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How the CoronaVirus Pandemic Affects and Exposes so very much! 

It's remarkable, astonishing, and heartbreaking - how the many ways Covid19 has turned our world upside down. Sure, sprinkled in learning moments and joy exist, but by and large the changes have been hard to accept and deal with for many.  It's a total shape shift of society.  When we "make it back," what "back" do we arrive at?  So, there seems to be a sense that we'd have to make proper adjustments when we" open up the economy" and return. Deep down we know the changes are needed and critical.  Then there's the chip and vaccine discussion.

The Covid19 has closed public schools across the USA.  This is heart wrenching as meals are provided there.  Thankfully, kind and courageous people are helping parents pick up meals in a curbside type of situation via the school parking lot. Of course, no contact pickup and deliveries have increased exponentially during this pandemic. Parents may have also lost their job.  Of course, who is to teach the young ones?  At first, a home schooling schedule was released and shared online. Then jokey memes concluded "the hell with it" and joked to pay teachers triple current salaries because they found out how hard it is to teach.   All the aspects that children in school are going through is the microcosm of the coronavirus. It's like our society got displaced.  Soon, parents realized their kids simply needed to be happy and not stressed; their mindframe ,mental health and pscologocial state are paramount.  What's the use in them witnessing you stressed out trying to attempt a lesson?  That does bring the aspect of stress in general.  We shouldn't get too stressed or in a panic with the news of CNN, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and the like. Of course, being informed and reviewing plentiful sources of material helps one to be knowledgeable on how to protect oneself and the laws for your given locality.  For 12th graders in my home state of Ohio, if they have kept up with teachers plans and completed a satisfactory amount of work, they will be able to graduate!  We have a great governor named Mike DeWine.

The stay at home orders of many USA states make the population feel very isolated and lonely.  As humans, we need social connection, hugs, and gatherings; this has been taken away from us. No hugging is especially not good as women need one hug a day, and it is a boost of emotion for all.

Anyone, anywhere in America, may have lost their job, especially restaurants and bars.  Many have resorted to pick up only. Unemployment claims set records.. In Ohio (my home state), restaurants are now allowed to sell Alcohol for curbside pick up in your car!!  

We can't really go anywhere except to retrieve essentials; pharmacies, grocery stores, and the like.  Grocery Store workers and gig economy delivery drivers have become the heroes!!!  Do they deserve 15.00 per hour? As demonstrated by the effects of the Coronavirus, this appears to be true.  In grocery stores, measures are being taken including a distancing template where your feet go, plexiglass in front of cashiers, one way traffic in aisles, and a rigorous cleaning schedule.  Early morning hours are sometimes dedicated to senior citizens, those with immune issues, and first responders.  The true heroes are our medical staff, who are overloaded and both physically and mentally drained.  Helping patients around the clock, trying to protect themselves with sometimes minimal gear,and worrying about carrying it to family at home make it both incredibly courageous and incredibly challenging.  Medical workers are truly on the front lines. Salute.

The stimulus payment collided head on with the merits of socialism.  

The toilet paper hoarders greedily rampaged the shelves.  Quick shout out- no one mentioned that the toilet paper buyers were actually right!!!  Not the super greedy ones, but toilet paper was indeed needed, seen by the many stay at home orders of most USA states.

Treating each other as humans was difficult during parts of the virus.  Sometimes, nurses would not interact at all and be very quick around patients.  This is understandable.  This is also heart wrenching.  What is the distance? 12 feet? 20? Does it travel outdoors? You've got to use some common sense.  As a tip, I actually got tested.  They made sure my window was not down AT ALL as I drove my car through their garage.  The airborne aspect may be significant.  This information wasn't truly there when people worked out in suburbs and parks.  The movie Live Free or Die Hard has a fire sale where they manipulate or extinguish electricity,city grid,satellite, computers, and the like.  This virus strains at the inner workings of life, affecting income, learning, health, and quality of life.

The NBA has been suspended along with other sports.  That's a shame because it was one of the most exciting seasons in years.

Alas, many NBA players got tested first.  The wealthy and elite had access first.  Straight out of a movie like Hunger Games.

Speaking of the tests, they were and are definitely hard to get.  I am eternally grateful for my hometown of Cleveland Clinic.  As mentioned, I was able to get tested with a Nasal Swab in a drive up fashion, complete with police and hospital staff.  The Cleveland Clinic happens to be one of the most excellent hospitals on the planet.

How can we interact with each other when we have to assume everyone is infected?  

To mask or not to mask?  Apparently, mask it is - made out of a thick fabric or two and wrapped around your ears. I need to find a way to have two protruding devices on a hat to fasten around instead of my ears.  Ear fatigue is real!  Alas, another effect of the Corona. However, a winter type headband can simply go over your face as proven by my curbside comrade. 

