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M Audio Fast Track Pro Problems

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

fast-track-proI’ve had a lot of problems getting the Fast Track Pro set up. I’ve actually had to reinstall the software. It doesn’t work when you need it to, it only works with certain software. That kind of thing.

I’m not sure how much more problems this thing’s worth. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ran into problems either. Maybe if I were running on XP it would work better. There are a few things I’ve found out while trying to get it set up like:

– It won’t run on 64 bit system

– The Protools demo they give you will not work (at least on vista it won’t)

– If you go online, most people have the same problems with it.

– I haven’t heard from M Audio so apparently they aren’t supporting it.

This is fairly disappointing.  M Audio should show a little more class in my opinion.


Categories: Personal, Recording

M-Audio Small USB Interface

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

m-audio-usb-interfaceIn an earlier post, I was saying I got an M-Audio USB MIDI keyboard (Keystudio) and a Fast Track Pro. I made the mistake of opening them up and putting them in the same drawer. I was just going to come back to them when I had time.

Well, when I got around to it, I noticed this little USB interface and I didn’t know which product it came with. It was eating at me. So I went through the user manuals and didn’t find it in either one of them(Fast Track Pro OR Keystudio).

I just found out that it came with the Session software that came with the Keystudio. I haven’t tried it out yet, but damn, I wasn’t expecting to get an extra USB audio interface. Even if it sucks when I try it out, it’s still cool because I didn’t expect it at all.

Recording Different Styles Of Music Will Liven Up Your Own

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Some people I’ve worked with don’t like to try many new things. I can’t blame them, if it’s not broken don’t fix it. But doing things the same way for long starts to get a little boring. You aren’t pushing boundaries. You are just putting the same stuff you’ve been putting out.

For those of us (myself included) that get board with the same way to do things, we need to freshen up our chops from time to time. What better way to do it than recording a different style of music. Something we’re not familiar with.

Two years into recording, I was getting board with recording rock all the time. That’s when I met some hiphop artists and started working with them. It was great. It was like I was experiencing the whole learning process again.

Learning different ways to record different styles of music really starts the creative process like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

If you’re growing a little stagnant with what you’re recording, I highly recommend going out and meeting new people in a different style of music than your own. The absolute worst thing that could come out of it would be that you learned something.

After rock and hiphop, I eventually went on to country, bluegrass(one of my personal favorites to record), and synthpop.

After you’ve recorded with a different style of music, you can look at your main style of music with new eyes and come up with some really great ideas and make the recordings even better.

That’s the way it is with me. Whenever I start to get tired of doing the same ol same ol, I’ll go to one of my friends in another style of music, record them for a couple of weeks, and I pick back up on my recordings and be able to come up with new fresh ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

Categories: Recording

Since I’ve Been Gone

September 29, 2009 2 comments

fast-track-proIf you read my last post, you know I’ve been really busy moving and buying furniture for my new house. I love it, I gotta tell ya.

Out of all the busy-ness, I actually logged on to Amazon and ordered three things.

1. An M-audio midi keyboard
2. A peddle for the keyboard
3. A M-audio Fast Track Pro USB audio interface

I’m sorry to say I haven’t had much time to do much with the Fast Track Pro, but I plan to sometime next weekend. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I hope it’s up for what I have in store.

I did get a chance to play around with the keyboard for a few minutes in FL Studio. I really like it. It’s just the latency problem, I’m not really digging that because I’m not used to that much latency. USB interfaces are somewhat new to me, so I may have done something wrong or I may be using the wrong drivers or something.

The software that comes with the keyboard, I can tell you is pretty much junk. As well as the software that came with the Fast Track Pro. It came with Live 6 lite and a demo of Protools LE M-Powered. If I had my way, they would ship it with a full version of Protools LE and left the Live 6 lite out all together.

I guess the people buying those things are like me, just buying the hardware and don’t care much for the junk software they ship it with. After I get used to the Fast Track Pro, I may post a review of it.

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

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.

Propellerhead Record Download

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment

propellerhead-recordPropellerhead has something good going with their Record software. If you’re at all familiar with Reason, it won’t take you long to get the hang of it. Honestly I really liked the software. I really liked it. Until I went to bounce.

Seriously Propellerhead, did you really have to disable that? What’s the logic? Because I sure can’t see it. It’s a boneheaded move on your part.

Here’s what you should have done:

1. Limited the beta testers instead of limiting what you can save and what you can’t.

2. You should’ve given your die hard fans (the very people who signed up for an invite) with something more since they actually are helping you with your own bottom line.

These people are doing something completely useful for you for absolutely no money whatsoever. You should’ve at least given them a way to test the whole thing.

You have good software. No denying that. But you guys need to start thinking long term.

MXL – I Like You – I Really Do

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

mxl-992You may remember my post a few days ago about me never trying out MXL microphones before.

After reading a post on this blog, a friend of mine brought in his MXL for me to try out. After working with it for an hour or so, I have to day that I really liked it.

It reminds me of my Audio Technica microphones. A lot actually. It was a very worm mic.

Now, I can honestly say I can relate to anyone who has one.  The one I heard at least (the 992) is a really good sounding mic.

Categories: Microphones, Recording