DEC
07
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Anything

This is a great song written by PFR, a Christian group that is no longer.  They had a number of albums that never got the "praise" that they deserved, in my opinion.  This group is everything Power Pop that any band would ever want to be.  There are so many influences in here that it's hard to name them, but a few obvious ones come to mind, like Queen and Jellyfish, who are two my favorites.  But you have to go beyond just who influenced them to really appreciate the music they made in their brief time (relative)  on the spectrum.  There are so many of their songs that I'd love to cover, but one day, while driving and listening,this one came up and I said "Hmmm...I think I can manage those parts".  If only I could write a song like this!

You can still buy their stuff online for sure, so if you haven't had a chance to check them out, you really can't go wrong with any of their collections.

I like "firsts" and this one has a few:

1. It is the first song that I have completed using Studio One.

2. It is the first song that I have completed using my Presonus Studio 18|24, which replaced my aging Echo Audio Layla 3G.

2. It is the first song that I have completed using my Pearl Mimic Pro as the drum Module, recorded using the DB25 output and a few other analog input channels on the Presonus device, recording the drums from there to multiple tracks in Studio One 4.1.1.  I love the Mimic!

Most of the mix was done with stock Studio One plugins except for a few plugins for the guitars (Line 6 PodFarm - I simply like it better than anything else I've tried, even if there are others that are "better"). I used the Presonus "Fat Channel" for a bunch of the channels, the built in Chorus and ProVerb for the vocals and a few of the drum parts, and some other stuff sprinkled in here and there.  

I used my trusty old Rode NT1 for the vocals, a Variax 500 guitar to do the acoustics, an Epiphone Les Paul for all of the electrics, an old Peavey bass, and a real tambourine, of course. 

Here is my rendition of "Anything" off the album "Them".  I hope you enjoy it.  Please comment, like, or simply "react" below" so I know what you think!

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MAY
26
2

Death, Rebirth, and the Decision - Part 3

So along comes Bandlab - to resurrect the software previously known as Sonar.

By now, I'd selected the option of looking at Studio One, even though it didn't "check all of the boxes".

Why? Because.  Really - that's the best I can come up with.  Yeah, there are a lot of things that I really like about the way that Sonar worked and I was very familiar with it, but after trying out Studio One, I have found it to be VERY responsive to my needs.  It doesn't feel like it's going to crash at any moment, which is something that has really plagued Sonar for a while now.  I just didn't feel like I could depend on it.  As someone who doesn't get a lot of time to "play" in the studio and also someone who does computer troubleshooting for a living who also doesn't really want to do it while trying to get a part down, I really want reactive software that doesn't crash, doesn't feel like it's going to crash, and just behaves "like an appliance" to a certain degree.  Studio One does that.


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Blades
Hey "Loss Mentality". I am glad that you got something out of this. In fact, I will start doing a few posts about the new Studio... Read More
Saturday, 08 December 2018 18:44
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APR
11
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Death, Rebirth, and the Decision - Part 2

So now what?!?

I am a hobbyist.  I don't get nearly enough time to spend on music making.  I am a drummer for the most part.  The rest of my musical endeavors have been around playing around with other instruments, learning how to use the technology side of the recording process, and having to play the other instruments well enough to be able to do that, which means trying to write some songs, doing my best to cover some songs I like to the point of not being embarrassed to play them for others, and just generally enjoying the process.


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Death, Rebirth, and the Decision - Part One

November, 2017 - somewhere in the middle of the month.  I was "forced" to make a decision about what DAW software to use. Why?  Let's start there with this Part One in a series.  I'll get to the details of where this goes from here in later posts, but this is a good starting point.

Gibson owned the software Sonar for several years.  I took a long break from updates to the Sonar system due to lack of time to dedicate to the hobby and lack of funds to go with it - I simply couldn't justify spending the $15/month for a hobby I wasn't really spending any time with.  I'd been using Cakewalk/Roland/Gibson Sonar for many years, updating pretty much every year until the X-series came along, where I got X1, din't like it, skipped X2, got X3 and saw as an improvement, but couldn't get with the program on the Platinum releases.  I wasn't really convinced that the monthly updates would amount to much or at least not often.  So I stopped updating for about 2 years.

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OCT
29
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Pearl Mimic Pro - Full Product Review

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The Pearl Mimic Pro is the newest electronic drum module to hit the market, with some being received as early as June 2017. I received my unit in August of 2017 and have spent a good bit of time using it, practicing with it, tweaking it, and most importantly, ENJOYING it! 

