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Two Track Music is a somewhat 'laid back' community.  Just some good musicians and song writers hanging out, and having a good time.  We're not a high pressure or fast paced site, we just enjoy kicking back and making some music, and having fun while we're doing it.

If that sounds like your kind of place, please join us.  We'd love to have you in the mix.  And yes, pun intended... ;)

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BoneDigger

Yesterday at 11:31:36 PM
What comes after it is nice. Nice cool temps and lots of sun!
 

agradeleous

Yesterday at 09:42:51 PM
Oops add the word after my 3 lol

Bones I see it’s you sending us the rain , thanks lol
 

agradeleous

Yesterday at 09:37:39 PM
Ugh Sunday evening , that means ugly Monday is up next and we have 3 of rain starting as well 😐
 

Joom

April 21, 2018, 08:34:26 PM
Sounds like a good day, BD...
 

BoneDigger

April 21, 2018, 06:51:25 PM
It's a rainy day today in East Texas. Nice day to just relax and read a book. I took some time to build a small recording accessory, but mostly just chilling. Might take the wife out to dinner in a bit. If I play my cards right... ;D
 

agradeleous

April 21, 2018, 01:44:42 PM
Mid morning guys :)
 

agradeleous

April 21, 2018, 01:03:24 PM
Ah never know Joom I might get a wild hair up my butt and go for a ride next thing ya know me and boy might be pulling up. ;)
 

Joom

April 20, 2018, 02:38:32 PM
I've said for years that it's too bad we're all so far away.  I have made such good friends here over the years, and will never get to even shake their hands...  :(
 

Joom

April 20, 2018, 02:33:34 PM
Coffee would be great, Ag.  Too bad we're so far away.  Weather is suddenly getting lots better here, snow and ice and those 3ft banks should be melting down soon...
 

agradeleous

April 20, 2018, 10:03:28 AM
Thanks Red 🙂 I had no idea anyone was listening lol I record more and stop buying guitars , mid life crisis? Lol
Joom I hear ya wish I could drop by for coffee and let ya vent . 😌 hopefully it will end soon .
 

Joom

April 19, 2018, 06:11:26 PM
Still shoveling, Ag.  These last 3 weeks have been the worst of the winter, with a dozen other problems tossed in.  I could whine about it for hours...  :P

RedJoker

April 19, 2018, 12:05:32 PM
Hey Ag! I was just listening to your song "Incandescent." One of my favorites. Beautiful!
 

agradeleous

April 19, 2018, 11:06:04 AM
Morning hope all is well with everyone :) Joom you still shoveling?
 

whitestrat73

April 18, 2018, 06:33:03 PM
Yeah, musta been Neil....  ;D
 

papaG

April 18, 2018, 05:50:37 PM
Neil has been a little quiet. Lets blame him...

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Cheaters / I've never actually ridden a ghost, but.....
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:16:12 PM »
I do always enjoy me some Johnny.

Thanks for the invite, Way2, always fun.  And good work on the mix.

So, what (or who) is next?  (-!)

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General Discussion / Okay, name this Artist...
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:22:52 PM »
Wow, I was looking for something else, and somehow came across two songs in an old backup I didn't remember I had.

From an old KAE challenge, 2009-2010, and I can't say I know who the Artists are.  I don't even remember the songs.  But it was cool to find them.

I'm sure somebody already has them posted somewhere, but here they are.  First one...

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Keyboards / Well, I'm bummed...
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:01:03 PM »
Way (way) back in the day, my mother played organ/piano for the local church.  The organ was an old time wooden pump organ, and the church ended up giving it to her when they got a new one.  That was my first keyboard experience, and I had fun with that.  In 1950, she was able to get herself a brand new upright piano.  That's what I learned most of the basics on (from her).  As it turned out, I still have that piano in storage, but it's not really playable anymore.

In the late '80's, I bought her a double keyboard organ, and she played that for years.  When my dad died in '93, mom moved into a senior housing place, and I set up her organ in her new apartment.  She played it daily.  In 2008, that organ died, so I went to Radio Shack and bought here a replacement (single keyboard Optimus MD-1200).  When she passed in 2010, I brought that keyboard home and stored it.

Last fall, I got the idea to give that keyboard to two of my granddaughters.  Went to the other house and got it out, plugged it in, and no sound.  Powered up, and everything worked, but no sound.  Today I remember that because we're going to visit the kids this weekend, and got it back out and took it apart to fix it.

I can plug headphones in and the sound is great, but nothing out of the speakers.  Everything inside looks fine, no broken wires anywhere.  Can't find any problems.  I wanted to pull out the main circuit board to check it out, but would have to de-solder 17 very small wires to get it out.  Opted not to do that right now.  And I don't really see it being a circuit board issue since sound comes through the headphone jack fine.

