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  • Birthday 11/01/1961

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    Wixom, MI
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    Steely Dan, Steely Dan and oh yea Steely Dan

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  1. Tapper Mike

    What makes this song great?

    Riffstation can do that to a certain extent. Basically it's like an eq
  2. The guitar part reminds me of ELP's From the Beginning. It was enjoyable to listen to but the video was complete distraction and worked against it for me. Simply displaying a still image of anything short of a sign would have been better.
  3. Loved the rhythm section work on this one. Reminded me of Steely Dan's "Any World" As well as Andrew Gold, Atlanta Rhythm Section and a few more from that 70's era sound.
  4. It's funny. When the developers of Bitwig first announced they were going to build a new daw that would compete with Ableton Live and many were ex Ableton employees I laughed. Mostly because these were the same guys who were responsible for all the unresolved bugs associated with AL to begin with. I always thought that the "features" that AL had were simply a way to cover up all the flaws. Most notably latency issues when using one or more third party plugins. It took way way to long for them to produce anything and when they would report on progress they'd only show still captures of the UI to the public. Then when they finally announced testing had begun. It was solely done in house. There is a very good reason to keep things in-house (hackers love being part of a private beta testing because the copy-protection is rarely in place) And then there is the other thing that.... engineers are not the general public. They do things in a manner that may not expose bugs. I know these things all too well as I've been part of more than a few private pre-release testing groups as a non-employee and as an employee of a company. If developers can recreate the issue then they may be able to fix the bug. If they can't reproduce the issue then there is no way to fix it. This requires very detailed reporting by the user/tester to begin with. Well Bitwig didn't do that and 1.0 was fraught with bugs upon public release. I honestly thought they were vaporware. I never tested but I kept an active interest in the development. Now, we are at 2.3 Many of the issues have been fixed. I'm currently using Live and use Mixcraft8 as well. Mixcraft lacks the integration with control surfaces. You can do somethings, you can program other things but you can't get the level of integration that bitwig has with contemporary surface controllers. Mixcraft also buries certain features in order to "simplify" the user experience for the novice engineer, musician. This makes it a bear for me when I want to do something simple like assign midi channel to a specified track. I love being able to play one instrument with one hand and a second instrument with the other on my LP pro's or setting up channel splits. It takes forever to set up and is less than ideal. But I love the included plugins which are quite vast and it's no fuss to using third party plugins. There are things (too many to mention) which I don't like about AB Live. Yet it has become my Go-To DAW for simple arrangements and practice. One of the biggest issues is that if a channel is assigned to midi then... You can only use a single plugin across all the sets of that channel. Whereas if the channel is assigned to audio you can use various clips of different instruments each for it's own set/scene. I don't know if bitwig can do this and I don't know why AB can't. All I know is that I want it. Bitwig brings to the table many great ideas some borrowed from sonar many borrowed from AB and still many others I've yet to see in any daw. For example 32/64 bit plugins completely compatible without requiring a bridge. While for the most part my plugins are 64bit there are still some gems that are only 32bit. Secondly MPE. My last linnstrument died on me. I loved that thing. While my Launch Pad Pro's have limited mpe they will never replace what I could get out of a linnstrument. I've already set my mind on buying another linnstrument. Bitwig has full support not only for mpe it also has full control surface integration with LP Pro, I actually don't intend to demo bitwig till I get another linnstrument. I debate daily on if the original (8x24) or the newer 128 (8x16) I've got two Launch Pad Pro's which I often use in tandem set for either one or two octaves apart (which is sometimes annoying) that I'll keep primarily as control surfaces and occasionally as drum pad surfaces. The linnstrument has smaller "cells" with less noticable spring which makes it much easier to play for many things. It depends on how much I can save in a reasonable time frame.
  5. Tapper Mike

    Chord Progressions

    Parents, teachers, students... what a crazy lot. I was really dead set on learning Here at the Western World by Steely Dan when I was younger. Had a really good teacher and we were working it out. He calls off last minute and rather than drive back home another teacher was freed up. He'd asked me what I'd been playing. I had about 75% of it down so I told him and played it for him and I had a cassette of it with me. He looks at me awestruck and says... damn that's amazing I have no clue on where to begin. Well at least he was honest and then he proceeded to teach me these classic blues turnaround licks. The funny thing about it. I performed Western World maybe two times ever in public. Those blues turnaround licks were pure gold and I'd always use them in later years when I was playing the blues circuit professionally. I actually went through a lot of hack teachers before finding one that was right for me. Some guys never take a lesson in their life and end up being psuedo teachers / babysitters. "Lets work out some ideas in the upper register today" and next week and the week after. Some students (especially teenage girls) want to admire a guy. Never learn anything just want to stare at him playing for a half hour. Some students think skills are acquired by osmosis. I had a 35yr old student who wanted to learn guitar. Loved heavy metal. So I asked him what songs he wanted to learn. I studied and studied it for him even though I'm not a metal player by any measure. I'd try to get him excited about playing I'd play riffs and what not and then I'd work through it so he could try to play it and learn. As well I'd through in some basics along the way so he'd have something to grow with..... I told him if he wants to get good it's going to require practice. Everyday practice. If he can force himself to practice a half hour a day or more... everyday he'll get better. I explained and I practiced and I learned songs. The next week he'd confess to me that he didn't practice once. Not once did he make the effort to play guitar. But then he'd say he was still interested in learning and was willing to practice more and... maybe he'd try and practice for 10 minutes before the lesson. I finally had to let him go as a student.
  6. Tapper Mike

