[Full-Disclosure] Do you really think CDs will be protected in future?
DaveHowe at cmn.sharp-uk.co.uk
Thu Oct 9 13:01:07 BST 2003
Andrew Simmons wrote:
> Dave Howe wrote:
> what about recording costs?
Are mostly based around the idea that you need a "professional" recording
studio before you can record an album (and that "live" albums are somehow
with today's computer technology there is no reason why a normal pc (with
perhaps a better than average soundcard, but not much else) couldn't be
used to record from "live" events - if it wasn't for the lack of
sufficient inputs, I would expect the audio mixer market to already be
dominated by hybrid solutions, and I am told the synth market has hit an
all-time low it is not expected to recover from.
Additional digital recording ability would probably come to less than the
*maintenance* on most professional audio (show) rigs. a little crowd noise
will just add atmosphere (and incidentally make mp3 production just that
little bit harder)
> What about tour support?
*all* comes out of the royalties and/or takings - its one of the artist's
biggest complaints. There is never a point where the artist gets something
but the company takes a loss (its expenses and profits come first)
In addition, many artists complain that if they *want* to sell cds of
their music while touring, they *must* sell cds bought from the company,
at the company's prices, *and* must sell at a price the company decide so
as not to undercut the big commercial stores....
> What about A&R?
Assuming you mean advertising, then that is a self-fulfilling prophecy;
you need to pay to get popular airtime for your album/single/whatever
because the producers of such expect to be paid (what they are really
selling is eyes/ears to the advertisers, and the existance of the
eyes/ears depends on them playing music the public want to hear.
If any one company decided to stop bribing for airtime, then they would be
stuffed; if they *all* stopped bribing, the radio and tv stations would
have to play something, or all their advertising revenues would dry up.
Of course that would induce a danger that the tv and radio might play what
actually attracts customers best, not what suits the record companies - so
it will never happen.
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