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  1. On 9/2/2019 at 9:05 PM, Alndln3 said:

    I tried logging in with my old username and pass but as I expected it didn't work. Then I tried creating a new acc with the same username and pass and I got "username and password already in use"   :confused2:

    Apologies for not seeing this sooner, MP.com is keeping me busy. Did you try the "forgot password" option using the same user name? 

  2. <<“The fact that a lullaby, healing song or dance song from the British Isles or anywhere else in the world has many musical features in common with the same kind of song from hunter-gatherers in Australia or horticulturalists in Africa is remarkable,” Glowacki said. >>

    Seriously? I don't think it's remarkable at all, because music speaks to biology, which all humans have in common. Language and societal norms are constructs, which is why Eskimos have a zillion different words for snow and Ethiopians don't. But they both have similar body chemistry.

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  3. I tend to avoid electronic drums, the Chris McHugh drum loops from Discrete Drums (sadly, no longer available) are beyond wonderful. Actual drummers are convinced I hired a drummer, because in a way, I did. But I also know how to work with loops to make them come alive. Just rolling out a loop does not work.

    That said, electronic drums are a different instrument with a different purpose. There are some genres of music that almost demand it. However, I have to say that my whole attitude about "click tracks" changed 180 degrees when I figured out how to add tempo changes to make a song "breathe" after the fact, on the two-track mix. I wrote about this in the last Sweetnotes, I can't find it online anywhere but I wrote something similar for my web site



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  4. You can expect the tone to change' date=' so you may feel a need to fiddle with the tone controls after clipping. [/quote']


    You probably wouldn't hear a difference. The LEDs have a breakdown voltage of around 2V, so only the highest transients, which are very short, will be clipped.


    The Transient Tamer isn't a miracle cure for a problem you didn't realize you had, it's just another tool that happens to work well for a particular kind of playing.


    I'd say it's more for a particular type of signal chain, i.e., feeding a digital processor where you want to avoid clipping at all costs. And because you do, it's common to turn the volume down; so using the transient tamer allows for (as you pointed out) a higher average level.

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  5. Check out this article I wrote for Guitar Player, it explains what transient suppression is all about.


    I came up with this circuit years ago, so it's in the public domain. Gibson recognized the potential, though, and included it in several Les Paul Standard models. The main use is when feeding guitar into digital audio interfaces, because it lets you obtain a higher average level with a more predictable dynamic range. In a way, it acts similarly to how analog tape "absorbs" transients.

  6. As you may have noticed, I've haven't been participating much around here lately, for a variety of reasons. However, there have been some changes in "forum world." The Musicplayer.com forums, where SSS went after being booted off AOL for being too successful (long story), have been acquired by Dave Bryce, who has kept the Keyboard Corner forum alive over there while pretty much everything else atrophied. In addition to the forums, Dave owns the domain name and the content. He's invited me to pick up SSS where it left off before I went over to Harmony Central, after the people who had acquired the Musicplayer forums (along with the associated magazines, like EQ, Guitar Player, Keyboard, etc.) didn't really want to pursue forums any more.


    Future Music bought those magazines a while ago, and the forums were part of the deal. But with a display of Doing the Right Thing so rare in today's corporate world, they recognized the tremendous effort that had been put in over the year by Dave and the Keyboard Corner community, and let him have Musicplayer.com. So, major kudos to Future Music.


    Y'all are certainly welcome to hang out here, but I'll be spending most of my time over in the Sound, Studio, and Stage forum over at Musicplayer.com. Dave & Co. have invited me to participate in shaping the overall direction of the site, and yes, I have some ideas about next steps :). Already, Stephen Fortner, the former Editor of Keyboard Magazine, has set up shop and is essentially doing an online version of what he did for many years. This is all quite new, but it looks like he won't be the last to sign on and start breaking new ground.


    I'd like to thank Henry Juszkiewicz for keeping Harmony Central alive after the GC days. His motivations were noble; he never interfered with our editorial mission, or exerted any kind of editorial control. Unfortunately, the timing was not optimum, because shortly thereafter Gibson was having to navigate rocky financial waters that ultimately led to the company's bankruptcy.


