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November 12, 2018, 11:19:42 AM
Oh and my recent post says yesterday when it was posted Friday ? Hmmm lol
 

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Morning , a big thanks for your service on this Veterans Day ;)

Spock you know why my clock/world clock is show 1pm’ish when it’s 8:17 am ?
 

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Thanks White, I emailed / PM'd  some but never got a response.....I was starting to get a little worried!  8)
 

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Yeah, he's been busy with family commitments.....
Assures me all is fine.
 

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Hey Folks, has anyone heard from Mr. Joom?
 

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October 31, 2018, 12:22:44 PM
I think that is a good move CB... 8)
 

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October 31, 2018, 08:21:40 AM
update on the Kristal Forum. after discussion with Matthias I have set it to must login to view discussion boards and no more registrations.
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way2lon

October 29, 2018, 01:53:29 PM
Voting thread up for ODC Oct 2018...............Get voting here http://www.twotrackmusic.com/ttmforums/index.php?topic=1972.new#new
 

Smurf

October 28, 2018, 03:43:32 PM
I found changing the velocity in Reason a little fiddly for my taste....but the overall SOUND of the instruments was outstanding!
 

Smurf

October 28, 2018, 03:43:09 PM
Hey agr, I tried out the full version of Reason last year, but I like more control over the patterns. For my workflow I like Groove Monkee & Odd Grooves to lay down a root feel, then I go back in 90% of the time & tweak....add a ghost snare hit here, a cymbal there, etc. I found changing the velocit
 

agradeleous

October 27, 2018, 01:04:12 AM
And Mr. Smurf  I’m sure you would dig the drum programs .  :D
 

agradeleous

October 27, 2018, 01:01:49 AM
I tried cake but didn’t like the work flow . I really did like Reaper but wanted the keyboard option to fit my needs so Reason became it .
Yes it costs after which it’s 125. For upgrades but Reason is stepping up and constantly getting better and now with VST support it’s a real power house
 

Smurf

October 26, 2018, 04:56:48 PM
Cakewalk is one outstanding DAW, and with it being At Our Favorite Price Point it IS a no brainer.....I just never "warmed up" to it even after using it for almost a year, both X3 and Platinum....

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General Discussion / I have you all to thank for my first real gig!!
« on: October 03, 2018, 05:26:43 PM »
I was called yesterday by the owner of the local restaurant / bar / music hall where I play the open mics and open jams.  She books live music every week and offered me a spot next month.  I considered not accepting because I don't know a huge number of covers and don't really want to be a live jukebox in the corner.  However, she told me she specifically wanted me to play my originals and provide background on how I came up with them.  Apparently, that is her favorite part of open mic night!

The thing is, most of those songs started as ODC challenges here.

So allow me to buy you all a virtual beer and brat as a way to say thank you for getting me my first gig.  :D

 (-!)

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General Discussion / Working in 'Waves'
« on: October 01, 2018, 12:50:09 PM »
Do you folks ever work in 'waves?'  I haven't entered the ODC in a few months because I've been working on new guitar techniques, reworking old songs, and improving my performing skills.  Since music isn't my livelihood, I can just flow with the currents and drift in different directions.  I'm always moving forward and getting better, it's just more of a meandering stroll and a straight, purposeful walk.  :)

What about you? 

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Completed Original Songs / Puddle Pirate
« on: August 31, 2018, 05:40:14 PM »
Just a goofy song about a little girl that would rather be a pirate.  It was inspired by a little old sail boat at a local reservoir that someone called the "Puddle Pirate".


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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / May ODC Results!
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:30:35 AM »
The results are in and ....

Rather Be Watching a Hockey Game by neilmac / papaG is the winner!

Great tunes as always folks.

Take it away neilmac / papaG!

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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / May ODC Voting Thread
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:22:04 AM »
Howdy Folks! Welcome to official May ODC Voting thread.

So the theme for this month's challenge is "Baseball."

No real restrictions but I'll give you some of the things I've been thinking about.  At a recent game, we heard 'Center Field' which was obviously about baseball.  We also heard 'Sweet Caroline' that is not about baseball but if a fun sing-along for a full stadium.  There were also random songs played on the ballpark organ.  There were fun clap along songs.  Maybe your song is about peanuts and cracker-jacks.

I don't care how you tie your song to 'baseball,' you just have to say why your song makes you think of baseball.

So here are the entries:

I'll be tally-mon because I was not able to complete my entry in time.  Send me your votes midnight-ish June 1 and I'll post results on Saturday morning.

Good luck!

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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / May '18 ODC - Baseball!
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:01:30 PM »
I missed replying to the ODC result posting because I was at a minor league baseball game.   (-!)

So the theme for this month's challenge is "Baseball."

No real restrictions but I'll give you some of the things I've been thinking about.  At the game last night, we heard 'Center Field' which was obviously about baseball.  We also heard 'Sweet Caroline' that is not about baseball but if a fun sing-along for a full stadium.  There were also random songs played on the ballpark organ.  There were fun clap along songs.  Maybe your song is about peanuts and cracker-jacks.

I don't care how you tie your song to 'baseball,' you just have to say why your song makes you think of baseball.

Submissions due Sunday May 27 midnight in your time zone.

Batter Up!!!

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It just so happens that I will be performing my ODC entry from a year ago in our local folk festival's Worst Song In The World contest. I kinda hope I "win" so I can say I'm an award winning song writer!

