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Drum samples: It's a trap!
When you start to have a group of musicians, you really need some way to keep all of them together in synch. In classical music, you tended to use a conductor to keep everybody on time, such that the drums are used as an accent. But jazz, rock, and blues all come from a different root and all of these bands really need a proper drummer to keep time...
Results from practicing, March 2012
So... a little over a month ago, I was at a friend's place, and was vaguely asked to play a song for people. And I vaguely responded with a line about being at a weird transitory period of my playing and being without a song to play for people...
I want to replace my MDR-NC5 headphones, but I'm stingy
So, if you've been reading along, you probably know about the MDR-V6 headphones that I have. And I like them even more since I replaced the stock headphones with the velour replacement pads intended for the Beyerdynamic DT250 headphones once the pleather ones started to fall apart.
The inharmonicity of standard tuning
I took some classes on experimental electronic music and such when I was in college and did some reading on my own since then... and so I've been exposed to some ideas in music that are way way way distant from the popular music norm. And I'm still not entirely sure what I really think about them so I'll write some thoughts up instead...
Sharps, flats, and patterns
The thing that I've come to appreciate about different instruments is the things that become easy or hard depending...
Today felt like a bit of a musical day
Today felt like a bit of a musically-oriented day. I hadn't had time to sit down and practice much this past week so I've got a bit of catch-up, I saw Emilie Autumn play on Thursday, and the mood was just striking me.
Effortful study and musical pedagogy at the start of 2012
So, at the start of 2012, I find myself with a rather nice musical setup that''s not getting nearly enough use.
The current setup at the start of 2012
I had some money to spend really working on my musical hardware over 2011, but I haven't really had the motivation, time, etc to actually use it...
The mic situation
Now, I mentioned previously about how I used to have access to a Shure Beta 58... but now all I've got is a cheap Radio Shack high-impedance microphone of uncertain vintage...
The elite club of Sony MDR-V6 owners
I notice that a decent percentage of my coworkers have MDR-V6's. And, when a coworker who was smart, got things done, and pleasant to work with from my last job interviewed at my present job, I pondered saying "Oh, you'll like him! He's another member of the MDR-V6 club!"
The Mic Preamp situation...
I've been interested in doing recording again. And the biggest gaping functionality hole is microphones and their accessory gear...
About my ears
I've got a healthy dose of skepticism about my ears and the acoustic acuity thereof. This comes from a generalized transition that I had to make that, while I''m perhaps smarter than your average guy on the street, I''m probably not some √úbermensch and always need to make sure that I''m not engaging in endless self-aggrandizing without some degree of justification...
Fun with Audiophiles (and their expensive Serial ATA cables)
Honestly.... I have enough storage-related nightmares. If I discover that a cable is actually sufficiently marginal to corrupt the data flowing over it or cause the transfer rate to drop so low that it can't even handle 44.1 kHz audio... I'm going to go balistic on wherever I picked up that cable. And, furthermore, if the analog section of things is so marginal that any EM leakage from a Serial ATA cable is hurting the signal, it's crap....
Reliced instruments suck
I have a distinct memory from my childhood. See, I was taking piano lessons but I wasn't practicing regularly. Finally my dad points at a guitarist's well worn acoustic guitar and tells me "See, look at that woman's guitar! Do you think she had a machine to wear down that guitar? No! She practiced! That's how she got good!"
Realtek audio drivers make my computer bluescreen
Handling audio in such a way that both professional audio-centric users and casual users wondering why they can't hear the IM beep while playing MP3s are happy is actually fairly tricky. In the early days it was, naturally, quite easy. Your application wrote to the hardware. The hardware reacted pretty much instantly. No biggie. But multitasking threw a wrench in that.
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