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DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
February 14, 2011

Samson Airline Micro Wireless Earset Mic

I remember always wanting a headset mic. I wanted to be on stage with Janet Jackson matching her every move and then dropping a silky rhyme in between her bridge and chorus. That never happened obviously, but I still have the desire to bust out a verse in the living room during family time karaoke. Now I can do so unimpeded by wires or a bulky headset microphone with the new Samson Airline Micro. This is a mic that has the transmitter and rechargeable lithium ion built into a compact, lightweight headset mic that wraps comfortably around the ear. It’s also water resistant so you don’t have to sweat the sweat. We have provided many an aerobics instructor with it’s older sibling the Airline 77 Vocal Headset and for $50 less you can have the new hotness here. I’ve decided I’m going to wear mine at all of my …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
February 7, 2011

Recording Advice: Rookie Decision Errors

Hi guys, I’ve been gone a while, been a little busy actually.  I thought I’d put together a quick blog about some mistakes people make when they start recording music for the first time(s).  I’m no pro by any means, but I’ve definitely made some rookie moves before, so I hope this helps someone.

Buying Too Much at Once

The worst thing that newbies to recording can ever do to themselves is to buy everything (or attempt to do so) at once. I have seen it over and over and over. Guys will decide that they need a recording studio. That’s the dream, that’s what we struggle for – the pimp recording setup. Great. BUT – baby steps, man; baby steps.

I was talking to an employee in a music store the other day and he had a used massive Roland Fantom of some sort on the sales floor. This …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
January 7, 2011

Control Your Music – How to pick a controller

Back in the olden days there weren’t even faders; there were only knobs. You recorded to tape and turned a knob for everything. Thanks to a brilliant fellow by the name of Tom Dowd, we now assume that when you mean to increase or decrease the volume of a track, you grab a fader. The linear fader allowed Tom (best known for his Ray Charles production work) to control numerous channels simultaneously as he could have his fingers on may channels at once. It’s a faster way to work as well.

Today we get used to working with a mouse and qwerty keyboard for so much. Once many of us made (make) the transition from an analog mixer to just a mouse we think life becomes easier. Many a musician has decided to get rid of the analog mixer and increasingly go virtual – away from a world of wires. …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
November 1, 2010

Logic vs. Pro Tools (Part II)

Logic vs. Pro Tools (Part II)

If you’ve been following along you will know this is Part II of a comparison between Logic and Pro Tools.  I split this into two posts for your eyes’ sake because it was soooo long.  I get that way sometimes.  So let’s get to it.  To recap here are the misconceptions we have argued against in part 1:

1. Logic is only for serious tweakers

2. Pro Tools is for engineers not songwriters

3. Logic sounds inferior to Pro Tools

4. Pro Tools is awful at MIDI

… and now

5. Logic is “very German”

Logic was very German. That was a xenophobic way of saying that Logic used to be very complicated and sterile. I used to think it was a way of saying, “golly, I’m just a mouth-breathing American and I don’t want to read an owner’s manual.” Then Apple bought Emagic …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
October 27, 2010

Logic vs. Pro Tools (Part I)

Logic vs. Pro Tools

This is Part 1 of a two part article comparing Logic and Pro Tools.  I wrote this down and realized it was so long it was worthy of two posts.  So here’s part one for you.

In the beginning, there was ether and chaos all around. Then Al Gore Jr. enabled (not invented) the Internet to come about. Then, there was more chaos. It is on the Internet where you can find plenty of embittered people arguing why it is either Logic or Pro Tools that you should use. I choose both. It is from this position that I argue their merits. Not in any real depth, but in simplicity. Sometimes too much information is just that; too much information.

Have you ever been on the fence about making a move in life; you talked to two more people and then decided you didn’t know what …