Moreover, your willpower is tested.  Those already used to a regime of sobriety and working out will most likely continue to have their admiral willpower.  We are locked down and issued stay at home orders and to shelter in place.  Some have begun to get a little stir crazy. The issue of fear and panic mixed with the choices to ensue resemble something more horrible than Hunger Games, Apocalyptic movies, Or alien Sci Fi-sh.  This virus is hitting on all cylinders.  So, because some are "sick of this," they want this "to end already" - would they get injected with a vaccine? It's looking that way. Does the government want control? Does this sound like a conspiracy theory? Did molestation in the Church sound like one of those theories? How about Pedophilia inside Hollywood? The end goal is always power and control.  The coronavirus appears to be carefully planted trap of sorts, that shook up our everyday life in ways unimaginable. We are getting tired of it. Is a chip coming? Is a vaccine?  This vaccine may also make us docile; this of course is a harrowing concept but an issue with the vaccine. It may change our dna and manipulate us into dull slaves for the elite. The loss of identity and job is already more "dull" then we're used to; I urge you to use the phone.  Just the other day I phoned friend, the my laughter set a good tone for the day.  Could the vaccine turn is into unknowing servants? A bit shocking to think about.  Alas, a revolution is still a possibility.  

Will States now revolt against their own, our own, president of the United States?

Isn't it so predictable how people are now getting tired of the stay at home orders and want to "open up" the economy like Trump?

All these tag lines. Shelter in Place. Stay at Home. Flatten the Curve. Self Quarantine. Quarantine. Social Distancing.   Stop the Spread.

Nobody knows what is going on. But it hurts. And it's puzzling. It's odd.

What happens when we "get back?"  Again, we don' know for sure. But we know it will be changed and different than the previous rendition.

Royalty Calculator Guide Chart 

Royalty Data Music Calculator

Please see a wonderful comparison chart from ConsumersAdvocate for Findings and Information on the Music Streaming GAME in 2019.   Plus  a Royalty Calculator. It is quite hard to make a living with streaming income.  With hard work, you can establish a foundation and nest egg of content, creating intellectual property and copyright passive income in perpetuity. 

You can check out the Chart and Calculator here:


The Wonderful Thinkers behind the FL Studio Cookbook 

Who are the People behind the FL Studio Cookbook

The FL Studio Cookbook teaches so much because it mixes Shaun Friedman with amazing viewpoints of intellectual reviewers, mixed with the direction of Packt Publishers in Mumbai and United Kingdom. 

You’ll learn how to “make a beat,” – but the little nuances are most crucial.  “Giving a Human Feel” is arguably the most important thing to do in music production. Hasn’t Wu Tang taught you anything? 

The cookbook shows how to create  your “beat,” mix your beat with EQ [equalization], Delay, Reverb etc., arrange your beat, add Midi virtual Instruments and use physical midi devices [volume slider, circular knobs, pads, buttons], Record Audio [vocals, guitar, keyboard, anything], create Automation/suspense, give that human feel, Mastering, and exporting to Wave, Mp3, and separate mixer tracks if needed.  Volume and Panning are perhaps the most fundamental characters, which shape your musical canvas, and FL Studio makes them easy to access in the beat sequencer. 

Keyboard shortcuts are tossed throughout. 

Esteemed reviewers are Bostjan Cigan, Xavier Durand-Hollis Jr, Rodney Hazard, Anish Patel, Shant Rising, and Jasper Staal.

New Track Release: 'Voice of Safe Haven' by S Dot Will aka Shaun Friedman [MP3 Download Through Podcast Below]  

Peep some new hip hop from S Dot Will a.k.a. Shaun Friedman [Sept 5th, 2017 release]

Download MP3 Voice of Safe Haven by S Dot Will at the bottom of these here Lyrics:

Music Video - Voice of Safe Haven:


The Bongos keep the percussion glued to form substance 

Grip tight to your life, others try to swipe, don’t fumble it 

But seems Mr. Yin and Miss Yang conspired to be 

Cousin Karma’s always watching; 2pac said we all Bleed 

The formula’s a mixture 

Paint a perfect picture 

Can’t have aces all the time; with patience you’re the Victor 

And is Age just a number? 

We make mistakes and blunders 

But nowadays with one Slip, they wish to take you Under 

The Blimp flies in clear skies above weird guys 

Do you Fear Lies? Or ‘Necessary Evil’ for Disguise? 

Trying to live in Equal Times on Planet Earth I stress 

Now who’s with me? All you have to do is say yes 

We’re living in history; time is passing Quickly 

You think it’s liberating when I think they won’t miss me? 

And would you please pinch me? I think I may be dreaming 

Call me Mr. Friedman, That’s what they teach in Cleveland [Scheming on Beats] 

The mic booth likes to make you face life’s truths 

Better stay Astute or build a long list of “Oops” 

Yet experience is Def the Best Teacher 

Echo, through the, hall in your brain, ill Reverb 

I’m seeking and freaking the funk 

And I’m beating the chumps 

And I’m bringing the ruckus I can’t get enough 

Stuffin Turducken 

I am not bluffing, Love me some Professor Clump 

The sum of its parts, holds no candle to the whole 

Do you agree with Synergy? Or would you, rather be, on your own? 

Making sure my pen works, is there a way to defend Dirk? 

I learned you’re not my friend so now we don’t have to pretend Jerks 

Because without honesty the environment is trepid 

I’m on to you, I hope you’re on to me, we’ve lost connection [check you off my check list] 

No time for manipulation in 2017 

Nor your evil feeble deceitful persuasion 

Better hope you can contain him [who?] 

