To me, this is a biggie. I know I’m sounding like a disgruntled musician … but hey, all of this is just more of an example of how artists are getting screwed by EVERYONE, not just the streaming platforms. Check out the video below very closely, it’ll reveal a few things that I simply did not know. For example, just check out this link to see what percentage Joe or Jill Blow artist gets paid by Spotify. Now, check out this link to see just what percentage a label gets paid per stream.

This is what appears when asking the web “why is Spotify loosing money?” According to this, even when the artist is being paid a ridiculously small percentage, it’s still too much for big business.

Feel free to check out my music at https://davidmileshuber.bandcamp.com/.

Thought you might like to see a bit of the creation process of a 5.1.4 (9.1) immersive mix. Sorry about the audio, I’m trying to get my mic act together … one step at a time. Feel free to check out my music at https://davidmileshuber.bandcamp.com/.

Like the video says,I’m going to start a series of vlogs on my thoughts on various topics. I hope you’ll join me. I’m also asking those who want to follow me and my music to subscribe to my bandcamp page by clicking on the button below. It’ll be the best way to stay in contact with what is going on in my musical life. Thanks for all the support … I truly appreciate it!

Haida is –

a very special project, whose goal is to portray the beauty, majesty and power of the land of the Northwest Territories that stretches from the Puget Sound of Washington State, north to the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia. It is not about the people of these territories, but about the spiritual power of the land itself, portraying its beauty, grandeur and spiritual energy. This “epic project” is designed to transport us to the land of deep waters, soaring eagles, snow-capped mountains and lush forests that is at the heart of the Pacific Northwest and lower western Canada.

Known also by its Haida name “Gwaii Haanas”, meaning islands of wonder, the Queen Charlotte Islands are referred to by some as “awe-inspiring”. An archipelago of more than 150 islands, the Queen Charlotte Islands are located 50 miles west of the Canadian mainland and are widely known for their natural beauty, old totems, longhouses and a thriving native culture.

A double-release set: The first disc “Haida-Raven” is set for release on July 24, 2019 is different in every way, in that it is an electronic music piece that is grand and panoramic in scale which combines high-technology with native and acoustic instruments to paint scenes that are extremely organic in nature.

Disc 1 – Haida-Raven

UPC: 194616880054
Release Date: July 24, 2019

The second disc “Haida-Dreamcatcher” will be set for release on July 24, 2020 and is more flowing and is almost orchestral in nature in a way that bathes the listener in a wash of nature and sonic scenery.

Disc 2 – Haida-Dreamcatcher

I’ve been excited about surround 5.1 or 7.1 FLAC as a preferred playback and on-line distribution medium for a long time. To me, it simply comes down to ease, convenience, quality and stability. Here’s a straightforward way that I use to produce, distribute and playback my own 5.1 productions using FLAC.

The Production side: (Music production > Add Metadata > Zip included Files > Link to Zip in Doc > Store in the Cloud)

– To start, I do most of my music using Steinberg’s Nuendo. Using Nuendo, it’s super-easy to create your surround mix and then export it as a single 5.1 interleaved FLAC file. I quickly realized that the key to making multi-channel FLAC was to encode your mix as a single multi-channel interleaved stream. Quite often, it’s a good idea to add a second or two at the header, to allow the playback unit to catch the stream.

– Once that’s done, you’re more than half way home. The next step is to add the appropriate metadata to the surround files. For this, I use EZ CD Audio Converter, an excellent program out of an Eastern Block country.

– The next step is to zip the files (along with cover graphic, project booklet and any other media) into a single downloadable file. I personally use Bandcamp to distribute the hi-res surround files (in addition to the ho-res stereo files) as a “Bonus Item”. Although the files themselves can’t be added to the Bonus Item list, I simply add a well-crafted document that can be downloaded that then links to the zipped directory that is stored on my Google Drive … and voila, the customer has the entire project in zipped form.

The Playback side: (Download/unpack the zip > Copy the directory to a disc or dongle > Put it in your media player and press PLAY)

– On the user’s side, the customer buys the project on Bandcamp and downloads/unzips the directory. Here is where the true power of FLAC comes in … the user can simply play the files from his or her computer (I recommend VLC Media Player … it simply rocks at playing all media). Just press play and your sustem should play the files in 5.1 or 7.1 without any problems.

– If you only have a surround home theater system, there should be no problem at all. Either burn the files to a DVD or (better yet) save the plastic and copy the files to a thumb drive. Most modern TVs and media players will accept a thumb drive, whereby you can point to the project from the remote and you’re in surround biz!

Personal note: You’ll notice that I produce in 5.1 instead of 7.1 … and you might ask why? For me, the answer is simple. There are far more 5.1 systems out there than 7.1 systems. My production style is renowned (4X Grammy nominated) for my use of all of the speakers for important content information. Since Flac is discrete and can’t fold-down, if I produced in 7.1, those folks with a 5.1 system would be missing 2 important channels … and I’m not prepared to do that! So, 5.1 it is!

David Miles Huber is a 4X Grammy-nominated producer and musician in the electronic dance and surround-sound genres, whose music has sold over the million mark. His dance performance style is energized and balanced out by lush beats and live acoustic instruments that combine to create a “Zen-meets-Tech Experience”. His latest music and collaborations can be heard at www.davidmileshuber.com and davidmileshuber.bandcamp.com.

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5.1 surround mix

Once the stereo mix was done, it was time to finally take on the 5.1 mixes. After a bit of deliberation, I decided to mix Raven in 5.1 and not 7.1. This was for purely practical reasons. Anyone who knows me knows that I mix my projects using all of the speakers in the soundscape and not just a bit in the center and reverb in the rear. Since the final mixes were to be delivered in discrete 24/96 FLAC form, if I would’ve done a 7.1 mix, people who were listening to it over a 5.1 system would be missing the two side channels. For me, this was unacceptable … so a 5.1 mix it was!

My main speaker set are PMC AML2’s in 5.1 … They’re amazing speakers, however, for years I’ve been fighting what I thought was a lack of hi-end in the front speaker set. Turns out, it wasn’t a lack of highs … it was a lack of low-end that caused me to have to compensate by boosting the highs. Basically, I was fighting the wrong end (try to be aware of this possibility in your system … these sonic lies can really throw you off.

Soooooo … I knew that my buddy Elliot Scheiner has mix a lot of Grammy winning projects on the JBL 306p speakers (which happen to cost around $100 each these days). So I bought a pair and placed them on my mixing desk just under the PMCs. Mixing Haida (Raven) using the JBL’s was a breeze and seemed to fix the low-end cut problem (and thus the need to over compensate in the highs. This led me to insert the JBL’s into the 5.1 chain. At this point, a unique approach had to be taken … turns out that Steinberg offers up an easy solution.

This answer came in the form of a plug-in from Steinberg that lets you insert the plug-in into the monitor output chain to control the level and delay compensation that lets you time-align the speakers sets. I say set because Nuendo let me setup a 5.1 monitor bus for the upper speakers (as per normal), but also let’s me create a second 5.1 setup that inserts the JBL L/Rs instead of the PMC L/Rs. By time delaying the JBLs (that are 50cm closer than the PMCs, the mixstage came into clear focus and I was able to get a really good 5.1 balance mix.

Most of DMH’s music is now available with bonus 5.1 FLAC mixes on Bandcamp. These can be checked out at https://davidmileshuber.bandcamp.com/

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