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Old 26-11-2015, 08:38   #931
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Re: The Mallorca Squad

I don't use ProTool$$$$. Don't need it for mockups or for light scoring. You can lay down one or two tracks of a solo instrument to give it some sugar to make it sound real, but if you are writing for a larger group instruments, best to take it to a a studio and hire a professional who knows his ****. A good engineer is as talented and trained as a professional musician. Respect them and know when to use their skills. They probably have better ears that you do, and like literary writing, you are too close to your own work to be pragmatic. They are equivalent to an editor.

Realize you cannot do everything, and at some point the cognitive load and finances of all this technology crap will get in the way of focusing on making your writing better. Focus on that and study. I mean study not hack. If you are a songwriter, for example, look to the course materials of a professional program and study those materials and practice.

I prefer live instruments and I write with pencil and paper, or one of my manuscript apps. The biggest PITA for me is proofreading the score and all the parts before wasting studio or musicians time.

I gave up the whole pro direction because 1) I make oodles of more money in the computer field (a stupid reason) 2) being a commercial pro you need to write fast and that means write CRAP. It ain't art. It's sport. I have a conscious for art, so it takes me ages to write...which I don't have much time for right now as I've moved on to writing literature which has it's own wonderful and rewarding challenges. Hopefully, I'll get off my monkey ass this year and write that Violin + Orchestra work from my sketches and consider taking it to EU for recording.
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Old 26-11-2015, 08:52   #932
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Re: The Mallorca Squad

In 1996 I bought my first synth workstation. I did not play piano. I learned a few chords and transposed off the guitar. I loved doing all my own tracks so went and had keyboard lessons. It opened up a whole world to me of composition and backing tracks.

I stick with Yamaha because I love the soundsets. The voices have got better and better over the years. Havent played properly in years but occasionally diddle for an hour or so.

Love guitar. Yet I wonder if I would choose keyboards if I had my time again....
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Old 26-11-2015, 09:44   #933
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Before this technical sample stuff I utilized a Roland JV2080 and JV1080 for everything. No keyboard. Simple laptop. Patch bays. Sounds were good enough for mockups. Im now running all this crap off a Mac Pro 8 which is now 8 years old. I have a MBP 15 set up to run all of this with a couple of external drives. But its all overkill.

This is what I want now. Don't have the guts to spend more money on yet another piece of equipment meaning, I have 4 laptops and an Ipad. This only runs under Win 10.

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Old 26-11-2015, 11:16   #934
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Ahhh, is this the real SM emerging?
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Old 26-11-2015, 22:27   #935
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Ahhh, is this the real SM emerging?
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Old 09-12-2015, 02:45   #936
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Been in Seville since the 3rd Dec. A Beautiful city. Finished the Seminar on the 7th, did a teaching clinic on the 8th. Spanish life is fast. A lovely Cuban friend, a pediatrician and myself have been hitting the city. She is just full of life and energy...........very cuddly.....

Staying in a lovely eclectic hotel in the city centre and deciding when to head to Mallorca. My month long boat sitting fell through so will be staying in the apartment over there. Will still get a few days at a time on the boat so all is well.

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Very nice report Weavis. Your friend is adorable.

But pray tell, what are those little sticky things with the umm...sticks? .........
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Very nice report Weavis. Your friend is adorable.

But pray tell, what are those little sticky things with the umm...sticks? .........
a variety of pickles and fish. Very Spanish,

And at a closer look, i think it may have been the Quince pie with cream and cheese we had.
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Well, we are fast running up on all our end of the year holidays..so many things hanging fire. Need to assemble my Max Prop, pull and steam clean my Force10 stove, get Idora into the yard for needed maintenance...arrrgh! Ten more days of labor till free time...project in the studio...Good to see Weavis has time for a little trip, some good food and companionship.
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Your friend reminds me of a "stalking" crush I had in High School. Along with those delectable noshes on the table. I must temper my monkey instinct and bite my paws. Oh, to have a taste...just a small nibbling taste of that Quince pie! You torture me, Baron Weavis with these historic words! I must wrap my cape and abscond to the palm trees to brood.
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Thanks for the friendly good wishes Idora.

4.42am and awake, I did however go to bed early so is not too bad.

My stalking crush is coming over on Friday after hospital, and we no doubt will share some other Middle European Medieval dish. I do find that I am surprised from time to time with the culinary background of some recipes.

I am pleased to see atoll in the last 25% of his build. It will be good for him to be able to use it and do a shakedown cruise.
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I am very impressed with your Bon Vivant Gourmand title, Weavis. I hope you continue to share these with us.

Yes Atoll is kicking strongly. I believe the removable interior he is making will speed up the job immensely and soon he should enjoy his journeys to islands in the sun to share his lubly recipes with us!
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Arrived in Mallorca.
Sailing Monday.
Woo hoo!
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Funny, but the smile on the face of the gal with the red bikini doesn't look quite as sincere as the smiles on the other two gals.
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