Better hope you can contain me 

I set the pace, put on my game face, so angry

Fugees The Score - One of Greatest Hip Hop Albums Ever 

Fugees Album titled “The Score” is one of the best hip hop albums of all time.  I know – this review is coming late – 2017 to be exact – but I’d like to start writing more and reviewing my favorite albums.  The mid 1990’s had a sound and energy that seems hard to duplicate – I’m happy I was a teenager in the late 1990’s because it seems to be the “golden age” of hip hop – an obviously highly contested statement in its own right. 

On to the Fugees – from the moment the album starts you can hear the crispy high end and smooth bass of the Intro track.  I think it does “set the stage” so to speak because many other tracks include similar elements. 

The 2nd track, “How Many Mics” starts out with what sounds like an Elephant or an Ocean, or some strange industrial noise.  Lauryn Hill kills the beat and lets you know this is the type of flow you can expect on the entire album.  When the album first dropped, the “in your face” type of flow she has & the skilled delivery was definitely one of a kind.  You can’t fake talent – you either have it or you don’t.  I believe there is a story behind that – one of the behind the scenes types of stories – but the short story is basically Wyclef heard Lauryn’s voice and flat out knew she was a star after one second.  Wyclef has a happy go lucky/Cynic/Good Vibes/Freestyle sort of vibe on this track and throughout the whole album.  Pras seems to connect it all with a straight up hip hop flow filled with metaphors and similes.  The snare is so crispy on this track, along with the Kick Drum and bass.  Simple elements that are mixed so well are incredibly pleasing to my ears. 

The 3rd track, “Ready or Not” is one of their commercial successes, with a full scale and expensive music video.  The song actually samples Enya – which is the haunting background harmony – but Holy Moses it fits so well.  There is an art to sampling.  This track gets it right. 

The 4th track, “Zealots” samples The Flamingos and captures that 1959 sound.  Of course, this is sampling done right, as the beat is awesome 

The 5th track, “The Beast,” has an interesting mix of percussion, bongos, and funny hook.  It simply has a different vibe than most hip hop tracks you’ll hear – maybe mostly due to the well placed kicks and bongos. 

The 6th track, Fu-Gee-La is what put the Fugees on the map due to the amazingly grimy beat, hip hop vibe, and sick flows.  The guitar noise that slides down and up is truly an ear pleaser.  This is a song you bump when you have a great car system. 

The 7th track has a vinyl type of vibe because of the “scratchy” record sound – but this is mixed with what sounds like a Mexican guitar and hip hop beat.  This is an aggressive hook with Lauryn Hill nicely mixed in; I like how they made use of her voice on the hook. 

“Killing me Softly” is track 8 and is basically an instant classic.  There’s not much else you need to know here; Lauryn Hill completely murders the entire song. 

“The Score” is track 9 and has all the hip hop elements a hip hop head would expect.  The elements combine nicely and they skillfully resample some of their own verses.  It also sounds like someone is humming. 

Track 10, “The Mask,” feels like a nice house party or conversation with all 3 artists.  There’s some funny story telling here about Burger King and what not.  They seem to be in full swag mode here. 

Track 11, “Cowboys,” is a lot of fun as you can tell by the hook.  They take an angle of Cowboys and Desperados on this one and it feels like an awesome smoke session.  You’ve got that interesting guitar/Sitar noise here again, with what sounds like trumpets during parts of the song.  The open hi hat and snare rolls keep everything glued together nicely. 

Track 12 pays homage to Bob Marley and “No Woman No Cry.”  I can actually remember hearing this as a teenager – I didn’t know what to make of it at first.  The acoustic guitar is the bright shining star here because it’s a new spin on the old tune and keeps things moving happily along. 

Track 13, “Manifest/Outro” uses the same guitar you heard in the Intro Track – it’s more sped up here in Track 13.  Fans of Lauryn Hill will point out she murders this beat. 

Track 14 remixes “Fu-Gee-La” as does Track 15.  Track 14 has more of a laid back, chill vibe and track 15 has Reggae roots. 

I am not sure what the final track represents.

How to Build a Website to Sell Beats Online [why Bandzoogle is so great] makes it incredibly easy to build and maintain a website; your website to be exact!  The backbone of any website is the content contained within, and the Bandzoogle tools available make it incredibly easy to build your content and position other features and website pages exactly where you want them.  Apologies to website creators out there, but we are now in the year 2017, where templates and admin platforms are preferred options to manage a website.  Previously, if you wanted your designer to adjust something on your website, it involved a phone call or email directly to them or one of their assistants, who would then make a process of a single edit on a page an extremely painstaking process.  Adding insult to injury, the prices for design or a single edit were probably appalling. 

This doesn’t happen when you control your own website with Bandzoogle.  At the coffee shop? Sign on and make an edit.  2 a.m. in the morning?  Sign on and make that edit.  Traveling? Sign on and make that edit.  If you haven’t caught on by now, anytime you have access to an internet connection is a potential time to build or edit your website.  You don’t need an army of people or someone speaking jargon to you about a website edit; all you need is Bandzoogle and a brain.  Do you have a brain? Good.  Do you want Bandzoogle? Read on..