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OCT
21
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Pearl Mimic Pro - Venice Reference

This is a video of the Pearl Mimic Pro module and some practice time which was recorded to show off the new tom pack that came out this week.  These are the Pearl Reference Series Toms.  I added these toms to the Venice preset kit and changed little else about that preset.  I don't know why my Samsung S8 camera went on a mission of making everything blurry several times during this video, so sorry for that!  Anyway - plenty of mistakes and unusual groove things, but hopefully you will get something from this.

As always, please leave me some comments here on the website blog.  Or at least please choose a "Reaction" below the video if you don't want to take the time to post.

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OCT
14
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Pearl Mimic Pro - Origins Kit/Preset

This video is some practice time on the "Origins" Preset kit (#44).  This is a tight kit with a layered kick (A 20" Ludwig + a 22" Pearl), a layered Snare (Hur 7 CST (?) + Pearl 5 CSM).  The toms are DW Maple, and a mix of Zildjian Hats and Soultone Crashes and Rides + a Sabian splash.

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AUG
27
0

Pearl Mimic Pro Studio Kit

This is my first video with the Mimic Pro.  I'm still getting used the triggering, the sounds, and the process of recording the unit, but so far, after about 1.5 weeks, I am really impressed with how great it sounds, how flexible it is, and how well it works.  I will be posting more videos as time goes by, hopefully with better quality each time.

In this case, this is the "Studio" kit, which is number 54 (coincidence?).  It is a generally usable kit that I think would work pretty well with many genres.  It feels like something that would be in a studio, setup for whatever session might come along.  This is a fairly generic kit, but seems well versed for about any occasion.  I'd like to hear your thoughts about the kit, the Mimic, or whatever else (though criticism of my playing abilities is not really what I'm looking for).  

What else do you want to see?  

Look just below the video and Please leave a "reaction" or comments!

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JUL
12
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Un-boxing of db-25 to TRS and Behringer ADA8200

​While neither these products are new or ground-breaking, I did an unboxing video for both.  This is for the purpose getting ready to welcome my new Pearl Mimic Pro that I'm expecting in the next week or two to arrive.  Expect that there will be some videos coming for that unit once it is here.  Please enjoy my excitement for these two great birthday gifts.

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JUL
02
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Flowers

Another cover tune by a band you probably haven't heard of.  This is by a group called Believable Picnic.  They had two albums and this is from the second one, called Welcome To the Future.  This one was recorded and mixed using the Sonar Platinum application.  I used many features in the process of creating this that I haven't used before , such as Melodyne for a few pitch correction and timing things, the new(ish) automation lanes for taming some volumes automatically using envelopes, and the new (at the time of this writing) Adaptive Limiter across the master bus.

This is also the first song that I've really taken advantage of the Sonar feature called Pro Channel.  Rather than doing things with a bunch of individual plugins, I used the integrated ProChannel for EQ, compression, some console emulation, and a few other goodies.  I also used a drum bus (mix) and a room reverb bus (aux).

This is a v-Drums TD-20 with TDW-20 expansion drum kit; a new setup called Tight Maple 2.  I was after a more raw sound so that I could do my mixing "in the box" rather than using sounds that were complete coming out of the Roland brain.  Thuis was a fun song to hone in on as a practice in getting back into using my "studio space".

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JUN
20
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Phatty

This is a video showing the custom created kit I made on my TD-20 with the TDW-20.  This kit is called Phatty.  I created this video using my Droid Turbo phone (about 1 hour before it had an end-of-life experience with a faceplant to my wood floor.  This is now replaced with a Samsung S8 phone for future videos.

I also anticipate that this will be the last or nearly last video I create showing the TD-20.  I will be receiving my Mimic Pro unit hopefully next week and I anticipate posting many videos with that module in place.

That said, this is a just a practice session that I did with a focus on trying out my picture in picture options.  While you don't see them in this edit of the video, I was able to get them to work as hoped, so I will be able to get two video streams together in future shots, with the hope of showing off some module features.

If you liked this video or have any comments, please feel free to share with marking your impressions with the "reactions" below of leave your comments.  Please note that this is a non-perfect practice and I know it.  I have a lot of playing experience, but this was for fun, I don't have much in the way of lessons/training, etc, so if you have comments on technique, they will largely only serve to educate others.  If your aim is to insult me in the process, please don't.

Enjoy!

