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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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neilmac

October 13, 2018, 08:11:35 PM
Much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the west.....
 

agradeleous

October 07, 2018, 10:24:18 PM
NZ definitely consider living there , hmm wait isn’t it located on the ring of fire ? I don’t have luck with fire . Lol
 

combobob

October 07, 2018, 12:34:48 AM
On vacation in NZ. Beautiful weather and scenery.
 

neilmac

October 06, 2018, 10:57:50 PM
TTM Archive is updated, TTM Winners Soundcloud updated...if you have S/C and haven't followed the Winners Circle yet you can right here:
https://soundcloud.com/ttm-odc
 

agradeleous

October 05, 2018, 01:02:30 PM
FRIDAY !!!!! Yaaaay !!  
 

neilmac

October 01, 2018, 06:43:59 PM
It would have won too  ;D
 

Smurf

October 01, 2018, 11:52:51 AM
Hey White, Fred was the truckers dog in Smokey & The Bandit. My entry was going to be about his (Freds) view of the whole race to get the beer.....  :P 8)
 

whitestrat73

September 30, 2018, 08:42:02 PM
 :o
Wow, that's ........
Who's Fred?
 ::)
 

Smurf

September 30, 2018, 03:03:23 PM
Well.....Fred jumped in the pond & I can't get him out, so no entry from me this time.... :(
 

neilmac

September 27, 2018, 05:06:07 PM
Last chance for the September ODC boys and girls.... ;D
Official closing is end of day today unless there's an extension request....
 

Smurf

September 27, 2018, 12:55:28 AM
At least ya got it, 'eh? 8)
 

neilmac

September 26, 2018, 12:24:42 AM
Hey Smurf :) Just remembered to grab your song from the ftp for the Archive :D
 

Smurf

September 25, 2018, 03:22:30 PM
Fred &I are working hard.......
 

agradeleous

September 23, 2018, 10:18:30 PM
I’m interested to hear the results of this challenge.
 

neilmac

September 23, 2018, 09:13:25 PM
Howdy folks  8)
Getting down to the nitty gritty with the ODC.....only a few days left  ;D

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Member Blogs / Old sucks...
« on: July 13, 2018, 08:45:53 PM »
Once again, sorry about the absence.  I’m going a little nuts here.  It’s been a crazy few months, with tons of crazy things going on daily.  Then two weeks ago, I was asked to rebuild two websites.  Two days later I was asked to build two new websites.  And the next day I was asked to develop 3 marketing videos.

In the middle of this, the family has been going in circles with my brother’s kids (the one that died) for the last few weeks about where and when to bury my brother.  They’re being dicks, and it looks like we won’t be able to bury him till September.

And during this, last week, another cousin passed, and on the same day one of my best old friends was killed in a car accident.  Then over the weekend a brother-in-law (of 58 years) died.  Trying to support survivors.

This is all added to trying to take care of the wife’s folks, who aren’t doing well.  Especially her Dad.  Doctor appointments, hospital visits, lots of other things they need.  And they live 350 miles from here.

I know I’m supposed to be helping with a few things here on site, but I don’t know when (or if) I’ll be able to grab some time.  The last few months have been bad, but this month is pure hell.

Not looking for sympathy or making excuses, just wanted to let everyone know I’m pretty well strung out right now and will be for a bit.  I’ll try to check in once in a while, but won’t be around much or be able to do anything in the foreseeable future.  Hopefully things will get back to normal sometime soon.

Meantime, hope everyone else is doing well...

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FL Studio / New FL Studio Version...
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:39:39 AM »
I'm pretty sure nobody else here uses FL Studio, but I've always had fun playing with it.

Just got the email that version 20 is available.  They went directly from version 12 to version 20, apparently to mark their 20th anniversary.  One of the things I like about FL Studio (besides it being a fun and useful program) is that it comes with lifetime free updates.

Anyway, no big deal, like I said I don't think anybody else here uses it.  But I'll be downloading the update tonight and giving it a try.

For anybody that might be interested, here's a video showing some of the updated features.  *It doesn't show any of the standard features, if you've never seen FL Studio there are other videos that show the FL Studio basics.


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Member Blogs / The life and times of a country boy...
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:26:10 PM »
From a post I almost started last month:

       Oh well it's whining time again, because it's April
       I know that no one reads these posts but that's okay
       I just feel the need to whine I hope you don't mind
       And I promise not to whine again till May

       Now they say that whining doesn't make things better
       And that no one likes to listen to complaints
       But sometimes a little whining helps to ease the stress
       As long as you at least use some restraint


Yeah, last month was rough.  But I didn't write that 5 page whining blog - yet!  We had the worst snow storm of the winter, really wet snow, really heavy snow, and really high winds.  And guess what, we apparently lost the only key to the plow truck.  So after shoveling my butt off for a couple days because the snow was too wet and heavy for the blower (and still couldn't find the truck key), I decided to do what everyone said couldn't be done - rewire the truck with manual switches.  I wasn't going to pay a couple thousand to have the truck hauled in and keys made for it.  So, two days of work tearing apart the steering wheel, column, and everything else, all while still shoveling snow, I bypassed all safety units and got it all rewired, and removed the steering and shifting safety units.  Then started plowing, and it was nice.  Till I had to plow out the other house to get propane delivered, and bent the truck up because the wet heavy snow banked up in front and twisted the frame and blew a hydraulic cylinder.  3 days trying to shovel that out and get it back where I could work on it, then the neighbor (mile away) came down the road with his tractor and plowed me out and helped get the truck out.  Truck is still not fixed, because I've had to work on lawn mowers, bikes, cars, and other stuff.  But that was last month.

This month:  Decades ago, we used to have neighborhood get-togethers around here, but it hasn't happened since the 60's, and I've missed that.  Neighbors would come from all around the area for an outside dinner/social thing.  So a couple weeks ago the wife suggested we do just that, and I thought the idea was great.  So, we've spent the last two weeks grocery shopping and trying to get things ready at the other house.  3 days ago I spent the day whacking big stick weeds and burdocks down all over the place - with a machete, and hauling them off.  Then she realized the oven in our good stove at that house wasn't working, so yesterday and today I worked on that.  Electronic igniter and safety valve shot, and can't get a replacement in time.  Hauled some outdoor chairs and our 2 picnic tables to the front yard, where we're hosting the social.  But I have to move them out of the way to mow the lawn tomorrow for the first time and clean up that area.  That's when I discovered about a dozen of our outdoor chairs were missing, so have to grab some more.  From everyone we talked to in the area (large neighborhood) we're expecting about 40-45 people.

So, Friday, I'm setting up our new electric grill, a microwave, and an electric oven (because our good one isn't working) on a table in the front yard for the wife to cook with (cooking to order).  Nothing fancy, burgers, hot dogs, french fries, few different kinds of salads, cakes and cupcakes for desert - juice-a few kinds of soda-and of course coffee for drinks.  And Saturday is the social.  Should be fun, but what a pain it's been getting ready, and still not done.

So, last month was strictly whining and complaining, but this month the whining is mostly for a good cause.  And I may not whine again still fall...  (-!)

   Cause during the summer:
Well life on the farm is kinda laid back
Ain't much an old country boy like me
Can't hack

Early rise, hardly ever in the sack
But I'm glad I'm a country boy  (!:)

So there..........  (-!)

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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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