional time, so there is an additional $25 fee to create a text-embedded master. Once the physical master is created, we will send you a test disk (there will be a shipping charge if you’re not in Denver) so you can double-check that the master is exactly how you intended before we make any copies.

So while we can receive .WAV files to create a master for replication, it is overall quicker and easier to send us a physical master CD or DDP that you’ve already reviewed to make sure that it is exactly the final product you want to create!

Quick Turn CD Duplication With Eyedea Worx

Eyedea Worx and Notion Worx are here to help our clients to create their high quality custom projects in the easiest and most affordable way possible.

One of the more common requests we get from Colorado musicians and bands across the world is for a quick turnaround time for CD projects; often times a release party comes up quicker then expected and bands just need something to promote their new release. Typically, a CD order of 100 or more pieces takes 5-10 business days, depending on exactly what kind of CD package is requested.

However, there is one kind of CD or DVD package that can be produced in as little as 3 business days: a slimline jewel case.

The slimline jewel case

With a plastic body similar to a full-size jewel case but with half the weight and size, a silmline still showcases all of the artwork for a new release and makes a great package for a new release. The quick turnaround time is possible because the printing can be done as an insert instead of a completely new package, making it simple and quick to create the complete item without sacrificing any quality.

Slimline jewel cases can be printed with either a 2-panel insert (front and back) or 4-panel (front, back, with two pages of full color print in the middle), so the package can still be customized to fit the particular project’s needs. Full-color disc face printing in full color (600 DPI) and disc duplication or replication is included; shrink wrap is also included if desired.

Pricing for a quick turn around CD project

Give us a call today at Eyedea Worx if you need a quick turn CD duplication project completed for your upcoming CD release show!

800-973-9383 x106

info@eyedeaworx.com

 

Songwriting: One Musician’s Recipe for Success


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by Brooke Layman

 


So you want to write a song?


Welcome to the wonderful world of songwriting. Now where do you begin? It may seem simple on paper but it’s not necessarily the easiest feat ever attempted. If you are struggling to find the right steps, I have compiled a list of 4 ingredients that have helped me to write some incredible music throughout the years. Not every songwriter may agree, but perhaps these notes will help guide you along the way.


1. Inspiration


If you are like most human beings your brain flips from subject to subject throughout the day. Sometimes you find yourself wondering about random facts like where does laundry detergent come from or how do they make those tiny screws that hold your glasses together. Sometimes you find yourself remembering an exotic getaway you took years ago and wishing you were there instead of wherever it is you are right now. If this sounds like you then you have already found the inspiration for your next song.


Not every song has to be profound and not every lyric has to rhyme. Inspiration can come from so many different directions but if you start within yourself you won’t run out of ideas. I remember the first song I wrote was about different flavors of ice cream. Granted I was only 13 at the time, at least it was a full song with verses and a chorus, and to this day old friends of mine still ask me to play it. The point is, a song was created, someone listened to it and they remembered it. That really is what songwriting is all about, isn’t it?


2. Determination


Once you have your inspiration things might get a little more complicated. Now you have to figure out what the song is going to sound like. Is it a slow song? Is it melodic? Does it need rhythm or heavy beats? Will it charge forward like a waltz or seduce like a tango? My suggestion is to try a few different formats before you even begin writing your song. Think about the message or theme, the thesis statement if you will, and consider how it would come to you if it were made out of music.


Now pull out your recording equipment. Start fast and power through your first draft. Record yourself and play it back. Keep the parts that stick and discard those that feel unimportant or unsure of themselves. Write everything down. And voila, you have written a song!


3. Perspiration


A song is like a seed being planted in the spring. You have to nourish it. You can’t expect it to be a full grown prize winning rose bush as soon as you have sewn it. Play your song daily and nurture it. You will find that things will change. The original chorus may eventually become the bridge and you may change the style or rhythm of the melody as the song progresses. All of these things are important and are a part of the songwriting process.


Once you think you’ve got everything the way you want it, you may decide to perform your song in front of others. Expect criticism. Everyone has an opinion and as soon as you explain that this is a new song others will want to have their part of the songwriting process and will not hesitate to throw around their two cents. Take comments in stride but consider them. You never know what ideas might take hold and help you to construct your final piece of work.


4. Addiction


When all is said and done, your song will always be your song. You will take pride in the final project and you will be proud to showcase it to the world (or at least your friends and family). If you haven’t been through this process yet, be prepared to feel ultimate satisfaction. I will warn you though; as soon as you are done you will want to start all over again. Songwriting is an addiction but worth every crumpled up piece of notebook paper and broken in half pencil that comes with it.

