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  1. Songwriting and Composition

    Here's the place to find out how to get out of creative ruts, analyze what makes a great song, discover inspirations for writing, and maybe even meet an online collaborator.


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  2. Virtual Music - Online Collaboration

    Virtual worlds are another performance and composition option. If you are interested in music in places like Second Life or want to find someone else online to collaborate with, you've found the right place.



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    The place for those Interested in podcasting or wanting to check out the latest from MPN's own podcasts. No previous experience necessary.




  4. The Big Picture

    Iconic images, album artwork, music video, social media or marketing - photography is to the eyes, what music is to the ears. We discuss all things photography and video, with an emphasis on the creative process and deliver a healthy dose of the tools and toys at the heart of our art.


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    • My first love - an ESQ1 that I got in 9th grade, in 1987! That's where I learned the basics of synthesis - the ESQ1 front panel. Later, I gigged in the 90s with a KT76, which couldn't be beat for sounds/price/feel. And I co-owned a studio that had a DP4 and EPS16+. All were amazing products, very well designed and very robust.    I grew up in PA, not far from their HQ. My dad was a music teacher and he and his colleagues thought of Ensoniq as the hometown team. Wish they were still around. Much respect to their team.
    • I've only done recording as a hobbyist starting in the late 80s, but almost everything I've done was to a click back then and now.  Certainly that is my preference as it makes all sorts of things easier (adding/editing midi tracks, syncing delay and reverb time and so on). These days I gather that people go in and move individual drum hits/bass notes/etc around after the fact.  Certainly that has always been possible with midi sequencing and later with software instruments, but I'm talking about audio recordings.  I don't know how common it is, but if you hear something too precise it probably is   As far as live goes, we thankfully aren't on a click and don't run tracks (and I never will).  So in that respect we are old school and the drummer has the same old role as you are remembering (though to be fair our new drummer is still getting up to speed on our material so we "nudge" him if tempos aren't quite right!)
    • As an old school drummer I covered several rolls. Control the tempo. Lay down a grove to make people dance. Signal changes such as "it is time to end the guitar solo." It seems like that has changed.   A month ago I subbed as drummer at church. The song leader was on vacation and the songs were of typical modern structure. Start off with the singer and piano or guitar. Gradually build the song. Come in with drums after a verse of two. A structure more and more common in songs, and not just gospel. The 5 singers were struggling. Everyone was. They were all used to locking on to the song leader. He has a strong voice, good timing, and is usually the center of the production. One of the singers looked at me and said "we need you to start playing at the beginning of the songs so that we have something to lock on to." I did what they asked and resorted to the old way, knowing that now I was doing my thing, but covering for the song leader because it is now his thing. So what is my thing now as a drummer?   Today I played again. All of my instructions from the song director were about dynamics. "Drop down really soft in the third verse, then really punch it in the turn around." That has always been the type of directions I get when practicing with the church band. After service I was wondering if this was only a gospel thing so I started listening to other genres. Modern pop, country, even electronic. The first electronic song I listened to started out with some bleeps and bloops, tied together with echo and other effects to build a slamming rhythm. Drums came in and out to enhance dynamics.    It seems to be a common theme. Bands do not record everything at once, listening to the drummer for temp and groove. Everything is done with copy and past, small loops, a click track when needed. It is a new way of making music and the roll of drums have changed.   Has anyone else noticed this? Am I delusional? Or maybe late to the party? Has the roll of the drummer changed? Did it change long ago without me noticing?

    • Yes! And also big, good knobs on a large panel.       Well, in this case I'm almost sure there were problems with the video camera, because I noticed the issue while editing, much before uploading the video on YT. While I was shooting the video, I had set up the lights and the camera settings exactly like in previous videos, but the outcome was so bad that for the first time ever, I had to attempt corrections in the editing stage. It was only partially useful, and it added some artifacts to the image (you can notice that on my hands, for example). Btw, thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try.
    • I always reduce video to 1024x720 before uploading to YT.  It will still get compressed but not horribly grainy.
    • Nothing says "OLD SCHOOL" more than VU meters.
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