GRcade Musician's Club - Do You "Do" Music?

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by Green Gecko » Fri Aug 09, 2019 5:00 am

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You'll know this. What sort of MIDI cable to I need to connect my Rock Band 3 keytar to my MacBook?

There are two types, in-line MIDI to USB sort of adapters (so like a cable) and USB boxes that you can plug stuff into with an additional standard MIDI cable of whatever length you like. Latter is useful if you switch them around.

Assuming the Keytar as a standard MIDI port try this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roland-UM-ONE- ... 00967UN50/

If it doesn't work return it for this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-Audio-1-Out- ... 00007JRBM/

If you want a box try this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-Audio-Midisp ... B00006I5HD

There are loads of cheap cables I've never heard of, it's not a complicated bit of microprocessing. But cheaper ones might introduce a delay which is extremely annoying.

You might be able to find those cheaper on some other specialist dealers, try Absolute Music, Dolphin Music, IntaAudio, Guitar Amp Keyboard but Amazon will probably ship for free so similar price.

Absolute Music have the Midisport for £12 less than Amazon here: https://www.absolutemusic.co.uk/m-audio ... rface.html. Product hasn't changed in years but it should work. I must have spent about 1 grand with them over the years but it's been a while.

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by Victor Mistletoe » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:29 pm

There's a humble bundle for music software

https://www.humblebundle.com/software/t ... cta_button

I've not heard of any of these so don't know of its any good or not, but some of you may want something.

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by Green Gecko » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:54 pm

I have no idea if it's still made by the same people but Acid Pro was a great similar thing to Ableton before that came along, and it's much cheaper.

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by Squinty » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:07 am

Ad7 wrote:There's a humble bundle for music software

https://www.humblebundle.com/software/t ... cta_button

I've not heard of any of these so don't know of its any good or not, but some of you may want something.


Thanks for posting. I think Soundforge is meant to be good. I have Music Maker from another bundle, didn't really like using it. Not sure what Acid is like.

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by Green Gecko » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:01 pm

Sound Forge is a good kitchen sink in terms of processing raw waveforms. It's a good accompaniment to either of Acid Pro or Sony Vegas. It's basically Audacity Pro although Audacity is capable of doing many of the same things.

It's useful to have a full fat waveform editor available - it also masters and burns RedBook Audio i.e. CDs with proper controls for things like CD-text data etc. If anyone still burns CDs.

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by Victor Mistletoe » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:20 pm

Would any of it be useful for mastering songs recorded with reaper? Bear in mind I'm amature at best with recording.

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by Victor Mistletoe » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:43 pm

Ad7 wrote:Guitar arrived today, it's so beautiful. :wub:

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Sounds fantastic too, really warm with bright mid tones. Can't wait to spend the evening playing it some more.


God I love this guitar :wub: I'm playing it almost every night now, and I'm coming up with at least a new bit of music each time, maybe just a little sequence, and sometimes whole songs. I've filled half of my notebook with new stuff now :toot: Some great, some good, some gooseberry fool, but I keep it all in the hope on the weaker stuff I'll be able to take bits and put them in to better ones later on.

I swear the thing plays itself sometimes, its just effortless, and I'm getting so much better at playing cleanly and not fluffing (sod off moggy) notes. It sounds amazing too.

Love it :wub:

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by Gemini73 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 1:38 am

I've been getting back into my love of metal music in a big way of recent. I picked up my electric guitar (Ibanez that my parents bought for my 30th) the other night for the first time in years. Was surprised I could still shred the hell out of it even if I am a bit rusty. I've a Fender amp that while pretty good the overdrive lacks the kind of crunch I like so I'm considering on buying a new pedal (sold all my other kit years ago along with a few other guitars.) Just a cheap one as I'm only jamming for a bit of fun.

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by Squinty » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:11 am

Guitar :wub:

I'm still recording little things nearly every weekend, intend to do another Judas Priest cover this weekend. My Schecter needs badly setup.

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by Gemini73 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:28 pm

Starting to get to grips a bit more with the guitar. Experimented with some Blackened Death Metal today. Came up with few riffs I'm reasonably happy with; a fast black metal open chord section then a technical bridge that leads into a nice, bouncy chug. Was rather pleased with the results given how long it's been since I last jammed. Tips of my fingers are a bit sore though! On the plus side I drowned out the neighbour behind me and his penchant for blaring out Oasis every late afternoon. Everyone with sense knows the best Brit-pop band were Pulp.

