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11/21/2014

ID3 tags are where metadata with most MP3 files is stored.  It isn't really a standard because different people/companies made contributions, but because of its wide use almost every program that plays or creates MP3 files can read this metadata.  There is so much information you can put in these files but almost noone uses most of the fields.  You can embedd album covers, booklet pages, titles, artists, genre, ISRC, UPC, website links, and the list goes on.  Oh...  the list...

 

Here is the list:

8/28/2014

I have exciting news this week!  The Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is released this week.  The movie premiered last week and I saw it yesterday.  After reading mixed reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I though it was ok.  I'm very excited to have worked on this project and can't wait until I have my own copy of the soundtrack to put on the studio wall.

7/31/2014

So, I went to Viva Big Bend music festival in West Texas last weekend.  I went out to attend a Grammy networking event we were hosting during the festiva.  This is the third year that there has been a "Meet the Grammys" networking event.  I took the opportunity to take the trip to the beautiful Big Bend area and I also took some pictures.  Here are a few of them.

7/21/2014

First, lets start with what 'two-factor authentication' is. It involves two steps to logging in.  With one step, you just needed your username and password.  You entered the info and you're logged in; this is one step.  In two-factor authenticataion (or two-step authentication) uses more than just your username and password. For example, one of the first two-step authentication methods I came across was with my Discover Card account.

7/19/2014

Eric Johnson's "Europe: Live" reaches #1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart!  Europe: Live was recorded live from shows in Amsterdam, Germany and Paris.  Mastered by Nick Landis and released by Mascot Label Group on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download.

7/8/2014

Samsung make nice monitors.  They seem to look better than lots of the other choices on the shelf at the big box store where we got it and we also have an HDTV made by Samsung.  So, when my computer monitor, the Samsung 2232GW started to go on the fritz, I was a little bummed.  It started with a few seconds of flickering every time it turned on or woke back up.  It would flicker for a few seconds and then settle down and be just fine.  Eventually, the flickering lasted longer and longer and I was begining to realize I may need to go buy a replacement monitor.

6/19/2014

Since the new version of drush has come out and now requires Composer, most of the guides I've seen online don't work anymore.  Hopefully, this guide will prevent others from the headaches I went through getting this setup on my host.

First, I'm assuming you already have SSH access to your host.  If not, go get that done and come back to install drush.  It will be a little different depending on your hosting provider.

Make sure you're in your home directory

cd ~

Next, download Composer to your home directory

6/19/2014

The Music Producers Guild (MPG) in partnership with the European Broadcast Union (EBU) have now standardized a metadata field for the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) in wav files!  This issue has been a long time overdue, but now finally gained enough traction to make it into a standard.  The ISRC can now be embedded in wav files inside the core metadata.  This means it will follow the file where ever it goes.  We also now have software that is able to add this info to your mastered wav files, so we can offer this service to clients.

5/13/2014

Today, I mastered my 2000th project!  I can't hardly believe it.  I started working at Terra Nova in 2005.  From then to today has been about 9 years, or 3229 days, or about 461 weeks.  Over the last nine years, i've averaged about 4 albums a week.  I would like to thank my family, my mentors and all my clients that let me work on thier music.  I plan on having some kind of party or get-together for a celebration, details will be sent out later.

4/21/2014

Nick Landis has been elected to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences - Texas Chapter Board of Governors for the 2014-2016 term.  Nick has previously served on the board of governors from 2008 to 2012 and as Vice President from 2011 to 2012.

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