So now I have this keyboard that was the last my mother played, for herself and others in the senior apartment building, and really wanted my granddaughters to have because mom would have liked that and I'd like to see them get into music, and it won't work.  Worked fine when I brought it home in 2010, but after just sitting the past 8 years, no sound out of the speakers.  I'll probably just buy the girls a new one, but so wanted them to have mom's.

I'm going to hang on to it, and maybe someday when I have lots of spare time and the inclination to dive in I'll tear it all apart.  But for now, I'm bummed...  :(

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General Discussion / Maybe of interest, maybe not...
« on: February 28, 2018, 12:28:33 AM »
For anybody interested in another way to display music files here, such as for challenges or whatever, I've been playing with a few ideas, and may have come up with something of interest.

I know some people don't care for attaching songs to posts for whatever reason, and some people don't care for having to click on an attachment to listen to a song.  I don't mind, but whatever.  In any case, I've figured out a way to put files here on the site, and still have a player in a post.  Not as fancy as a SoundCloud player, but a player none-the-less.  If there's interest, let me know and I'll explain.

Example below:


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Challenges / A look back, or - a challenge of the ages...
« on: February 24, 2018, 01:17:09 PM »
So, this little challenge stems from a thread started by BoneDigger, and a suggestion from Way2lon.  And as it happens, is based on one my favorite fun things to do.

Expanding on BoneDigger's question (what was music like in your school years?), what was one of your most inspirational songs during that time?  What is one of your favorite songs of the period that really made you want to sing along, and even learn to play an instrument?

Not necessarily the favorite, but just one among many that really struck that "I wanna be a musician/singer" nerve when you first heard it.

This challenge is for you to answer those questions with a song.  With what we here at TTM call a "Cheater".  Very basically, a cheater is karaoke.  You pick a song, find a backing track, and sing along.  While recording.  There are backing tracks out there for 98% of all songs ever done, so it shouldn't be too hard to find yours.  But they can cost up to $1.

This isn't meant to take the place of any other challenge in progress, but on the other hand it shouldn't take much time.  The only work involved is clicking record, and singing along with one of your favorite old songs.  And when aren't we singing along with one of favorite old songs anyway?

My feeling is that there shouldn't be a vote or a winner for this, because the main objective is for everyone to have a good time and bring back some good old memories.  Seems to me that for something like this, I'd have to agree with the song line (Everyone's a winner, baby, that's no lie).

But, as challenges go, people may want to vote on their favorite.  Up to the crew.

What does everybody think?  No specific time limit, maybe up to a month or so.  Pick one of your favorite school days songs, grab a track, and sing it.  Just like we did back then.  Well, maybe not "just like" we did back then.  :P

And hopefully this won't be just Way2 and myself, it would be great fun to get everybody in on this one.  Remember, no work and very little time required for this.

So, anybody?  (-!)

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Member Blogs / Taking a break...
« on: January 28, 2018, 07:04:57 PM »
Sunny day here in the north, so I finally decided to take a break today and go for a ride.  One of our favorite pastimes is riding through the back roads and trails, daytime rides and midnight rides.  The midnight rides are fun because you sometimes see things you don't normally see during the day.

We used to always do it with dirt bikes and/or quads and/or side-by-sides, but a while back I decided I wasn't as fond of dust/rain/wind/cold, so I picked up a Geo Tracker with a lift kit and other addons, and we mostly use that now.  Heat (when it's cold), AC (when it's hot), radio, no dust or bugs or weather issues, and plenty of space to take coffee and a picnic lunch.

And we don't just take our rides in good weather, but today was a nice sunny day.  Oh, and I grabbed a pic while we were out.  Not much snow at all for this time of year, compared to back in the day...

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General Discussion / To all our favorite spammers/hackers out there...
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:48:55 PM »
Something to help you out when attacking TTM.  Just click the image below...

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General Discussion / Site hacks and other nefarious crap...
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:09:57 AM »
Well, I finally got back into the site.  I see in the shoutbox that some of you were also affected.

Apparently, while I was eliminating spammers last night, the site was being badly hacked again.  I had gone to bed right after clearing out the spammers, so I didn't know it, and didn't get back till earlier tonight.  That's when I saw the shouts that others had been logged out (among other things), and when I realized I had been logged out last night.

And then I found out that not only had I been logged out, but my account had been destroyed.  So, I just spent the last 5 hours making database changes and writing code snippets to try to get my account back.  Not easy.  I was about to give it up, when I finally got lucky just now on a code hack.

I hadn't gotten the site completely cleaned up from the other hacks over the past 2-3 months yet, then the one last night blasted us.

If any of you are still having any problems, let me know.  In the meantime, I'm going to be spending my free time this week doing a full cleanup of the site hacks, and trying to get us back in good shape.  Also, one day this week I need to shut down the site for an hour (or two) and do the updates to the forum software.  I'll post in the shoutbox when that's about to happen.

