Any other way (wikiloops video #3)

After the worldwide disco, and the play it loud rock videos, here’s the third one – and it turned out to be a real great blues party πŸ™‚

Thanks to all involved musicians, and – as always – to Richard for the video cut & mix. Good job, lady & gents!

Enjoy…

Carlos and friends again

I have reported about Carlos Eiene and his insaneintherain Youtube music channel before (search for it). And just today I saw his latest collaboration with some friends. A cover as usual, but he’s the arranger and writes many of the parts himself. Listen to some very talented young people who obviously have fun doing what they’re doing…

Enjoyed it? Told you these guys (and girls) are good πŸ˜‰ Maybe we should invite them all over to Wikiloops for some jamming on own compositions… πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading.

Khruangbin

Discovered this a few days ago:

Then today, I saw this:

And if you want to hear them telling their story, watch this:

More on Wikipedia. And you can buy their music on Bandcamp.

Reminds me of times long gone. Good times.

Enjoy.

Worldwide Disco on wikiloops.com

Wikiloops recently turned 7 years old – in fact today it’s exactly 7 years and 1 month since Richard created it (and thanks again for doing that, man!).

And to celebrate that a bit, we’ve decided to put together some band-like projects, film ourselves while playing, and to put these together to videos. And today was the premiere of the first one, the disco group / band / project.

So please meet:

  • Vocals: Aleonz, Indonesia
  • Drums: mpointon, England
  • Bass: Alex Sarikov, Russia
  • Guitar: Tofzegrit, France, and – last not least
  • Keys: Marceys, Netherlands

I’m happy and proud that I was also invited into one of these, so there will be more videos to follow when they are done.

Thanks for watching. And if you are a musician as well – come and join us jamming at Wikiloops!

Some more virtual pianos, and a real one

About a year ago or so I’ve compared virtual sampled pianos myself, and I did that using a downloaded MIDI file with Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”, played by someone I don’t know anymore (forgot to save that information together my my download as I’m afraid of). Anyway, for the purpose of pure sound (and effect) comparison, you can read the articles:

Take Five backing track, version 3 (from April 28. 2017),
Take Five backing track, version2 (from April 27, 2017), and
Trying my hand on… (from April 1, 2017)

The first two of these links have the XLN Audio Studio Grand, which is a sampled Steinway, and in the “Trying” article I used the free “Salamander” download, which is a sampled Yamaha C5 Grand Piano.

You can also listen to these three versions here if you wish:

(XLN Audio Studio Grand, Jazzish Preset)

(XLN Audio Studio Grand, tweaked with ‘cellar reverb’ by me)

(Salamander (Yamaha C5) Grand, which comes as a free download)

I like them all, and they’re more than enough for what I could play on any of these. But they’re nothing when compared to the real thing. Here is Bill Laurance, playing a Yamaha Concert Grand in Union Chapel, together with some of the Snarky Puppy musicians, and some classical strings and a horn:

The difference between a virtual piano and a real one is not only the sound – it’s more the feel, and hard to describe, but even *I* (as a non-piano player) can feel it. To understand what this is about, watch Josh Wright who explains it far better than I could (also demonstrate):

Enjoy… and as always, thanks for reading.

Warren Huart about mixing

Another set of ten useful quick tips from Warren Huart:

Of course you don’t really need all of his plugins, or his Mac and ProTools setup – Ardour and some free tools will do as nicely. Like he says, use these tools wisely and sparingly (a dB or two can make a big difference) – and create your own signature sound.

Recommended viewing for music/video and other content producers.

One of Ray’s videos – and I’m included…

On March 19th of this year, StJray from Canada uploaded these harmonic notes from his guitar, and asked people to join and play around with them:

This track is embedded with the friendly permission by the creatives on wikiloops.com.

And now, some 5 weeks and a few days later, this has:

  • 77 Remixes
  • 825 Thumbs up, and was
  • played 9,497 times

I included it as the last track on my “Collaborations” album, and others made so many great things with it. Just listen to Ray’s video to get an idea where this went already:

I bet that after not even 6 weeks, this isn’t the end but just the beginning of it. How cool…

Thanks for reading, viewing, and listening.