Native Instruments Sale, JUST TAKE MY MONEY!

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I just made a huge purchase. Komplete 9 Ultimate is available for sale on Native Instrument. There is a 50% discount on all software pretty much and while the $199 price tag for standard Komplete 9 is nice, I just had to take the opportunity to get the full deal instead. Here is a comparison chart of what is available and what is included. The original price is $999, so screw it! Continue reading

Spider-Man 2

Today I am actually typing this up on my iPad. This is the first time I have ever had to wait in line for a premier and I get to share the moment with an old friend. It’s rather odd that they are to show the movie before the actual May 2nd release date tomorrow but after having been in a relationship with someone that works a theater, I don’t blame them.

I still enjoy the theater more than watching the movies at home. Being able to get the intense sound and and bigger screen just make it worth the $13 bucks to enjoy this having seen previews. I don’t regret it one bit, I do wish we had IMAX here on the south side of 85 in Georgia but we don’t. I would have to got to Riverdale or Atlanta to catch that and even so they are not try IMAX and are just converted screens.

At any rate, this will be exciting and by god I love WordPress and the app being on my iPad. The line is pretty lacking at the moment so I don’t think I will have a problem getting a decent seat. I got one hour to go before I hit the show so yay! I should probably get my popcorn and soda now….

What is Vocaloid?

1625727_10152255115073764_897788015_nI just wanted to let everyone know that I will be hosting a Panel for MomoCon 2014. This is my second time attending as a Panelist and I will be speaking about a Vocal Synthesizer program called Vocaloid by Yamaha which I have been a member of the community for some time and which has directed me toward become a musician and learning new things with music.

MomoCon is the largest grown Anime Convention in the southeast and currently has over 12k attendees and growing. Having been a friend of one of the original Directors of the convention, I have to encourage all of you to come by if you are a fan of anything Gameing, Anime and Tabletop Gaming related. This year some of the top companies sponsoring and attending including SEGA, Hi-REZ Studios, Toonami/Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, VIZ Media, and FUNIMATION,

There is a Facebook events link here for those that want to RSVP. If you RSVP, it makes my panel look good and I would appreciate it even if you don’t go.

As you see the panel is at 1pm Friday, so I don’t expect too many people to arrive, but if you get a chance to go to the Con for the weekend, it’s a real treat. The location of the panel is unknown now until they are able to better assess the rooms they have once schedules are finalized. Also, the panel could get another time change depending on cancellations, I will keep everyone informed.

Thanks to everyone and if you do go, let me know!

Music Appreciation?

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To my musician friends, when you are out and about at the bar with friends or with family, how do you drown out the musician in you listening and prying someone else’s music and thinking of ways to manipulate or study the time, the key, the swing? Anyone? Am I just going to have to deal with this?

I have been trying to learn Guitar, Keyboard, and Maschine/Digital Drums for the last few months. Before this, I have been learning how to master and record in Ableton Live. I know how to use the tool, but my “musicianship” is weak. My friend Stephen keeps asking me to create something and it isn’t getting done because I don’t have enough or I just have this block. I have ideas, I have songs, but not able to come out, but I am able to cognitively listen and dissect songs and think of ways to manipulate and make them different or better….

Just got V3 with English Miku, here is a test.

I received my Vocaloid 3 software with English Miku. This is the result of installing the software and playing around with it for only 5 minutes. This is a pretty neat Vocal Synth. Really fun to play around with.

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Cross DJ for Android

I had been looking for a decent Mixing app on Android for a little while now. Finally, Mixvibes released their Cross DJ for Android. This is one smooth app for mixing on the fly. The features of this app are just amazing. It will analyze your songs, determine the beats per minute and during playback, knows how to quantize the song. Only $5.

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Here are just some of the main bullet points.

•Accurate BPM detection, down to the last decimal.
• Sync button: one-press, and the 2 tracks never go out of phase.
• Manual pitch & pitch bend.
• Progressive bend.
• Customizable pitch range (4, 8, 16, 32, 100%.)
• Set master down-beat, to sync old tracks correctly.
• Parallel waveforms: visually check if your tracks are synced.
• Quantize mode: set hot cues & loops automatically on the beat.
• Smart-seek: Tap on the waveform to fast-forward & get a seamless jump.

• Low latency: music reacts instantly to your actions.
• Extremely realistic scratch sound.
• 15 effects (Bi-filter, Low-pass, Hi-Pass, Delay, Echo, Phaser, Flanger, Cut, Crush, Bliss, Brake, Roll, etc.)
• No loading time when starting-up the app.

Producing Music with Ableton Live by Jake Perrine

Producing Music With Ableton LiveCurrently learning Ableton Live 9 and picked up this book. Producing Music with Ableton Live by Jake Perrine. I made the purchase before realizing they had an updated version for 9. However the training materials is still relatively the same minus the newer features. Regardless, this book is a serious must have if you are serious about learning to produce your own music using Ableton Live 9.

I used to laugh at the fact that textbooks that provide a step by step guide in written form really make it really easy to remember for me. Something about textbooks that really helps out a lot. With this book, it guides you step by step creating a song in Ableton Live from how to setup your Clips in Session View and then laying it all down on your canvas in Arrangement View. It also has a companion book that you can pickup later if you want to go over the nitty gritty on how to properly mix within Live.

You can find the book here: Producing Music with Ableton Live 8
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The writer also started an Online Academy for Ableton Live at Warped Academy. This training course is $299 and uses these books as source for the class. If you are more of a Visual Learner, I highly suggest seeing if this is for you. You can take a look at his class details at Ableton Live 9 Jumpstart. His curriculum states you can learn Ableton within a Month. Which I fully believe it after reading through his books. This is the first time actually going through any learning materials that I have actually understood.

I will purchase the updated Mixing book soon and will see how that book goes as well. Hopefully, any of you out there interested in learning this beautiful program will take a moment to learn through Jake.

Exciting Purchase

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Because I got my Tax return and didn’t know what to spend my money on, I went ahead and purchased Crypton’s Hatsune Miku V3 package on Tuesday. I’m really excited as this will certainly be a neat journey to go down. I just got to remember to practice more with it and master it. My goal is to have at least 4 songs done by the end of the year.