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Jun 05 2008 Posted by in music | Comments Off on On Strike

On Strike

I’ve always taken a lot of (foolish) pride in constructing all my electronic drum tracks painstakingly by hand to give them a natural feel with my own fills and flourishes (I’m not a drummer, I’m a guitarist who plays keys), and they’ve always taken me a ridiculously long time to create – around three nights […]


Mar 12 2008 Posted by in multimedia, music | 1 comment

Olly Olly Aux Send Free

. . . and you’ve wrote some things about ProTools on here before . . . I’m trying to get my [MIDI’d] Roland to come through in the session’s mixer so I dont’ have to run it out to my anologue mixer. And I’m going to need to record it soon anyway so that I […]


Aug 26 2007 Posted by in music | Comments Off on Garage Renovations

Garage Renovations

The other day, a client asked me the difference between programs like GarageBand versus the software I use for audio production, Mark of the Unicorn Digital Performer . . . To me, this is akin to asking what makes that fancy-lookin’ Rolls-Royce any differnt’n my AMC Pacer, since they both gets ‘ya from Point A […]


Jul 24 2007 Posted by in music | Comments Off on Artists vs. Performers

Artists vs. Performers

This article had me foaming at the mouth. I’d long suspected this happened, but it’s the first time I’ve heard anyone go on record about it. Musical performers who take a piece of the writer’s publishing. Okay, so you’re gorgeous. You spend countless hours at the gym sculpting that perfect diva body. You have vocal […]


May 21 2007 Posted by in music | Comments Off on Miking Wood & Nickel

Miking Wood & Nickel

In my home studio, my [miked] acoustic guitar tracks always come out muddy as hell . . . and I can’t dial it out without ruining the tone. Plugged in is too bright for me . . . Any good miking tips you’ve come across? At the risk of stating the obvious, have you tried […]


Jan 10 2007 Posted by in music | 1 comment

Variax Verdict

you’ve mentioned playing a [Line6] variax on here before, and i was thinking about picking one up online (no music stores around here), but how’s it play? how well does it track notes? . . . any other gotchas? I would never buy a guitar that you can’t get under your fingers in person, but […]


Dec 13 2006 Posted by in music | 2 comments


. . . got a Kawai K4 [synth] that’s now just a controller board plugged into his VintageKeys [E-MU sound module] and then to the Midisport [MIDI interface]. i’m not getting any MIDI response on playback. records the data fine, but no Hammond sound. I’m not a real MIDI guru, but there is one thing […]


Dec 11 2006 Posted by in humor, music | Comments Off on A KJ FU


This is on the fringe of interest, musicians maybe, but I felt compelled to write about it. Karaoke has become an epidemic in the U.S. over the past several years. In a way, it’s replaced Ladies Night. People living out their American Idol fantasies for our amusement and occasional awe. Sure, I could go on […]


Dec 06 2006 Posted by in multimedia, music | 1 comment

Gain Staging

The audio levels on both the camera and the mixer looked good, but everything was distorted when we played it back. What the hell could it have been? There are many places where things could’ve gone wrong. That’s why it’s important to understand the concept of gain staging. In a typical field audio setup, the […]


Dec 05 2006 Posted by in music | Comments Off on Hair-Raising Plugs (Pro Tools)

Hair-Raising Plugs (Pro Tools)

Can you reccomend a good swiss army knife plug-in package for audio and music production? I honestly don’t have a huge arsenal of these like some folks. Still, I get by far the most use out of Gold Bundle from Waves. They’re very expensive, but it’s got just about everything that’s practical. The Renaissance plugs […]