Archive for May 2010
Not being a big fan of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers this book was not really one to read for me, in fact it should have been a massive turn off.
I’ve never really dug the way they create music or their standpoint of music.
That said I do love that time in the 70s and early 80s where an awful lot of America was in a sort of flux.
Drugs, Music, Sex on all points skewed.
Life had become one long party, bring your kids!
Then it got dark.
And that seems how Anthony Kiedis’s life ended up.
One long party that in the end got very dark indeed, but lucky for him it all ended well.
If like me you grew up around this time when music was a big bag of contradictions you’ll probably love it.
You really don’t have to be a fan of the Chilli Peppers.
Really easy to read and very interesting memoir of the hedonistic LA we all really would have loved to have seen.
‘In SCAR TISSUE Anthony Kiedis, charismatic and highly articulate frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recounts his remarkable life story, and the history of the band itself. Raised in the Midwest, he moved to LA aged eleven to live with his father Blackie, purveyor of pills, pot, and cocaine to the Hollywood elite. After a brief child-acting career, Kiedis dropped out of U.C.L.A. and plunged headfirst into the demimonde of the L.A. underground music scene. He formed the band with three schoolfriends – and found his life’s purpose. Crisscrossing the country, the Chili Peppers were musical innovators and influenced a whole generation of musicians.
But there’s a price to pay for both success and excess and in SCAR TISSUE, Kiedis writes candidly of the overdose death of his soul mate and band mate, Hillel Slovak, and his own ongoing struggle with an addiction to drugs. SCAR TISSUE far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. It is instead a compelling story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption.’
Watch how to sound design inside Beatstation. Replace sounds, edit sounds and use the tools in Beatstation to create that perfect beat!
Q: What does Beatstation sound like?
We’ve said “Beatstation is what you want it to be” from the moment we announced it and we truly mean that. It is a wide-open platform for shaping the core sound of your drums, bass and leads. Either by recording and sampling from scratch or with the Beatstation stock sounds as your starting point. From this powerful sound design platform you can then move on to create your own unique signature grooves. Beatstation has MIDI and REX compatibility with drag and drop capabilities.
Announcing Reason 5 & Record 1.5
We are proud to present Reason 5 & Record 1.5. The most massive update to our flagship products just entered beta testing and will be available later this summer. Read more below for the highlights but make sure to visit the website to check out the videos and get the full scoop.
Dr. Octo Rex
The upgraded Dr. Octo Rex loop player loads eight REX loops into one player and lets you switch between them on the fly – but playing REX loops is just the start of this device. Your REX loops are about to get tweaked beyond what you thought possible.
Propellerhead users have asked for pitch correction software and we have delivered, and then some. Our engineers and developers weren’t content to just create a pitch correction device. Neptune is both a pitch correction device, a real-time audio transposer, and a voice synthesizer/harmonizer that will open up new sounds in your tracks.
Many musicians tend to think of music in terms like intro, verse, chorus, breakdown, buildup and so on. With the new Blocks mode in Reason 5 and Record 1.5, your sequencer does too.
Blocks lets you sequence your songs using a more pattern-based approach, with the segments of your song as individual building blocks to be laid out in your arrangement.
Remember the time when samples were something you sampled and not loaded from your hard drive? When a sampler was a machine that could record samples, not just play them back. Live sampling is back. Grab your mic.
Quite simply, the Kong Drum Designer gives you every conceivable method of making beats. Analog synthesis, physical modeling, sampling, REX loops, tone generators, and effects. If you think Kong looks massive, it is massive.
Boss GT-8 and Fender Champion 600 audio recordings of some of the odd effects.
Basically mic’d up the Champion as pictured below,
Volume set at,
Fender Telecaster fitted with Seymour Duncan bridge pickup,
Because the Boss GT-8 has a ridiculous amount of effects we decided to record just a selection of what we could.
We used no additonal effects – we’ve also tried to show what the effects can do, in some recordings we’ve gone with the stock settings. In other recordings we’ve tried to showcase what the effect can do.
Wave Synth 1
Wave Synth 2
Microphones – Shure SM57 and SM58.
Mixing Desk – Behringer Xenyx 1622.
Planet Waves guitar cables.
Electro Harmonix – Octave Multiplexer Analog Sub-Octave Generator audio review,