Monthly Archives: January 2012

How To Make Computer Drums Sound Real

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If you’re just starting out as a producer, or you just want to have some drums for riff ideas and such, you’ll probably go for programming drums with software such as EZ Drummer. It’s a great solution for those who don’t have the money, space, or ability to mic up a full acoustic set. Or maybe your drummer just flat-out sucks, that’s also a problem sometimes, haha.

Trouble is, even after you spend so much time programming a drum track, it still screams “fake.” I’ve recently had to program drums for one of my band’s songs because our drummer wasn’t able to track them that day, and I learned a couple of new things about working with computer drums. Continue reading

The Road Ahead

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After toying with the idea for a couple years, I finally went and got my learner’s permit earlier this month. A bit late, as I could have had it when I was 16 (I’m 19 now) but hey, better late than never right? Plus being over 18, I no longer have to deal with all the restrictions of a class “DJ” license, I have a normal class “D” one. Read on for some thoughts on my first weeks of driving. Continue reading

Local Producers, You’re Doing It Wrong

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As some of you may or not know (depending on how much you stalk me), I’m in a band. A long time ago, we were looking to record our first, serious EP. While I was already doing audio production to an extent, we decided to “let the professionals handle it,” thinking that they’d do a better job. We tried recording with several local producers, but the results were… less than splendid. So we ended up recording ourselves, with me handling production. Over time, I continued to notice mistakes that local producers kept making. Read on to see what they are. Continue reading

Refresh

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I finally got around to finishing the redesign I started in August. Progress was slow indeed, what with me totally ignoring this place for a couple of months, but it’s finally finished. I’m really pleased with how it came out, I plan on keeping this design for a while. Continue reading

Here’s To 2012!

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It’s been like what, two months since I last posted here? I’m back now, and the design is much closer to being done than it was a couple of months back (more on that in a later post). 2011 was a pretty good year for me, got paid more for web design, started making money with audio recording, and released an EP with my band. This year, I’ll be pushing the audio recording business further as well as getting a driver’s license and touring with my band. I’ll probably post about all that as it happens. Not much else to say, as I haven’t blogged in a while so I almost forgot what it was like.