Online Song Collaboration Workspace Basics

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What are song workspaces?

Song workspaces are web pages that allow you to easily collaborate with musicians from anywhere in the world to compose and record music. Workspaces are started by an artist who has an idea for a song but would like help from the community to finish it. Once the workspace is created, wanted ads for open positions on the project are posted on the MyOnlineBand home page and on the open auditions listings. Other artists looking to join projects browse the listings and can join in by posting comments or uploading files. When a project is completed, it can then be published to the MyOnlineBand Music library, the artist and band profile pages and other music services such as iTunes.

How do I start a song workspace?

To start a song workspace you must be a member of the community and you must be logged into the site. Once you are logged in you can select, “Create a Workspace” from the “Song Workspaces” menu from the site’s primary navigation. This will launch the Song Workspace wizard. For details on how to use the wizard go to the Create Song Workspace Wizard Wiki Page.

How do I create a help wanted ad for my song workspace?

If you are creating song workspace that is open to the community there are two ways to create ads.
·  From the Create Song Workspace Wizard
·  By Clicking the “Add Job Post” button on the Song Workspace toolbar.
You may edit the ads at any time by clicking the “edit” link from for the ad on the workspace page. Only the project coordinator (the person who created the project) may post and edit the ads. For more information see the Create Song Workspace Help Wanted Ad Wiki Page.

How do I use a song workspace?

Once the song workspace has been created the project coordinator will usually upload one or more files that show the basic idea of the song.  This file may be an audio file, sheet music, or a video.  Project participants can then download the files and add their parts using their Computers recording software. They can then upload their new file back to the workspace where it can be discussed with the other participants. This process can go on until all participants are happy with the songs arrangement and performances. The project can then move on to the tracking phase when all the parts that are intended to be included in the final mix are uploaded to the workspace. Most multi-track recording software packages allow you to export each track individually.
Once all the tracks have been uploaded, the project enters the mixing phase. In the mixing phase one or more artists may act as a producer. The producer will download all of the tracks and import them into their recording software. When the mix is completed it can be uploaded back to the workspace. Once everyone is happy with the mix, the mix can be published and the project is completed.

How can I get recording software for my computer and much does it cost?

There are many recording applications available for Macs, PC, and Linux computers. Some popular applications are Pro Tools, Garage Band, Sonar, and Logic Studio. These applications come is several flavors and cost anywhere between a $50 to $5000 and more depending on the package.
There are also a growing number of free recording applications. Some of these applications have features that rival the paid applications. A list of the most popular free audio recording applications is available here.

Do I need any special equipment to record on my computer?

While it is possible to record music with the microphone that comes with your computer, the quality of the recording will be poor.  Depending on what instrument you play you will likely need a minimum of two pieces of equipment. These include:
·  An Audio Capture Card – This is a computer sound card that is optimized for audio recording
·  A good quality microphone
Depending on your level of musicianship and your budget, the cost for this equipment can go from as little as $50 to many thousands of dollars. For more information on this equipment please refer to the Wiki.

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