• 7 Days no music results

    I’ve had a number of readers ask me what happened with the 7 Days of no music. Well here’s a short update.

    The original idea was to explore a few things, some of which I didn’t express in the original post:

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  • Bitwig feature review - Note Expression

    Note Expression Note Expression in action

    One of the major features that sets Bitwig 2 apart from other DAWs (such as Ableton Live) is Note Expression.

    Note Expression, at its core, allows you to apply modulation of certain parameters to specific notes. The original midi spec only allows for control messages to be attached to the whole stream of data. With Note Expression, you can have a complex part where only certain notes that are specifically controlled.

    After the break I’ll break it down even further with some examples.

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  • Improve your Double Bass Pedal's Feel

    This is what your double kick pedal is most likely. 2 U-Joints that connect a slave pedal to the main pedal.

    As can be seen in the video, if the angle of the 2 joints is not identical, you can be left with a bothersome lumpy-feel in the movement of your slave pedal.

    After the break I’ll show you a couple easy ways to make sure that your U-Joint angles are setup identically to allow for optimal feel.

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  • Bitwig first impressions

    Bitwig first try First Day of Bitwig 2.1

    So my first few days of Bitwig have been interesting. I can’t say that it’s been a pleasant experience, but rarely is learning a new DAW.

    Remember, these are just first impressions. I will dive in with more detailed analysis and review as this series continues over the next 26 days.

    Click through for much more detailed first impressions.

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  • 30 days of wigging out

    bitwig! It’s time!

    You may or may not know, but I have an anonymous electronic music side project. I have used Renoise for this for many years, but in the spirit of my 30 days project, I will be using Bitwig Studio 2.1 for 30 days.

    Why now? Well, basically because there’s finally crossfades. Seriously.

    I will be doing large reviews like I’ve done for the other DAWs, so check back twice a week for more fun!

  • The Apron

    Beautiful and functional apron

    So here’s my awesome new apron that my wife made for me. It’s a cross-backed apron with locking clips at the waist for holding it snuggly against my body. Custom fit, and it feels so nice to wear even with a bunch of stuff hanging off it.

    I can bend, twist, squat, sit and spin in circles without the slightest bit of discomfort despite having a number of commonly used tools on me.

    Click through and mouse over the images to see what I’m using in it!

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  • Upcoming because sick

    New Apron Sick Apron

    My wife made me a great shop apron that I’ll be doing a breakdown of soon. Also some Reaper, Digital Performer and Maybe a Studio One 3.5 post…

    However, I’ve had a nasty head cold and I’m still recovering. Expect stuff in the next few days!

  • No music for 7 days

    I’ve been having difficulty finding the desire to work on my own music lately. So I’ve decided to try something drastic; I will not turn on or seek to listen to any music for 7 days.

    That’s a lot for me. I always have music on. Sometimes I’ll have multiple layers of music on. I’m talking 3 or more self-selected sources of music in the same small space.

    I use it to drown out my thoughts when they become overbearing. I use it to drown out the soft noises from outdoors that pique my interest and distract me. I use it to mask the noises that startle me. I use it to mask the fan. I use it to waste time. I use it to relieve the frustration of disliking my own musical expressions. I use it to work (on other people’s creations). I use it to explore technical processes. I use it to find practice material. I use it to time myself such as when; cooking, cleaning, exercising or waiting for glue.

    What I don’t do with music is listen to it. Actually listen to it. I haven’t done that in decades.

    So, I am going to not seek to listen to music for 7 days. I will not avoid it if my wife is listening to it. I will not avoid it in the store. I will not avoid it on streams or such.

    I’m on Day 2 now, and it’s surprisingly difficult. My anxiety level has skyrocketed and I’ve gone through enough benzos to kill a horse. Doesn’t matter though.

    7 Days

  • How to lose a finger, or die trying

    Bang! A loud bang followed

    This is why you always use a push block or a pair of push sticks.

    I was routing this cove in a piece of Ash. I had featherboards in place and I was using a push block. The router bit caught a wayward grain exclusion which twisted the board slightly between the fence and horizontal featherboard. One face of the cove was then wedged between the router bit and the pressure from the featherboard.

    Then BOOM. The workpiece flew across the shop and hit the wall with a loud bang. Click the image above. You can see each point where the router bit grabbed the work as it was flung in to the wall.

    My brother curiously suggested that it was going at about 10-15m/s and packing about 40 joules. That would be painful enough if it hit you, but the real danger is if your fingers were pulled in to the router bit.

    Stay safe! Even when doing everything right, accidents still happen. It’s up to you to make sure those accidents don’t cost you a finger.

  • Speed up your water stone sharpening with this simple hack

    Shiny! Look at that shiny shiny shine

    Some people love sharpening. Some people hate it. I like it, but there’s no reason to spend more time doing it than necessary.

    If you use water stones then there is a way to reduce time spent on each stone and improve the feeling of moving the steel across the stone.

    Click through for how, and some testing!

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