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JUN
17
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Behringer BCF2000 - Part 2: Use in Sonar

This video covers the basic uses of the BCF2000 in Sonar. I will cover the basic modes that the BCF2000 can be put in, how to use those modes in context within your Sonar tracks. This will also include the very useful EQ mode 3, though this is not as useful in X1 and X2 like it was in Sonar 8 and previous. 

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JUN
17
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Behringer BCF2000 - Part 1: Installation and Configuration

This video covers the Behringer BCF2000 and how to install and configure it for use in Sonar. This is a somewhat older video, so no doubt the Behringer website has changed since I made it. You should still be able to find the appropriate drivers on their site, including 64-drivers now, so that part of the video may be out of date, but I believe the rest is still relavant.

Please note: If you are using Vista or Windows 7, you do not need the drivers from the Behringer site. When you plug it in, Windows will automatically detect it. There's still some other useful information in this video, so don't just skip it. 

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JUN
17
2

Sonar Drum Maps

This video was created several years ago (in Sonar 5) but this information still applied in Sonar 8.5.3, so if you are having an issue with a drum map or you just want to learn a little bit more about them, please watch this video. I show how to create a drum map from the notes that are on a midi track, how to assign different notes within the kit to different hardware or software synths (VST), and a few practical applications where drum maps have helped me. 

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Ron
Ok, so WHY do you even work with drum maps? Are they for inputs to control Sonar, or the other way around?
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 06:54
Blades
Hi Ron. I just saw your comment. Sorry for the delay in my reply if you are still able to see it. WHY? I think I explained s... Read More
Monday, 09 April 2018 22:08
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MAR
09
0

My Country (Parts I & II)

Another cover song.  This one comes from one of Roger Taylor's (Queen's drummer) solo albums (Fun in Space).  This is the last track from side one of the album.  I always liked this album (1984) and this song in particular.  It's so sarchastic and blunt.  While I don't completely believe everything in this song, I think it's very strong and an interesting song.  Please listen to the whole thing, as it has several different arrangement parts to it, each different than the next.

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MAR
08
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The Game

This is not a song I wronte, but it's not exactly a cover song either.  I was in a band back in the early 90s - one that was "trying to make it".  We did a few studio demos and this a song that was on one of those demos.  I started playing around with those old demos and decided to try this one out as a "redo" of the song.  It's pretty close to the original arrangement.

I used my Variax, the Line6 Pod Farm plugin, bass sounds from SampleTankXL, drums from my V-Drums with the TD-20 with the TDW-20 expansion card, and the keyboard sounds coming from a combination of SampleTankXL, Dimension Pro, Wusikstation, and the small vocoder bit at the beginning coming from Pentagon.

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MAR
08
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Can't Stop Thinking About You

This is an original song writtein for/about my wife Arlene.  I was given a challenge one day after complaining about some songs I was hearing on the radio and somehow it lead to this.  She said something like "I bet you can't even get one completed" (knowing that she would be "egging me on").  I spent some time writing this and here's what I came up with.

This was done using an early version of Cakewalk Sonar (maybe version 2?) with a Yamaha DSP Factory for the recording and mixing, an SW1000xg for all of the keyboards and bass, an Ovation 6-string for the acoustic, and an original Line6 Pod and Nashville Telecaster.  I also use my Roland V-Drums with the TD-10 + TDW1 card.

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MAR
08
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Tomorrow's Just a Day Away

This is a cover song originally done by The Rollers in 1979.  I recorded it as part of my proposal to my wife back in 1998.  This was made with an SW1000XG and the included software at the beggining of my recording abilities on a PC.

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MAR
08
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Goody Goody Gumdrops

Another song recorded for my Wife, who was my fiance at the time.  She was having to work a lot of long hours and I put this together for her one Saturday, feeling guilty that I got to stay home but still wanting to do something fun.  I was also trying to learn how to use my new SW1000XG and XGWorks software and whatnot.  This is a cover of a tune by 1910 Fruitgum Company in 1968.  I tried to modernize it a bit.

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MAR
08
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Todd Rundgren - Honest Work

Another cover song, this time from a great artist: Todd Rundgren, for the album called A Capella.  If you haven't heard this one, you should check it out.  It came out when sampling was still pretty new in 1985 - Todd did this album with many layers of himself and some obvious old-school sampling (an Emu Emulator, I think).  This one is a simple, honest, tune in three parts harmony.  This is loose and pretty flawed, but I'm putting out here anyway!

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