What is online music collaboration? Online music collaboration is when people from around the world work together to compose and record music over the internet. What is a virtual band (aka online band)? A virtual or online band is a group of musicians, producers, or other artists that work together often primarily over the Internet. MyOnlineBand.com makes it easy to form and join online bands. Members can be in as many bands as they like and bands can create private workspaces that are only accessible to band members. How does online music collaboration work? In general, music collaboration (or musician’s collaboration) requires two things, some type of recording software and a way to share music files with other people who would like to contribute to the project. In general music collaboration works by an artist recording a track then uploading the track to an online bulletin board where other artists may access it. The other artists then download it and import it into their recording software. They then can their own tracks to the recording. The new mix can be then uploaded back to the bulletin board where it can be discussed and downloaded by others. This process continues until all participants feel the project is complete. The project can then be published. How does MyOnlineBand.com help musicians collaborate? MyOnlineBand.com has many tools that let musicians collaborate. It allows musicians who are looking to collaborate to create a free online profile that acts as a resume to let other musicians know their talents and what styles of music they are interested in playing. The online profile also provides the ability for the artist to upload completed works so that other musicians and fans can listen, download or purchase their music. It can be used as an alternative to sites such as MySpace that limit the number of uploads for an artist and charge high transaction fees to artists who sell their music. The site provides free storage space for music files. Each new member gets 250 MB of free space. Musicians can earn more space by participating in collaboration projects. This process prevents people from abusing the system by uploading unneeded files but provides active collaboration participants with all the disk space they will ever need. The main collaboration enabling feature is the MyOnlineBand.com Song Collaboration Workspace. A Song Collaboration workspace allows musicians to upload and discuss files. It organizes the uploaded files into categories which are displayed on tabs. The categories include: Song Concept - Each song workspace can have exactly one song concept. This is the general idea for the song that others can use as a starting point. The song concept can be any supported audio file, a lyric sheet, and even an image. Ideas - In the early stages of the project before the final arrangement has been created, online band mates can upload media files with different ideas. These files can be in any of the supported audio formats. Mixes – Media Files that consist of two or more instrument or vocal tracks. Tracks – Individual instrument and vocal tracks. Some project coordinators prefer to have control over the final mix. Once a contributing musician uploads a track that the coordinating musician is happy with, the individual track can then be uploaded. Documents – In addition to audio tracks, artists may upload supporting documents that can help others working on the projects. These may include sheet music, chord charts, lyric sheets, guitar tablature, photos and even video. Acid Loops – Some types of projects may use Acid Loops or groove tracks. Acid Loops and Groove Tracks are specially formatted audio files that can be used in most recording programs to create a repeating musical phrase. Groove tracks in addition to audio data contain information that allows the tempo and pitch of the loop to be modified by the recording software. Video - Videos can be used to help your online band mates learn difficult parts. For example you can upload a video that shows the finger positions for a tricky riff. Some artists have also used this feature to collaborate on music videos. In addition to uploading files, the collaboration workspace has a comments area where musicians can discuss the files, lyrics and other topics that may help in the completion of the project. In addition to posting public comments musicians may also communicate by sending private messages with one another. How do I audition for a music collaboration project? MyOnlineBand.com has four collaboration models, Community,Moderated, Members Only, and Private. Community Song Workspaces For a Community Song Workspaces, no audition is necessary and you do not need to be a member of an online band. If you find a project that you want to work on, submit a comment to let others know that you want to contribute. You can then download the latest mix or idea add your part to it, and then upload the file. The project coordinator may ask you to upload your track by itself so that he or she can refine the mix. Community projects are not moderated. Only the person who updated the file may delete it. Community projects are the simplest most open way to collaborate on MyOnlineBand. Moderated Song Workspaces This is similar to the community model but the project coordinator can delete files and content that he or she deems inappropriate or of poor quality. Members Only Song Workspaces Unlike community and moderated projects, Band Member Only song workspaces require that you be a member of a band before you will be allowed to participate. If a band has an open position, an ad describing that opening will appear on the song workspace. The open position advertisement will also appear on the band’s project page and in the “Join a Band” section of the website. Clicking on the “Audition Information” link will bring you to the “Open Auditions Details” page where you will find instructions on how to audition. You will need to have created an online band artist profile and have uploaded at least one song before you will be allowed to submit your audition. Once your audition has been submitted, all band members will be notified and will get a chance to review and vote on your audition. You will be notified if you are accepted into the band. Private Song Workspaces Private Song workspaces are hidden from the community and may only be accessed by the band. Many traditional offline bands use this type of workspace to share song ideas between rehearsals. Private workspaces are also useful for artists who have exclusive songwriting agreements with music publishers and may not share their music openly. What happens when a project is completed? When a project is completed, the project coordinator may publish the project. When a project is published an email is sent to all participants who’s tracks where accepted by the coordinator. Each participant will have the option to have the track appear on their profile. The track will also be available for others to download or purchase from the MyOnlineBand.com music library. If the project coordinator chooses the song may also be published on the MyOnlineBand.com distribution network. This network of partner sites that specialize in publishing music from independent artists is a great way to get your material to a wider audience. How do I start a Music Collaboration Project? Starting a music collaboration project is easy. First, if you are not a member, register. Registration is free and only takes a few moments. Once you are registered you can select Projects -> Start a Project from the navigation bar on the top of each page. This will start a simple wizard that collect the basic information about the project. Once you are done, click finish and your project will now be available for others to browse and join. How much disk space do I get and what if I need more? New members of MyOnlineBand.com are automatically assigned 260MB of disk space for song and track storage. You can earn additional space in several ways. Contributing to collaboration projects. For every published collaboration project that you contribute to, you will gain 10MB of disk space. New member referrals. For every new member that you invite, that signs up and participates in a collaboration project, you will gain 15MB of disk space. Purchase space. You may purchase additional space. Buy additional disk space.