04-26-2012 10:30 AM
I have no idea what you are implying there.
04-27-2012 08:34 AM
04-27-2012 10:37 AM
04-27-2012 10:44 AM
MIDI sequences do not have any output voltage
Are you really telling me that all synthesizers have poor dynamic range? Less than an electric guitar? Less than a sax? Less than any other instrument going through the same PA set?
On the other hand, cheesy backing tracks will always sound cheesy, and good backing tracks will always sound good.
04-27-2012 01:33 PM
04-27-2012 04:22 PM
04-28-2012 08:50 AM
I agree that cheesy will always be cheesy. But great quality tracks can become lesser quality if the system playing them doesn't have enough dynamic range to do them justice. I would submit that if you took your tracks and instead of playing them through the system you currently play them through you suddenly ran them into a system with 1/10th the available power while they still could have the same perceived loudness but the quality would move towards the cheesy side because of lack of dynamics.
04-28-2012 02:51 PM
If a system of several thousand watts were used in a small bar you would be told to turn it down right away don't ya think? I find I can get enough dynamics so people can hear it and feel it.
04-28-2012 03:00 PM
Un-amplified sax tops out at about 100db give or take depending on mouthpiece and reed. You cannot exceed that.
04-29-2012 05:59 PM
04-29-2012 06:08 PM
But the attack of a kick and snare requires higher "peak-ability".
Same for a guitar, saxophone, flute, bassoon, or double-belled euphonium. Un-amplified sax tops out at about 100db give or take depending on mouthpiece and reed. You cannot exceed that. Un-amplified electric guitar much less than that. The synth, like the guitar, depends on the amp to make it louder than that. Low powr amp means low volume potential, higher powers mean more volume potential. Same for electric guitars and electronic keyboards. So what's different about that? I have a decent PA and can play dinner gigs at 65db or less or dance gigs at well over 120db (although we tend to keep it down so as not to hurt our audience members ears). There is nothing inherent about MIDI that makes it less dynamic than an electric guitar. It's all in the amplification. What makes a guitar loud will make a synth loud.
04-29-2012 06:11 PM
not if it wasn't too loud.
? I find I can get enough dynamics so people can hear it and feel it. That's all that's needed. And if tracks were intentionally compressed there would be a big difference (hardly any dynamics).
04-30-2012 08:13 AM
If you do it right, with the right gear, there is no dynamic problem.
05-02-2012 10:21 AM
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05-03-2012 08:01 AM
So can we clarify what is a 'cheesy' backing track and what isn't?
Is it the actual song itself? Like a 'novelty' kind of song?
Is it the keyboard that sounds like a child's plastic toy piano and a saxophone that sounds like a kazoo?
I'd say all the above create cheese.
Am I right???
05-03-2012 10:06 AM
Sucks when you're upstaged by your backing tracks.
I recently saw a guy performing with backing tracks in a crowded outdoor area. The tracks were pretty good, but IMHO, the guy's performance was so... generic that he didn't bring much to the proceedings.
05-03-2012 11:15 AM
05-03-2012 11:41 AM
The hardest thing for guitar/piano/whatever players to grasp is that the drums do more than go thump thump. A good drummer contributes massively to the overall flow of the music. Not a trivial task at all.
... 7. Generic beats that run through the entire song. Just my opinion, but i think a track needs to at least hit the important accents, etc. - Jimbo
05-03-2012 01:51 PM
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