Meantime, sorry about the problems.  For the last 5 hours, I wasn't sure I was even going to be able to get back into the site myself (as administrator).

That's the bad thing about being a popular site (our hundred or so guests at any given time), it makes us a target for hackers.

I don't know how long it will take me to completely clean everything up, I have to manually scan hundreds of code files, but it will get done.  Most likely just in time to be hacked again.  >:(

But tonight I'm whipped, and finally back into the site, so I'm going for a nap...  (-!)

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DAWs / Acid is back...
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:20:36 AM »
Hey, after 7 years they finally came out with an update to Sony Acid Pro, my oldest and (at one time) favorite DAW.  Add one more upgrade to the list.

I have DAW's I like better now, but I have to have this one for old times sake...   (-!)

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General Discussion / Christmas at TTM
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:53:06 AM »
Sitting here working tonight (yes, it's 4am), and thinking about Christmas coming up.

Then I started remembering some of the old tunes we've done here for Christmas.  So I found a few I happen to have, and created a temporary folder on the site and uploaded them.

Didn't do anything fancy, just put them in the folder so the list could be viewed (and played).  I'll get rid of this thread and that folder after Christmas, but thought this might bring back a few memories for the old timers here, and maybe the newer members would enjoy one or two of them.

This isn't a complete list of all Christmas songs done here over the years, just a few I could find quickly.  I happen to have copies of these because I was involved in most of them.  Just click on the link below to see the list, and you can click on a song title to play it.  If you want to download a song, just right-click on the song name and click "Save Link As".  Hope some of you enjoy listening to these again as much as I did.

We should do one of the 'group' things again sometime.  And Merry Christmas to all...

http://www.twotrackmusic.com/Christmas/

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Lyrics / Because Neil asked for it...
« on: October 03, 2017, 07:45:32 PM »
Well, Neil, turned out to be a busy day, but I finally grabbed a minute for this.  I have no idea where I should have gone from that shoutbox beginning, but this is what my fingers did.  I'm not claiming it's good or usable.  Use it, use parts of it, use it as a starting point, or just pretend you didn't see it...  :-*


Well it’s 2017 and I’m watching the screen
But the news blows me away
Arguing, fighting, talkin’ bout war
And it gets worse every day

I see people protesting
And the cops arresting
Everybody who doesn’t comply
Things have gone from good
To bad to worse
In the twinkling of an eye

Now they say there's no such thing as fake news
And no such thing as lies
That everything now is alternative facts
But it's time you realize

That watching the news
I can only conclude
The world we know
.........is screwed

Left or right it doesn’t really matter
Why can’t we just agree
We should do the right thing
Instead of always getting caught
Between the devil and the deep blue sea

It seems to me that it should be so easy
For us all to just get along
Because in the end, and this is just my opnion
For whatever that might be worth
You and me and everybody else
Are all just citizens
..........of the planet Earth

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Member Blogs / What were you doing at the time?
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:49:48 PM »
Well, I just got the bill (actually it's autopay, so I got a receipt) for the 13th year of TTM.  Yesterday was actually the date.

So, I sat here with coffee thinking - 12 years, I wonder what everybody was doing with music recording at that time.

I could still play a little back then, and was busy doing a lot of recording playing to loops/segments/drum tracks/whatever.  Writing songs, and thinking that it would be fun to be back in the garage band days again and have some people to chat with and make some music.  I was working with a couple local people at the time, but that finally ended.

And then I thought - Hey, I'll make a forums based website and see if anybody wants to come and hang out.  First, as usual, I searched the net and found a lot of places already out there related to music.  I thought about just joining one of those, but couldn't find one I really liked and finally just decided to go ahead and build my own.

Somehow Schprocket and Way2 found their way there, and we started having some fun.  Then I saw KAE mentioned somewhere, so I checked out those forums.  That was the first place I'd scouted that had what looked like a really friendly group of people there, so after reading lots of threads I eventually joined there.  I was still enjoying our small crew at TTM, but thought KAE would be fun, too.

But about that time, the KAE forums started having problems with lots of spammers, and nobody really had control of anything.  The forums were operated by the person that made KAE (I believe), and he was off to bigger projects.  Quite a few of the people were complaining about the spammers and other things, and though I didn't want to sound like a spammer myself I finally mentioned that I had a forum they were welcome to hang out in.

I figured I would probably be nailed for trying to steal members, which wasn't the intent and not something I approve of, I was just offering an alternative.  Surprisingly, a couple members came over and registered.  Then a few more.  And then we started getting the occasional cruiser stopping to register.

