If you have one in your area, You might consider
going to Mars (I think they have a web site
(use google 'mars music' to find them.
The one in our town is as big as a home depot
(and its all music.) They have a staff trained in
music (especially midi and computer
It's generally a operating system consideration. I use a Mac and I can say that anything that works on a Mac desktop will work on the Mac laptop. Windows could be the same...
Cubase is a best option for someone but that someone would have to know what they are looking for. Cubase isn't a music machine as such, more a Audio/Midi recording studio emulator. It's a great package but I moved on to Logic Audio some time ago and never looked back. There are various versions from both companies that suit a budget. Check them out. There are demos too...
Look at what you want to record. Look at the audio input/output options if you are recording external sounds. What are you recording? What sort of music do you want to make? how competent are you both at computer's as a recording platform?
All important stuff before you purchase.
Motu's "Digital Performer 3" has had some amazing reviews. All the people I know that use it, claims it's the best they have used...
Warning-Leon Block offers sheet music for sale and does not respond to postal or email queries when the shipment does not arrive-
I have a PC with a SB Live! with no LiveDrive (so only a gamesport). I also have a Roland S-50 Sampling keyboard. I bought a cable to connect from the keyboard's midi in/out to the gamesport on my SB Live!. In Windows 2000, where do set this up to use as a controller for Creative keyboard for instance. I cannot get it set up in either Cubase or Recycle as well. What am I doing wrong? How do I even start to get this working. I got the keyboard second hand with no manuals, but setting it on MIDI should surely work? Can anyone give me more info on the Roland S-50?
I use a Mac so I know little about the Wintel world of music technology. I would have though that some sort of midi routing application was necessary.
There is a popular one for Windows although I forget the name... Free midi and OMS do the Mac side.
Got it all working last night. I made a very silly mistake - I had the MIDI cable IN & OUT points connected the wrong way around to the keyboard's IN/OUT. The cable's IN must be on the keyboard's OUT etc... Took many hours to find out it comes down to such a small thing?! It works fine in Win98 and Win2000. There are no setups or anything needed for either OS's. Just plug it all in and there it is! Using any MIDI capable software that is set to MIDI INPUT on the SB Live! UART can receive the keyboard's control. Very cool - took me 3 days to figure it all out (after trying many things like to use Windows' Add New Hardware Setup and pressing a million buttons on the keyboard and re-installing both Windows versions and all my software and drivers - ouch!!!), but now its RECORDING TIME!
I would like to record from Yamaha Clavinova to PC. I have downloaded Cubasis VT SW for recording, and was wondering if a simple interface Hardware like an RCA to 2.5mm plug is all that I need right now? Anything more elaborate necessary for a simple songr recording? Thanks for the help!
If you want to record the audio output (i.e. from the headphone socket), then all you'll need is a suitable cable to connect to the line in on your sound card (normally a 3.5mm plug). To record the output, Cubasis is probably a bit over the top, and a simple program like COol Edit will do everything required.
However, if you want to record MIDI signals (something that Cubasis is designed for), then you'll need to connect the MIDI terminals on your Clavinova (if it has them) to the 9-pin socket on the sound card.
Just depends what you want to do.
I have a friend who wants to take his LP collection, and transfer them to CD's. I was wondering if some one could give me a walk through on doing this, or point me in the right direction. Thanks!
Search through earlier postings, this question has been answered many times before.
Hi all :),just wanted to let you know that the first of what hopefully will be a long line of online Irc seminars
right now #Floopheads channel on Dalnet if you are using Mirc, or http://www.geocities.com/Floopheads/chat/ at 11 p.m. east(it just started so hurry). and is being taught by our very own favorite
master @ the mix Deck...Rhino from Fruityloops reason and orion Forum :)
Rhino will be doing a short dissertation, presenting the different methodologies of compression - quoting other, much
bigger pillars in the engineering profession. He will will be giving views on comp methodology,
hardware vs. software comps, and will then open the forum to Q&A.
To make it nice and sweet,if you think a compressor is something that you use to zip archives ,than this class is a must
for you. We are all doing this as part of a community,and hope there's a good turn out so our efforts do not go unseen.