    Chord Progressions

    If a kid really wants to learn music it's based on what they like... Not on what a teacher likes or thinks the kid should learn. In order for them to grow you have to try and meet them halfway. One of the first songs I wanted to learn was Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. I didn't want to learn twinkle twinkle little star, I didn't want to learn J. S. Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring or Greensleeves. It would piss me off to no end and I went through a few teachers till I found one that was generally interested helping me attain my goals. This kid has a similar story about learning the piano. He spent years studying music he had no intention of ever playing. So yeah if a song is playable on a guitar and a kid really wants to learn it. Teach him that. A buddy of mine is a professional guitar teacher and player. He had this kid as a student that was simply there because his mother thought it would be a good thing. My buddy notices the star wars t-shirt and figures out how to play the imperial march on guitar for the student. Kid works his arse off to get it right. That's when the kids love of guitar emerged. Eventually the kid became quite the neo classical heavy metal performer. Not that my buddy was. He was simply there to inspire and facilitate the learning process.
  7. Tapper Mike

    Best Synthesizer for for beginners

    Seriously I love mixcraft because of the vast assortment of plugins that come free with the unit (It's not the only thing I love about mixcraft) mixcraft included virtual instruments Song Kits are libraries which includes 7500 loops It also has a huge assortment of virtual instruments (both virtual synths and sampled sounds) and effects https://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/song-kits.php Actually I only currently use three payware instrument plugins. Korg M1 KLC I've owned the original M1. The KLC version has every sound from the entire series of M1's and is a heck of a lot easier to program. That's my bread and butter. Korg Wavestation KLC Sonic Projects OPX-II
  8. Tapper Mike

    Chord Progressions

    Dammit just had a long list of great performers who are also great arrangers and teachers. All accidentally deleted.
  9. Tapper Mike

    Chord Progressions

    The other night I was at Meijer's (like walmart) at 3 am There is a guy busking in the parking lot with a baritone sax. He had decided that he no longer wanted to tend bar or play in bands and wanted to strike out on his own avoiding as much modern technology as possible. So he cranks up the car stereo and puts in this CD and starts playing along. He was self taught and had some of the rudiments down. The performance (one song because he was too busy talking) was palatable smooth jazz. We talked a long time. I told him that with a baritone sax it would be hard to amass a decent set list. He said that he had a tenor sax in parts that he was trying to fix. Which,,,, good luck with that buddy. He had my sympathy so I threw a twenty into the case as I left and wished him luck.
  10. Tapper Mike

    Chord Progressions

    A song or progression with only one chord is called... A Vamp Popular songs from show tunes and live recordings would have a conductor waving in the count before the music began. This became a bit of a challenge for live performances where they didn't want a Laurence Welk type character / bandleader taking focus away from the vocalist. The vamp would be a simple chord that played rhythmically so that everyone got a sense for the rhythm and then the vocalist would set the cue for when he/she felt comfortable. Eventually this lead to performers creating there own intro's and outros. As well.... solo sections where often not part of the piece but added on so that they could extend the song and showcase a performer. I do not consider the works of Miles Davis to be Bebop. I consider it to be the emergence of "Cool Jazz" Birth of Cool was not an evolution of bebop it was a revolution against it. Aside from "All Blues" most of his work thereafter and into the 60's leaves no mark on me. I've heard his songs thousands of times. I used to work at a restaurant too cheap for DMX (streaming) radio where all we had was a CD player and we were only allowed to play eight pre-selected CD's. Birth of Cool was one of them. I heard the entire cd everyday at work and more then a few times during a shift. It was a discman so someone would have to walk over and change the disc. With everyone doing other things sometimes I'd hear it four times in a row. As much as I wanted to appropriate his work and as much as it was shoved down my throat I never could. This is coming from a guy who molds his performance, improvising and recording based on the tenants of bebop. Using the chord outlines with various means of connectors (neighboring, passing tones etc) to form melodies and solos. Mostly I take from the Charlie Parker school though I do tap into John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk. With regards to simplicity of a chord progression or song.... It all gets old in time for the performer. At that point you have to remind yourself that you are indeed a performer. An actor playing a part. Pretend you are enjoying the piece for the audience. Unlike actual actors who are typecast into roles based on experience and appearance. Whether you are singing or playing an instrument more often than you might believe you need to fake it till you make it. Which dovetails into recording..... If you are recording your own piece you may have had the great idea in your head that sometimes fails once you commit to working it out. Bruce Springsteen a great songwriter stopped writing about himself and would develop "characters" in situations of which he created stories. When he performed for the recording he treated it more as an acting gig. Embracing the character he had created.
  11. Tapper Mike

