Resources for Independent Musicians
As an independent musician, it's important to me that I discover the best and cheapest ways of doing things! Quality is paramount, but not wasting money comes a close second.
Website Hosting - ChemiCloud
Card payment terminal - SumUp
Email marketing - MailerLite
Marketing course for Independent Musicians
CD Duplication (UK) - Cram Duplication
Music Distribution - Amuse
Amuse is a mobile-only app. It is 100% completely free, and it will let you upload your music and distribute it to Spotify, Amazon, Google, iTunes, Deezer, and about a million other places that you've never heard of. For free. No hidden costs. And ... their technical support is superb.
No hidden costs - you can use your own ISRC codes or have them give you free ones. You are expected to sort out your own licensing for cover songs without them enforcing charges on you (much better than some other platforms that force you to use theirs for a cost).
Bulk T-shirts, Hoodies, other merch (UK)
I've tried several places - some with disastrous results. These guys are cheap, quick and brilliant quality. Not one problem in all the items I've ordered from them. Quick, personal support.
Print-on-demand T-shirts, Hoodies, other merch (UK and USA)
Live-streaming - OBS
Music File Tagging, Conversion, Organisation and playback
Video Editing - Davinci Resolve
Guitar Effects (live + recording) - Guitar Rig
Live Streaming using your Phone - iRig
If you don't want to stream using your computer and OBS and want to go a bit simpler, then use your phone - but with MUCH better sound quality.
For £9.99 you can get an iRig which allows you to plug an audio source (i.e. your mixing desk, or even a single microphone) into your phone. I love mine :)
There is an iRig 2 - a Big Daddy version which costs more which has a gain control on it and a separate jack if you want to plug it into an amplifier or something.
UK iRig : https://amzn.to/2RMHv5a
UK iRig2 : https://amzn.to/2QTaW0E