There is an endless supply of information on the web to help you achieve your goals, so much that most of the time you’re left wondering, “Where do I start?” Today’s blog is going to give a short road map to a few resources available that will help you up your musical or marketing game. Although not every entry is directly about looping, other areas important to making music professionally will have a light thrown on them.
1. How To Use An EQ
Want to know how to clear up your vocals? Want to give more presence to your drums? Want more response in the bass? This video is an incredible resource that is given in a very matter-of-fact way. Where many videos get cluttered with techie vernacular, this video is easy to understand and sound itself is reduced to its basic building blocks then built up, and readily explained from there. At 125k views, upon viewing this video, the only question you will have on this video…is “How come it doesn’t have more views?”
2. How To Assign Foot Switch Buttons To A Roland Loop Station
I’ve been there before. You have a cool creative idea, but there’s just not enough buttons to press or knobs to turn to make it happen. Luckily, music makers are giving up avenues to add functionality to our hardware. TC has the Footswitch for the Voicelive, Pigtronix has the Infinity Remote and Roland has the FS-6 for the Loop Station. The video included shows you how to program the FS-6 to function as…well almost anything the Loop Station allows it. It won’t pirate Game of Thrones episodes…but it will give you a way to add, erase and augment your music.
3. How effects.......affect
Although the videos hosted by guitar guru Johnny DeMarco are from six years ago, the information is still relevant and easy to understand. Want to know how compression works? What is a delay? What is an octaver? This collection of videos are great for anybody looking into effects pedals or thinking about making the jump to multi effects pedals. At less than 4 minutes each….these are short and to the point.
4. How To Get Awesome Fonts For Your On/Offline Needs
If you saw a heavy metal band and bought a CD off of them and their logo was Comic Sans…..yes….that Comic Sans, you would be left wondering why they chose the In-house-preschool-memo-font-of-choice instead of….well…anything better. Thankfully, there are sites out there that have thousands of easy to find, download and apply fonts. The best one I have found is Dafont.com. No fluff. No bloatware. Just fonts. Check out the movie font section, if your two-woman-cello group needs the Terminator font…they have you covered.
5. How To Turn An Image Into Vector
Whoops. You’re computer crashed and you lost the cool logo you had designed on 5iver. That’s cool. If you still have a JPEG of it, you can it converted into vector and now have it back to it’s Photoshop-friendly glory! A few weeks ago, these very thing happened to a looping peer of mine, ten minutes after sending this website his way I received an email, “Dude…you saved my butt.” Here’s to yours if it needs saving. Give Vectorizer a look!
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