    But that's in the past. Gibson is turning around, Harmony Central is moving to a better platform, Dendy/Phil/Chris retained their positions at Gibson after I was let go, and I suspect everything will work out well here.


    At to me, it's time for another adventure! Yes...change is good.

  7. First of all, multiple apologies for not being around (if it indeed matters!). The main issue is I'm not an HC employee and I've moved on to other clients. I still do pro bono Harmony Central work on content for the newsletter, because I want to support the remaining three people, but time doesn't allow for more.


    Forums with a primarily social function are falling by the wayside. However, f

    orums that involve peer-to-peer support are still very active. Cakewalk rebooted its forums from scratch recently, and it already has over 30,000 posts. Forums that deal with education also remain popular.


    Compared to Facebook, forums are the perfect medium to contain a knowledgebase. If I was tasked with growing these forums, the first thing I would do is make it all about people helping other people troubleshoot gear, make buying decisions, and so on. I'd also re-boot the Pro Reviews.


    Another problem is forums have be fast and efficient. These forums have been plagued with a variety of technical issues over the years, and except when they were owned by Musician's Friend, there were never the resources to fix things. People just don't have the patience for page load times and such. Furthermore, it's an "instant" world. It doesn't matter if a problem gets fixed in a week, people peel off after three days.


    As to what will happen to SSS, I don't know. It's been around since 1995 but it needs to have active involvement and direction if it's going to grow. I just can't afford the time and the remaining HCers have their hands full. I'd love the opportunity to move this in a new direction, but at present, that looks unlikely. Then again...who knows what the future will bring?

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  8. Bieke, you're amazing. Now that I've read your thread, I don't have to go to the show :)


    Then again, if all the TSA agents strike due to government shutdown and all the planes are grounded, very few people will go to the show!


    FYI - the Future of Music thing is a repeat of a seminar I gave at Summer NAMM that people liked. So I was asked to do it again. My claim to fame is predicting online streaming distribution into homes 25 years ago...I called it the "celestial jukebox" because the word "cloud" wasn't in use yet. And 37 years ago I forecast the rise of EDM. So the good news is that by the time what I say at NAMM is due to arrive, I'll be dead, so I can make a complete fool of myself and it won't matter :)

  9. I know Craig had one way back. Don't know if he still does but if so he may wan't to pull out of storage.


    No, it's long gone. But it was a great system, and I still have original masters for Linda Cohen's last classical guitar album in the PARIS format. So I'm glad to hear I may be able to transfer them to some other format.


    I believe the reason for PARIS's reputation for "good sound" was because it made the transition from 16 to 20 bits. I'm not a golden ears snob kinda guy, but I could hear a definite, obvious difference. There was no doubt 20 bits was better than 16. I liked the UI as well.


    Ensoniq was a great company...but a perfect illustration of how a couple missteps can bring a company down.

  10. It's interesting the winning film only got lukewarm reviews from the "critics," but audiences loved it. And it seemed the critics who liked it, really liked it.


    I've noticed movies that poke at critics don't get good reviews :) In Bohemian Rhapsody, there's the montage of negative reviews, and in "The Greatest Showman," one of the undercurrents is that an "everyman" reviewer just doesn't have a clue about what people want to see. I'd like to think reviewers aren't so thin-skinned that it influences how they feel about the movie, but...


    Wish I could have seen it in IMAX, but the theater around here was showing some other stupid movie instead. It was still cool in standard, though.

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  11. The discussion going on here could provide the germ of an idea for about 20 different dystopian sci-fi movies...


    For the record, I would not confuse the virtual with the real thing for a moment.



    I think most people don't necessarily confuse the two, I think what Chordite is talking about is more like how junk food has replaced real food in some peoples' diets. They probably realize that Chicken McNuggets are basically soylent green for chickens where you toss the chicken into a shredder at one end, mix it with some plastic, and a food-like substance comes out the other end. Yet they accept it as food.


    Although gaming isn't an online battle, it does stimulate that whole flight-or-fight chemical dump in the brain, just like porn massages the pleasure centers. So no, it's not the real thing...but it produces the same bodily reaction (albeit to a probably lesser degree) as the real thing. The next step is people thinking Chicken McNuggets IS food, or thinking that what they get from porn is "good enough" so they can avoid the potential messiness of a relationship with another human being.

