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Building a portable multi-cam 16-track audio/video live recording rig Part 1

I’ve been acquiring a bunch of audio video gear over the years… actually I buy very little and research the hell out of things and subsequently sit on the fence after I’ve got it down to two choices or worse I narrow it down to one but the price isn’t like what I saw it for on that sale I missed. You get the idea. It didn’t really hit me how bad I am with this purchasing procrastination until I saw my behavior mocked by a couple of puppets on some tech dude’s YouTube channel. I felt it was time for a reevaluation of self and perhaps time to finish building out that live rig I’ve not only dreamed of building but that I actually need for a couple of events coming up including the Las Vegas Deathfest and young Rhaina’s live performance at the D with the School of Rock kids.  Continue reading Building a portable multi-cam 16-track audio/video live recording rig Part 1

One Man Metal Band: Part 2 • Importing the Drums Into Cubase and Setting Up Guitars

This article is part of the “One Man Metal Band” series

Tascam-US-800

Now that we have our drum beat exported to .wav file (See Part 1) it’s time to get it into Cubase. First we’re going to setup Cubase with the inputs and tracks we need for everything. When it comes to inputs this will be a little different for everyone based on what you are using. As I mentioned in Part 1 I’m using a Tascam US-800 which has 6 XLR -1/4″ combo inputs and phantom powerContinue reading One Man Metal Band: Part 2 • Importing the Drums Into Cubase and Setting Up Guitars

One Man Metal Band: Part 1 • Build a Death Metal Drum Kit Free with LMMS

This article is part of the “One Man Metal Band” series

Hello weirdos, in this series I’m going to show you how to create a one man metal band. I’ll show you what software to get started with for drums and recording, building virtual drum sets the easy way, how to lay down tracks, and how to mix down and output for CD and the internet. Now this is not meant to be any kind of “this is the way you should do it” kind of tutorial, this will be more of a “this is the easiest, cheapest way to get started for beginners” kind of tutorial. I’m going to assume some basics like that you have a guitar, bass and microphone already and are at a minimum capable of structuring songs and playing at an intermediate level. Specifics in these areas are outside of the scope of this series. So, without anymore bullshit… let’s get started. Continue reading One Man Metal Band: Part 1 • Build a Death Metal Drum Kit Free with LMMS

Setting up an external hard drive from Windows as an Xbox 360 media drive to play movies and music

So I wanted to use an old 1TB external hard drive as a media drive for my Xbox 360 to play movies. Simple right. Just hook up the drive to windows, copy the files, plug it into the Xbox and go right? Wrong. I can bore you with a ton of details why it’s not that simple but screw that, let’s just get this working right?  Continue reading Setting up an external hard drive from Windows as an Xbox 360 media drive to play movies and music

Drum beats are waiting

Well I went on a quest a few months back to replace a bunch of software I was using with open source versions that would accomplish what I needed without having to sacrifice too much in the way of features, ease of use, etc. Mainly I wanted to do this to see what kind of results could be accomplished with little to no money invested for software/hardware. Full disclosure: I am starting with a Line6 TonePort KB37 Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Keyboard hardware interface. This is a great piece of hardware that I’ve had for a long time that is a great all in one box. You can find this on eBay I’m sure or buy the new version for between $150-300. I also will be using my black 80’s BC Rich Mockingbird guitar and Peavy 5 String Grind Bass. So the title said “beats are waiting” what the fuck am I talking about you ask? Well…  Continue reading Drum beats are waiting