Now, let’s start talking about some of the features and benefits of using Bandzoogle.  As mentioned earlier, I still believe written content is king on any website, so we will review the Text feature on Bandzoogle first.  Their  text feature is very easy to work with and is similar to a “WYSIWYG” type of editor, which means “what you see is what you get.”  When working with the text editor, you immediately have access to format using Bold or Italic font, a numbered or bulleted list, and the ability to add a link.  If you click “Advanced Toolbar” on their text tool, you then get “the whole kitchen sink” of options which are size of text, color, alignment, inserting a picture, video, table, horizontal line, and the ability to use HTML source code. 

The link feature is extremely helpful because you can link text or an image to an external site/page, one of your own existing pages, a file, an email address, one of your albums if applicable, or one of your music tracks if applicable.  There is also an option that specifies whether or not to open in a new window.  So, you are easily able to have a clickable link referencing and directing your visitors to wherever you want them to go!  Writing about your next concert? It’s easy to direct visitors to any external ticket sale site.  Referencing a book, external blog, or a cool product you started using? All fair game.  Basically, you have discretion over your content and how you want your audience to interact with you, your site, and your links.   In regards to using images, you can accomplish the same exact thing by adding the Image stand alone feature which is another option on your Bandzoogle portal.  Otherwise, you can use the Text function we just discussed, which is like a swiss army knife of website tweaking. 

In regards to placing content, Bandzoogle has a drag and drop classic editor, or a newly rolled out visual editor.   These are both incredibly easy to use.  Once content is created, you can also move existing content to a different area on your page.  In this manner, you can experiment and then find your optimal design.  Generally speaking, content can fit inside 1/3 of a page, ½ of a page, the full page, or a combination of sorts where there is a side bar mixed with the main area.  You can also have multiple design techniques on a single web page.  This helps to layout your site with both content and aesthetic appeal. 

Let’s take a look at a real world example of my website layout with text, image, and links.  The layout at the top of the page features a larger area on the left side, and then a small side bar configuration on the right.  This is easily configurable inside of your Bandzoogle portal.  The text has some unique words in bold to help Google know what my site is about and to stand out to users reading content.  Any word in this text can be changed to a link if desired.  There is also an Amazon advertisement I pasted in there, still functioning inside of Bandzoogle’s text feature. [Remember, within a text feature you can also use HTML and insert images if necessary.]  You can think of the text feature as a blank space where you can basically add anything you want. 

On the top right of the page, there is a text feature that only reads FL Studio Cookbook link.  Beneath that, there is a standalone image feature.  Take a look at the options shown below; this is the exact view I have when working with the image feature in my Bandzoogle portal.  

You can change the image, size, caption, link, and specify if the link opens in a new window or not.  In this case, I am directing those that are interested in clicking on the link to my Amazon book page. 

The middle area of the Free Beats Page has free beats on the left and free loops on the right, in a more even looking layout.  Both use the music function provided by your Bandzoogle backend manager.  The music function has a plethora of global options as well as track options.  Globally speaking, you can choose a track list or compact music player, the playback type, whether or not tracks start automatically, whether or not to shuffle tracks, and whether or not to loop when completed.  You may also use a discount codes and download codes if needed, and can also link your PayPal account to receive payments.  There is also a handy transaction history report, which is like an accounting report of all downloads and purchases.   If you are selling physical products or merchandise or anything that is not an actual music track, you can use the Store feature inside of Bandzoogle’s portal.  I created some music themed T-Shirts here if you'd like to take a look at what a Store feature could potentially look like.  The options in a Bandzoogle store are customizable per your needs, so your store may hypothetically not look exactly like mine. 

Regarding each individual music track,  Bandzoogle has many options to choose from including track name, artist name, preview clip if applicable, allow a download or a sale, ISRC code if applicable, track notes, lyrics, ID3 tags, and how the track streams when shared.  The download type can be free or paid, and you control setting a price or fans setting a price.  Furthermore, you can require an email address to download a track which automatically adds said email to your mailing list!  This makes it so easy to build your mailing list!  While I’m mentioning it, we can take a closer look at building your mailing list through Bandzoogle’s tools.  Furthermore, it’s important to remember that you can send out mass emails to your subscribers through Bandzoogle’s portal as well

If you take a look at the Free Remixes Page, there is a mailing list sign up form function provided by Bandzoogle.  This is on the right side column of the page.  You can use this wherever you want on your website, and on as many pages as you desire.  I also have this on the Lyrical Covers page, among others.  The Free Remixes page says “link up” and the Lyrical Covers page says “bridge the gap.”  You can customize this message to your liking or use the standard one that Bandzoogle provides.  I think this helps show my personality and welcomes others to join the mailing list. 

Regarding selling beats, Bandzoogle recently partnered up with Airbit, formerly known as MyFlashStore.  This is a third party beat selling platform, but as of June 2017, there is now a seamless integration between Airbit and Bandzoogle.  So, for those who want their tracks on Airbit and want to develop their own main website, Bandzoogle is an awesome option. Speaking of seamless integration, Bandzoogle also offers external integration with Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, Topspin, PledgeMusic, Bandsintown, GigSalad Quote Form, and GigSalad Review. 

