All posts by Pete Johns

Are phone-free zones for live concerts a good idea?

Are “phone-free” zones for live concerts a good idea?

In this video, I take you along as I experience my first “phone-free” live performance using the “Yondr” service (http://overyondr.com).

Will the experience be as bad as I first thought going in? Will it create the engaged and distraction free environment that (apparently) many people are hoping for?

Or is it a step backwards and a solution to a problem that simply doesn’t exist?

Take a look at our experience and then let me know – would you attend a live performance where you need to give up your smartphone?
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Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
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How to fix headphone jacks and charging ports… with a toothpick?

Note: This method works for some issues but will not solve or fix all headphone or charger port issues. Use at your own risk and consult a professional if you are concerned about your phone or tablet.

How to fix headphone jack or charging ports… with a toothpick?

Do you have a headphone jack that is not working? Is your charging port not… charging any more? In this video, I show you an easy technique which can fix some common problems with connecting your headphones and data or charging cables.

The method is simple – to remove the lint, dust, dirt and other “crud”, simply gently (very gently!) scrape the inside of the port with a toothpick. This will remove the bits of lint and other objects which are in your port and could be causing issues with the connection and make your headphones and charging ports not work.

This is not a guaranteed solution, but I have found it works a significant amount of time and at worst you have clean ports and can remove this as a potential cause of any issues.
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
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Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com

Amuse vs DistroKid – best way to release music online?

Do you want to release you music to Spotify, Apple Music, Google and a bunch of other platforms?

Amuse vs DistroKid – best way to release music online?

In this video I talk about my recent release with the free “Amuse” online music distribution service and then compare the features in Amuse to those in the excellent DistroKid platform.

So should you use DistoKid or Amuse to release your music? Well, it really depends on your personal situation, and what you think of the benefits and challenges I mention in this video.
= Related Videos =

How to release music using Amuse – https://youtu.be/UhO-5XYPHoY
How to release music online using DistroKid – https://youtu.be/o0ELkDR80QE
My experience releasing with Amuse – https://youtu.be/ZwXaptqi4bQ
How to master and release a cover song with Amuse – https://youtu.be/zMn-i30Xslk
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
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Email – studiolivetoday@gmail.com

Mixing vocals, guitars, strings and piano in GarageBand iOS (iPad)

Mixing vocals, guitars, strings and piano in GarageBand iOS (iPad)

Want to jump to a specific part? Click or tap on the times below:
04:28 – Guitars
10:15 – Vocals
15:25 – Piano
18:57 – Strings
23:37 – Automation
26:32 – Final mix

Check out Dan Baker’s video where he recorded the original violin parts for this song – https://youtu.be/xCxsqEaoP4g

In this video, I show the process and settings I use to mix a song in GarageBand iOS on my iPad, including vocals, guitars, piano and strings.

I show the settings I use in my mix including all my effects and plugins such as reverb, delay, EQ, compression, panning and automation.

If you are producing songs in GarageBand iPad or GarageBand iPhone, this is a video you will want to check out.

What do you think of my mix? Let me know in the comments – I’m always happy to hear any and all feedback.
== Related Videos ==

Dan Baker recording violins for this song – https://youtu.be/xCxsqEaoP4g
How to use compression in GarageBand iOS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKlH1XerG1c&list=PLc8Xg_23Wa546Bw_J0rRmVnMzkaBgLP05
How to use auto-tune in GarageBand (pitch control) – https://youtu.be/7pvy5KEg3So
Change master volume using EQ in GarageBand iOS – https://youtu.be/0Wr3dTPy0RI
How to use automation in GarageBand iOS – https://youtu.be/d-YUR1espa4
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
Facebook – http://fb.me/PeteJohnsMusic
Twitter – http://twitter.com/StudioLiveToday
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/PeteJohns
Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com

How to master and release a cover song on iPad with amuse.io

How to master and release a cover song on iPad with amuse.io

In this video, I export my final mix from GarageBand iOS, trim it using AudioShare, master it in Final Touch, add album artwork from Canva and then release using amuse.io.

And did I mention I’m doing all of this in under 30 minutes?

Will I get it all done? Tune in to find out!

If you would like to release cover songs for free using the free distribution platform “amuse” there are a few things to know about, which I cover in this video.

If you don’t have a license to cover a song, you can’t sell it in some countries, so need to decide whether to exclude those countries, or not sell the song in stores at all, which I show in this video.

Check out this video where I release an original song using amuse – https://youtu.be/UhO-5XYPHoY
And here is a live stream recording where I talk about my experience using amuse so far – https://youtu.be/ZwXaptqi4bQ
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
Facebook – http://fb.me/PeteJohnsMusic
Twitter – http://twitter.com/StudioLiveToday
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/PeteJohns
Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com

How to use version control to backup your GarageBand iOS projects

How to use version control to backup your GarageBand iOS projects

If you use GarageBand iPhone or GarageBand iPad to create songs, then using version control is a great way to ensure that you always have a backup for when things go wrong (and they will sometimes go wrong!)

Version control simply means duplicating and renaming your project with a new version number every time you are about to make a major change. This give you a number of previous versions which serve as backups for your project. You can then go back to these backups if something goes wrong or you make changes which you can’t undo and don’t want to keep.

For the full series of GarageBand Quick Jam videos, check out this link:

== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
Facebook – http://fb.me/PeteJohnsMusic
Twitter – http://twitter.com/StudioLiveToday
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/PeteJohns
Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com

How to share GarageBand iOS tracks with audio unit plugins

How to share GarageBand iOS tracks with audio unit plugins (iPhone/iPad)

In this video, I show you how you can share your GarageBand iPhone and GarageBand iPad songs with other people, even if they don’t have the same audio unit extensions and plugins that you have, by using the very cool merge function.

If you have a tracks with plugins and are sharing with someone who doesn’t have the same plugins, merge the track to a regular audio track which will render the audio including the plugin(s), meaning you can now share this with another user who does not have these same plugins.

For more about how to use the “merge” function in GarageBand iOS, check out these videos –
== Related Videos ==

Audio Unit Extensions (plugins) in GarageBand iOS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gqgaoX8Y_o&list=PLc8Xg_23Wa56Hoy6Atj7cU5qjHLuXlD2P

Merge in GarageBand iOS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fARig2fuytU&list=PLc8Xg_23Wa56tIxtD1AHcq_Cte5u2wrRd

Collaboration in GarageBand iOS – https://youtu.be/YMQpVkHOSZE
Share projects in GarageBand iOS – https://youtu.be/YA_vq_SEY5M
== Pete Recommends ==

Full list of the audio and video gear I use is at:
http://studiolivetoday.com/gear

Note – Links provided in this video description may be affiliate links, meaning that if you choose to purchase products using these links, a small commission may be paid to me for referring you. Thanks for helping me and the channel.

Releasing Music – DistroKid – http://distrokid.com/vip/PeteJohns (7% off first year)
Video Editing (Desktop) – Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Editing (Mobile) – LumaFusion
Design & Images – Canva – http://canva.com
== Web & Social ==

Web – http://studiolivetoday.com
Facebook – http://fb.me/PeteJohnsMusic
Twitter – http://twitter.com/StudioLiveToday
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/PeteJohns
Email – pete@studiolivetoday.com