What's new in Music Collaboration

There has never been a time when music collaboration has been so easy. In the privacy of your own home. You don't have to lug your gear anywhere. I wish we always had this.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I was just doing a quick search and I found new collaboration sites.
http://wemusic.veenue.com/ It seems to be full online collaboration.

http://www.ohmstudio.com/ Another fully online collaboration site.

http://futucraft.com/ This one says it's for use with an ipad, interesting. :)

This was just a quick update, I'll do spring cleaning in the spring. :)

Multi-effector, alternative hookups.

Hi everyone,

It's been a while but things are moving ahead. I have started working out with a drummer and I am getting the motivation to move forward with new collaboration. My new multi-effector arrived and is working well.

It being ordinarily a rack mount PA device, I found it short of a few accessories in/outs that I require for my digital recording efforts. I tried several combinations of hookups. I tried using the effects loop on an amplifier. Not so good, it was OK for live PA but it was too noisy for recording. So I tried making a loop from a spare output on my board to a input channel on the board. It was quieter but I lost much of the dynamic range. I thought about what to do for a few weeks and it occurred to me that I am always using headphones jacks for line outs, I wonder if I could use two line outs for a headphone jack. I was a little concerned, I didn't want to hurt anything. However, I went forward. I turned everything down planning to turn volumes up gradually. It worked as well as I could have hoped for. Very quiet, good stereo response. using the main/master output on my board I was able to balance left/right and the volume. I put that signal into Peavey headphone distribution system called a PD-4. I have all the clean stereo outputs I can use. The headphones will have the same signal as will be fed to the audio program on the computer. I am able to change the sound 3200 different ways just by turning a knob. It's perfect for jamming.

I'll let you know how it works for recording when I do a little more of it.

Cheers, :)

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Central Asia's alternative music festival-year 2-Kabul Afghanistan

Well they did it again. An outfit called Sound Central has produced their second annual music festival in Kabul. Wow! I remember last year it was a little rough around the edges. Not too many bands. Turnout was so-so. Low budget, that sort of thing. This year it seems to be on the map. Over 30 bands. A women's only day. 2600 people attended. They did a live feed. Their FB page had 22,000 results, twitter was over 25,000. People are saying it is something that central Asia needed. I have never heard anyone refer to Afghanistan as "central Asia" before. Safety is still a concern and the festival people confidently say it's safe. Their website looks real downtown as well. It seems to be an October event so put a watch on your calender for next year.

Friday, August 02, 2013

The new multi-effector is on it's way, YES!

Hello Everyone,

Well I did it. My next multi-effector is paid for and I await delivery. It's a Behringer Virtualizer Pro 24 bit Dual Engine Effects Processor Model DSP 1000P. I don't know too much about them. I did read a few reviews quickly as I did my bidding. It's not as good as a Lexicon but better than an Alesis or an ART. Both I was looking at. It's a professional quality unit so being a bit older shouldn't be an issue for me. It has midi in/out. Something that my old Yamaha FX500B didn't have. It was only midi in and basically useless. With the DSP 1000P I should be able to hook my keyboard directly to it without using a computer if I want to. It doesn't have the most presets or user spaces that I ever heard of but it has three times what I'm used to so it should be enough.

When you are jammin' at home or at a small venue like buddies house you need to be able to mix up the sound a little or you will get bored because everything will sound the same. It's hard to beat a multi-effector for that. It's quick, easy, one or two cables. The presets are usually well balanced so it's a simple up or down to change the sound. I know a few people will wonder so I will say I got it on ebay. Including shipping it was 101.00 USD. I'm not going to complain about that. I'll let you know how it works when I get it in a few weeks. :)

Sunday, May 05, 2013


I have been debating with myself my next equipment purchase. Another guitar? A five string bass? A gizmo? You know, the thing that got me back playing lately was my old mixing board. I built a small tabletop stand for it. It sits about 30 degrees off vertical so I can sit right in front of it comfortably reach both the controls and the plugins at the back. The next thing I want is a new multi-effector. I bought a yamaha FX-500B when multi-effectors where in there infancy. It was a small half-rack unit that was intended for Bass frequency impedence. It had 30 presets. It doesn't work properly anymore and I miss it terribly. I ran my whole PA through it. Changed my sound on a whim. It was fun in the extreme. I will keep you posted on this next aquisition.:)

Monday, April 08, 2013

Keep music live

Hi Everyone,

Music collaboration seems to be well under way. I have been looking for a niche for us and I think I have found. Live music collaboration. It was my original reason for the site. My desire to play in a Jam style online. To emmerse myself in playing for 5-6 hours without noticing the passage of time is some of the best times I ever had. It's a bit of trouble. You have to co-ordinate with a few people. Easier said than done these days. Get your equipment there in working order. Have a place were you can turn it up without too much complaint. Once every five or ten years isn't enough. It has to be regularly. Now we have online music collaboration. So technically we can play whenever we want. However, the reality is we end up doing almost nothing but engineering. Not that I have anything against it of course but we end up losing that spontanaity that you get from playing with other people. A music store I used to frequent had a slogan "Keep music live". I don't know how they thought of it so long before computers but it turned out to be quite insightful. We are not stuck in the past and no moss grows on our rock but let's try to actually play once in a while. :)