dbailey's 100 Most Recent Forum Posts

Need lyrics and vocals for a fun rock song 7 years ago
I uploaded the basic tracks of a song that needs lyrics and vocals. It's a fun bayou-type rock piece with a train beat. Download it, write and sing some words and make this thing come alive!

http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=145137
Volunteers 9 years ago
I'm in, although I don't have skype yet. Does iChatAV work for you? If not, I can get it.
Logic 8 is out ! 10 years ago
Logic Express 8 has indeed been hot rodded, and as far as the recording/mixing interface goes, it's the exact same Logic Pro 8, minus the Space Designer reverb, the Delay Designer and a couple more effect plugins. It has the same 8 channel EQ, and almost every other plugin and feature. Aside from that, the only differences between Express and Studio are the bundled content that comes with Studio. (Main Stage, Soundtrack Pro, Wave Burner and the massive sound library.)

Overall, Express is an incredible deal, only 200 bucks for a full blown professional computer recording studio. If you don't need all the other apps and all the jam pack loops, samples and sound effects, and can live without Space Designer, (Platinum Verb is still awesome) then go Express.

That said, I drove to the nearest Apple Store yesterday and picked up Logic Studio. Installed it last night. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go make some music...
Which was your first CD? 10 years ago
First cassette- Boston's debut album

First vinyl- Bad Company, "Desolation Angels"

First CD, hmmmm.... don't remember, I think it was Chick Corea, "Elektric Band." I think I was still too entrenched in records at the time, it obviously didn't stick with me like those other milestone 'firsts.'
What application would you consider? 10 years ago
Garageband is getting more sophisticated with each release. It's an amazing program for beginning and intermediate users, and a great app for making demos that can later be imported into Logic, or for those who prefer its simplicity. I switched to Garageband and Logic when I upgraded to the G5 about a year and a half ago.

Logic Pro is the top of the line, professional, all inclusive program. It has everything and does everything, but costs $1k.

My favorite is Logic Express, it has most of the important features that Logic Pro has, but at a much reduced price. It is possible to make very professional sounding recordings with Logic Express. It has a steep learning curve, though, but once you learn it, it is fairly easy to use. Logic Pro and Express both work seemlessly with Garageband, especially with the Apple Loops, which, needless to say, are awesome.

I used to use Cubase SL, back when I had a G4. I will say that I did like it, and it worked quite well for me. The plugins were good, and it had a pretty straightforward interface. Overall, it's a very good program, but with GB coming free on every mac, it's hard to recommend it over the Apple programs. However, they do have a $99 limited version of Cubase (SE) for those on a budget.
POST your BOTTLE here!!!!! 10 years ago
Here's Number 41.

http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=70726
99 bottles reprised 10 years ago
I'd like to have #41 if it's not taken already, and if I can take a couple of weeks to get it done.
Guitars for hire 10 years ago
Hi fellow iCompers and songwriters, just letting you know that if anyone needs any guitars on their tracks, whether it's just a solo or entire rhythm parts, I'd love to help you out. Styles... just about anything, and if it's not my specialty, I'm willing to give it a try anyway. Here's my partial audio resume if you'd like to hear my sound and styles:

http://www.icompositions.com/artists/dbailey

Also, if anyone would like to collaborate on a piece or idea, I'd defintely be open to that as well. The more music, the merrier!!

Dan
iCompilations....Do you wanna be mixed??? 11 years ago
Really neat idea, I like what I've heard so far! Yes, I'd like to be included in this as well.

Dan
Electric Guitar Filters - Looking for help 11 years ago
It's mostly just a little bit of overdrive and tight rhythm playing with a pick and a dry guitar sound. (no reverb) That's what I'm hearing anyway.
Newbie w/newbie question 11 years ago
Put the loops into this folder:

Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/Apple Loops for Garageband

Your effects and saved presets go here:

~(user)/Library/Audio/Presets/Apple
need a tutorial on how to make techno 11 years ago
You don't need to download anything, loops are built right into Garageband. And if your mac at school has Garageband on it, then it probably has the Garageband getting started file somewhere on there as well. Try reading that.

The best way to make any music is to listen and decided what sounds good to your ears.
the perfect setup 11 years ago
The gear in the tools section are interfaces, which is what your Tascam is. An interface is a device that delivers audio signals into the computer via USB or Firewire. A preamp is a device that aplifies a signal and which usually has a tube, which will warm up the signal. You can use a preamp before your interface, or you can go directly from a preamp into the audio in of your mac, if you have an audio in jack. Most interface devices these days are equipped with 48V phantom power to power condenser mics.