Regarding the actual theme of your website, the Bandzoogle portal has visual representations and examples of how various themes will look.  Themes can be thought of as templates, which may include a header image, colors, textures, and suggested layout.  Depending on your genre and the impression you want to give visitors, this obviously will vary individually.  The cool thing is that once you test a theme, it adjusts your whole website and all pages in one fell swoop.  From that point you may keep it as is, customize it a tad more [if you like the general theme], or revert back to your old theme.  No theme change is destructive so there’s no need to worry.  Previously saved themes are stored in your My themes area, so you can restore older ones if needed. 

A website is something that is always in constant flux, or should I say should be in constant flux, because what’s optimal today may not be so optimal tomorrow.  The Bandzoogle platform offers all the flexibility you need to manage a well thought out website.   The team at Bandzoogle is actually like a bonus; they are very helpful in help chats and in email. 

In closing, I want you to type in the search term “free beats” in Google.  I need you to read this very carefully after you see where shows up in the search results.  I am a top result on Google for the search term free beats and I have not spent a single penny on advertising the website.  The Bandzoogle platform is a key factor in search result success.  This is also due to the way Bandzoogle sets up their web pages and the way you can further customize SEO if needed.  On every page you develop, you may edit the Title and where it shows up in your main menu.  SEO information can then be automatically generated from your page content, or you can customize your Page Name and Page Description.  On the global level of what Bandzoogle calls Site-Wide settings, you can add a website Icon which shows in various internet address bars, Footer Text like you can see on my site, and verification of your sitemap through Google Webmaster Tools.

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How Ad Rev and YouTube Content ID work  

The Hows and Whys of Ad Rev and YouTube Content ID
With notes and new opportunities w/ Google "Hosted" Ad Sense because they are all interrelated.

Mass Confusion.  Irate Musicians.  Angry YouTube Channel Owners.  Copyright.  Infringement.  Monetization.  Content. Welcome to the internet in the year 2015.  This doesn't exactly sound like a fun party, but for good reason.  Your ideas are at stake.  Your recognition is at stake.  Perhaps most importantly, revenue owed to you is at stake.  

Personally, I am on the front lines of all of the above, because I have my own YouTube Channel named ShaunFriedman, in addition to having a website that offers beats for downloads, and in addition to having other publishers peddle my instrumental music across the globe.  I have seen various claims on some of the videos I upload which include Sound Recording claims and Visual Content claims.  YouTube Content ID claims are not just specific to Ad Rev; they are specific to any business or corporation or entity that partners with YouTube Content ID, and generally speaking, can claim copyright on Images, Movie Clips (Audio in the actual movie or the background music in the movie), TV shows, and of course, sound recordings.

This article will focus on the partnership of Ad RevYouTube Content ID, and YouTube channel owners/uploaders, though the concepts may be congruent with any entity that works with YouTube Content ID.  I'll go through each topic in numbers, covering questions and concerns of music creators and YouTube creators, which often times are the same person, like myself :)  YouTube channel owners are also a very important piece of the equation here, because when approved, they can monetize their own videos directly though YouTube Hosted AdSense, not to be confused with YouTube Content ID, but of course.

"Can't I just apply to YouTube's Content ID Directly?"  If you ever thought this, congratulations!  Way to go directly to the source.  After all, why would you need a middle man between yourself and YouTube Content ID?  Unfortunately, I have heard rumors that YouTube's Content ID application process has gone dormant and is basically unattainable.

However, this didn't stop me from trying back in August of 2014.  My information was successfully submitted directly to YouTube, and they closed their notification by saying "this is a beta program, and we're in an ongoing process of refining, improving, and scaling the system up to meet everyone's needs."  All in all, it's probably a long shot to get approved directly, because YouTube works with major players like Warner Bros, Ad Rev, Audiam, CD Baby, Universal Music Group (UMG), Warner Music Group (WMG), and Sony Music Entertainment. (SME)  These type of Behemoth companies have the rights to thousands upon thousands of sound recordings and media.

How does Ad Rev work exactly?  Ad Rev allows publishers and composers to upload music (music that you are the original owner/publisher/composer/rights holder of)  into the Ad Rev system.  Then, Ad Rev works directly with YouTube Content ID to find instances where your content is used on YouTube.  Ad Rev is strictly a YouTube admin.  It's a pretty robust system that will catch you if you use copyrighted material.  As a member of Ad Rev, you can also submit DIRECT URLs of YouTube videos that use your music.  Once a match is found, the YouTube channel uploader of said video will receive a notice that there is a copyright claim.  Refer to below for what happens once there is a claim on your video.

"Why are there claims on my Video?!?  Now what!?"  It's important to understand why there are claims in the first place.  There would be a Content ID match or claim on one of your videos if you used copyrighted material from someone else.  As mentioned above, this relates to all media including Images/Visual content, sound recordings, Audio Content (this type of claim happens with major movie publishers/studios), and more.
To avoid having a claim in the first place, you all have to do is make sure every single piece of anything used in your video is an original creation.
When you receive a claim, YouTube sometimes uses threatening language about losing your channel and so on.

