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The Newbie Guide to Recording

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Audiopad – Another Interactive Music Controller

As I see more and more of these things, and I see the way in which people gravitate towards them, it makes me realize more and more that the way in which we make music has legitimately been changed forever. Maybe controllers like this are still rare novelties, and maybe they’re a little confusing, or still have some bugs..but think about 20 years from now. They say you need to put in over 10,000 hours at anything to become a master. People haven’t even had close to that with these kinds of devices..imagine when that changes..think about dj’s and turntables. This thing is really cool!

Audiopad Website

DIYAudio Forum

A really sick forum for anyone doing any kind of DIY music project..from making instruments and amps to setting up a home studio. There’s a lot of great advice in here.

The Tony-b Machine

This thing is Madd addicting

21 Cool 3 Notes-Per-String Exercises for Guitarists

Awesome Article from GuitarHabits.com

NINJAM – Realtime Online Music Collaboration Software

This definitely Looks like a sick new way to jam!

From their site:

What is NINJAM?

NINJAM is a program to allow people to make real music together via the Internet. Every participant can hear every other participant. Each user can also tweak their personal mix to his or her liking. NINJAM is cross-platform, with clients available for Mac OS X and Windows.

NINJAM uses compressed audio which allows it to work with any instrument or combination of instruments. You can sing, play a real piano, play a real saxophone, play a real guitar with whatever effects and guitar amplifier you want, anything. If your computer can record it, then you can jam with it (as opposed to MIDI-only systems that automatically preclude any kind of natural audio collaboration1).

Since the inherent latency of the Internet prevents true realtime synchronization of the jam2, and playing with latency is weird (and often uncomfortable), NINJAM provides a solution by making latency (and the weirdness) much longer. Continue reading

The Beat-Play Experiment Entry #9 – Updates!

Hello again! This is Dante Cullari, Beat-Play’s founder and president, and I just wanted to give everyone another update on where we are with Beat-Play and what’s going on behind the scenes.

First off, we are officially in invitation beta, and have been for about a week now. Right now our beta consists only of the social network capabilities and minor player and music discovery features. Our plan now is to continue to develop the player’s capabilities and to add to the ways in which fans can discover new music, using our automated word of mouth system (more info here). These features will be available hopefully by the end of this year in their full glory. Other things we’re working on are fixing a bunch of aesthetic stuff and also making the profiles more customizable for the users.

Once these fixes are done, hopefully before December 31st, we will release Beat-Play to the public for the first time. However, if you are an artist and would like to join us in early beta testing, please contact us at beta@musicwithoutlabels.com, and we will get you a pass code.

We are getting extremely close, and extremely excited to be able to make these revolutionary new tools available to people for the first time in history! With the completion of these tools, a great many new opportunities for fans and artists will be made available. It is our goal and dream to help artists and fans realize that these opportunities are then there, and to watch them take advantage of them – being more accurate, more personally customized music discovery for fans than ever possible before, and more efficient, effective, and FREE promotion and distribution for indie artists, with the added opportunity to make the fans happy by giving the music away for free, while still earning a living off of ad revenue, in addition to an almost unlimited amount of other revenue streams, such as merch sales, live streaming concerts, music licensing, 3D virtual artist meet n greets, and any other kind of content that would draw fans to an artists page where we can place unobtrusive and relevant ads. Not to mention artists being in full control over the price of ad space, and of course, full creative control over their music.

These are some really incredible gifts that this technology will make possible for the first time in history. This automatic word of mouth could even have a huge effect on marketing as we know it. The only catch is that it literally will not work without people to populate it. These effects will only be fueled by a massive social network. It’s up to the artists and fans to back this community if they want to see their careers and music discovery reach it’s full potential. Pass it on!!

Anyway, for now we’re truckin along pretty well. We also have a lot of awesome content coming your way. This week we may be a little bit less present on the blog than in the last weeks. This is because we’ll be traveling to several events around the country.

One this last weekend was the Mile High Music Festival in Denver. You can look forward to an interview with indie band Slightly Stoopid and a lot of amazing photography from that event. Also this week we’ll be traveling to the THC Music Festival in Alma, Colorado. This was the South Park Music Tour last year. There are going to be a BUNCH of amazing indie bands out there. Last year we were blown away. You can expect a lot of great HD live performance footage from there, and probably some interviews as well. I hear Nappy Roots is going to show up too! Should be a great time.

Then as soon as we get back it will time for the Rock the Bells concert in NY!! featuring A Tribe Called Quest, the whole Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Slick Rick, Lauren Hill, and a lot more! We’ll be there soaking it in, giving you all the details, taking pictures and hopefully getting some meet and greets in there too – come on Tip!

So there’s your Beat-Play update. We’re steadily grinding away everyday to get these roll changing tools into your hands as soon as possible, because God knows we could use them, and we’re also attending some really amazing events that you won’t want to miss out on, and thanks to us, you won’t have to. Stay tuned for more updates. Sorry again for the slow blogging this week, but I assure you there’s a lot more original content coming from Beat-Play in the coming weeks. Thanks a lot to all of our artists, and everyone who has shown support!! We need you more than ever now. Hit us up to beta test too! We need more artists and music on there! Take care. Peace out!

– Dante & the whole Beat-Play Team

Introduction to DJ’ing: Vinyl Handling and Mixing

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Learning Reaktor: 10-Step Path to Building New Sequencers, Beatboxes, and Effects

This in an amazing Create Digital Music article posted a couple of years ago, but it’s still pretty relevant considering the software used hasn’t changed too dramatically. For anyone looking to start creating your own step sequencers, or making your own drum machine, this is an awesome intro to that.

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Jakub Ciupinski – Modified Theremins

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