percussion instruments

Percussion Instruments

I have recently realized what an excellent set of percussion instruments are available with the standard K5 library but cannot find any midi files that demonstrate the capabilities to full extent. I am not a percussionist but realize that with ~40 articulations for Congas alone there is huge potential for realistic percussion instruments performances if someone with the appropriate knowledge is able to capture some midi performances. A friend advised me to invest in a pad controller (e.g. Korg nanoPad, all the way up to the bigger units like Korg’s padKontrol or the equivalent Akai ones, or NI’s Maschine) as you’ll find percussion is much more playable fromaa pad controller compared to a keyboard.

(With a keyboard you are always waiting for the key to rebound before you can strike it again, which isn’t authentic to how percussion normally works. With a pad controller, it’s more “true to life.”)

You will still spend a little time mapping the pad controller.

Also here are some everyday objects used by musicians.

1) Striking a propane tank. (make SURE that it is empty first)

2) Striking brake drums (not while they are on the car)

3) Samples taken while striking a large stainless steel salad bowl.

4) Striking a brass flywheel from a tape recorder.

5) The sound of a basketball hitting the floor in a gym. This is sampled tuned and triggered.

Here are a few that I know are cool but never used.

1) The bell housing from an engine/transmission. Many are aluminum and ring real loud.

percussion instruments

percussion instruments

percussion instruments

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apartment sliding door

Sliding Door Gear for Apartments

OVIS is thhe best cabinet hardware, cabinet organizers and woodworking supplies for the professional, hobbyist and homeowner, in my opinion. They have pretty much everything, and what they don’t have (a rare occurrence) they can order.

People used to say that they’re expensive but actually they’re not – pretty much competitive with any supplier and often beat them price-wise. The main thing is they pretty much always have it, whether it’s latches and catches, sliding door gear for apartments, shelf supports, abrasives, wood veneers, corner braces, egdebanding, cabinet hinges. etc. They also have great customer service! Attentive and friendly.

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DJ Equipment Speakers

DJ Equipment Speakers

DJ Equipment Speakers

I’d take the JBL PRX735 over the QSC KW153. I find that the JBL PRX line has better sounding limiters than all of the QSC K and KW series stuff. They kind of squelch the sound more at the loudest (near clipping) volume levels, whereas the PRX dj equipment speakers stuff sounds smoother even close to clipping. The K and KW stuff does have a clear and airy sound at low to moderate volume levels. The PRX735 is about 10 lbs lighter and has fans on the amps to keep them cool.

JBL DJ Equipment Speakers

I started with active speakers by EV’s went to Yorkvilles and now JBL’s in the past 7 years. If you’re a DJ every weekend sometimes doing doubles, it will get heavy, and the DJing becomes work, not fun and enjoyable. The EV zxa5 are very heavy, QSC KW sound very good but they are heavy too. I’m on the line with JBL PRX 700 series because they are light, durable and have a very good Punch. I purchased them the end of july 2013 and they are great.

JBL PRX 700 Series

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JBL Loudspeakers

PA speakers are not designed for production and mastering. They’re designed to go loud. If bass is important to you then a sub is needed. 100 people absorb alot of sound.

JBL EON 615 1000 Watt Powered 15inches Two-way Loudspeaker System with Bluetooth Control
That’s why you want quality jbl loudspeakers with easy to get parts when broken. Behringer has horrible service, so buy from a good dealership. Behringer have reasonable sound but can die on you anytime. Parts are hard to get. If you push these speakers a bit, there’s a audible hiss, but it won’t get better. 50-60 people you can manage with these speakers as long as you don’t push them too hard.

i have the JBL EON 615 1000 Watt Powered 15″ Two-way Loudspeaker System with Bluetooth Control . I love ’em. They’re the ones that are top sellers. Never had any complaints, except from the neighbors.

JBL EON 615 1000 Watt Powered 15inches Two-way Loudspeaker System with Bluetooth Control

 

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event wifi

Event WiFi pricing

At this point, it is simply assumed that you will have an internet connection available at your event. In fact, there are many venues that have installed hard-wired technology into their facilities. Unfortunately, these can be expensive, and they can be very difficult to upgrade. As a result, they might only be as current as the date on which they were installed. Because they are also often the default for many participants, they can also be overwhelmed with traffic that they weren’t designed to handle.

