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Digital Audio Computer Music-Making and MIDI XG
Now more than 10 years old!
Now it's also for musicians using the computer for making music in the digital audio realm too.
But that's not to say TheWhippinipost is abandoning you GM and XG MIDI users. You can still find the comprehensive MIDI XG guide on how to interpret and use XG's specialised commandset to tap into its hidden power.
Oh the list just goes on including the ever-popular online music calculators plus a growing bank of online video tutorials for musicians - just get stuck in and discover, learn, tell your friends and enjoy!
Ah yes... there's no better way to learn than by watching a step-by-step video tutorial!
If you thought TheWhippinpost had been pretty quiet this week... for good reason my friend, for good reason!
The new Windows Vista operating system from Microsoft is basically upon us now. So I've spent a fair number of hours trawling through a small mass of Microsoft techno-babble (around 2 years worth FFS!!) to get a grasp of what goodness - if any - there is in store for us computer-musicians... 'cos let's face it, sooner or later, most of us will be confirmed "Vistarians"!
Making music has just become a little easier with TheWhippinpost's latest new section, simply called: Answers.
That's right, my knowledge-thirsty music-freaks with no lives, after several hours of programming, using Yahoo's freely available Answers API service, TheWhippinpost fired hundreds of music-making questions at it and gathered together all the answers submitted by Yahoo's community into one place, here.
Kicking-off with 10 digestible nuggets of sound mixing essentials you should be practicing when either shaping sounds or balancing the mix.
You might know all, or some of these tips already - cool. However, they've been chosen precisely because they are ones we most-often let slide from our thoughts when dancing with the fairies in laa-laa-land (Note: I'm talking about you here - I've personally never been to laa-laa-land, preferring STRICTLY HETERO nightclubs instead, HTH).
Mixing audio sounds in music is generally regarded as a baffling science by most ordinary folk... being musicians then, we're clearly knackered before we even start!
You've got all those buttons, dials, faders etc., just WTF are you supposed to do with them all?!
Well, fortunately for you TheWhippinpost summoned pro-sound engineer to the stars, Rick Snoman, to be questioned for what we're calling: a mixing tutorial.
This Cubase SX tutorial is your remedy for discovering Steinberg's powerful MIDI and audio software package studio.
With its power and flexibility, comes questions. This tutorial aims to guide you through the FAQ's and get you writing tunes fast. TheWhippinpost has more Cubase SX tutorials to read around the site and there are more planned soon so check them out and get 'em bookmarked!
Here's a list of Windows Vista-compatible sound cards, as compiled by the good folks at IeXwiki, with comments where appropriate. I've also included what they list as incompatible - but workable - and the just plain incompatible.
On the sleeve-notes to one of Brian Eno's albums (sorry, can't remember which one), I remember reading how he came across an easy trick to achieve an "all-round ambient-type" sound from a stereo recording by wiring a third rear speaker into a stereo amplifier - Brian Eno, for those who don't know, is regarded as the grandfather of ambient sound.
Noneric - AKA Hans - of Digitalmusician.net and his team have been working hard on their online collaboration software - The Digital Musician Recorder (DM-Recorder) - over the last few months and, I have to say, just looks awesome.
I just happened to bump into the brother of Ian Lewis tonight, owner of Cheshire-based Whitby Studios in the UK. I haven't seen him in years; good catching-up with you again, Nige ;)
Anyway, since 2003 the studio has been offering student placements for those wanting to learn the finer points of audio engineering in a real working, busy, studio - Ian's apparently looking for another again, to start September 2007.