violin-strings

Violin Strings

It depends on what your violin likes. I think that Dominant are generally safe and work on more variety of violins than any other string that I can think of. They have been around for a long long time too.  how many strings on a violin , there are 4  strings and you can  get a set for under $50. My cousin tend not to use the perlon A-string because they don’t last long for him. He can wear one out in a couple of weeks. If you have a very weak sounding fiddle you may want good steel core strings but beware that you may get a metallic and harsh sound.

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No one can really say what kind of strings will work best on another violin without trying. Most pros try many different type of strings and learn which work for their particular fiddle. Dominants are used by many pros and even frequently used on fine old Italian fiddles.

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Taye Drums

Taye’s are great drums, I had a ProX and I loved them. Light shells, a real gentle sound to them, not too much ring and volume. Their price is fair enough for their birch/basswood shell. They had a unique tom holder which had a middle insert so you could actually add an arm to it for a cymbal or extra drum which I thought was a great touch. You will surely fall in love with those tom stands, that double stand can be disassembled and put into two singles. A friend of mine have the line called Taye Drums RockPro and those are birch/basswood too. Excellent and innovative hardware, that is easy and logical to setup and an under-rated manufacturer. I think anyone will be quite happy with their lines.

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E-18 Martin Electric Guitar

A friend of mine have an E-18. These guitars were, in fact, made in the USA right there in Nazareth. His E-18 actually plays better, sounds better, and stays in tune better than most Fender Strats and Les Pauls I’ve played that were made around the same time. With the built in coil taps and phase switch it’s far more versatile than competing instruments of that vintage. How long did it take Gibson to catch up and offer these features on standard guitars?  Yeah — the martin electric guitar were ahead of their time.  One of the most well made electric guitars of it’s time and best neck by far. They only failed due to marketing and brand positioning. If they’d thrown a whammy bar on them, and got some long haired with make-up to play them, things might have went down differently. Good for anything from metal to smooth jazz.

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Pioneer DDJ T1

Pioneer DJ

I just purchased the Pioneer DDJ-T1 controller without the power supply.  I have tested this pioneer dj controller last weekend, it works with and without power supply. The only difference without power supply is, some LED’s are not active.

In my setup with Traktor 2.10.013 the controller worked like a charm, just selected that mapping in the Traktor settings. Actually the controller is absolutely great, but old, new technologies let you digital DJ easier, I use the Gemini G4V and found it better than the T1.

Pioneer DDJ T1

The DDJ-T1 is/was shipped with a special Traktor Pioneer Edition.  It has only a limited
fuctionality and is more a former special Version of the Traktor LE.   There was a limited time period where you had the option to upgrade this license for free to the traktor pro license.

Pioneer DDJ T1

The Pioneer Edition is not a time limited Demo or something like this but everyone who used it would strongly recommend to buy an upgrade to the pro. Several later introduced features like remix decks or the mentioned flux mode are just not implemented. Its HID but Pioneer still got a tsi file with all supported features like using the remix decks.

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Sterling AUdio ST69

Sterling Audio ST69

This is a multi-pattern tube condensor mic.

Sterling AUdio ST69

The switch that has a 0db -10db markings is just a attenuator.
Set to 0 db means full output and -10db means that the output is reduced by 10 db. The switch marked – /- is a low frequency roll off switch. Set to – means that the full frequency of MF’s recording mic is being sent to the preamp and set to /- means that lower (bass) frequencies are being reduced at the output.

Sterling AUdio ST69

Sterling AUdio ST69

The three position switch controls the polar pattern of the mic.
The 0 position is the omni mode and the mic hears sounds equally from all sides.
The 8 mode (figure 8) picks up sound equally from both from and back, but rejects sounds at both sides of the mic.
The last one is the cardiod mode and the mic picks up sound best from the front and rejects sounds from both sides and the back.

I would suggest googling “microphone polar patterns” to learn more about the uses for each pattern. If the mic came with a manual, that should also help.

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Home Studio

Home Studio Construction

Buy Rod Gervais’ book on home studio construction. Pretty much everything you need to know is in there in plain terms. The bible of the amateur studio building community.

You should buy soundproof foam from Guitar Center.  Foam only damps high frequency reflections. Making the room sound deader but not reducing noise on the outside at all. Most of what gets out (and is most difficult to stop even with construction), and annoys neighbors, is low frequency noise. Particularly bass drums.

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Real acoustic foam is fairly expensive because it is flame retardant. Hanging mattress pads on the walls is an invitation to another Great White fire trap. Better is rigid fiberglass insulation. Which can burn but is much harder to ignite. Those shapes you see on the walls of movie theaters are made of this.

Home Studio

Home Studio

Isolation of noise takes exactly that. Physical isolation or decoupling of the inner surfaces of the room from the structure or outer surfaces of the room. Lots of ways to do this with varying degrees of effectiveness. From resilient channel behind the drywall (you have to remove the existing drywall to do this) which is what home theaters and hotels do, to a full on independent floating structure inside the existing space. Which is what real recording studios do. The first gets maybe 10 dB of isolation and much less in the bass. A correctly done full on studio can get up to 50-60 dB of isolation. A band or decently loud drumming can be between 95 and 115 dB.

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Now think about what you really want to do. Do some research and costing out alternatives.

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musicians friend

Musicians Friend Catalog

It is one of my favorite  place to shop. I love their prices plus , I’ve bought a guitar and tons of other stuff through them. And I know friends who have bought gear from them, all in great condition.

Only problem I’ve had is Backordered stuff. But, with the amount of business they do it doesn’t surprise me.  You can also sign-up for musicians friend catalog to start taking advantage of all the fantastic benefits.

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stackable expressions

Joy Jewelers Stackable Expressions

I always have a great experience at Joy Jewelers. My first purchase was a few years ago, when my mom and I were cheekily searching for the perfect engagement ring. They have a ton of different settings and explained that they could do custom work, as well — as an added bonus, if you don’t absolutely love your setting, they explained that they would take it back as their own inventory until the setting was just right. An awesome privilege for picky people.

I got new Joy Jewelers stackable expressions from them. They delivered really great work in addition to amazing service! In addition to the great service I received, I also observed how helpful and attentive they were to other customers. I will definitely be going to them exclusively now.

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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.

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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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