Publish your music for €30

note Publish your music for €30

When Stian, a friend of mine, came to me a few days ago and told me I could now find his music on various online music services I just had to find out how. It’s no secret that record companies are becoming more and more uselss with most of them being sadistic about both stealing the artist’s money and chase pirates, but I was unaware of just how easy it had become to publish music on your own.

There are apparently several ways to go about this using various services that do the work for you, but the one Stian used is called Zimbalam. You basically pay them €30 (Euro, a little over $40) and your album will then magically appear on various music services a few weeks later. These include Amazon MP3, iTunes, Spotify, eMusic, Napster and Rhapsody as well as some smaller services.

This of course doesn’t help you with the recording part of the production process, and while the artist in this case made all the music using various computer software, most artists will need to record the album first. Still, there’s a lot of potential for this kind of service both for smaller unknown artists who record at home or at concerts and it brings down the cost of getting out there considerably. Digital downloads of music is the future for sure, and not having to worry about everything that goes with a CD release opens for a lot of new music to be released.

If you want to check out Stian’s masterpieces and see proof that €30 is really all you need, you can now find him on iTunes, Amazon and eMusic among others.

3 Comments

runagate on March 4, 2010 1:00 PM

It’s not appreciably more expensive to record an album nowadays, either.With cheap of, in the case of Audacity, free recording software, sub-$100 USD analog-to-digital recording gear (consumer stuff is completely inacceptible but then again pro recording stuff is generally cheap and better than consumer crap like Creative sound cards, strangely) and engineering processors and audio fx by way of freeware VST plug-ins (http://www.gersic.com/plugins/ is a great place to start) pretty much anyone can record an album.And with my favorite piece of software, Sensomusic’s Usine, one can generally bring these studio sounds to the stage, hosted by one’s computer. One can program the plug-ins to change according to song parts, and change again for the next song, plus pretty much anything else you can think up. The learning curve is severe, though.Then again, the recording/engineering/producing arts are not exacctly intuitive, either, but there’s plenty of information online to help. TapeOp.com has great info, though it’s far too analog-centric, the principals remain essentially the same in the digital realm. They even send out their paper magazine for free.The only hard bit for a beginner, really, is sorting out the myths and fanboy trolls from the facts but the very best way to learn is to simply do it, and practice a lot. That’s how I learned. Cost: 0$

Albucian on March 4, 2010 1:18 PM

There is a very similar service from Reverbnation.com. It is 35$ the release with itunes, amazon, emusic napster rhapsody…etc . They also host your music so you can broadcast it from your website using their bandwidth.Note that the 35$ is for a period of 1 year. after that you have to pay again. I don’t know Zimbalam but I suppose it is the same.Cheers!

Michael Sautter on March 4, 2010 2:43 PM

TuneCore will do the same too: http://www.tunecore.com .

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