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Will the Future of Music Software Be Rent-On-Demand?

Will the Future of Music Software Be Rent-On-Demand?

Just a few short decades ago, any musician or ‘wanna be’ had to shell out a lot of money to record their songs. This kept many people from seeing their dreams come to life. As personal computer use expanded through the 1990s and into the new millennium, everything changed.

We now have free recording apps[1] and low-cost programs that can turn almost any laptop or tablet into a virtual home studio. While that doesn’t do anything to focus on the quality of the equipment and surroundings (microphones, rooms, and engineering, for example), it has opened up a plethora of possibilities for every striving artist.

Computer technology has put virtual instruments, loops, effects, and a host of other features at everyone’s fingertips. For more ardent recording professionals, these tools are essential to have on hand and at all times. For the average home recording artist, though, many effects and other plugins become cost-prohibitive to own outright.

That leads to a boost in pirated plugins and effects that do a disservice to not only the musicians, but also the developers of those plugins.

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The solution is to find something that helps both sides (manufacturer and recording artist) find common ground and a good balance. Rent-on-demand provides an alternative solution.

Get Your Head in the Cloud

If you’re not quite sure what ‘rent-on-demand’ software is, you need to think about the ‘cloud.’ The ‘cloud’ is this arbitrary medium that has taken the world by storm, whereas developers and programmers are able to offer their programs and apps for use on a per month or per use basis.

Users no longer need to fork over hundreds of dollars for a program they only need for a brief amount of time. They can pay a flat rate for a month, for example. Once the month’s over, they can choose to rent it for another month or stop using it altogether.

Office 365 and any Adobe products are prime examples of these. Users rent these programs on a monthly basis and can use them as often and whenever they want or need during that month. They can cancel at any time as well, but would no longer have access to the programs.

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The concept is now beginning to influence the music industry, but not necessarily as a way to maximize projects (and reach a larger potential audience), but to limit theft of some of these programs and services.

Plugin Effects

One of the major hurdles home recording artists face is having access to the type of effects they want or need. When recording and then mixing down, effects are the lifeblood of the recording artist. They provide ‘color,’ ‘depth,’ and ‘character’ to the recordings. They add texture to the mix.

They can even offer options such as drum loops and keyboard sequencing for those who don’t have the talent or ability to play those instruments or who may not have the instruments themselves.

Some recording programs have limited effects while others, especially the ‘free’ or low cost apps, don’t have any. That means the discerning, serious recording artist must look elsewhere to find effects they can ‘plug in’ to their recording programs. These ‘plugins’ can be costly, especially when you’re looking to incorporate 10 or more into a mix.

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Some have turned to pirated programs

Pirating is a multi-billion criminal enterprise and while using copied or stolen effects and other programs might seem reasonable to the ‘starving artist,’ there could be a number of programs with the mix in the future.

That’s Where Rent-On-Demand Comes In

Rent-on-demand plugins for effects and other programs have begun making headway in the music recording industry. These plugins allow music artists the opportunity to have access to full programs and effects without concerns over copyright, trademark, or other laws.

Musicians trying to make a name for themselves should understand the importance of copyright protection and how much they personally stand to lose should someone start selling their pirated music without giving them a dime.

This type of service, which Rent-a-Plugin is a part of, helps connect musicians with the effects, loops, virtual instruments, and other features they crave when getting serious about their craft.

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Any serious musician who is focused on building their own home recording studio for their own use, for a limited time, should look into these rent-on-demand services. If other industries are any indication, it truly is the wave of the future for home recording … and it’s already here.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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