Over the years, we've had some really nice people hang out here for a while, then eventually move on.  One person that I really liked thought somebody here was making fun of him and left, but I think he might have just taken something the wrong way.  I do miss those people that left over time and never came back, for whatever reason.  All of them offered something good to the community.  The current community here is great, though.

But back to the question.  What were you all doing 12 years ago today in the music field?  How were you recording, were you playing live somewhere, had you been thinking it would be fun to hang out with other musicians, were you already in a musician's forum somewhere else, etc.?

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General Discussion / Music on PBS...
« on: November 26, 2016, 09:22:03 PM »
I'm always going to mention this, but then I always forget.  For those of you who can get the PBS tv station, there is almost always something good going on there with music.  Just noticed that tonight is a concert with Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Jim Price.

A few nights ago Arlo Guthrie was doing a concert for the 50th anniversary of "Alice's Restaurant".

Almost every night there's something good on there.  And some nights they have a show called "SoundBreaking", which talks about both current news and history in the creation of music.  Great show.

Here's a list of some of the things they have on nightly.

http://www.pbs.org/shows/?genre=arts_and_music

But if you keep an eye on it, some great concerts occasionally come up from some good old favorites.  Very cool, been watching them for years...

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Keyboards / Finally figured out my midi keyboard problem...
« on: November 21, 2016, 10:32:48 PM »
As most of you know, a little over a year ago my all-time favorite keyboard (the Evolution) finally gave up the ghost after 12-13 years of great service.  So, I picked up a little Korg, and though I had occasional issues it kind of worked on and off until a couple months ago, then it died.  While looking around for a higher end replacement that might be as good as the Evolution, I grabbed a cheap little thing (MidiPlus AKM).  But, I've had trouble with it since I got it.  Couldn't get it to work in Reason, or any of the other 11 DAWs I have.

All this just seemed odd, so I started digging into the computer and software side of things.  And last night, I finally figured it out.  Should have dug into it long ago.  Got the MidiPlus working great, but now I'm wondering if the Korg actually went bad or this problem has been here for a long time.  I never throw anything away, so now I have to dig out the Korg from wherever I stuck it.  And if that works now, I have to go through storage rooms and find my Evolution.  I'm assuming that really did die after that many years, but who knows.

Anyway, for any of you that work with midi keyboards that use a USB plug, and you ever have an issue where it just won't work even though the Device Manager says it's working, the problem might be with your ports.

See, Windows only allows so many ports for any particular thing, and it's 10 for a USB midi keyboard.  But Windows has this problem/issue/thing where, if you plug the same unit into more than one USB plug, it creates a new port for each time you do this.  And just going back to the original plug doesn't work, because it creates another new port again.  I knew this, but it never struck me that it was happening to my keyboard until I really dug into it.  My midi ports were maxed.

How to fix it?  If you've ever edited a registry (without crashing your system), then it's an easy fix.  If you've never edited a registry, it might not be something you'd want to try.  So, if you have this problem at some point, and want the info on what to edit, just let me know and I'll post it.

In any case, I'm playing again.  Or will be as soon as I can use my hands again after cutting trees today...  :P

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Member Blogs / The life and times...
« on: November 17, 2016, 02:25:54 PM »
I sit here and wonder sometimes why it seems like I haven't had much time for music stuff for a while.  But I don't have to wonder long.

Sunday the wife left for Arizona to help her folks for a couple weeks.  And here's a partial list of things to keep me occupied during her absence.

  • Replace the switch on the washing machine:  Done
  • Replace the sprayer on the kitchen sink:  Done
  • Relocate the generator, build a new platform and cover, rewire:  Done
  • Replace the bathroom light fixtures (walls and ceiling):  Done
  • Clean out garage and rearrange pole barn:  Under way
  • Remove trees blocking WiFi line of sight between houses:  Under way

Just a partial list.  Seems I never post pics, so after I spent my first couple hours cutting trees on Sunday, I took a couple.  Sorry for the bad exposure, but it's been cloudy here and I used a small pocket camera, and I reduced image size for upload.  Two slightly different angles from a distance, and only shows about 2/3 of the trees that need to be cut.  For reference, the smaller pine tree still standing front/center is about 35ft. tall.  I've been working on this project for 2-3 hours every day since Sunday (all I can take these days), and I'm about 1/3 done.

Back in the 60's, I could cut trees all day long.  Doesn't take long to wear me down now.  I'm not moving the trees, just dropping them and moving on.  The smaller ones are fairly easy to cut, but there's a bazillion of them and most are close together.  I've had my cap knocked off quite a few times, and been shoved around a little, but so far nothing serious.  Hoping I can get it done before the snow flies.

And of course I get back to the office here every day and have calls from clients with important problems, like - "My email shortcut disappeared and now I can't get to my email!"

Been like this all summer.  Should be a song in there somewhere.........

Well I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay
I work all night and I cut all a little bit of the day

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