Ordered a Behringer Ultra Metal distortion pedal today that was discounted to £30. Checked a few reviews on YT and it delivers the sound I'm after, certainly for the price.

All in all I'm glad I went to see that death metal unit from Mumbai the other week. Gave me a kick up the arse and reminded me of how much the music keeps me on track.

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by Victor Mistletoe » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:41 pm

While it's not my type of music at all, if love to hear some of your metal compositions. A friend and myself used to trade our recordings, no matter what state they were in and we found it inspirational.

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by Pedz » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:44 pm

We getting a new ad7 song for Christmas this year?

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by Victor Mistletoe » Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:48 pm

Bit early to be thinking about Christmas Pedz.

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by Gemini73 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:43 pm

Ad7 wrote:While it's not my type of music at all, if love to hear some of your metal compositions. A friend and myself used to trade our recordings, no matter what state they were in and we found it inspirational.


I'm sure I can rustle up something sometime

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PostRe: GRcade Musician's Club - Do You "Do" Music?
by Gemini73 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:20 pm

Decided to start going through blues scales again. Even though I've begun playing once more I'm still a bit rusty so it seems like a good idea to start working those scales

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by I Shot A Kid » Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:49 pm

Gemini73 wrote:Decided to start going through blues scales again. Even though I've begun playing once more I'm still a bit rusty so it seems like a good idea to start working those scales

Just don't linger on that flat 5th :datass:

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by Green Gecko » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:32 pm

I think I only know ones blues scale which is... the blues scale. Works fine for me.

I just mash up like 4 scales about 90% of the time while making up other stuff.

The scale I rehearse the most is probably the chromatic scale but going up one fret on each string each time and then back down again when I hit 12th. Basically sorts out your left hand work for pretty much anything else you want to play. So if you're rusty, try that.

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by Gemini73 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:46 pm

Gemini73 wrote:
Green Gecko wrote:I think I only know ones blues scale which is... the blues scale. Works fine for me.

I just mash up like 4 scales about 90% of the time while making up other stuff.

The scale I rehearse the most is probably the chromatic scale but going up one fret on each string each time and then back down again when I hit 12th. Basically sorts out your left hand work for pretty much anything else you want to play. So if you're rusty, try that.


Cheers for the tip. Think I'm trying too hard and getting myself confused and frustrated. Need to reel it in a bit.

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by Green Gecko » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:12 pm

My teacher would sometimes give me some scales but never really rehearsed them, until one time I specifically asked for some and memorised a few of those; I still play bloody hard stuff. Sometimes I practice little bits of other tunes I know, my main fear with scales unfounded or otherwise (and I have some experience attesting this is true) is getting locked into them and basically playing the same thing over and over again in different order.

So from that perspective I'd actively avoid rehearsing scales. Understanding intervals and cadences is different but besides a technical exercise scales don't do much for me. I've always preferred arpeggiating chords anyway. If it sounds good it sounds good, don't worry too much about a bum note here or these you can always gliss or ornament off that note to make it sound half deliberate to the untrained ear. Sometimes doing that I've come up with the most unusual rhythms and licks that end up being hooks that make the tune or take something offbeat so it isn't the same common time stuff.

If you listen carefully enough there are loads of mistakes in even the most famous records, some solos are pretty crappy but it's all about the soul and combination of the mix. Technical wankery pisses me off. I say that having played past grade 8. It's about making notes sound good not 1000 notes per minute.

And play super slow sometimes. Sometimes I push myself to play like 10x slower than I normally will just so I'm focusing on the music and how it sounds rather than a merely mechanical exercise. It sounds ridiculous at first and it's more difficult because muscle memory weirdly drops off at some point because your brain is anticipating the next note or muscle movement I just forget what I'm doing. But after a while I start to notice my playing is more evocative and hitting less bum notes or realising I'm playing something different to the score that's not as harmonious as it should be but I was getting away with it for a split second there (especially important with held base notes because melodies in the upper register depend on that for the harmony, causing slight dissonance).

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by Green Gecko » Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:05 am

wtf, I got booked for a random gig tomorrow (guy found my message in spam) and it turns out to be the same venue I played twice in 2007 before it closed down. what are the chances.

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