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  1. I have seen stories that claim her songs were sold to a guy she's pissed at, or hates, or something. Sorry I don't have the specifics.
  2. I've been working on Steely Dans 'Chain Lightning' off and on for a couple weeks. I'm trying to do it on guitar and vocal, without accompaniment, so I learned the chords in 2 or 3 positions to allow me to get lead fills in between chords also. Lots of fun, and a VERY addictive groove!
  3. I like my Godin gig bag. It has enough storage for a slide, 2 cords, a tuner and a clipboard full of lyrics and set lists. Its also very well padded and quite rugged.
  4. Streaming is useful to get exposure IF you are in a niche genre. Mine is Blues, and I have thousands of streams to people all over the world who would never have heard me otherwise. That's how I got my 59 cents credit on Spotify over a years time. To say streaming produces any usable artist income is a telling symptom of delusional thinking. Perhaps a Xanax or Klonopin prescription would help... Another, more visible, example: Peter Frampton had 1.58 million streams of one of his songs last year, and got a Spotify check for $1400. For a year. Before taxes.
  5. Late 60s, early 70s for me. I used to buy one or two LPs a week, for years... Around 1976, I found I didn't like anything new that was coming out - not punk, definitely not disco, and didn't buy any new music until sometime in the 90s. And it only got worse when the hair-bands showed up. As I've gotten older, I've found myself enjoying a much wider array of music and am less likely to be judgemental about it ("They don't want no trumpet playing band, it ain't what they call rock and roll"). Now I listen to jazz, indie, classical, blues, and some rock. Frankly, what they market as 'classic rock' (iHeart radio, the only 20 songs you'll ever hear!) does nothing but make me tune out immediately. But music is in constant evolution, and it's up to you and me to create the next wave of art.
  6. How to tell if you have subwoofer disease: If the mix sounds great to you, and you pull out your cellphone and fire up the spectrum analyser app, and it shows the sub-100 Hz bass is 20 dB louder than everything else. I'm not saying you have it, but it is a very very common disease, and seems to be spreading...
  7. The dark science of economics is at play here: supply and demand We used to track bands and await their new LP releases. A chance to actually see a band live was an extreme rarity. Now there is music (sometimes decent music!) attached to everything. Baseball games. TV shows. Every TV and radio commercial (except for those local car dealer ads that consist of the car lot owner screaming incoherent syllables at the top of their lungs for 30 seconds. But I digress...). I remember staying up late on a school night because they announced "Johnny Winters" was going to be on the Tonite Show. It turned out to be comedian Jonathan Winters.... ​​​​​​These are just personal histories of how the scarcity of music drove me to treasure it. The point of my meandering: Excessive and uncontrolled supply always lowers the value of the product, regardless of product quality. The old communist ideal of "workers controlling the means of production" has come to reality in music, more than any other industry I can think of. For better or worse. That's the world we're in....
  8. Interesting viewpoints. It's funny how life experience shapes musical taste. I was in Aruba one spring during Carnivale and the nonstop Salsa music was really getting on my nerves after 5 or 6 days.... But other people hook into it and develop a lifetime love of it.
  9. Notes - Interesting that you bring up classical & jazz. After adding some room treatment and moving my monitors, I needed to listen to a lot of music to reacclimate myself to the changed sound in my room. So I found a 4 LP set of Duke Ellington and a 3 LP set of John Williams concertos for classical guitar and orchestra in my to-do pile, and digitized them for my collection. It was quite a change to recalibrate my musical sensibilties to these; and I loved it!
  10. Oh, it's been a net loss, no doubt about it. But I'm not stupid or naive enough to try to produce any usable income from music.... Making CDs was mostly to get the music out there, as was streaming. It cost me 860 bucks for 300 CDs, all streaming registrations, UPC code, registering at musicexchange.com, registering to issue ISRC codes, ASCAP membership, copyrights and the rest. I do have about 100 CDs left, so there is potential to break even, though I'm not too worried about penny counting at this stage of the game.