So, show up, ok! You dont even have to take a shower or get dressed for this!!
your attendance to this semminar is a must if you use Fruityloops,Orion,Reason,Acid,Muzzy,Ableton Live,Cubase,Logic,protools,Soundforge,Wavelab,CoolEdit etc.
looking forward to seeing you all there.
#Floopheads on Dalnet
I don't know which 2 options you mentioned, Arne. But I too
have been curious about non-visually oriented audio computing.
Personally, I find it extremely annoying and dysfunctional to
have to wait for a picture of a sound. Unfortunately I don't
yet know of any big progress made in the field. Voice controlled
systems are still lagging behind the innovations of the 1990's.
Macintosh systems can be installed with voice recognition which
I believe can be synchronized with AppleScript to automate some
of the more sophisticated audio softwares. On the PC, there are
a few speech controlled automation systems too. I have used one
such program called ViaVoice or maybe DragonSpeak, I forget which
one, they are both similar. Anyway, the PC program allowed for
the voice control of menu commands. It was best at dictation, and
for that reason, the automatic generation of scripts could be nice.
Still, I can understand how much work would be involved in setting
up such a system. Linux systems are expected to become
more sound saavy in the future, and the new Mac OS is built on
unix. Maybe the new Mac OS will be easier to script.
I do agree that hardware audio systems are much much more
efficient and easy to set up and use. I used to do tons of
editing with a minidisc deck, and when I switched to computer
editing, I could do more complex edits, but the edits took
hours instead of seconds and minutes.
Stand-alone hardware multitracks are good for tactile use.
Any of them that don't use icons could probably be used.
The kinds with quick audio monitoring are nice. Scrubbing
is what they call it in analog terms.
Still, the funny thing is, in a paid recording studio,
us musicians are still faced with having to tell the engineer
how to do our edits for us, sighted or not. Maybe going
into a professional studio would ultimately be more effective '
for some projects. The losses would be high, but so would the
gains. Perhaps the balance would be advantageous because of the
good gear and professional expertise.
At any rate, let us know if you find some really good programs
that work without seeing. I'd be interested in them too. I
like working on music in the dark, myself. I also like to hear
audio, and not wait for a picture of a sound!
hey, nice work. seems like the cookie cascade has diminished.
much thanks for lightening the web browsing pop-up burden.
i really admire your responsiveness. i hope the correct
people take note of your web site craftmanship and honor.
--dbpms, the logical guy, ilogic
As you know we have been having the discussion
for some time as to how to fund the huge costs of
operating this web site.
If we can replace pop-up ad revenue with some
other source of income then we can get rid of pop
And we have a plan to do just that:
<b>If just 2% of users of this web site subscribe to
the <a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/membersonly/?http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/wwwboard/messages/107534.html" target="_top">Membership Service</a> then we won't need pop-ups to
pay for the site anymore</b>
There may even be other ways to generate income so I
have two questions for you:
<li>How can we increase <a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/membersonly/?http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/wwwboard/messages/107534.html" target="_top">Membership subscriptions</a>
without substantially increasing the direct cost
of servicing each member?
<li>What other possible ways are there of generating
We are currently working very intensely on these
questions and I'll respond to suggestions that are
So start posting - what do <b>you</b> think we should do?
C.E.O. Hitsquad Pty Ltd
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That's a big question..
I feel a lot of other sites are crossing the same rivers at the moment. I have heard of some going 'pay' but there will always be places to go which are free. Whether this is a real possibility or not, I really don't know. I have heard some horror stories of sites losing 98% of their visitors from going totally pay.
If you pay, there has got to be a substantial incentive for joining.
MAIN POINT: I'll be honest here...
This forum is one of the poorer forums on the net for three reasons.
1. The forum itself is archaic and incites users to post and then not come back for their answers. This HAS to change for the forum to regain some sort of respect from the forum community.
2. There is no 'Login' for non paying members and the forum can therefore be abused by anyone.
3. The amount of posts for cracks here is amazing. Solutions to the above two problems should sort this out.,
Although I know this forum isn't everything to Hitsquad, it is one of the most attractive points of any site. If it's failing, then I doubt you will attract many decent users that are prepared to pay for anything. This may be a long or short term solution, I don't know.