Facebook Band Page: Yes, You Need It!

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by Brooke Layman


Hey You!

Yes, you.


The band that keeps wondering why only your friends are showing up to your gigs…


Guess what! Your personal Facebook page is NOT a band page.


If you want to start seeing new faces in the audience you’re going to have to join the ranks of thousands of bands and musicians who have created their own personal band page on Facebook. I won’t walk you through the step-by-step guide but if you need these directions, here is a thoughtfully laid out article just for you.


Whew! Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?


So what should you do with your page? Why don’t you post some stuff!


Lifehacker suggests that photos are the most important thing to post on a Facebook music page. If you haven’t started gigging yet, take some cool pictures of your instruments or practice room. Hanging out on the back porch? Snap a few cameos and introduce your bandmates. If you are out on the stage, get your friends to take some shots. Tell them to tag your band in the pictures instead of posting them to your wall. If you can get your hands on the pictures, post them as your band and tag where they were taken. (Tagging means using the @ symbol before the name of the venue or company. Note: this won’t work for personal Facebook pages)


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Post a few times a day if at all possible. You might post about other bands that you have seen lately (share the local music scene love) or when you are in the studio. You might want to share a funny story about how the singer of your band switched up the words “truck” and “duck” thereby creating a whole new theme to your song.


Whatever you post, make sure that you interact with your fans. You can’t just post stuff and walk away. If someone comments on something you’ve posted whether it’s good or bad, make sure you continue the conversation. How would you like it if you walked up to me and said, “I really like that sweater on you. Where did you buy it,” and I just stared at you but didn’t say anything back. Who knows, maybe you wouldn’t mind… but most people would! The moral of the story is interact, interact, interact.


One more thing about commenting: Comment as your band, not as yourself. Give all of your band members admin rights to your Facebook band page. If you comment as yourself, fans who do not know you personally may not realize that you are a part of the band therefore making them feel unappreciated and confused.


Ok, Ok. You’re starting to get the hang of this. What’s that you say? You want more fans? Don’t we all…


First and foremost, don’t buy fans. These are fake likes that won’t amount to anything. Just because you have a ton of likes on your page doesn’t mean their quality. If you have 5,000 fans and only 20 of them are actual people, how many people do you think are going to know about your next show? I’ll let you do the math on that one.


I put together this list of ideas on how to gain more fans with help from Sonicbids.com:

  • Hand out postcards or flyers at your next show or anywhere really with your Facebook URL or QR code on it
  • Release new songs from an upcoming album one by one on your page. This is called teasing and believe it or not, people like to be teased.
  • If you happen to be playing at some dive bar in West Virginia with only ten people in the audience, make sure that all ten of those people are fans before you leave that bar.
  • Thank your new fans when they like your page. It makes them happy
  • People love free stuff! Give away free downloads, free tickets or free merchandise.


Now you have fans, let’s make them friends. Give your fans a behind the scene tour of your gigs. Show them where you rehearse and tell them a little bit about yourselves. Don’t just be those guys who play at that bar once a month.


Do something different. Check out other bands’ Facebook pages and see what they are doing that sets them apart from the rest. Maybe you have a fuzzy stuffed banana that hangs out in your practice space and travels to all of your gigs with you. Maybe it’s time to introduce that little fuzzy banana to your fans…


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I know, I know. This is a lot of information to take in at one time, but guess what. We are here to help. (Yes it’s shameless self-plugging time)


How Eyedea Worx can help you:

  • First of all, tell us about your upcoming shows! We will push it to our fan base and all of our music friends
  • Utilize the Eyedea Worx Facebook Free Download Utility. Send us your MP3 and we’ll blast it out for you!
  • Want to hand out singles, demos, or try your hand at selling an album at your next show? Let us help! We can get you 100 discs at under $175 with fast turn around times.
  • Let us get your gear for you. No, we won’t carry your equipment to your next show, but we can print (and design, if you need it) those postcards, flyers, and any other merch you want with your name on it




So don’t ever say we never did anything for you.


One last thing: If you like ours, we’ll like yours! Eyedea Worx on Facebook.


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How to reach Eyedea Worx:

To let us know about your upcoming gig or to learn about offering free downloads, email Brooke.

To get information on CD printing and band merch, email us or fill out our quote request form.

Any other questions or comments, general inquiries can be sent to us here.