hexawe.net catalogs .zip files containing piggy projects and .mp3 renders of those projects. it is run by many bosses who follow the following process to make the release public.
check email@example.com whenever u feel like seeing if any releases are queued up.
after you've replied to an email or done whatever needs to be done with it, archive the shit! keep that inbox sparse. feel free to follow up with an artist via your personal email.
for any release, the artist should provide:
lame -V 2 -q 0 –vbr-new –lowpass 22.05 –interch .001is a nice setting)
once these things are collected they can all be thrown in the meat grinder
the lgptProjectFolder should be contained in the .zip
all txt/gfx should sit as siblings to the lgptsav.dat
to be more explicit, here's an example file structure:
mp3gain is like replay gain but it doesn't rely on the player being smart to any special tags. this is done so that the entire hexawe catalog is smoother listening on random play (like for the flash based radio player that's on the way).
mp3gain software is available for win/mac/*nix so grab what you need:
and be sure your Target “Normal” Volume is 89.0 (the default), gain per track (rather than by album), and prevent clipping.
take the square art from the artist and embedd it in the mp3. if it's huge kilobytes re-save it for web or something to make it reasonable.
eyeD3 example (removing all tags before adding any art because you can make a mess by adding multiple FRONT_COVER art files):
eyeD3 --remove-all hex0003_burke_stank_by_starpause.mp3 eyeD3 --add-image=burkeStank.jpg:FRONT_COVER hex0003_burke_stank_by_starpause.mp3
these are pretty obvious except the creative commons license fields, but those tags must be added and filled in exactly to allow robots to find the files.
name the .mp3 and .zip the same, just different file extentions
check hexawe.net to see the next available catalog number, remember it's in hex!
use alpha numeric only, no special characters, _ instead of spaces
otherwise, just follow convention … there's lots of examples to look at :)
not necessary, but nice. a few sites to hit (and please add your own):