  12. I'm not talking about the music being the new Beatles, but gaming being the new Beatles. When Beatles albums were announced, people would get in lines at record to check out the latest. They were subjects of discussion and ubiquitous. Now it seems that gaming has the same kind of status in society.

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  13. "For entertainment spending, this was the first year that gaming ($116B) surpassed TV ($105B), box office ($41B) and music ($17B) for entertainment dollars."


    Think of the YouTube channels that carry live gaming...how people wait for the latest games with anticipation...how it's clobbering other entertainment media.


    So how does music fit into this? Check out this email (excerpted) that was sent to Bob Lefsetz.


    From: Lenny Ibizarre


    Fun fact: I have 23 tracks on the latest release of Gran Turismo Sport, the racing game.

    I did all the menus, Lewis Hamilton did the steering wheel calibration.

    In the first quarter of 2018, we sold over 3,5 million copies, meaning, I've sold over 80,000,000 songs in the first quarter.

    That's 4 times more songs than Bruno Mars sold all last year, in one quarter; I song 16 times faster than him, and some 25,000,000 songs more than Ed did all last year.

    Heres the fun facts:

    1. I am, track-for-track, the HIGHEST selling artist on the planet right now.

    2. Due to the rush of Xmas sales, I am also the FASTEST selling artist in the world right now.

    3. But because it is a flat fee (video games O.M.) I am also, track-for-track, the LOWEST paid artist in the world right now.

    4. And the fact that I had to tell you that makes me the most UNKNOWN and obscured artist in the world right now.

    Those chuckles will keep me warm this winter, as I fly WAY below the radar...


    It's an interesting perspective on the music industry...



  14. I'd highly recommend going for a bigger OS drive, 500 GB is good. The problem is that even though you can put sample libraries and such on other drives, some software stores presets and such in their program folder, and some programs don't like being installed on anything other than your C:drive. Then there's the "recycle" bin, downloads folder, and User files, which all live on the C: drive. Even with keeping as minimal a C: drive setup as possible, I still have to trim things periodically to free up 50 GB or so of space for future clutter.

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  15. Here's why I ask, although maybe this already exists.


    So many audio interfaces and mixers these days make phantom power an all-or-nothing proposition where either all XLRs have phantom power, or no XLRs have phantom power. Granted, phantom power won't necessarily kill any gear that doesn't require phantom power, but it can still be kind of a nail-biter when you wonder if you can connect an expensive multieffects with XLR outs to a mixer input that has phantom power applied.


    My lab isn't up and running yet so I can't check, but wouldn't it be possible to create an XLR female to XLR male adapter with capacitive coupling that would keep the phantom power out? Seems like a couple capacitors and a couple drain resistors would be all you need.


    Paging Mike Rivers...or any other solderheads out there.



  16. Nice. I'm looking forward to checking out these books sometime.


    When and where will they be available?


    I have links for the softcover and electronic versions in the News and Products tab at craiganderton.com. The Mic book isn't for sale yet, should be done any day now...they had to re-do the print version because there was a binding problem.


    The book on Mixing will be out next, it's the longest at 200 pages. Next up is the Amp Sim book. I'm told all 8 books done so far will be out by NAMM.


    Thanks for your interest!

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  17. I was on the SF Chapter's board, and voted religiously for years. Somehow I just can't muster the interest to be a part of NARAS. I haven't watched the Grammys in years. It would be one thing if I was just out of touch, but it seems I'm not alone.


    Like there's this article about the most overhyped Grammy nominations. Which in itself is click bait. Who's this person to decide what is and is not overhyped? And...who cares?


    So here's my suggestion: The Best New Music Awards. Musicians in various genres would choose the new, fresh artists they feel best represented that genre during the past year. Hip hop guys would say "if you hate hip-hop, listen to this music, is effing awesome." Rock folks would say "you think rock and roll has nothing new to offer, listen to this music." EDMers would say "if you think this is all about kids pushing buttons in their parents' bedrooms, then check this out."


    This self-congratulatory "we're so great" crap gets really old. Let's see who's doing something new and different, according to their peers. I would watch that show for sure.


    Would you?

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