Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Essential Elements 2000

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Hal Leonard Essential Elements For Band - Trumpet Book 1 With EEiEssentially, it’s a practice tool that makes students practice more frequently and more effectively. The essential elements 2000 book 1 trumpet is intended for musicians who play trumpets or who are involved in a band. The software appeals to school band, choir and orchestra teachers. It includes play-along mp3* tracks for all exercises: Features a professional player on your instrument, Duets and trios: Print and play parts with friends, Music listening library: Hear great pieces for band, Theory, History, Cross-Curriculum and Creativity, Daily Warm-ups & Rubank Studies, etc.

Line 6 Guitar

Monday, November 11th, 2013

I have the Line 6 Sonic Port which works with the iPad Lightning cable (or older iPad or USB). It will work with laptop/desktop like a mini TonePort. In my opinion it is better than the iRigHD.

It is a recording interface, not a substitute for a guitar amp.  You could use it and the iPad/MobilePOD as an FX rack. I purchased it when I picked up my line 6 guitar at musicians friend.

The Mobile In runs with their Jammit app as well as MobilePOD.


Saxophone Clip On Mic

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

I was watching Kenny G. on youtube the other night and noticed that he only had a saxophone clip on mic on the bell of his soprano saxophone. I was shocked to see this since it is a nightmare to keep a decent sound level with just a bell mic on a straight soprano.

The problem was very obvious as it came through my surround sound system. When he was playing “bell” notes (D1, D2, C1, B0, Bb0 and less on E1, E2 F1 and F2) the sound level was higher than when the non-bell notes were played. I thought that all professionals knew that you should use a dual pick-up mic with one pick-up on the bell and one mounted above the left hand stack. This allows for a more even sound level for straight saxophones.

This is less of a problem with curved saxophones since the bell clip on mic is also in the general area of the left hand stack and can pick up sound from both the vented and bell notes.

Regardless of the brand of microphone, you may want to keep this in mind.

Allen & Heath Zed 24 Mixer

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The allen & heath zed 24 mixer is a small mixer with 16 mic/line inputs and four stereo line inputs. There are two pre-fader auxiliaries and two post fader auxiliaries. None of the auxiliaries are pre/post switchable.

The USB I/O can send audio to a computer from either a pair of auxiliary sends (1/2 or 3/4) or the main mix. The main mix USB send can be pre or post the main faders. USB audio is sent from a computer to stereo input four. The USB audio I/O can be used for recording, playback, or as an effects send/return with the effect being whatever plug-in you can run on your favorite flavor audio application. The ZED 24 comes packaged with Cakewalk Sonar LE.

The allen & heath zed 24 mixer got some nice 100mm faders, which are a joy to push. This is especially true if you get stuck using a mixer named after a city in Italy or the small mixers made buy the popular USA manufacturers that use shorter faders. The channel EQ is a three-band type. The single sweepable midrange has a range of 120Hz to 4kHz

An important thing to keep in mind is that the ZED 24 sells for less than $700.00. Despite the low price, it’s big enough to do a lot of gigs. It’s also small enough to carry under one arm.


Goodtime Banjo

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I have played the Deering goodtime banjo and liked the sound. If you’re a beginner in clawhammer it would probably satisfy you for a long time. Not waiting and saving up for a better one would make sense if you think you might not stick with it.

Let me say some general things. Lower-priced openbacks (like the goodtime banjo) don’t have a metal tone ring and that’s fine for most clawhammer. Some players like the wood sound; I have both kinds and I like both for different kinds of playing. I think for fancy melodic Ken Perlman-type stuff a tone ring is better.

Some banjos that do have a tone ring sound better for clawhammer if you put a cloth in the back, sort of loosely between the head and whatever rods are there. Move it around till it sounds good to you. Some people do this even with wood-rim banjos; it depends on the banjo. But I have seen people pass up a perfectly good banjo because they didn’t know this. When I’m trying out banjos I always have a cloth in my pocket for this purpose.