Lesson 4: Publishing and Finalization
A brief overview of the basic procedures to publishing your work, or production, to the various intermediaries.
4.1 Saving your work
Once your song is finished, you will save the file basically just as you’ve saved every other document in your past. The key to saving your individual recordings (your external channels/instruments) is to save them in .wav format so they can be utilized through FL Studio and manipulated, cut, or extended however you would like. When saving the final file of all the tracks, you will want to save as a .mp3 as well as a .wav file. These options will be clearly outlined when you reach the file saving window. When you are ready to save your work, go to the file menu at the top of your screen (within the FL Studio) and scroll down to save as. On this screen you will have the option to name your song/document and choose the file format mentioned above. You will want to save as both for optimization on the web (iTunes/uploads) by using .mp3 format; on CDs, .wav format is used to create optimum audio quality in stereos or speakers.
a view of the file saving window for an externally recorded sound. Screen shot.
4.2 Publishing your work to CD
Image-line studios, and every audio editing application will always show you how to do this with their software. This is the number one thing their software is used for! Naturally, they must provide the easiest way to save this to a CD possible. It’s literally as easy as saving the file and going to the file menu, like before, just selecting burn to CD/DVD. DVD will be used for larger files, but does not provide the optimum audio quality. You will NEVER save an audio track to a DVD. This will just create a data file. Great for mass storage, but lacking audio optimization. The Professionals call these .CDA files but they are really just .wav files optimized for audio sounds- or CDs.
Copyright: Image-Line Studios- A view of the saving menu with the different options for saving your song/document.
4.3 Publishing to iTunes – For the Serious Producer
There are tons of websites that are dedicated to helping musicians and producers promote their music online. To actually get your song on iTunes, you need to fill out an iTunes Application to actually become verified that you are a professional and not just a terrible person throwing up screaming and noise into the world. While that may be a harsh description of why they wouldn’t choose someone to put their stuff on iTunes-the exact specifications are unknown as to how they choose or do not choose. Remember, with iTunes, Apple needs to make their money. Say you sell your song for $.99, Apple is going to take roughly 40% (or $.40) leaving you a good $.59 per song. NOT counting what you may have paid to have the song recorded or promoted to be found on iTunes. Music is art just as much as music is business. Once you are applied, you select how you want to get your pay from selling your songs. Different levels meet different requirements and payouts. Once you have done this, you can upload your songs and image for the song and you are a certified and legitimate iTunes artist! For more extensive information on the procedure please take a look at an in-depth procedure provided by an iTunes certified producer/artist. Unfortunately, I have not been approved at this time. It seems my application is still in the pending approval portion of the process. Sigh. One day, right!? Maybe you can join me now that you know the basis for recording!