Improve Band Relations: Have a 5-way

Jordan sends us this tidbit from CDM’s major rival, The New York Post. From the ‘New York Minute” gossip section: The band that plays together stays together: Two male members of Hinder, a new act just signed by Universal, ended up in bed this week in their Vancouver hotel suite, along with “their female stylist, her female assistant, and the photographer’s female assistant.” After the 10- legged tangle, the photographer’s assistant apparently didn’t make her flight back to Los Angeles and was fired for missing a job. Hey, to quote Brave New World, “Everyone belongs to everyone else,” right? But …

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Good Reading: Choosing and Using MIDI Controllers

Jim Aikin, one of the all time great wizards of synth and electronic music tech writing, has a terrific two-part series on O’Reilly Digital Media on choosing and using MIDI controllers: (1) Look Ma—Hands! Choosing and Using MIDI Controllers (2) Bring Your MIDI Music to Life This is a must-read story for beginners, but it covers both nuts-and-bolts basics and power tips from this synth master. Heck, it even gets to mention the Morrison Digital Trumpet. And while we’re at it, since Digital Media is an O’Reilly site they’re busy hawking some less-than-relevant books in the margins of that story …

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USA Today’s Wrong Guide to Home Recording

Music Thing points out that USA Today has discovered home recording. If that doesn’t scare you, read on. Writing about technology is challenging, especially for laypeople. That’s why there’s so much mainstream information that’s largely to completely inaccurate. Watch what happens to hapless USA Today writer Byron Acohido when he tries to tackle the topic of home recording. This is in the “Money” section, so I’ll admit, something similar would probably happened if I tried to do financial reporting. USA Today helpfully defines terms: “A DAW converts analog audio — vocals and sounds from a musical instrument — into a …

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Moog, Vogel (Fairlight), Smith in New Scientist

Lyndsay Williams (an electronic pioneer herself, with early PC audio and gigs with Pioneer and the company that became Evolution) writes us to point out that New Scientist has a three-way interview with Bob Moog, Peter Vogel (of Fairlight fame) and Dave Smith. Much of this you've heard before, though you may not know: Bob Moog is Chief Technical Kahuna at Moog Music — "magician." Peter Vogel wants to liberate you from TV ads: The creator of the Fairlight CMI has just launched an Intelligent Content Engine to automatically remove ads from your PVR. Peter, don't try this here in …

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Home Studio Revolution in the Paper of Record

Manhattan apartments may not have enough room to cook anything more sophisticated than instant mac & cheese, but who says you can't roll your bed into a closet and make a hit album? Even the New York Times is noticing the home studio trend in a story Sunday. (Check that link quick; after a few days it will be fee-based!) While I wouldn't call this a "quiet revolution" as the Times does, the home studio phenomenon has arrived: everything from punk rock to Moby's top 40 hits is using basements and studio apartments as studios. So, is this really news? …

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How to Add a Virtual Orchestra to your Score

Want your notation software's orchestral playback to sound more realistic? The February Keyboard Magazine (US) includes a tutorial (available online) on how to make use of Garritan Personal Orchestra with Sibelius and Finale. The process is a little involved, partly because of the limitations of MIDI itself and the MIDI support built into the notation software and the OS, but I did my best to boil it down to some simple steps. I have to share this link partly because I'm so excited Keyboard has fixed the problems with their old site, which rarely included online content as it should …

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DP and Logic Both Win Key Buy (Keyboard)

To add further fodder to software choice discussion on this site: both major Mac-only DAWs have won Key Buy awards from Keyboard Magazine, Apple's Logic Pro and MOTU Digital Performer. DP won its Key Buy in my review of version 4.5, which came out in the February Keyboard; for excerpts see MOTU's site. Francis Preve gave Logic Pro 7 a glowing review earlier. (updated with links) Logic Pro 7 Review (Francis Preve) MOTU Digital Performer 4.5 Review (Peter Kirn) If you haven't made up your mind yet, check out the reviews in KB and other publications and see which is …

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Review: Ableton Live 4 (Macworld)

Various readers have wanted to know more about Ableton Live, the audio workstation / sequencer / looping / live performance software. I use it regularly in production and performance, and reviewed the latest version in the January 2005 issue of Macworld. The free online version of that review is now available, so go check it out and let me know what you think. It's a Mac review, but equally appropriate to Windows users; the versions are basically identical in features. That review is unchanged by this week's introduction of Operator and Live 4.1; Operator is sold separately (though has the …

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