    Best Movies Related to Music

    Honestly - Light of Day https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093415/ You've never seen Michael J Fox in a dramatic role like this. He's great, Joan Jett also did a great performance. Eddie and The Cruisers - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085475/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  12. Tapper Mike

    What Video Editor are You Using?

    Meanwhile I still haven't spent even a full thirty minutes using mine. I'm waiting till I actually record something, which now that I'm working 7 days a week three of them doubles pushes out a lot of free time for anything.
  13. Tapper Mike

    Best Synthesizer for for beginners

    There are plenty of virtual synths for mac users even those who don't use logic or reason. Personally I find the virtual ones stunning to work with. From an investment perspective. A new mac or even a windows tablet makes more sense than an otb synth. There is no be all end all synth. Synths can be subtractive, additive, Frequency Modulation(FM), wavetable and more. When you get a hardware synth you have to choose one based on it's method. The method of synthesis does not change. If you wanted to explore a different method you would need to purchase another. Hardware synths have a habit of breaking especially the old ones. It used to be that 30% of a touring bands budget would go to keeping the synths budget. In these days many will simply throw away a broken unit and get another as there are no techs anymore who can open up the unit and repair it. Let's talk about computers and keyboard controllers. You can get a new windows tablet that is more than fast enough for your every day recording and performing for about 200 plus shipping. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA22275R7903&cm_re=windows_tablet-_-9SIA22275R7903-_-Product You can also get a very nice 61 key (5 octave) midi controller with lots of bells and whistles for about $249 The thing about modern keyboard controllers is they are sold with lots of extras, Like a limited but highly useable version of Abelton Live as well as other daws. They also can include sample based and synth vsts. Between the computer(tablet) and the keyboard and the free add-ons that come with the keyboard you'll get a much more powerful complete system and... you'll get to collect more plugins for free or pay to expand on you system. Together you are talking about $450 US with shipping (many offer free shipping. Yes there are less and more expensive computers and keyboard controllers. Lets talk about Standalone Synths The new big boy synths are no where in your or my league like the Korg Prologue (1500), Dave Smith Prophet12 (2000) minimoog voyager XL (3000) The cheapest new fully enclosed synths that are both inexpensive and popular. Back to reality The Reface series specifically the DX as it's a throw-back to the popular FM synths of the 80's The DX7. It's $299. It's based on FM synthesis. That's all it does. It has a 37 key (three octave) keyboard. The controls are kind of a pia to work with (as were the original) So on the surface you might think you are getting a good deal. Trust me you're not. When buying you should want more bang for your buck. Better keys, more keys, more features. Otherwise it's just a bobble that looks pretty.
  14. I just purchased Corel's Video Studio Pro 2018 Now is a great time to buy if you are interested as they are having a sale. I had the product many years ago when it was under a different brand name the video editor software was sold to Corel (I forget if it was Magix or Ulead) At that time, my employer was using BBflashback for screencasts and as such I was required to use BB for doing the various screencasts of our products. When I finally bought a new computer I forgot to transfer the license for video studio. I've only had a few minutes with this way newer version and hope to have more time in the future exploring it's features. My goal for this summer was to start producing video's again. I've been sidetracked with other things. https://www.videostudiopro.com/en/products/videostudio/#
  15. Tapper Mike

    Time Stretching

    Mixcraft handles that just fine for me inside the box. Though I do agree every product has it's limitations and the more you employ it to extremes the more the artifacts will appear. If you are recording sections or importing best to strive for midi instead of audio. I know a lot of people like to freeze midi tracks to audio as it lessens latency issues with overtaxing processors. With regards to my personal use.... Everything is midi except guitars and vocals. For those I record directly and practice up before I hit record Knowing that it may take a few takes. I generally hate working with audio sample libraries. I'd rather create my own parts on a midi controller or use pre recorded midi loops. Even that (using pre recorded midi loops for drums) is fading as I'm trying to develop my own drumming via Launchpad Pro and Melodics.