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  1. I make the audio mixes an videos for our 7-person covers band. By the time I have finished this process for one of our live performances, I have heard my playing on that song many times. Anything I don't like about my performance gets magnified in my mind. This may happen with you. The tendency is for the person doing the audio mix and/or video edit to be very hard on themself. So give yourself some slack.
  2. I wonder how much of that $49M revenue goes to the distributor / music company (is it Sony today?), and how much of that goes to the current copyright holder?
  3. There was one thing cassettes had going for them over the physical CD method which replaced them: I have used both to listen to my personal music choices in my car, and cassette tapes were far superior to physical CDs for my real world usage in cars, for two reasons: (1) when you hit a pothole the cassette tape has a better chance of playback continuing unimpeded, and (2) cassette tapes are better at remaining usable after the abusive handling that is the natural result of changing media while driving a car. Inevitably the removed media (cassette or CD) ends up on a car seat or on the floor. The cassette remains usable. A CD ends up getting scratched, and becoming either totally unplayable, or totally unplayable for many of its songs. I make this comparison only for the higher quality audio and higher quality mechanics one got when purchasing a high quality blank cassette (Maxell or TDK, back in the day), and recording its audio from an LP. The store-bought prerecorded cassettes that I purchased in the late 1970s had inferior audio and crappy mechanisms (their housings did not even have screws in them).
  4. The rapid increase in generative AI usage has led to a much more prevalent and lucrative commercial usage of information that was originally made accessible on the web for purposes other than training large language models. Companies working to develop and sell generative AI products see the opportunity to make a lot of money on their products, and perceive that they will be able to make more money on them if they are left free to harvest and use any data out there on the Internet for the purpose of training their generative AI products. This creates motivation for them to say things to try to influence the public that this usage is all acceptable, and to lobby for legislation that will make such continued usage easier and cheaper for them. And such companies will be able to justify in their internal business discussions making large investments to lobby for legislation to favor this.
  5. If you will want to record video of a band performing, consider what the backdrop will be for the space where a band would perform. When I try to capture video of our 7-piece covers band at a bar, I can't control the scene but I can evaluate it. Is there enough light? Are there bright light sources behind the band that will hurt good video capture? Are there weird looking things in the bar, right next to where the band is performing? Is there a lack of space that prevents me from locating cameras from a reasonable angle and distance so I can capture the entire band? Is it a cool looking venue, or does it look dorky? If you will be planning to install sound insulation, either for acoustics or to prevent annoying neighbors, what will the visual result be for video? Maybe if it looks like a recording studio that might actually be a cool look for videos, but I'm suggesting you think about what you want from a video consideration ahead of time.
  6. Sometimes you can play a simplified version of what was in the studio recording and it will still sound good. You might need to analyze some of the parts that other band members. Is there some important syncopation that takes place between the keys part and something else? Is the keys part carrying a significant part of the chords, or is the keys part merely providing icing on the cake? There is another reason you might want to simplify some parts: Sometimes it is BETTER to leave out some voicings that might be in a studio recording, because they might make things too muddled for a live cover performance. Are you a 4 person band, or in a 6/7 person band? The sound space might get more crowded with a larger band. In the realm of chord playing, if you have rhythm guitar player who is doing a great job on the chords, you might want your chord playing on keys to be more sparse. In such a situation, I might leave out the 3rd or the root of the chord, if I am playing chords on an organ patch.
  7. Is it possible that we will see more continued emphasis on how to deliver accompanying video with all audio, and less emphasis on using higher bit and sampling rates for the audio itself? If yes, the various capacities to always include that video data might overwhelm the questions about data consumption to support higher audio bit and sampling rates.
  8. Buddy Holly did not invent pop music either, but he was an earlier example of a pop band in the size of 3-5 band members, being more self-sufficient and controlling more of their own destiny, writing most of their own music, recording it and performing it with their band's own musicians (as opposed to a crew controlled by a producer or record company). And Holly's songwriting was good enough to have his material covered by many others who got top 40 hits with those covers more than 10 years after he passed. It would have been really interesting to see how his music would have evolved if he had not died so young.
  9. That's an amazing performance of Steely Dan's "Aja". All Steely Dan songs are a challenge to cover, and any of the songs from the "Aja" album are at the top of that hill. And the voicings used by the keys player all sound optimum. I gained a better appreciation for the difficulty of Steely Dan songs when during my son's high school years when he participated in a local "School of Rock" show that featured only Steely Dan songs (I transcribed the horn parts for Deacon Blues and Home At Last, which was an adventure), and before that when our covers band performed "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" (which I don't consider among their harder songs).
  10. Traditional 70s horn band covers from our latest gig:
  11. I loved the Bulgarian country dance in 7/8. And the quality of the audio was wonderful. Is this from an actual grand piano, and if so can you share how you did the audio capture? Thanks.
  12. If I'm trying to duplicate the keyboard sounds from an original pop/rock recording when we play a cover, I am trying to find the inversions used on the original. It's common to use such inversions to create a more linear relationship from one chord to the next, just as is done with backup vocal harmonies. If there was someone in your band asking you to NOT use inversions in the chords you play on keys, they are not asking for something that even makes sense. The only thing I can think of that would make any sense is that maybe they think the inversions you are playing are different than what's on the original. Or maybe only one of you is actually playing the correct chords.
  13. My son started on trumpet, got his introduction to trombone by using a valve trombone, after a year or two ditched the valve trombone in favor of a regular slide trombone (and he still plays trumpet as his primary). While he was still using the valve trombone he brought it to a School of Rock rehearsal, and the bandleader there said "the valve trombone is an instrument that never should have been invented". While I don't share the same harsh opinion, that line became a running inside joke between my son and I.
  14. You're right, that is a killer band. Love the rhythmic feel, love both vocalists, and as a sax player loved the horns. Keys solo was fitting and distinctive.
  15. I'm 63. The personal gear I bring to a gig includes a Nord Stage3-73, Roland FA-07, Alto TS-408, plus 3 saxes (alto, soprano, bari).
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