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  1. Linux too! It's pretty easy to create an entire song with if you are at all familiar with them old hardware machines. Lots of kits available if you are into that, can do velocity, dunno about jitter or whatever they call introducing some randomness into the timing. OTOH can't be used as a plug-in so probably of little interest to youse guys . Here's the first minute of the track i did to help one of my drummers count-in "Breakdown" and also get the funky beat. I purposely left it "mechanical" and sparse so's not to show him up LOL: BreakdownStart.mp3
  2. I use http://hydrogen-music.org/ to muck about with, most recently to program beats from cover songs that one of my drummers was having a problem hearing/learning. I've used earplugs since 1980 so am often the only one with decent hearing in one of my bands 😕 . Also useful to do a scratch track to finalize a song's structure so folks can go off and learn/rewrite it before playing it live or recording it and/or use it as a fancy click track to replace .
  3. I picked up a Zoom L-20. Only real suckage it those one knob compressors - has anyone ever found those useful on any mixer? Live I almost always use peak limiters instead - and Oh, and the Main graphic EQ is only accessible from the iPad app which requires a newer iPad than the three i already own plus you have to buy their optional BlueTooth adapter. I bought this mosty to upgrade a rehearsal studio with multitrack recording capability. Anybody here played with one? Obviously below the level of equipment most of youse guys would use but I needed something that mere mortals can use as a rehearsal mier when I'm not there LOL Me (bass player) and one of my drummers (who owns the space) recently hooked up with a couple of guys that have a bunch of decent originals - long story but one guy has IMDB cred as a producer and the other is an old friend of his who is the songwriter and just coming out of the "stopped playing to get married and have a couple kids" phase. I'll post a song here once I have recorded one. Kindof punk/garageband-ish. My only concern is the songs have no bridges but that's kindof typical of the genres...
  4. An acquaintance of mine recorded this on a Mackie 32R - more details in the comments . Short version - 6 mics. AKA even cheap digital gear can sound amazing if you know how.
  5. "It was recorded in a single take, vocals and all, to an MCI 24-track, on a Trident board. No overdubs at all, and mix down consisted of putting all track’s faders at their signal to noise point and then pulling the final fade. No EQ was added during tracking or mix down, microphones were selected to complement each recorded track, and the bass was taken direct." AKA multitracks don't need to be overproduced
  6. I don't like short fade-outs - but long ones such as on "Hey Jude" really are a valid artistic choice. As a player in cover bands I often craft endings out of other parts of the songs, usually a break from elsewhere. OTOH I suspect fade-outs were favored by the DJs as it gave them space to talk between songs?
  7. Well, I picked up a Zoom L-20 instead. Only real suckage it those one knob compressors - has anyone ever found those useful on any mixer? Live I almost always use peak limiters instead - and Oh, and the Main graphic EQ is only accessible from the iPad app which requires a newer iPad than the three i already own plus you have to buy their optional BlueTooth adapter. Anyways I'll re-post this over on the recording forum .
  8. So, the consensus is that Craig just wandered off? I think he lives in PA but I can't remember what band(s) he's in so we could see if he is alive and well 😕 .
  9. I'm probably fine with the 12 inputs on the front. I'm mostly doing sound for my own bands these days. I might instead pick up a Zoom L-12 for my small active rig to replace the Yamaha MG82CX I'm using now. Tomorrow I'll see if I need it's multitrack recording capability for an originals project that's meeting for the second time. Normally when I purchase anything for a new project I doom it LOL.
  10. I'm thinking of picking one of these up - having a 1U 16 channel mixer with stereo outputs and 6 monitor mixes (or 5 plus aux driven subs) really floats my boat LOL. I presently have a 2U Behringer XR12 that I have MacGyvered to provide mono tops and mono subs outputs, plus 4 monitor mixes. I also have two 2U four channel power amps, all in a plastic 6U shallow case for a great little passive setup under 45 lbs for the rack. OTOH not sure what I'll used the freed-up rack space for?
  11. "Last visitedMarch 12, 2019" - Over 10 months ago, anybody know what happened to him?
  12. I've jammed with a couple/few drummers that could play soft enough to converse over in an apartment - both Berkeley guys. I call BS on any drummer that says you can't play at anything but stick-breaking loud. That said, only one of my bands has a drummer that good .
  13. I've been gone for a few months. Is there someplace I can read up on the forum software switch? Looks to be even deader than when I was last here 😭.
  14. Word on the street is that Mom & Pops can't "curate" from Fender or Gibson - they have to accept a mix of desirable and undesirable models and sell a rather unrealistic number or be cut off. That's why we don't see new Fenders and Gibsons in these smaller stores .
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