That Line6 TonePort looks pretty cool, it's interface and modeling all in one, and instead of having a tube, they have preset models for guitars, bass and vocals. Don't know how it sounds, but might be worth checking out. I've seen mixed reviews on it, but that's often the case with lots of gear.

Another thing to consider is that a device like the TonePort will use more CPU power, which could be an issue, depending on your system. Since Garageband already has very good modeling and effects, you might not need something like that, especially if performance is an issue. And you already have an interface.

So, again, the simplest solution is a condenser mic, and more practice and learning with recording/mixing techniques in GB. If you want to go from there, a tube preamp would help the quality of your mircophone sounds.

Here's a good website with lots of editing and mixing in for for Garageband.

http://www.thegaragedoor.com/edit/edit.html
the perfect setup 11 years ago
My recommendation would be to simply get yourself a condenser mic, that will make a big difference in the sound of your recordings. Their sensitivity and tonal response are far better than dynamic mics, and there are a growing number of affordable condenser mics out there, depending on how much you want to spend. If you were going to buy just one, I'd say get a large diaphragm mic, although there are a few deals out there that sell kits with large and small diaphragm mics w/preamp.

Since you have the tascam US122, you don't necessarily need a preamp, although a tube pre would help warm up the sound. Again, there is an incresaing number of them on the market.

Lastly, regarding Garageband's effects, you'd be surprised what you can do with them and how elaborate you can take your productions with GB. The built in AU effects are all exceptionally good, and there are many free AU plugins that you can download and install for use with Garageband.

For what it sounds like you want to do, here would be my suggestions. Mic your acoustic guitar with a condenser mic and combine the signal with your direct sound, that way you'll be able to get a much more full sound. Then, really explore a few of the effects like the AUMatrixReverb, and the AUMultiBandCompressor, and some of the other effects, like the delays, chorus, and compressor. Also, the AUGraphicEQ is an amazing eq, you can really adjust and fine tune the sound as you need.

GB has everything you need to make excellent quality recorded music, it just takes some time and lots of practice to learn how to use those tools to achieve the best results. Just keep playing around with it.
I need banjo and fiddle parts 11 years ago
There are a few good banjo loops in Garageband that you might want to check out.
Official Song Plugging Thread 11 years ago
Here is my own version of Vaporman's "Wanna Be Loved By You." I scrapped all the original instrumentation and turned into a grooving guitar song. It's cool to see how different all these versions are.

http://www.icompositions.com/music/song.php?sid=30149

Dan
Mastering 11 years ago
anDroidfrisBee,

When you open a GB track in Logic Express, all of the GB instruments and effects are retained on your song, with the exception of the two sends. GarageBand’s two bus effects (Reverb and Echo) are also translated when opened in Logic. and replaced by the Platinum Verb and Tape Delay on Busses 1 and 2.

So, everything should sound the same, except for the qualtiy of the reverb and the echo, if you've used those effects on any tracks. Logic attemps to preserve the settings as close as possible, but being different plug-ins, those two effects will not sound exactly the same as they did in GB. You can always change the bus sends back to the GB reverb and echo effects that you were using if you want to preserve the sounds that you had in GB, and I've found that sometimes I actually prefer the sound of certain GB effects, such as the AUMatrixReverb, which is an awesome plug in, and GB's MultiBandCompressor, which is also an incredible sounding and functional effect, especially for mastering.

As for how to start 'fixing' your mixes, Logic's effects and mixing capabilities are far beyond those of GB, which can give you incredible possibilities, but more always means more to learn and get used to, which just takes time and practice.
reinstalling OS X 11 years ago
Yes, you should be able to delete your previous system folders, just make sure that you've saved everything and transported it over to your new OS, like preferences, mailboxes etc... before you do so. One safe thing to do is run the new OS for a week or so, and if you find that you're not missing anything important, then go ahead a trash the old OS.
violin sound 11 years ago
The main reason that it sounds so thin, is that human ears rarely actually hear the violin 'dry,' we always hear it in context of an orchestra or quartet, usually in some giant room that soaks the sound with reverb. I'd take JazzOne's advice and start with some EQ and reverb, or record it with a large diaphram condensor mic. I would think that the pickup is more for amplifying the instrument live and you will most likely get much better sounds with a mic. When you think about how different an acoustic guitar pickup sounds than the actual sound of the instrument, the violin is an even smaller instrument, and there is no physical way that you could make it sound very big with a pickup.
The importance of hardware/software 11 years ago
You are absolutely correct, offbalance, and I think that perhaps my point was not stated clearly. I would in no way imply that the producer is not an incredibly vital part of the team. In many projects, the producer's touch is as important or sometimes even more significant than the artists that are being produced.