You have a couple of choices at this point:
a.) Remove your video
b.) Accept the claim.  Accepting the claim means that you NO LONGER can monetize your own video with Google Hosted Ad Sense.  The little green money sign that usually is available for you to monetize with Ad Sense will disappear, and the advertising earnings made by your video will go directly to the Claimant.  In the below example, Warner Music Group is now monetizing my Under the Bridge Hip Hop Remix.  I have no qualms or anger to this because I clearly used audio from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  My YouTube account is still in good standing, and I have over 30 videos that are claimed by other entities.  Accepting the claim means are you are Acknowledging third party content.  Personally, in relation to the Under the Bridge video, I still list my website link in the description of the video, so at least I'm gaining something from the video.  There are many different circumstances and scenarios relating to Copyright Claims and your YouTube channel, and when a particular video has gone "Viral," the ins and outs of all this hold a much greater stake.

Maybe, as an actual YouTube channel uploader, you have a video of your Cat making scrambled eggs that has over 2 million views, but if your video uses a song from Elton John, you are now making Universal Music Group money, if you accept the claim and you don't delete your video.

In the Cat making scrambled eggs example, if you used background music from YouTube's Audio Library, you would have still been able to monetize your video directly with Google Hosted Ad Sense.  This is clearly something all YouTube channel owners should be conscious of, because by the time it's potentially viral, it may be too late to go back and make changes.  *However*, some songs affect your own advertising and monetization in various ways, so be sure to read carefully before using a music track. Also, terms can "automatically" change, muddying up the waters further.

Another option is to have an agreement with a song publisher or composer that implicitly states they CANNOT administer or claim the sound recording through YouTube Content ID, because IF they WERE ALLOWED, it would render your own monetization null and void (With Ad Sense) and the composer would be the only person making revenue off your video. 
If there ever is a case where you know you agreed (in writing) to use a track without worrying about Content ID, you can provide the written specifics to YouTube, Ad Rev, or any company you are working with, and they can remove the Content ID claim for you.  

Generally speaking, when issues arise over Content ID and Ad Rev, Ad Rev can remove claims or a composer or publisher can remove claims for you (by informing Ad Rev), once everyone is in agreement that the claim should truly be removed. This is also referred to as "White Listing" certain videos.  You can also dispute claims directly through YouTube.

Ad Rev can also reassign ownership of music tracks.  This can only happen if you have a written legal agreement that states why the ownership should change.

4.) Licensing and Distribution deals as a composer.  When you sign (as a musician/composer) a distribution, licensing, publishing, or Record deal with a 3rd party, make sure you are the only Admin of your content on YouTube.  In most contracts, you are granting them administration rights to all media available now or in the future.  This means they are going to upload your songs to Ad Rev or Audiam directly!!! (unless they are a Behemoth that works with YouTube Content ID directly)

If they upload directly, you will receive your small cut (if that) after they receive their share directly from Ad Rev.  This is true for indie bands, rap, and all genres of music.  They might not even tell you about it at all.  However, maybe this WAS part of your deal with them and you are comfortable with them collecting from ALL sources.  Either way, make sure you are knowledgeable about YouTube Content ID.  In a perfect world, you would negotiate terms in a licensing or distribution deal that states YOU ARE THE ONLY ADMIN of YOUR CONTENT ON YouTube.  If that isn't an option, make sure you know what percentage you are getting through Content ID proceeds, if the entity you signed with actually tells you they are administering Content ID. 

Who pays more for administrating Content ID? Ad Rev or CD Baby?  
Administering Content ID:
CD Baby pays out 50% as opposed to the 80% Ad Rev pays out.
CD Baby also offers a total distribution deal where they make your song or album available in a wide range of media, so it's important to weigh the pros and cons of each.
In a perfect world, you would be able to sign CD Baby's distribution deal where they do all the things they already do, with an addendum that states you are the only admin of your content on YouTube.  

What pays more?  Ad Rev or Google Hosted Ad Sense?

What pays more on a YouTube video? Ad Rev or Google Hosted Ad Sense?  If you are a composer, YouTube channel creator, and Ad Rev member all at the same time, this question is pretty important to you.

Fundamentally, this is a question of what generates more: an Audio/Visual (standard Hosted AdSense) or a Sound Recording?  (remember, accepting a sound recording claim makes you unable to monetize through Ad Sense, but what if the sound recording claim is your own self !?!?)

For example, let's say I post a tutorial about music production on my own YouTube channel that gets relatively popular.  At that point, I could monetize directly through YouTube Hosted Ad Sense Monetization. (not to be confused with Content ID)

On the flip side, I could upload a new, original song I made to Ad Rev, embed the song in my tutorial video, and then have Ad Rev claim my own video and earn revenue from the sound recording.

YouTube Hosted Ad Sense is referred to as an Audio/Visual asset, and has demonstrated to earn 15% more than a sound recording (Ad Rev or any entity using Content ID) claim.

Per 1000 views on YouTube, a sound recording (Content ID) may generate $1.00
Per 1000 views on YouTube, your standard Google Hosted Ad Sense may generate $1.15

However, Ad Rev and other entities that work with Google have their own Ad Sense account, and there are sometimes higher quality ads through their network.  So, it's not totally clear at this juncture.  It is possible that a sound recording claim can earn more than a standard Audio Visual (hosted Ad Sense) and vice versa.

7.) Multiple songs in a video vs. One Song in Video: YouTube Content ID
If there is simply 1 song in a video, whoever you gave the admin rights to YouTube will be collecting off that song. (with an accepted copyright claim).  
If, for example, there are 5 songs in a single video, it potentially could be the same entity collecting, but it could very well be 5 different entities, which in turn will split the ad share from the video.

