How would registering for your online studios help my music career?
Being a member of Bakehouse Studio Online could help you on several levels. If you are a hobbyist who is looking for ways to make some extra income from your music skills, you could find information on our private forums to give you new ideas for finding work and marketing yourself. If you are a hobbyist who likes to participate on some of the music jamming sites, you can do the same thing here, but with projects that will be released on the Wobbly Music label. Thus getting your session skills out on records that are going to get more exposure than something that is just done for fun. Then there is always the possibility that a record you helped to create will become successful. This would then bring you some income from the royalties allocated to you from the session. If you are a semi-pro or professional artist, collaborating on other artists releases will help to build your portfolio and give you greater credibility when approaching other music business professionals. Then there is the possibility that you may meet another member who will become a personal friend and co-collaborator on your own music projects. You can use your private space on the server to work with other members of your choice on your own projects.
I can't seem to find the link to the studios. How do I get in?
This may seem a little complicated at first, but once you are set up, it is easy to get in. I've done it this way to ensure that unauthorised people or scammers can't get access to our music. There are actually 2-3 seperate registrations required in order to access the studios.
- You need to be a registered and logged in member of this site, or you wont see the online Studios Login link or page.
- You need to be registered as a collaborator or guest member to get an account.
- We need to know your real full name upon application or we can't create your account.
If you are joining as a guest member in order to access the forums, you will first need to pay your membership fee. This can be made via Paypal in either monthly or annual installments. Once I have received your subscription confirmation from Paypal, I will set up your account and send you the login details in an email. You'll find the login box on the right of the Online studio page.
If you are joining as a collaborator member, you do not have to pay a membership fee. However, you do have to subscribe to your skill base on the Collaborations page. This subscribes you to a mailing list that will notify you by email whenever a new project requiring your particular skills enters a studio. After you send the form, you will be sent a confirmation email in which you will see a link that you will need to click on to confirm your subscription. When I receive your subscription, I will set up your collaborator account and send you the login details by email. You'll find the login box on the right of the Online studio page.
Once you are in possession of all your account details, your merely have to log into the site, then go to the online studios login page which will now be available in the top menu, or click on the "Enter the studios" link. You will then be able to login to the server with your online studios account details that were supplied to you in the same email.
- The login details for both the site and the server are case sensitive and contain many different characters. Copy/paste your details from the email to avoid errors. This site will block you for 30 minutes upon 3 incorrect logins, but you can click on the link provided on the error page to have the block removed more quickly.
- If you have done everything right and still cannot log in, or can login but get an error message when you try to access the visible links, there may be a conflict with your password. Please contact admin for a new password.
- If you login to the server as a Collaborator and don't see your home folder (The one with your name on it), this is an issue with the account creation. Contact admin to have this fixed.
- Please note that you cannot change your personal details or passwords on the server. You can only do that on the site login. You can only upload stuff to your home folder (Collaborators) or the Guest Dropbox (Guests)
Do I need to buy any special equipment or training manuals in order to be a collaborator?
Full support can be given on the forums if you experience any difficulties, but it is surprisingly cheap & easy to get set up for online music collaboration. I have a tip sheet available here.
How do you know that I'll be good enough to participate in a session?
I don't. But every project is different and will suit different styles, sounds, and levels of playing. Sometimes a raw, edgy sound is preferable to a polished, technically perfect one. All collaborators first upload MP3s of their tracks to their home folders for the producers to audition. If your contribution is chosen, you will then be required to sign a session contract before uploading the wav files of your tracks to the tracking room.
What happens to my contributions after I've uploaded them? How do I get paid?
Audition files that are not chosen for the final project will be deleted once the project has ben completed. Tracks that are used in the project are archived by the company after completion. All collaborators are sent an MP3 of the finished project for their own portfolios. Collaborators retain the copyright to their individual tracks for perpetuity on royalty-based projects. On "work for hire" projects the copyright in your performance passes to the company upon payment of your session fee. Royalties are calculated on all net profits received from sales and licensing of the recording and your royalties will accrue in your account until it is at a sufficient level to be economical to send to you. This level is currently set at £25. You will need a verified Paypal account in order to receive royalty payments. Full details can be obtained from reading the contracts online.
Is there a limit to the amount of stuff I can store in my home folder?
No specific limits are set, but obviously there is a finite amount of space on my drive. If I notice that you are storing vast amounts of stuff that bear no relevance to the sessions in progress, I may have to start deleting them to make space for other members. Please try not to keep more than one personal project in your home folder at any one time... and ALWAYS keep your own local backups.
If I use my home folder to collaborate with other members on my own personal projects, do you hold any rights to them?
No. Whatever you want to create with other members outside of the project studios is entirely your own and your collaborators to argue over. We have no ownership nor responsibility in the safekeeping of the personal projects in your home folder. If we need the space for Studio projects, you will be given notice to remove anything that isn't being shared at that moment in time. However, if the drive breaks down, we wont have the time to give you any notice. Although a daily backup is made, there is no guarantee that all of your personal files will be saved.
How do I submit my songs for consideration?
We do not work like a song library. As a collaborating songwriter, you will be notified when we are looking for a particular kind of song. You may then upload an MP3 of the best song you have that fits the requirements, or you may wish to write a song specifically to meet those requirements. Songs are uploaded to the relevant new thread on the "Song Audition" Forum. All those submitted will be auditioned by the client and the project producer. You will be contacted if your song is chosen for the project. All others will be deleted once the project is finished. You may submit the same song to other projects with similar requirements.
How do I get one of my own projects into your studios for a release on your label?
Go to GiveMeARecordDeal.com and sign a recording or distribution contract.