Edit: I just realized that I didn't point out that this was my idea to enter. Most song entries are comedy / silly songs. No feelings were harmed in the making of this post.  ;)

Here's the song, from our "mystery" challenge:


Wish me luck!   ;D

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General Recording Dicussions / How do you record drums?
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:48:04 AM »
As I learn and grow in this whole music thing, I want to learn a different method of creating drum tracks. Currently, I just use some preset drum loops that I'll modify manually to fit the song. But they sound sterile and, well, like a preset drum loop to me.  I'm wondering if I should get a low cost midi controller with drum pads, some cheap electric drums, some way of doing real drums or just keep with what I have?

What do you do? Would you recommend that route?

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Works in Progress / Feb odc redo
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:22:49 PM »
I didn't like my entry for February so I decided to work on it some more. This is just a phone recording at lunch today to try a few ideas. I think it's heading in a more coherent direction but I'm still not quite happy yet.  I pulled out the last verse and added a bridge.  I'm still not sure about the chorus yet and may start over completely on it.  I'll keep working....    :-[

Original for reference:



new ideas attached below

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General Recording Dicussions / How do you record electric guitar?
« on: February 26, 2018, 12:21:44 PM »
For the February ODC, I tried to add some electric guitar to a song.  There are a LOT of problems with that recording that we aren't really going to discuss here.

My specific question is how do you record electric guitar?

Though I own an electric guitar, a cheap Squier strat knockoff and practice amp, I'm not really looking to be an electric guitar virtuoso. I don't need a great live performance rig.  For that recording, all I did was plug the electric straight into my usb interface and added some minor distortion in the DAW.  Consequently, it sounds like crap.  Yes, there are many issues with my playing / tuning and I'm going to work on that.

What would be a decent, not too expensive way to get a better recording?

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General Discussion / Album Released: Midlife Crisis, Vol.1
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:27:28 PM »
So, funny story.  My wife and I have an event coming up at the end of the month and she worked her way into being the yoga instructor at the resort while we're there.  In addition, she wants to use one of my songs in her playlist.  Normally, she uses Spotify for her playlist organization.  That means I had to get my song onto Spotify so she can use it.  Since I was already going through the process, I decided to go ahead and release a six song EP through Distrokid.  I liked that service because the reviews seemed to show that they were quick to get things out to stores.  Plus, I can pull everything down in the future if I want.

So without further ado, I'm announcing the release of my first album: Midlife Crisis, Vol. 1!!!!  You can find it at any of your favorite streaming sites (though I'm not sure Pandora has it up yet) with the Artist Name of Clint Frysinger.  I'm not saying it's good, but that doesn't mean I'm not proud that I did it.  Of course I still have a lot to learn but having a deadline pushed me beyond the analysis paralysis and delay.

Anyway, just thought I'd share! 

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Since kevmsmith brought up Distrokid, I thought I'd start this thread to talk about my quest to release an album.

Background:
Over my life, I have done a lot of goofy things that make for good WTF stories.  (I once competed in a national boomerang competition against the US Boomerang Team sent to the Sidney Olympics.  I was using homemade boomerangs.) I used to be a professional juggler and two of our group of four made a career of it. I started learning to play guitar about four years ago because I wanted a new avenue to perform, without the need to get a group together to practice.  I still occasionally do juggling shows with my old performing friends but with life, we can't practice much.  As part of learning, I stumbled across this murky corner of the internet and you guys have gotten me into writing and recording music.

Goal:
So now I've decided I want to release an album of my music just to say I did it.  There are one or two songs that I've written that have been used by my friends but they'd like it to be on Spotify so they can lump it into their other playlists.  Though I don't intend to make a single cent on this endeavor, I still want to be proud of it. 

Current Progress:
Theoretically, I could just throw my existing recordings at a one of the many distributors to get them 'released' and call it a day.  But instead, I'm going back and re-recording my tracks with a little more critical ear.  In most cases, I am not using a reference track directly but in concept only.  For instance, there are a few folk type songs that I really like the simplicity of so that's what most of my tracks sound like.  In each case, I try different mixes, effects, layers, etc. to try to find 'my voice.'  I then listen to them through different sound systems and keep track of what I like or dislike about each one.  My goal is to create a reference track or two of 'me' that I can match the others to.

Future:
As I'm going through this process, I think I'm going to try to release a loosely coherent album.  I have other musician friends that have released albums that are nothing more than a pile of unrelated songs.  I want the songs of this project to be at least somewhat related.  My current working title / theme is "Mid-life Crisis" so the songs all tend to be about the thoughts I have and things that I experience in this special time of life.  Obviously, its a broad topic but you get the idea.  My goal is to have something 'released' in the next six months or so.  I don't need to rush but the world is unpredictable and I don't want to delay either.

Guidance:
So, what advice do you have for me to reach my goal?  Keep in mind that this is mainly for me, not for some commercial success.  You all have taught me so much so far that I feel a little guilty continuing to ask.  If anyone is interested, I could keep posting recordings as I progress and as things shape up.

Thoughts?

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General Discussion / A pic of picking
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:44:26 AM »
Just thought I'd share this. My wife took this when we took a break from Christmas decorating to sing some songs. One of the songs was my challenge entry that I'm trying to learn so I can record it. :)

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Folk / Mile Markers
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:59:06 PM »
A song I wrote last month but it didn't fit with the challenge and I just got around to recording a draft this morning.  I got a harmonica this week so I thought I'd see how I'd fit it in.  I know it's poor playing but I still kinda like it.   :)


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Video - Performing / Open Mic
« on: September 30, 2017, 01:36:09 AM »
One of my coworkers recorded my open mic set last night. Here is a song I wrote for / about my ex wife. Anyway, its not great but kinda fun anyway.  :D


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