Introduction to Digitalmusician.net
Getting started with DMN
This brief tutorial will take you Getting Started with DMN by showing you
- How to register
- How to set up your profile
- How to Connect with members of the DMN community
- How to Collaborate with members by joining an existing project or creating your own
- How to Produce using the DM-Container
Please also browse the FAQ’s, Tutorials and Forums for more detailed information on each topic.
The first thing to do is register. Pick an appropriate user name, that’s how your fellow DMN members will know you, and choose a password you won’t forget.
CREATE YOUR PROFILE
Your profile is your personal space in the DMN community to promote yourself and your talents. It will be viewed by your fellow members looking for project partners, so it’s very important to put as much information in your profile as possible. But don’t forget you can always edit this information at any time if you wish to add or change anything.
Anything you enter here will appear in your profile. The only fields you must enter are your first and last name. There’s also a field for your website, another opportunity to promote yourself.
This is where you list your talents and aspirations. If you’re a Musician or Producer or feel comfortable in both roles by all means enter both. Be as detailed as you can in listing your instruments and preferred genres of music. Each item will be tagged and entered into the database for search by your fellow members. The more tags you have the more chance you have on being found in a search query.
Level let’s everyone know whether you are amateur, semi-pro or professional.
List as many ambitions as you prefer, it’s an opportunity for your fellow members to determine whether you are the Project Partner they are looking for.
The description is the place for your artist statement. What you do and what your goals are.
An image speaks a thousand words – let it be a reflection of who you are, or how you want to be perceived. Images cannot exceed 680 X 500 pixels.
Your tracks showcase your musical talents and they appear in all search results. A Free member can upload a maximum of 3 tracks of maximum 7Mb each. A Pro member can upload a maximum of 8 tracks of 15 Mb each. They don’t have to be perfectly polished and completed songs. They are your demos to highlight your particular talents.
Your final profile should look similar to the above and will be exactly what your fellow members see. They can listen to your demo tracks, see the range of your talents and invite you on to a project.
An important part of your profile is the Dashboard which enables you to manage all your activities on DMN. It enables you to contact members, manage your projects, project requests and much more.
You’ve created your profile and now is the time to explore what DMN can offer you and connect with your fellow members.
Search the Members Page
Searching by Tags will list the Members who have similar musical styles to yourself. Searching by Profile will expose you to the diversity of styles reflected by the diversity of the DMN Membership.
Select A Member of Interest
Once you find a member whose work interests you, connect with them by sending a message. You may be interested in working with them or to understand some of their production techniques.
The next step is working on a project with your new found partners. You can either work on a fellow member’s project or start your own.
Search the Projects Page
In the same way you searched for Members you can do the same with Projects, by style or Project. Explore the projects available until you find one of interest.
Select a Project of Interest
You may find a project that needs your specific talents, or by listening to the demo tracks you might have some ideas you wish to contribute. In either case make a request to join the project and start a dialogue with the project owner.
Search Wanted Page
The Wanted Page displays all the currently available Job Offers which are updated constantly. However you may want to start your own project. Create A Project (A tutorial on creating a project can be found here) You can start a project from your Dashboard. Go to “My Projects” and “Start Project”
Start Project Panel
You can describe all the details of your project, upload an image as a project profile, invite members to join the project, upload some demo tracks and write a Job Offer to post to the Wanted Page.
The next step is to start production on your project with your project partners. Charlie Steinberg, the creative vision behind DMN, has developed a unique application – the DM- Container. It is a fully functional sequencer and multi-track recorder with the added benefit of being able to record projects with other musicians, on and offline, with a standard internet connection. Just think of the DM-Container as a multi-track machine that other users can connect to with a broadband connection.
The DM-Container Provides:
- Full Rewire integration with your personal DAW
- Direct connection to partners and real-time recording via the internet as if you were in the same studio (online collaboration).
- Video and Chat functionality to directly communicate with your project partners
- Offline collaboration with partners. Data is saved on a server and updated by other project members when they revisit the project.
- Performances can be bought or sold via the DM-Recorder.
- Full integration with the digitalmusician.net website.
(Please refer to the DM-Container manual for more detailed information.
It's not possible in a brief overview to show you all the opportunities to connect, collaborate and produce music with members of the global digitalmusician.net community, but we hope it's enough to get you started. Check the tutorials page for a more in depth look at the many features of DMN.