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Questions covered this week:

  • How do you copyright your finished songs?
  • How do you use delay vs reverb on lead vocals?
  • Is it okay to use reverb on acoustic guitar?
  • Can I record tempo changes to a click?
  • How do I get the best out of a 2-mic band recording?

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  • Larsy From-Marsy

    Hey all.

    Saw this and thought it might be helpful, it may not.

    http://www.onthecommons.org/magazine/why-i-no-longer-give-away-my-music

  • Jon

    Re: Copyright question:
    I used to work in music copyright, so I think I can andswer this question. Although laws vary from country to country, in most cases copyright exists as soon as the work is created. The only question is how to prove that you wrote it first. One simple trick is to mail yourself a copy of your songs (CD in an envelope). When you receive your own letter, don’t open it. Store it somewhere safe. Signing your name across the envelope seal before mailing is another level of protection. There is no need to register your songs with any agency – this is usually a scam.

    • I’ll defer to someone with more expertise, but I’ve heard from several credible sources that the mailing yourself a CD thing doesn’t really hold any weight. But they could be wrong.