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Taylor

Taylor
October 20, 2011

New Blog Author: Lonely Paul

Hi guys! Since I am jumping into the mix to do some writing on the blog with Scott, Taylor and the gang here, I thought it would be good to take a moment to introduce myself:

My name is Paul Nunn. I have been playing and touring in bands for the better part of the last two decades and recording/sequencing for the better part of that as well. A large part of my career in the field was spent calling Athens, GA “home,” but I presently reside in the Atlanta area.

Most recently, I have been serving as the touring guitarist/multi-instrumentalist for Yip Deceiver. In fact, I am writing this column as we return from a show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. If you are familiar with us at all, you likely know us as an “of Montreal side project.” As long as I’m talking about …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
September 12, 2011

What’s the right DAW Software for me?

It is time for the masses to rise and say, “enough!” Are you like me? Are you sick of reading product reviews, spec sheets and talking to professionals about which interface may be right for you? If so, this is the article for you.

Who are the best people to ask?

First of all, if you are blessed with an uncle who never married, squeezes into his Kia, works part-time as a security guard at Walgreens and is secretly smarter than everyone else alive – consider yourself lucky. This is just the type of person that you need to approach with this quandary. Even if your personal expert never completed a song after using their favorite DAW for the past seven years, they know an awful lot. The person who has used Sonar for years and once used Cubase may still be an expert at Cubase. So, don’t discount their …

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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 …