  11. I released a CD in May of last year, and put it on Spotify as well. Total Spotify income: 0.59 Total CD income: Around 500.00 (I wasn't real strict about accounting...) Most of these were sold at gigs and festivals I played at. The music is all-original (no cover tines), and that may be a factor. I can't imagine paying money to a bar band for a CD of their cover songs; it just does not compute... I sent about 30 CDs to area college NPR stations and got airplay on all of them. I'm not sure how much traffic this drove to my pages (streaming site, youtube, & facebook musician page) but I did notice an uptick in 'likes' and streams, so I guess it helps a little at least. [Edit] I think next time I'll try one of those sites that sell preloaded thumb drives with my logo. It appears significantly less expensive and allows including artwork, videos, and a surround mix in addition to stereo Wav and MP3 versions. Memory is MUCH cheaper than plastic. [Edit 2] I don't subcribe to streaming services either. The Satellite radio that came with our car sounded pretty terrible, like a 128k mp3, so when the trial period ran out I gave up on it. I've got enough music to last beyond the rest of my life on my hard drive, and frankly, very little new stuff I hear even approaches being interesting, being formulaic and at best derivative. An exception is special genres like jazz and blues that I hear on our excellent area public stations. Once a year or so I load about 10 GB from my collection onto my phone, and use that primarily via blue tooth, when travelling. Every great once in a while I'll put on Pandora or Youtube to listen to something, but I bail at the first commercial.
  12. Since I retired from the day job, I'm finding time to lay down some music that's been bouncing around in my head for several decades... The latest one is a hippie-tree-hugger tune called 'Take The World' about how the way everyone lives is killing the Earth. Hope y'all like them. https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandid=1157871
  13. Thanks Mike! It runs at least. I will do some tests.
  14. Too bad all the apps are for Apple phones. I have an android one called SPL Meter from Keuwlsoft, but it requires calibration using a separate SPL meter, and allows three separate cal values. I'm not completely confident my S4 phone mic is really linear, so that's a nice feature. It'd be great if it would allow a cal table of multiple values 10 dB apart. Anybody else know of good android SPL meters? ​​
  15. So... Here's the thing for me. I concentrate primarily on arranging & recording original music. Jams are fine, but are generally layers of chaos and dissonance (depending on the musicianship of the least skilled player generally). Gigs are fine too, and play a big part in building audience and fans. But there is always so much missing relative to what I can do in the studio. And the time spent preparing shows, packing, travelling and so forth really cuts into my studio time. I feel there is so much missing impact in live performing. For example, in one of my recent songs, I had 3 cellos, a steel guitar, a flute, bass, drums, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and piano. Doing that same song live: vocal + rhythm guitar, with occasional lead licks thrown in either solo or on top of chords. I do concentrate on using dynamics and using compelling performance to make it engaging and interesting, but, face it, nobody wants to hear the same guy with the same voice playing the same instrument for more than 45 minutes... So, yes, I am on an island when recording. I do have one or two people come by on occasion to contribute tracks, but 80-90% of the tracks are just me. I'd love for it to be different, like when I was 20 and band members lived in the same house. But I'm not, and no one I know does that.... So, there you go.
  16. I agree on the midi jacks. Oddly, the 13 pin jacks used on roland guitar midi does lock. It can't be a huge impossible mechanical engineering task to make a compatible 5 pin version... can it?
  17. Those look pretty cool, Notes. I don't have that many problems with 1/4" jacks, other than a few cheap mixers I've had where the jack was soldered directly to a printed circuit board. I do seriously wish they'd start using XLR jacks on guitars though. It could provide phantom power to preamps (goodbye batteries!, goodbye direct boxes). There is an impedance issue though, since XLR are usually 600 Ohm lines, and (passive pickup) guitar output impedance is several thousand Ohms. They can squeeze transformers into mics, so it's do-able. And, of course, everyone would need to buy reverse direct boxes to be able to feed into pedal boards & instrument amps.
  18. I suppose it depends on things like throttle position, angle of departure/arrival relative to your location, aircraft speed causing doppler effects, and what sort of buildings the sound bounces off on its way to you. Add all this stuff up and you get an equation only Sheldon Cooper could solve...
  19. To take the OP literally? Curtains would not be stiff enough to make speaker cones. ☺ I also remember those bolt-on drivers. I had a friend who attached one to the middle of a 3/4" plywood sheet. And then, there also were those 'butt-thumper' things they used to sell for drummer thrones.
  20. Maybe this is a Canada thing? The last I heard, they were between 15 and 21 cents each in the US. I have an old Plextor drive that would burn at 52x. Of course, there's no driver for it after WinXP, so it just shows up as a generic cd r/w drive in Win7. What a shame, that was a great CD burner.
  21. Sounds like a good setup. If it gives you the sound you're looking for, run with it! I usually set up a spaced pair with the top propped open, and a distant room mic. I've also used a figure-8 mic & cardoid in a very close mid-side setup that sounded pretty sweet.
  22. I find Reaper gets more powerful the longer I use it, because each time I need something new I create a macro for it (they call them 'custom actions'). I tried the new free Sonar, but didn't care for the hot-wire connection to the company, it seemed like snoopware to me. It did include some very nice VSTi's for bass and drums though.
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