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  1. Awesome post nate! Ya know, i had an alcoholic friend named nathan that i used to record "i have to take a crap" songs with. I used to do a segment on a radio show where i take ideas for a stupid song and i write and record it to play on the next week. My favorite song was called "strip go-fish". so i know exactly you come from.
  2. Home Recording

    About the playing back through headphones thing, thats how it works. you record the guitar, then record the vocal with the same mic. the software will play back the guitar track automatically for you to sing along. you can find laptop recording packages around that come with a mini mixer, mic, cable and recording software. i think a podcast package would come with similar stuff. i think i saw those on guitar centers website.
  3. Making sound amaizing

    one thing to remember, sound-wise, is that professional cds are compressed and mastered. part of mastering includes adding brilliant harmonics to the sound that wasnt there before. also, alot of the texture comes from layered sounds. try planning the way you want the part to sound, then keep tweaking the sounds until its close to the sound in your head. that is good practice for drawing a link between your creativity and the computer.
  4. hello, i have a behringer mic preamp from america that uses 120 volts. i am in africa and attempted to plug it in where the voltage is 230-250. obviously, this is bad, the amp no longer works and im an idiot. however, what i cant seem to find on the internet is, what actually happened? like physically? i have looked inside expecting to see melted wires and smoke damage, but there was nothing that really showed it was damaged. the amp has a fuse and its holder says 120-250. when you put the wrong voltage in, does it just blow the fuse? if not, is the damage fixable? i know this isnt really music related, but im hoping someone is producer by day, electrician by night. thanks
  5. Favourite keys or chords to compose with?

    Well, like writing songs with a e minor to c chord change and i have good reasons. i learned music on a keyboard so i can always picture the c scale. i just add the f sharp. also, e is the lowest note on guitar and bass so the open chord sounds deeper, fuller and resonant and, when followed by the c chord, sounds dramatic when strummed slowly and heavily. then my other favorite keys are the bach little fugue keys. i love the evil sound of a minor scale with a maj 7th note. and about playing the mouse, how the hell can you record a violin part with a keyboard? the only good thing about using a controller is speed and the ability to improvise melodies. neither of which really fit the idea of composing. afterall, its composing, not playing. i admit, recording music that is played live adds character and life to a composition. and the obvious reasons of piano music.
  6. Create midi file from cue points?

    youd have to use a sequencer that lets you draw midi notes. youll have to set the tempo to that of the chopped clip then write down the milliseconds and such of the beat markers to get the exact times, then just draw the midi notes at those times.
  7. New Composition Contest (Results are IN!!!)

    ill tell you if i want to participate again when i know if ive won or not... no, of course i would love to do this again! lol
  8. OpenAL spatialization is terrible

    Maybe you are only using 2 speakers but openal, your soundcard or your pc are setup for something that includes a center speaker. that could be why central sounds are quiet. just guessing. good luck!
  9. organic sfx

    nino- my timing is bad. my pc took a dump the other day and i lost everything ive created over 7 years. will be a long while before i can afford a new one. kayfabe- i never actually saw it but i can imagine from the name. i think they use fake farts in most movies though because its unprofessional to fart near strangers. my business is sounding more promising!
  10. A Realistic Planet Is Pointless

    i used to play a game on the sega genesis called starflight that was about a phenomenon that was destroying stars. you were a citizen on a space station called arth and the whole point of the game is to travel the universe to find an inhabitable planet to colonize before your solar system is destroyed. you land on planets to mine and get resources that you can sell for money so that you can upgrade your ship or bye more fuel so you can fly further and explore more planets while making sure you have enough to return to arth. that game is really fun and i used to play it for hours because there is so many aliens and stuff to explore. i have still never explored all the solar systems yet. its was a 2d game but it was way ahead of its time. another detailed game to checkout for pc is dwarf fortress. that game focuses on realistic details, like you have to get wood to make a masonry workstation so you can make blocks to make a well. you have to make a bucket and chain to go with it. you can dig tunnels to divert water to supply crops. that was an addictive game for me also.
  11. Sound normalization

    i use adobe audition for that, but its not free. some free audio editors might have that. try searching for batch processing.
  12. organic sfx

    you guys know how they record sounds for creatures? for jurassic park, i think i remember them recording cows and mixing it with whale songs to get the t-rex roar. well i was wondering if anyone has ever recorded a fart and used it as a monster sound, because i have some farts that sound like a grunting wooly mammoth! i should start a business offering scary organic sound fx. lol
  13. Fun with MP3

    im too excited to hear the results! when will we know who wins?
  14. What Is Your Relationship With Music?

    when my brother and i were little. i was 5 he was 8. we would go on long roadtrips. out of boredom, my mom would make up stories and actions to go along with the ever changing dynamics and mood of random classical music that was playing on some am station. that was the first time i really understood and respected the special relationship between music and stories. somewhere around that time, my mom purchased a new pickup truck and in the cassette deck, came with a tape of john williams. jurassic park, indiana jones, et, star wars and back to the future. it was destiny. back home, i would play the tape over and over and act out scenes with my toy dlorrean. when i was 10, my mom bought me a casio keyboard and i learned the whole jurassic park theme the first day. at one point, my keyboard broke a few days before xmas. i told my mom i would die if i didnt get another one for xmas, because i couldnt imagine life, or a single day without playing music. luckily she didnt want to deal with a manic, suicidal 10 yr old so she bought one. from then on i never asked for toys again. strictly music equipment. the next year, i asked for a kareoke machine so i could record. after owning one, i found out that you can record an instrument on tape 2 while playing tape one... the discovery of the over dub!the next christmas, i had to have a 4 track tape recorder. i learned of mixing and eq. then i upgraded to a boss digital 8 track recorder that used zip disks. finally, i put together a computer. i used to record bands in my basement with the 4 track tape recorder. i played guitar for some punk bands and one artsy emo band, but nobody really understood my music writing. i was into classical and they were into power chords. i would always hear the potential in small pieces. i was tired of the arguing egos and lack of vision so i just write and record my own stuff. i never had any classes, but i figured, why waste your time learning to play guitar like zepplin or hendrix? they already existed and were great because they were unique, copying them gets you nowhere.
  15. New Composition Contest (Results are IN!!!)

    Quote:Original post by nsmadsen I got it, thanks! I'll save any feedback for after the contest is closed and judging is done. Thanks for taking part in this! Anyone else have their submission ready? Nathan I finished a few days after it started but, I played it every day to make sure it was right. I made a few changes and submitted today. It's good to forget about it and come back and hear it like it's the first time.