New opportunities [Remixes & Covers!!!] through standard Google Hosted Ad Sense and YouTube Content ID!

While Hosted Ad Sense (YouTube monetization settings as a YouTube Channel uploader/owner) usually claims sampled & found material [Found with YouTube CONTENT ID], leaving you with no revenue stake, in some cases, you can actually SHARE revenue with Warner Chappell, Sony ATV, and any large company who partnerships with YouTube Content ID!!

In the picture [clickable] below, my Carry On remix with a Nate Ruess sample [subsequently matched and claimed by YouTube Content ID) has enabled me to Share with claimants below.

Monetization info: "You're sharing money generated from ads with the relevant artist or copyright owner."

I don't know why they accepted me to share with them, but as a composer that's pretty damn cool how the internet enabled revenue sharing with major players, and I never asked for permission in the first place.  Maybe they're happy that my remix was decent and making them money so  they wanted to give me a nod and include me on the action?  On the not so glorious flip side, maybe it's just a google controlled ad network revenue setting.  It is the use of copyrighted material, so I like to think the behemoths made the decision.

Another shared revenue example can be found here, which is an Alanis Morissette remix:

New Opportunities for COVERS on YouTube!!

Recently, a Parody I made with my buddy Travis was accepted to Share revenue through Google monetization.
As a YouTube channel owner, I was looking over the copyright claims, and I found a notification that said:
"Monetize my video. This is my cover of a song written by somebody else. Learn more."
So, it's definitely a cover of Nelly's Just a Dream, which we re-wrote to be "Just to Pee."
Just to Pee:

9.) Types of Copyright Claims and examples in Content ID as YouTube channel owner.

Example 1: Claimant was Warner Bros for a beat I made with an Austin Powers sample.
The content claim was "Visual" as my thumbnail and image throughout the entire video is an Austin Powers picture. - 
So, I have successfully made "MC for Warner Bros" money, though I did get to use the sample, direct visitors to my website, gain subscribers, and remain in "good standing" with YouTube.  
All in all, content ID really does protect creators.  Nothing bad happened to be nor my channel.   

Example 2: A Biggie and 2pac Remix I composed and uploaded on my channel was Claimed by UMG [Universal Music Group], and was Blocked in Some Countries, the "some" which was only 1 country; Germany.

I am unsure of what is actually claimed as I used verses from Biggie and Pac in "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" yet used a different instrumental.

Example 3: 2pac and Eminem Remix: - The Copyright claimant is "UMG" [Universal Music Group] 
who matched with "Only Fear of Death - 2pac" - sound recording.  This happened to be blocked only in Germany.  In this example, the Content ID system identified 2pac, which has an acapella I used.
It does not appear as though the Content ID System caught my use of the instrumental "I'm not Afraid" by Eminem.

As you can see, there are many pieces and parts of the Google Content ID System.  Each case is different because there many varying terms of agreements, many copyright owners, many YouTube channel uploaders, and many creative photographers and composers.  Though people are frustrated about copyright claims, at its heart the system is truly trying to protect rights holders. 

Review of: The Behringer XENYX 808 Mixer - home or live 

I have had the Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer since 2006.  

Major gratitude to the forum admins in the FL Studio forum, who recommended the mixer to me after I told them I had to hook up a condenser mic, the Roland Fantom X-8 keyboard, the Stanton T.80 Turntable, and possibly a TV! (the audio output of anything on TV).  

I also have the Mbox2, and I must say that the Pre-Amp inside the Xenyx 802 amplifies much better than the MBox2.  The mixer, with the Phantom Power and XLR condenser mic plugged in, really makes recording vocals at home a clear quality.  When doing this tactic, the Mbox2 only serves as a gateway into the computer (Where I record into FL Studio); it's input gain is completely turned down.  The same thing goes for anything plugged into the Behringer Mixer like a Keyboard or Turntable; it seems to boost the audio power.

I recently utilized the FX Send and Return feature in the video: Put the Gun Down Human Being - The small echo is from an analog delay, and the DEEP PITCHED VOCALS on the HOOK is actually from the send/return feature. (a pitch shift fx of sorts)  You can use this feature on the mixer for anything - many times these FX sends are a way to input some Reverb, Echo, Delay, Pitch, and other fun and interesting music/electronic effects.  
The behringer xenyx 802 mixer is of sturdy construction, solid electronics, nice controls and ability.

The unit also has some RCA inputs, as well as a main out and control room out.

When using in conjunction with the computer, I simply use the main out of the mixer into the Mbox2, which connects via usb into the computer.

Maybe one down side regarding the mixer is the power plug in, which has to be fed into the back of the mixer.  No biggie, but that part can get damaged; it is the only piece I have replaced on the mixer since owning in 2006.  Actually, the only damage was to the metal prongs, so take a look inside and be sure not to abuse it.  (I simply never knew they were there)

My buddy in Fort Wayne actually took this unit to a jam session with a band, and the results were pretty damn slick.  So in a live environment, it definitely gets the job done.  

Check out the Xenyx 802 mixer for many applications, clear electronics, and a solid design. 

