You’ll probably expect a big and loud “NOOO” from me. I have to disappoint you. LANDR is good.
BOOM, there I dropped it: it’s good.
You get reasonable results for an unbeatable price. Fast, easy, very affordable. There are few good reasons not to use LANDR. But decisive, for example: it’s only good, not more, just good.
There is no human experienced audio engineer who brings his many years of experience and his sense of music and musicality into play. Nobody tells you if and how you can improve your mix, so that eventually the master gets better. Special requests are not considered by LANDR, corrections — of any kind — do not exist. You can not talk to anyone about the process and that’s why you do not learn anything, there is no feedback or commentary.
I claim that a master of LANDR will never sound as good as any of mine or my colleagues in the same category of our business. But…
If you do not have high standards but just want a “good” sounding song then LANDR is for you. You only pay a fraction and get decent results that you do not have to be ashamed of.
I say all of this with a healthy dose of self-confidence because I know I’m better. But I do not need to bash services like LANDR either because I can acknowledge that they do a good job for what it is. Nothing more, nothing less. Also, I’m not religious about anything but always open for new technology and new ways of doing things.
It all depends on you and your needs. There are just things you cannot replace with an algorithm. I’m very much into all things A.I. and automation, but I also think I know where its limitations are.
I decided to offer all my music for which I own the copyrights* for free, now and in the future. “Free” means all music I have on my own label (L2 Music) can be downloaded for as low as zero (all currencies, smiles preferred) or for whatever amount you think is right, in the best possible quality! There are no hooks, eyelets or hidden conditions. There is just music.
You can either stream my music for free via Spotify or stream and/or download at Bandcamp.
*Digital downloads, not physical products, of course. I have no influence on the price of my music that I have signed with other labels, hence I can not offer this for free. But all of my albums are on my own label, and most of my non-dance-music productions.
Of course, I will still do paid remixes (and receive royalties for those), and sign my music to other labels, mostly dance music productions. But music on my own label (my albums etc.) will be free from now on.
Why am I doing this?
It’s simple, really. There is no point in asking you to pay for the download of music files anymore when you can stream it for free already. Those who like to listen to music in top quality (the audiophiles among you), there are the free or pay-what-you-want downloads at Bandcamp.
Nevertheless, I would like to ask each one of you to support me by becoming my patron:
Thank you, no matter if you’re just a listener or paying subscriber/downloader. You’re all equally valuable to me.
As a DJ in the electronic music scene you have a hard time creating tracklists unless you’re playing exclusively with vinyl, because then it’s even worse: you have to write everything down manually. I’m talking about correct (meta) tags in audio files.
I do not want to go into detail about the horror that most DJs know anyway, but talk more about the correct way of tagging. And actually, that’s no rocket science, there’s not much to explain.
That’s the minimum amount of information that should be included in tags:
Artist in the artist field
Title in the title field
Label in the publisher field
In the (free!) software “MP3 Tag” (highly recommended, oh, and don’t mind the name, it works with all taggable file formats) the correct string would look exactly like this:
%artist% - %title% '['%publisher%']'
(The square brackets won’t work without the ‘ around them).
so that the filename can look like this when you convert tags to file names (example):
OceanLab – Breaking Ties (Flow Mix) [Anjunabeats].mp3
Another really great (and basically free!) software I’d recommend is ReNamer. I use this — in combination with MP3 Tag — for many years.
If you have any questions, I will be happy to help in the comments below.
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