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  1. Guess it's time to start talking about this. Since COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and as singers, we're heavily dependent on the health of our lungs, this is of great concern. Though most of us won't develop serious forms of the disease, it would likely sideline a singer for a while. What steps are we taking? Self-Quarantine? BYO microphones? Foam mic covers?
  2. It seems as though every audio interface on the market that boasts more than 4 in/outputs has two of those in/outputs being an S/PDIF digital in/out. Am I wrong in saying that's a total jip to the consumer? Most of us when referring to audio that comes in from or goes out of the box just use the analog I/O. I know some people use the ADAT interface but that's another matter, and that's only an issue for the interfaces that have more than 8 ins/outs. Or do we actually use S/PDIF?
  3. For what I want to do musically... I don't need more gear. I need more TIME.
  4. Shocked to hear that today. According to TMZ, Ingram died after a long battle with brain cancer: https://www.tmz.com/2019/01/29/james-ingram-dead-dies-brain-cancer/ I'm also a singer and he was one of my vocal influences growing up. His range is about similar to mine (except that he can do those real high "Hooooo!" falsetto notes). "Just Once" is my go-to Karaoke song if people make me sing spontaneously. I also loved his 1991 tune, "I Don't Have the Heart." I never really paid attention to the lyrics, until years later when I lived that exact experience. Rest in Peace, James Ingram. You did your best, and I guess your best was more than good enough.
  5. Dude, I'm totally cool with "DAW." Now let's quit agonizing over this and make some music.
  6. I'm the king of chord progressions. And not the cliche Millennial I-V-vi-IV cliche kind you hear these days. But lyrics are so much more difficult for me. I tend to procrastinate, or get overly picky about them. It'll take me minutes to write a chord progression/song structure but years to finish lyrics. Which is funny (or sad/pathetic) because outside of music, I'm also a writer with a journalism background.
  7. Yeah, it was primarily this song that influenced him: The movie was not 100% historically accurate, but I really enjoyed it.
  8. The rising pitch sound (the "owOOOoooo" sound) is called a "gliss." It's made by the conga player sliding their hand (usually slightly moistened with saliva) across the head of the drum as it's hit softly with the other hand. It's not a sample, although it can be sampled, those songs feature a live conga player playing the gliss. I'm sure you can find conga gliss samples in libraries, or ask a percussionist you know to play you a gliss on a conga so you can sample it live.
  9. I totally missed this one by just a couple minutes. I was headed back to the office after being out in the field all day and I even looked at the sunset for a few moments. Then after I got settled back in the office, I saw this on Twitter and rushed outside, but the sky was already black I've seen these rocket launches before though, maybe like 3-5 times in my life. They're breathtaking even when you know what they are. Vandenberg launches about 8-10 rockets every year, most of the launches are late at night though. The time of day depends on what kind of orbit the satellites should go to. If a launch is scrubbed, they make the next attempt exactly 24 hours later. The ethereal trail is caused by the sunset: At that high an altitude (the rocket trail is also visible from Arizona), the sun is still shining on the rocket and the exhaust trail - but on the ground, the sky is dark. This is why the trail "glows." Whenever there's a launch in the middle of the night, you can't see any trail and the fire from the rockets look almost like an airplane in the sky, so it doesn't look nearly as remarkable.
  10. In many cultures, especially indigenous ones, music, like folklore and other cultural traditions was passed on from elders to younger people, and when those young people grew old, the cycle repeats.
  11. The Cakepocalypse has begun... (Cakewalk Professiona;/Cakewalk Pro Audio/Sonar user since 1995 here...)
  12. Update: I bought a TR-08 last weekend. I actually enjoy it A LOT! The authentic TR-808 user experience causes you to program patterns in a way that's different than merely sequencing TR-808 samples. It's actually very inspiring. I put it next to my piano and was able to write some new music just from programming rhythms on the TR-08! I even had fun with the machine literally minutes after buying it. This is what I did in the parking lot of the music store just after buying and unboxing it: [video=youtube;cfARuVvVlDI]
  13. I think the polysynth re-creations are totally lame, so...pass. A supposed re-creation of a 6- or 8-voice poly with only 4 voices and microscopic sliders? Puh-lease. However, I have the TB-03 and it's a pretty decent (and affordable) re-creation of the classic techno mono synth/sequencer. The knob feel is like butter. Purists think it sounds like crap, but I think it sounds pretty good for the price and build quality. I also have the TR-09 drum machine which is a pretty spot-on version of the TR-909 drum machine. I also plan to get the TR-08 when it comes out in a few weeks. The SE-02 Boutique is different, it's actually analog and they don't waste precious panel space on those stupid pitch/mod ribbons. I might be interested in this at some point.
  14. I play covers the way I want to do them. Sometimes I'll play them note-for-note to honor the original arrangement. Sometimes I'll update/improve/re-imagine a song, and when I do, sometimes I'll keep the original melody intact, sometimes I won't. It depends on the song. Usually though I'll cover a song that's one of my favorite tunes of all time or by a certain artist (after a certain influential artist has died, my band will perform a song of theirs as tribute. Most people on YouTube cover songs for no other reason than it'll get them clicks/views/likes though.
  15. The drum machine is an Oberheim DMX with custom chips for the toms and snare (Simmons drums). You can tell by the sound of the rimshot and the hi-hat. The rest is either a Yamaha DX7 or a Yamaha TX816 rack unit (which has 8 FM modules which are each internally the same as a DX7. Since the DX7 was not a multitimbral instrument, musicians would use the TX816 as a multitimbral instrument for DX7 sounds.
  16. Wait, there's keyboards at Summer NAMM? I thought it was just a guitar show.
  17. I think DAWs *SHOULD* be like sports teams. I mean, I would totally buy a Sonar jersey.
  18. Never had stage fright in my life. It might be because I did school plays when I was a kid and that sort of opened me up to being a performer. But whenever I do perform, I do get stressed most of the time, stressed about whether the list of all 1,000 of the things that needed to be done leading up to the performance are all checked off.
  19. Aw come on, Look up "Hit song without a bassline" in the dictionary and you'll see "Prince,'When Doves Cry' (1984)" Actually, for those Prince songs, there was no drummer per se, but a Linn-LM1 drum machine (Who says 'Drum Machines Have No Soul'? )
  20. Pet Shop Boys - "Please" Thomas Dolby - "The Flat Earth" Culture Club - "Colour By Numbers" Simple Minds - "Once Upon A Time" INXS - "Kick" Depeche Mode - "Black Celebration"
  21. There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with playing a ukulele. It's small, portable and fun to play. But once you accompany your ukulele ditty with some glockenspiel and use that music to score a TV commercial, I'mma smack you upside the head.
  22. Technically, two hits -- "Kiss" didn't have a bass either. But on the other hand, both those songs did have bottom end that was covered by the drums. Though they didn't follow the harmonic root of the song, they filled in that part of the frequency spectrum that the ear expects the bass to reside in. A lot of hip-hop, especially the ones that use the heavy TR-808 sustaining kick drum sound, uses the same principle.
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