The unit has a purple/blue laser when on.


Direct Sound EX29 Review (professional headphones) 

Thumbs up to the Direct Sound EX29 Professional Headphones.  These were gifted to me while working at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne Indiana.  The owner of the headphones is quite the cool man, and gave our class (training class before hitting the sales floor) free pairs.  I used them in a coffee shop where I created the foundation for what was to be my Deck the Halls Christmas Remix; a competition at work where people submitted enough material for a double disc CD. I used the EX29 headphones to sample deck the halls, as well as add sub bass from Reason in the coffee shop @ Mocha Lounge (Fort Wayne, IN), sequencing in FL Studio. 

In Fort Wayne, my buddy Matt Lowe who engineered @ Tree Sound Studios in ATL recorded most of my vocals.  When I returned to Cleveland, the EX29's helped me again.  The feeling around your head really shuts out the outside noise; this helps tremendously when recording vocals because the microphone won't pick up the leaking of the headphones...or as little as possible.  
The EX29's are sturdy headphones that keep outside sound out when mixing as well as not leak out when recording vocals

On the inside of the headphones, there is a RED color for the right side of your head, instantly squashing the left or right inquiry. ;)

I have used the amazing Bose Quiet Comfort 2, and the EX29's definitely cancel out much of the exterior noise as well.

There's a large sized cup for your ears and the headphones themselves are quite substantial in size, coming with a handy 1/4" adapter that SCREWS onto the tip of the standard 1/8" jack.  (high quality as well).  

Overall, although they came out of nowhere, I have exclusively used the EX29's to produce all of my material since 2011.  

I consider them a blessing and they are legit headphones, whether you are mixing or recording vocals (extra bonus due to less leakage).  They are made of quality components and I never had a single problem. 

Pictured circa 2011; Fort Wayne, Indiana donning the EX29's.


Get Your Website Reviewed at the ASCAP EXPO!  

Bandzoogle is heading to Los Angeles! We’ll be at the ASCAP EXPO, reviewing websites live online for TAXI, and giving a workshop at Musicians Institute. Plus, we’ll be hosting a members meetup while in town. Here are all the details:

ASCAP EXPO April 24-26

The ASCAP EXPO is one of our favorite conferences. Taking place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, we’ll be offering free site reviews at our table, plus our CEO David Dufresne will moderate the Website Demolition Derby panel:

Website Demolition Derby
Thursday, April 24
12:45pm - 2:00pm

Hollywood Ballroom #2 (2nd Floor (Mezzanine))

This ever-popular session will offer live critiques of your website. The design, organization, content and functionality will be assessed. How does the website fit with the artist's overall online strategy, and how successfully does it achieve the artist’s goals?

The panelists have worked with thousands of songwriters and musicians, from major label superstars to secluded basement composers. They are extremely knowledgeable about website best practices and deeply allergic to bad design, music that auto-starts, Flash widgets and unreadable fonts.

Moderator: David Dufresne (CEO - Bandzoogle)
: Ari Herstand (Songwriter, Artist, Actor, Blogger), Brian Schopfel (EVP, Business Development & Partner - The Uprising Creative), Brian Felsen (Composer, Entrepreneur), Dave Cool (Director of Artist Relations, Bandzoogle)

Attending the ASCAP EXPO? Submit Your Website For Review!

Panelists have been instructed to be ruthless and leave all diplomacy aside, so if you’re courageous enough to submit your website for their scrutiny, send a note to Dave Cool: dcool[at]bandzoogle[dot]com

PLEASE NOTE: You must ATTEND the panel to have your site reviewed.

Free Website Reviews at Bandzoogle Booth During ASCAP EXPO

If you would rather not have your website reviewed in front of an audience, that’s ok too. Drop by the Bandzoogle table between 9AM and 6PM during the ASCAP EXPO and we’ll review your site, one-on-one. Plus, we’ll have plenty of free candy and t-shirts for members too!

Members Meetup in Los Angeles!

If you’re a Bandzoogle member in the Los Angeles area (or you’ll still be in town after the ASCAP EXPO), please join our Director of Artist Relations Dave Cool at the Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for cocktails to talk music, comedy, and of course, websites. The best part? Drinks are on us! Plus, there will be free Bandzoogle t-shirts on hand:

Sunday, April 27 @ 6pm
Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd)

Please RSVP to confirm if you'll be attending.

And if anyone's up for it, we might go bowling at Lucky Strike afterwards.

We hope to see you there!

Free Website Reviews on TAXI TV!

On Monday, April 28, Dave Cool will be joining TAXI founder Michael Laskow for a special edition of their weekly TAXI TV Songwriting and Music Business Show. Instead of critiquing songs, for this episode we’ll be reviewing artist websites.

The show streams live online, so you can watch and participate from anywhere in the world:

Monday, April 28
4pm (PDT) / 7pm (EDT)


Musicians Institute Workshop: How to Build Your Music Website

And finally, David and Dave will be giving a workshop at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood called “How to Build Your Music Website”. Please note that this is open to students at MI only:

Wednesday, April 23

Let us know if you’ll be attending any of these events! Either in the comments below, by emailing Dave Cool (dcool[at]bandzoogle[dot]com), or let us know through Twitter or Facebook.

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