Please contact us by email and let us know the names of your songs to avoid the "In a Gadda Da Vida" syndrome. Recordings are usually available in a week or so.
Use our search engine to find and listen to your recordings. Our sole method of distribution is by posting songs on the website. We do not make CD's and we do not send songs by email (see business below).
We do not provide recordings of cover songs.
We do not make CD's and we do not send songs by email (see business below).
Play covers all you want. Fortunately for you, the Nines regularly pays a hefty sum of money to companies which represent writers and music publishers so that performers may play other people's songs. But, in order for us to post music on a website, it has to be original and uncommitted to anyone else or already in the public domain.
We do not have the free time to make and distribute CD's nor send Megabytes of data by email, so please be considerate and don't ask for cover song recordings unless you want to compensate us for that valuable service (see business below).
Note to copyright holders: if we have posted a copyrighted song it was not intentional. Please contact us with the link to the song and we will remove it immediately.
The Nines provides the stage and the sound equipment. They also pay the fees to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC so people can play cover songs. The Nines hopes that people who come through the doors, for free or otherwise, order something to eat or drink. It's not a requirement, but it would be nice, as they are in that business. The food is excellent and not expensive. Open mic performers do have to pay for food and drink.
Typically, musicians do not have a lot of money. Freeville Music is set up to record and distribute songs to performer/songwriters for free. All originals are put on the website. We are not in business. We receive utterly no compensation for this service (not even free beer!).
While live recordings may contain flaws, artists get a chance to record almost every single week and gain experience with performing live. They can pick and choose what versions get published on myspace or elsewhere, including demo discs for potential live gigs. A good live recording establishes needed credibility.
Some people want CDs or recordings of cover songs. Freeville Music provides a search engine, custom playlist creation and streamed audio that make it easy to burn your own CDs. For those with limited internet access, please ask a friend or family member to download your recordings and burn them to CD.
Cover songs that are not old enough (published before 1923) are usually copyrighted by someone, and they cannot be published by us without paying royalties to the copyright holder.
We provide a free service that demands a significant amount of time. Please contact Freeville Music to discuss suitable fees for individualized service beyond what is provided for free.
At this moment, the Nines provides a twelve channel mixer, two powered speakers and three microphones for open mic.
Freeville Music usually records and when they do they record the entire session, using an Alesis Firewire mixer at 44.1 kHz and 24 bit sampling, directly onto a Macintosh Powerbook computer running Audacity, a free audio recording and editing program available for Linux, Mac and Windows operating systems.
Four hours of music takes about 1.5 GB of disk space per recorded channel. MP3's are ripped at 128 kb/sec which occupies about 1 MB of disk space per minute of playing time.
Editing takes about four hours per week. This includes editing out interludes, normalizing volume levels and labeling all of the songs. We generate an individual MP3 file for each song, usually about 20 originals per night.
Finally, we post originals and update the database connecting each song with the artist name. As of January 2008, ID3v2 tags in the MP3 files include the artist names and the song titles.
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