When I said that they can't really be compared, I was referring to the two music styles, and only because they are vastly different types of art/music craft. The craft of writing a good song can't be compared to the vision of arranging a number of pre recorded loops, because they different kinds of art. You can rate each on their own merits, but comparisons between the two fall short. It's like comparing a portrait photographer to a landscape photographer, or a baker to a cook.

Good or bad electronica can only be fairly compared to other electronica, and good or bad songwriting or the live performance of a piece can only be compared to similar examples.
The importance of hardware/software 11 years ago
Annamaria, I would agree with you, and so let me clarify my point about cooking. By 'good ingredients,' I don't necessarily mean gourmet, exotic, or expensive foodstuffs, I simply mean ripe, fresh, whole foods- vegetables and herbs that anyone can grow in their garden or purchase at a small market or farmer's stand, simple cuts of meat and basics like flour, eggs and milk. Start with those, and a good 'producer' can create wonderfully satisfying dishes!!

As with anything, the machine itself is merely the tools by which an artist can realize his or her vision. As a photographer, I see the same thing. An expensive camera does not make the image, but the features that it offers can make it easier to consistantly produce professional quality imagery. As for Electronica pieces that are produced with only a varied collection of loops and samples, I suppose that's for the individual listener to decide how they value the work, but even for those, someone had to listen to the various loops and make decisions about how they should fit together. That counts for something, but it's producing, not songwriting, and so they can't really be compared to each other in the same realm.
The importance of hardware/software 11 years ago
It's like cooking. If you have crappy ingredients, then no matter how you prepare them, the dish will always going to come out lacking, but that doesn't necessarily imply that good ingredients alone will make for a great meal. Good songwriting and performances are definitley key to a good finished song, but bad production can easily ruin those things, just as excellent production techniques and equipment can be the differencre between a song that sounds like a bad demo and a high quality finished piece.

Production doesn't always have to mean lots of effects, reverb and track layers, good production can also mean simply mic-ing the instruments and vocals well, inducing a good performance out of the musician, and knowing when less is more.
Your guitar setup? 11 years ago
Guitars
1998 Fender American Strat (3 color sunburst) with vintage style '57/'62 pickups
2001 Fender American Vintage '57 Reissue Strat (Ocean Turquoise)
2002 Fender American Strat (slightly yellowed Sky Blue finish, now a pale green)
2004 Fender Custom Shop Telecaster (Daphne blue)
2000 Fender American Deluxe Limited Ed. Strat (black w/ chrome pickguard)
1965 12 String Dobro w/ pickup
Regal RC-1 Resonator guitar
2006 Martin HD-28V acoustic
1978 Yamaha FG-335 acoustic
Amalio Burguet flamenco guitar
Dean Edge1 5 string bass
1984 Squire Bullet w/ Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder p/u's, which has seen many paint jobs over the years. My first high school guitar!

Amps
Fender Cyber Deluxe (w/ direct line out for recording)
Fender M80 Chorus
Fender Frontman 15 practice amp
Fender G-DEC practice amp

Effects
Ibanez Tube King pedal
Dunlop cry baby pedal
Behringer Ultra-Q Pro EQ
Behringer Autocom Pro compressor
Alesis Nanoverb

Recording
Focusrite Trakmaster Pro channel strip
Art TubeMP Studio tube preamp
Presonus TubePre
Presonus Firepod
Shure SM57
SE Electronics large diaphragm condenser mic
2 MXL 990 condenser mics
2 MXL 991 condenser mics

Yes, it would be nice to go re record everything as your gear and musicianship improves... but alas, sometimes you just have to leave it to history and move on. Then you can see where you came from. Of course, remixing stuff is an entirely different matter...
Recording 11 years ago
I'd agree that playing a guitar part all the way through in one pass will almost always sound best, but we all know that sometimes it just ain't gonna happen for whatever reason. The next best thing would be to go ahead and record a complete take, and then if you find sections that need to be fixed, re-record each section onto a new track, playing along with the whole song or part of the song, concnetrating on just nailing that section, and hitting the record button early enough to give you plenty of time to get into the groove of the part.

Then you can cut/paste/split/move/drag and assemble a complete guitar track from all of your sections. The editing features in GB are good enought that you can usually do this pretty effectively.

If you have repetitive sections, you can always just record the part once and duplicate it however many times you need. It's doesn't give you the most dynamic end result, but it can sound great if done well-works well with bass parts.
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