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    1m1 – cue numbers and names for music in film

    If you’ve seen printed music scores from films, you’ll probably ask yourself “what does 1m1 mean?” or some similar question. It’s common for original music to be named with both a title “Knights Bridge” and with this formatted prefix (for example 2m4). The first number is the reel. The letter “m” stands for music. The…

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    Video Production Tip – When not to use a shotgun mic

    The more production work I do, the more I encounter default or singular usage of shotgun mics. These are fantastic tools for video production, but not always the best choice. Sometimes they might even be a terrible choice. Here are insights on when not to use a shotgun mic. Shotgun mics are favored because they…

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    The beautiful and strange Hammer Dulcimer

    I think this is going to be a fun addition to the palette of timbres. The hammer dulcimer is a beautiful instrument favored in folk traditions. I found this one wildly out of tune at Woody’s Music and thought this bizarre tuning would be great for a science fiction feature film I’m scoring. With some…

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    MIDI Continuous Controllers – reference chart

    If you ever use MIDI, you’ll want to master the use of continuous controllers. Here’s a reference chart for the standard CC mapping. Learn these things and share the info. MIDI CC List CC Number Purpose Description CC 0 Bank Select Allows user to switch bank for patch selection. Program change used with Bank Select.…

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    Music Royalties – the basics

    Musicians earn income royalties in a few different ways. For instance, a musician who performs a song on a recording but didn’t write the song, receives one type of royalty; the performance royalty. The writer of the song (even if they didn’t perform it on the recording) receives other types of music royalties. What are…

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    Cubase Tips: Custom quanitze presets

    Talking about Cubase tips and quantizing MIDI made me aware the concept of “create your own groove” wasn’t well known. Basically, you can use any audio or midi region in Cubase to create a new quantize groove for aligning or quantizing audio or midi. Your not limited to the factory stuff. Just limited by creativity…

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    New Studio – build journal

    My studio is moving to a new location. The old studio space has served me very well for years but it’s time to move to a bigger and better place. The new studio is located at the Business Technology Center in Rock Hill SC and shares space with Digital Hyper Studios. Digital Hyper offers services…

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    Music Copyrights – basic facts and fiction

    Recently I’ve encountered fellow artisans who casually mention the need for “copyrighting their material” before feeling safe. It’s important to follow-through with the process of registering copyrights with the Library of Congress, but I feel that my creative brothers have a fundamental misunderstanding. You don’t need “to copyright” your creation. Don’t worry that it’s not…

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    Chord of the Day – Maj9 closed voice

    I found this chord in an arrangement from William Leavitt’s “Modern Method for Guitar – Vol 3” on pg11. Cool arrangement. Awesome chord.

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    Caged Kalimba – experimental music for prepared piano and kalimba

    [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/77834161″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] This is a piece written for a piano prepared in the John Cage method and a six-octave kalimba. I don’t think many six-octave kalimba actually exist but it works in the virtual world and that’s good enough for me. The work was sequenced in 2008 using the prepared…