Archive for August, 2009

Idea For Multi Track Sessions Website

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

ideaFor the last couple of days, I’ve been bouncing the idea of a multi track sessions website. I’ve been thinking about the finer parts of it like permissions and being able to sell the remixes after you’re done with them.

I think if you do those remixes, you’ve spent a lot of time and care with them and you should be able to sell them if you like. Obviously, you couldn’t download the multitracks and sell them as is, but if you’ve put your heart in them, you should be able to.

I haven’t read much about the Creative Commons agreement, but I’m pretty sure they don’t want you to sell them. A new agreement would have to be put together.

I believe I could get that started with about ten songs and then commit to around 2 or 3 per week.

What would be really cool is if I could open up the site and have users be able to upload their songs as well.

I’m not sure how it would come about or if I could pull it off, but that’s what I’ve been thinking about for a couple of days.

What do you think?

Categories: Personal

ASK Video Is Going To Release A Record DVD

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

ASKVideo-RecordMy favorite tutorial video producer ASK Video is working on a Propellerhead Record DVD Tutorial. Those guys are really fast! If you’ve ever watched any of their videos, you know they put out quality. The main thing I like is they go over things you wouldn’t find any other way.

Another huge thing for me is they present things in a way that you can watch for a couple of hours at a time and not get board. I say that’s big but it’s actually HUGE. There are a LOT of boring tutorials out there. Watching those in one sitting brings tears to your eyes.

I’ve now started to turn to them before anyone else every time I get a new software package or update any of my older ones. I’ve gotten burned a few times. I’m not going to name any names, but some tutorials shouldn’t be availible for free much less for fee.

Anyway, you can pre-order it if you like the Record software. I’m probably going to get the software, but not until they officially release it. And then I’m going to get this DVD.

Synth 1 Free VSTi Is Damn Good

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

synth1I downloaded a free VSTi last night and I’ve just about fell in love with it. I found a post on The Music Producers Blog and listened to the demo and had to download it.

It’s so easy to use and I can get something extremely good going in half the time it takes me with other analog type VSTi’s.

It’s actually better than most of the ones I’ve had to buy. It’s that good.

It’s called Synth 1, and it’s a free VSTi. On this site, you can also download banks to expand it. Those are free too.

Here’s a couple of youtube videos that can give you a demo.

What’s More Important To You Recording Or Writing?

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

writingorrecordingIf you’re not a musician, recording is obviously the most important to you. You are also at a disadvantage. You are at the mercy of other musicians to record. When you’re just starting out, it will be hard to find a really good band willing to have you record them. But if you’re not a musician, you have no other choice. You have to start out charging people lower than anyone else.

If writing is the most important and you can record, being able to go from idea to physical product is powerful.

I’m one of those who’s songwriting is more important. I’m glad I’m able to record and mix. Not only do I get to make a record quickly with my music, I can also make a record of any other musician’s songs. That ability has improved my recording experience several times over. So I’m able to record better quality recordings. For myself as well as other musicians.

If you’re a musician, not being able to record is a disadvantage. YOu’re at the mercy of the people like me recording you and you’re not always in a position to be able to record things as quickly. It’s not like you get an idea at 2 in the morning and immediately record it.

The best possible thing then is being able to record. With computer recording the way it is, you can learn quickly without much money.

Even if you’re just beginning and have trouble mixing, you’re still way ahead of musicians who can’t record. In the end, your mixes are going to suck just starting out. Having a bad mix is a hell of a lot better than having no mix at all.

So if you’re just thinking about getting into recording, the rewards far outweigh the problems of learning how to do it. So, I would say, just get started.

Categories: Recording, Songwriting

Open Letter To Apple

August 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Dear Apple,

appleYou used to be so cool. You used to be so hip. What happened to you? Why are you leaving your developers in the dark? You tell them that you’re releasing the OS update in the Fall, and you turn right around and release it in August and don’t tell anybody about it.

Have you gotten so important and pigheaded that you have the nerve to think you’re better than your developers and most of all, your users?

Keeping your developers out of the loop is one thing, but when YOUR CUSTOMERS update, we actually expect our software to keep up.

