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Re: Anyone thinking about spotify alternatives?

It is so fun watching kids discover music. And while there is a lot that is overly derivative, I am often pleasantly surprised at what my 7 year old daughter finds. I argue that pop music today is MUCH more diverse and interesting than it was in my youth (I'm in my early 40's). My youth had amazing ...
by blakedirksenMon Apr 04, 2022 3:41 pm
Forum: Music Business Topic: Anyone thinking about spotify alternatives? Replies: 11 Views: 394

Re: New song for mix review

There are strong opinions on pitch correction but a couple things I do that I think help. - I always review the lead vocal note by note in logic pitch correct tool. I don't like how "one button" pitch correction work so I have found you have to go through note by note. I don't necessarily ...
by blakedirksenFri Mar 25, 2022 3:11 pm
Forum: Mixing, Mastering & Post Production Topic: New song for mix review Replies: 31 Views: 513

Re: New song for mix review

Nice work, in particular the guitar solo is fun. A couple quick thoughts. - To compete with other tracks you should do some pitch correction on the vocal. The vocal tone is cool, but the pitch problems distract from the song. - When you have the backup vocals going, I would try to have them either b...
by blakedirksenFri Mar 25, 2022 1:55 pm
Forum: Mixing, Mastering & Post Production Topic: New song for mix review Replies: 31 Views: 513

Re: help about song writing book

I recommend Jeff Tweedy's book, How to Write One Song. Lots of fun exercises and examples. Short and easy to read.
by blakedirksenMon Jan 10, 2022 1:54 am
Forum: Music Theory, Songwriting & Composition Topic: help about song writing book Replies: 12 Views: 366

Re: external SSD

Yea, 250 bucks is not a trivial amount of money. You can find a 500GB external SSD that would work great for around a hundred bucks and that is enough room for a lot of samples and virtual instruments.
by blakedirksenFri Jan 07, 2022 6:18 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: external SSD Replies: 16 Views: 567

Re: external SSD

I can't vouch for the one you posted but I keep my samples on an external SSD and it works great.

https://www.amazon.com/G-Technology-0G0 ... B0765QBGZZ
by blakedirksenThu Jan 06, 2022 6:26 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: external SSD Replies: 16 Views: 567

Re: Measure of a Good Tune

If my wife can stand being in the room while I am working on the song... it is usually a good one. If she gets up to be in a different room... probably not.
by blakedirksenTue Jan 04, 2022 5:51 pm
Forum: Music Theory, Songwriting & Composition Topic: Measure of a Good Tune Replies: 31 Views: 957

Re: Any tips on mixing string samples with acoustic & vocals in a rock setting?

Great work, some very cool things going on in this track. In regards to the strings, I love the sound of strings sitting under a great rock song so I totally get what you are going for. I throw a cello in every track... much to the chagrin of my band. ;) However, I find it really hard to ever get to...
by blakedirksenMon Jan 03, 2022 6:47 pm
Forum: Mixing, Mastering & Post Production Topic: Any tips on mixing string samples with acoustic & vocals in a rock setting? Replies: 12 Views: 356

Re: "Get Back" related Q: Recommended Books on how John and Paul evolved as songwriters?

While not directly about song writing, I really enjoyed the Kenneth Womack series about Sir George Martin. Lots of great stories of how particular songs and albums came together. A bit dry at times but if you like this forum, you will like these books. https://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Beatles-Producer...
by blakedirksenMon Jan 03, 2022 3:27 pm
Forum: Music Theory, Songwriting & Composition Topic: "Get Back" related Q: Recommended Books on how John and Paul evolved as songwriters? Replies: 15 Views: 551

Re: Mac mini 6.2 i7 2.60Ghz 16gb ram

Software compatibility does suck. However, we also want our systems to improve and get new features so there is a balance between operating system upgrades and software compatibility. And while the Mac system isn't perfect, my work set up requires multiple computers because my software doesn't all w...
by blakedirksenWed Dec 29, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Mac Music Topic: Mac mini 6.2 i7 2.60Ghz 16gb ram Replies: 11 Views: 340

Re: Which one to buy? Arturia keylab 88 essential or Nektar Impact GXP88

I have had a good experience with my nectar impact 61. My set up is similar to what you envision. The nectar is my light, cheap, thing to move around and tinker. The knobs/faders are occasionally handy but they are not a needed in my workflow (more of a mouse and keyboard guy). I have a Yamaha P60 t...
by blakedirksenTue Dec 28, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Keyboards & Synthesis Topic: Which one to buy? Arturia keylab 88 essential or Nektar Impact GXP88 Replies: 9 Views: 548

Re: RAM for 2011 MacBook Pro

I would strongly suggest updating the laptop instead of trying to add RAM to a computer that is more than a decade old.
by blakedirksenMon Dec 27, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Mac Music Topic: RAM for 2011 MacBook Pro Replies: 9 Views: 163