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What’s Old Is New Again

Unless you’re a certified Old Guy, you probably don’t remember the Ensoniq SQ-80. I had one in my home studio for a while, on loan to Keyboard from Ensoniq. Long-term loans of hardware to the magazine were pretty common in … Continue reading

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Devices and Desires

Sometimes I write, and sometimes I play music. The older I get, the less I feel the need to prove anything to anybody. It’s enough just to have fun. If something isn’t fun, why do it? Writing novels is, let’s … Continue reading

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We Are the Knights Who Say “e!”

Far be it from me to knock e-books. They’re not just trendy, they have some real benefits. And then there’s the dark side… If you’re serious about writing fiction, whether you’re self-publishing, with a small press, or with one of … Continue reading

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No Reason for Concern

We all want to control how others perceive us. That’s very natural — it’s why we comb our hair in the morning, for starters. But when money is involved, and corporate decision-making, the process gets a little more interesting. I’ve … Continue reading

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How to Do It

Got an email this morning from a fellow who is new to the world of digital recording and is looking for tutorials. Someone told him I had written a bunch of tutorials for Keyboard over the years, and he was … Continue reading

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Dipping a Toe in Video

I know there’s all this amazing software for doing stunning video. But I’m a musician. I have my hands quite full, thank you very much,┬ákeeping up with all the amazing software for doing stunning audio. Once in a while I … Continue reading

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Tone Poem

Yesterday I downloaded the new presets and data for Camel Audio Alchemy. Then I spent some time checking out the sounds. What a shockingly great synthesizer! Also on my hard drive are u-he Zebra 2.5 and ACE, Spectrasonics Omnisphere, FXpansion … Continue reading

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Slotted

So I ordered a new PCI card for my new computer in order to get it to work properly with the Yamaha mLAN driver. But — whoops, silly me! I looked at the back of the computer, saw metal tabs … Continue reading

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Losing Track

Always take good notes on your music projects, kids! As you go along. Every day. If your sequencer doesn’t have a notepad, put a nice text file in the same folder as the sequence file, keep a text editor open … Continue reading

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Chasing the Bear

Today I’m reminded of a┬áRussian proverb, or what I’ve been told is a Russian proverb: Sometimes you chase the bear, sometimes the bear chases you. All afternoon and evening, I’ve been running around in circles trying to get various pieces … Continue reading

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