In case you may have forgotten, this is how you keep your developers in the loop…

You tell your developers when you’ll be releasing the update so THEY CAN MAKE SURE THEIR SOFTWARE IS COMPATIBLE!!!!!  And then stick to it!! In other words, they need to make sure YOUR CUSTOMERS have what they need when they update.

It’s really simple. Keep your developers in the loop and your customers won’t be pissed off at you and they won’t consider going to another computer platform.

If you keep your developers out of the loop you’re going to have pissed off customers.

You really can’t afford to look worse than you already look in public right now. Especially with the government looking at you for the monopolistic way you run iTunes. And giving fickle and vague reasons for why you do things.

Stop being ridiculous!

Pro Audio Blog

Categories: Personal

There’s A New Page On The Blog

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

There’s a new page on the blog that I’d like you to come to from time to time. It’s about songs and mixes that I really like that I’ve found online. It’s called “Favorite Recordings” and you’ll find it just above this post where the “About Me” and “Websites I Like” pages are.

I’m really pickey about what I’m going to put on there, so you can be sure that the songs I link to are very good quality.

My criteria are this:

1. It has to have a memorable melody and good song structure.

2. It has to have the right balance as far as frequency and mix is concearned. It has to sound artistic and professional.

Those are the only two demands that I make with the songs I find. As of right now, I have two or three that I really like.

Listen to the mixes and give your opinion. 🙂

Categories: Uncategorized

Would You Record In A Strange Place To Get Mood For Your Record?

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment

SharonTateHouseI’ve been doing work with the Nine Inch Nails multitracks lately and it got me to thinking about how Trent Reznor from NIN recorded “The Downward Spiral”. He said he tried out a lot of different places and he liked the house that Sharon Tate was murdered in. He ultimately recorded the record there as well as a few others.

I know that sounds odd. And it got me to thinking if he hadn’t recorded it there, the record would’ve ended up completely different than it turned out. I know it made the mood of that record different from the earlier releases as well as the later ones. It was dark, scarry. But what can’t be denied is how good it sounded.

Whether you like rock/electronic music or not, it was recorded, mixed, mastered, and remastered really well.

This got me to thinking if room acoustics weren’t an issue, would you think about going to a location that would inspire a specific tone or mood for your record?

If I was making a childrens record, I might like to be in a day care’s off hours to set a mood. Or if I wanted something dark or somewhat spooky, I might do it at a house that was claimed to be haunted.

It can even go further than that. If you were doing a record that appealed to teens, would you record in a highschool at night? Maybe set up your gear around the desks?

Presonus Studio One

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

presonus-studio-onePresonus is about to release a music creation-editing-production software called Studio One. It isn’t available yet but you can download a free demo from their website.

It has some stipulations to it though. It only works for 30 days, you can’t save, and you can’t import mp3 files.

But they  say it’s good though. 🙂

Is anyone else getting tired of companies joining the “We’ve got a music creation-editing-production software available”?  So how many is this now. Is anybody keeping count?

It has to be something revolutionary for people to change the software they’re comfortable with. My only question to the new software packages is “What are you doing different?” If your answer is “nothing”, you shouldn’t be wasting your time and money.

This Is Amazing – B4 Controller Looks Like The Real Thing

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

b4controllerI was just on the Create Digital Music website and they had this article about a B4 controller. At first look at the picture I actually thought it was the real thing.

All I have to say is this guy must be a huge fan of Native Instruments’ B4  software. It really looks like a B3. And everything works, so there’s no twiddling around with software. Everything can be done right through the controller.

This thing is just too awesome for words.

Categories: Midi Controllers

Mackie Working With Protools?

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

mackie-1Mackie seems to have a firewire analog mixer  that they’re about to release and it supposedly works with Protools M-Powered. I’m not sure how much Protools knows about this or if they’re in on this or not. Something tells me they are.

But just in case they’re not, I tip my hat off to you Mackie for fighting the power. Protools have been a little too protective of their hardware for far too long.

Maybe Protools is actually trying to see the light. Maybe they’re finally figuring out that this could be a nice boost to their bottom line in this terrible economy. Who knows?

But Mix Magazine has a report about this piece of mail from Mackie that’s a little gimicky if you asked me. When you get a chance, check it out.

Categories: Mixing, Pro Audio News