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A better choice will be the rental of internet solutions for your event. While event WiFi pricing can vary, rental is almost always less expensive than the facility WiFi. And because rental equipment is portable it can easily be updated so that it is always current.

Trade Show Internet offers services for internet rental across the country for both event wide internet and for small solutions to accommodate a few users. See what they can provide at http://tradeshowinternet.com/products.

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gruv gear fret wrap string dampener

Gruv Gear Fret Dampener

gruv gear fret wrap string dampener

These wrap around the neck and strings. A thick pad (foam wrapped in towel material) lays on the strings. Most would place it by the nut but it can be anywhere on the neck for more dampening. Since the gruv gear  fret dampener is not fixed it can easily be slid up and down the neck or pushed over the nut and off the strings for no dampening.

gruv gear fret wrap string dampener
If you are happy the way your instrument works then there is no need to use this.

Some reasons a stick player may want to use this is:
– Want to have a removable dampener.
– Want more dampening. Or dampener on their Stick is warn out.
– Dampener on get’s in the way.
– Want a dampener further up the neck for more dampening.

I want to try this because the retractable dampener on my NS/Stick is at a place I would bang when I play the first fret. (my NS/Stick is a prototype and might not be the same as the production NS/Sticks). There are also times I wish I had a little more dampening. I may be playing too hard but looking at the my NS/Stick a dampener that lies on top of the strings might work better.

gruv gear fret wrap string dampener

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Bass Guitar Scales Wall Chart

I don’t think there are any shortcuts. You just have to keep doing it and eventually you will get it. The bottom line is how the chord sounds. You can finger chords a lot of different ways. I don’t use my pinky for the C major. I use my first finger similar to an Am.  I have been struggling with guitar for many years. I work full-time, and play a wind instrument in two bands(soon to be one). I would encourage you to learn a little music theory along the way. When you learn a chord, play each note individually and speak them out loud. I got a chord wall chart and bass guitar scales chart too .  Also, begin to learn the definitions of a major, minor, major 7th, add9, etc. chords. Scales and modes are very helpful too.

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Lighting effects

Lighting Effects

Years back I was in a band with no budget. For lights we went to a wholesaler and bought 24 reclaimed recessed ceiling cans for a few bucks a piece. We used conduit clamps on the front of them for gel holders and ladder hangers put together to hang them from a truss made of old TV tower. We used lamp cord and cheap plugs to wire them to a homemade box full of stomp switches. It was done very cheaply and when all said and done, didn’t look that bad with the lights out in a dirty bar. When we made a little money we bought a small light board and dimmer packs and then eventually bought a bunch of chrome PAR 56’s on aluminum tripods.

The first thing to realize when you step into the world of lighting effects is that traditionally, light are going to be your absolute largest power draw- way bigger than your PA, your stage amps, and anything else you can throw up there. In fact, stage lights will draw so much current that most bars won’t be able to support much lighting (if at all). Expect to flip a few breakers.

That said, technology is finally starting to catch up. High efficiency, low wattage bulbs are finally starting to infiltrate (albeit slowly), and LED cans are slowly starting to come up to spec with PAR cans, and with far less power consumption. Unfortunately, the price is often prohibitive.

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ZARA TRENDY SPRING 2015 MEN’S STYLES

ZARA TRENDY SPRING 2015 MEN’S STYLES

ZARA TRENDY SPRING 2015 MEN’S STYLES

Zara taps a series of models that include Alexander Beck, Charlie Timms, Lars Burmeister, Jacob Coupe, Ben Allen, Rutger Schoone, Robbie Wadge, Karl Morrall, Guy Robinson and Matvey Lykov for a look at its latest spring arrivals. Offering a variety of men’s separates, everything from graphic t-shirts and striped knitwear to textured jackets come together with a modern attitude. Laid-back in nature, the pieces serve up a comfortable factor while also maintaining a contemporary style standard.

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Edwin Jagger safety razor

Edwin Jagger Razors

I have been using my EJ DE89 for a month now and I cannot say enough good things about it. I am getting better than a DFS with 3 passes; if I want BBS all I need to do is a little touch up. No nicks, no irritation, just great shaves. I have been using Derbys and Feathers. I now have two of these razors, one for travel and one for home. As has been said by others, this is a RAD killer. I have stopped rotating through my other razors and have to decide whether I am going to keep them or sell them. Certainly none of my other razors shave as well as this EJ DE89.

Edwin Jagger DE89

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