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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me build the ultimate metal playlist on: November 20, 2009, 01:52:08 PM
I'm surprised Pantera only came up once. Cemetary Gates, or Cowboys from Hell maybe ... A must in my playlist smiley

There's something about Mudvayne's - World So Cold also that I can't get enough of, or else maybe some of their earlier stuff like Dig if you wanted only the heavy stuff.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: drum program on: December 19, 2008, 04:10:27 PM
For your drumming program, look into EZDrummer. It's a vst instrument you add and use MIDI to map out your drum parts within Cubase (or whatever platform). The drums sound really cool but if you want to take it a step further, ideally you want to export each piece of the drum individually into WAV's which you can then process and add your different compression, reverbs, whatever for each piece.

EZDrummer all the way.

One of my buddies produced some descent albums (artists with videos on Much Music for example) and used the program mixed like I'm talking about with great results to give you an idea.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: If somebody offers you swapping your PC for a mac cold turkey: would you do it? on: December 19, 2008, 03:59:15 PM
I did the switch from PC to Mac a few weeks back. I record music though so it was an eventual switch that I couldn't avoid. I am loving mac and the switch went really smooth since I had a buddy who took maybe 30 minutes or so just showing me around a little.

If you work in multimedia, man, Mac is solid as hell. Runs so smooth compared to my PC which always dropped out or froze in certain software. Plus I was on Vista before which I am not a fan of.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gift-giving season cometh. What computer hardware/peripheral would you like? on: December 19, 2008, 03:50:15 PM
USB Hub but that's a little boring. Make it a surround sound system or finally my Mackie HR624 that I'm waiting on for studio monitors. I'd imagine any music and games on that would be too rediculous also.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: REQUEST: List your Motivational Music Videos Here on: December 19, 2008, 03:44:08 PM
A very powerful and popular music video was the 'free hugs' one. The music in the back is by Sick Puppies. The song is called "All The Same'. The album is great too.

First time I saw the video, it really struck a chord. If you haven't check it out yet, it's awesome:

Free Hugs Video
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Article: SpiralFrog Misses the Point of Digital Music? on: December 19, 2008, 03:39:04 PM
I can't talk too much as I have trouble convincing some of my friends to actually buy CD's they like but when did we all get so picky to even complain on how 'free' music was being put out. Spiral Frog at that time was trying to do something awesome and let people listen to music for free, and people turn around and complain they have to listen to advertisements or can't burn the songs and completely bypass ever compensating the artists themselves who work their whole lives trying to make a living writing and performing music. It's like giving hell to someone for giving you a used lawn mower that you have to crank a few times before it actually starts. It's free, take it the way it comes or go buy it.

Just my 2 cents.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comparison of online music services Pandora, Last.fm, and Yahoo Music on: December 19, 2008, 03:27:15 PM
The thing with Pandora is that it's unavailable to listeners from outside of the US due to licensing constraints it seems.

On that note, big thumbs up to Last FM. I discoverd a lot of great music and artists just by listening to the same songs I would in my car anyways. Bought a few CD's because of it so I think it's awesome for new artists as well. Gives them another avenue to be heard.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Crash course in MUSIC: mp3/meta_Data/compilations/download_sites on: December 19, 2008, 03:17:08 PM
For music format for a compilation, just know that in .WAV, you won't loose any sound quality from the original music files. MP3's won't sound as good however if you convert to MP3 files and set them for 192 kbps or higher, you won't hear too much of a difference compared to a wave on regular everyday speakers. 128 kbps or lower though and you'll hear a big chunk of 'meat' missing on the overall sound.

For downloading music legally, you should first decide whether you want a pay-per-song / album site, or a music subsciption service where you usually pay a monthly fee (roughly $12-$15) and have unlimited access in most cases to the site's complete library of music of millions of songs. You might want to think of how many songs a month you download, figure $1 a song at a pay site, and see which would save you money in the long run.

If you are seriously interested in a download site or service, feel free to check out my site where I compare legal music download sites with complete reviews (including Amazon which was mentioned above), a comparison chart, you name it:

www.comparemusicdownloadsites.com

To save you time though, if a music subscription srvice interests you, you can check out Rhapsody. These guys are at the top of our list, followed by eMusic and then Napster which took a huge turn since the Metallica days and really have a great service going right now.

All the best!
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Music files 101 on: December 04, 2008, 08:29:51 AM
On a side note:

While I'm aware that most classical music composers (Bach, Beethoven etc.) are being dead for quite some time now...longer dead than RIAA regulations, so their music is copyright free.

Now I heard something about still living descendants that can claim rights. Is this true?  

For the dead composer stuff mentioned, I know in Canada (and I think it's similar or the same for the US), copyrights to a piece of music are valid up to 50 years after the death of the last songwriter for each song example; a band of 4 musicians who write together, 3 of them are gone in a plane crash when they are young, but one lives 100 years more than when that song was written, then the copyright is valid for 150 years total from the time it was written.

Even if a writer dies, his rights to his music can be passed on to family members for the duration of the copyright.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Your fav' audio CD burner? on: December 03, 2008, 11:28:45 AM
I had trouble with a few CD burning softwares that tried burning music but always ended up having a few songs skipping when the CD wasn't scratched, or song songs didn't even play. Since I switched to 'Roxio', I'm a happy man, and I get to listen to all the music on a CD every time with no type of skipping that makes you want to throw your player out a window.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: December 03, 2008, 11:18:54 AM
I almost have a top music of the week type of section where I drag a few songs I like, or whatever's in my head that week so I can play them back in one click instead of singing them to myself like a loner. It's also a reminder of when I'm over a song since it's no longer on the desktop. Besides that, just a bunch of music production software and the recycling bin.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25... Make a List! on: December 03, 2008, 11:13:59 AM
I'm a little cheap in general so don't tell any of my friends but on my credit card, I get points that I accumilate over the year. It's enough points to get music CD's from time to time, or a few free movie passes which is entrance for 2 with a popcorn and 2 soft drinks. It covers a few buddies for Christmas anyways and I just realized the point thing a few months ago so it's a few years of points accumilated I had no idea of.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: December 03, 2008, 11:01:05 AM
This music video used to run smoothly for me but I just checked it out today and maybe one of my plugins is messing something up but in any case, if you enjoy a heart filled live performance, check out Shinedown doing a cover of 'Simple Man'.

Shinedown - Simple Man

Oh ya ... If you enjoy great singers, I'm going to sound a little tootie-frootie for bringing this one up but man she got pipes and rocks this out. Celine Dion doing a cover of 'Alone' by Heart.

Celine Dion - Alone
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Digital Music Purchases - Downloads or Ripped CD's? on: December 03, 2008, 10:55:01 AM
Good CD's, or ones that I enjoy the production and want to hear in a lossless format, I buy the CD, then rip in WAV. If I heard all the music off a CD from a friend and only like a few singles while not impressed by the sound quality, I'll pay to download each individually.

For the quality difference, if you have a good set of speakers (I have a home studio so you get to hear the difference), the CD versions of the songs are completely worth it, but if you always listen to music off of a laptop, it's not worth the difference. Might as well download your music.

If I didn't mind quality, I'd stick to a single, quality legal music download site with a monthly membership to listen to anything I want, whenever. 
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your music player of choice? on: December 02, 2008, 10:25:18 AM
Winamp all the way! I might be bias since I started using it years ago and listened to all my favorite music when I was younger. Never made a switch since, though Windows Media Player is also alright.
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