For the internet to remain free as it is (short of dishing out for the computer and the modem and the ISP) it has to survive on subscriptions OR advertising. I prefer advertising as it allows anyone to get involved. I hate advertising but it pays for a lot of free services we enjoy outside of the internet. I'm used to it, we're used to it...
New Forum. New Members.. Some more paying members hopefully..
I tend to agree that advertisements remain an
integral part of sustainable web site continuity.
Pop-ups are the most hated form of advertisement,
but they are not the only form of advertisement.
In-line, embedded banners and links and animated
gifs are still probably the best kinds of ads, and
the kinds that don't inspire people to ignore them.
Animated GIFs (or PNGs) are very economical in
terms of their ability to transmit pictures and
text and movement to even the lowest of browsers
without time-consuming java/scripting. They also
are the most entertaining and provoke curiousity.
Indexed Links, in outlined categorical form, are
also highly underrated. They are a modest yet
cordial way to invite traffic. As long as the link
presents itself in an accurate yet interesting way,
I tend to want to follow it. Pop-ups, make me want
to run away.
In terms of the Forum issue, social customs ensure the
successes or failures of a forum or bbs or chat site.
<b>Perhaps if it was mandatory to answer questions before
posting questions, then the hitsquad forum would become
a bit more interactive</b>. Also, hitsquad could benefit
from intercepting innocent beginner questions in the form
of FAQs. (Frequently Asked Questions).
Forums such as Sweetwater.com's forums, are a bit more
sophisticated because of how topics are categorized,
but mainly because the users have come to understand
what to expect. Typically there is a question of the
week, and then a slew of specific hardware and software
subcategories. Perhaps these hitsquad forums just need
to become a bit more refined to specific topics.
In fact, each subtopic could be specifically correlated
to an advertiser's audio product or service, and then
allow for tangential discussions to emmanate from this.
This would be alot like your nice news topics, but integrated
tighter into the sharewares and promotions and ads.
Print magazines such as Electronic Musician and Mix
magazine are of interest to you for the fact that they
are basically 80% advertisements, but the ads are so
seamlessly integrated into product reviews and tips that
it is unoffensive and easily digested.
Product reviews and polls and contests and tips & tricks
are probably the best ways to attract nice interchange and
As long as hitsquad is modelled after freeware download sites,
then some conflicts remain. I suggest becoming more of an
informational site and less of a download site in terms of
presentation. Keep the downloads, but don't make them the
central focus of discussion and link visibility.
This will make hitsquad show up more nicely in search
engine categories as well. People who just want cracks
will stop coming here so much. In fact, to even include
the words "cracks, warez, etc" just invites more trouble
because the lesser search engines will make hitsquad.com
show up in searches for cracks and warez sites!
Turn the focus back on computing and music composition,
and trouble-shooting, and production tips. Lessen the
emphasis upon mp3/ripping too. MP3 consumer culture is
inherently focused upon predatory indulgement without
remorse or dialog. The Mp3 file format itself tends to
be looked down upon by pro audio specialists. If you
were to focus upon softwares utilizing WAV and AIFF and
SDII or even AVI and MOV files, then the character of
these forums would change a lot. The file formats I
just mentioned are designed to store high-fidelity
editable multitrack data. mp3 files are merely designed
for instant gratification of non-paying consumers.
I sincerely hope that I have made some sense and
that you will seriously consider my honest suggestions.
The Logical Guy, iLogic, dBPMS,
devoted hitsquad.com/smm/wwwboard/messages/ user.
p.s. = Another efficient vehicle for ads would be embedded
sound content: A-Law and Mu-Law (.AU) highly compressed
speech audio (under 100KB per snippet). These can be harmlessly
embedded into commonlaw-use-standard HTML without dynamic scripts
or proprietary encoding or playback tools. Please take time to research
this. I have already posted such sounds in a few of my messages on this site. Here is a link to an index of easy HTML codes
allowing for embedded sounds:
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Those are some well articulated points by The
Logical Guy, iLogic, dBPMS.
<b>Inline Ads Instead of Pop-ups</b>
I should have re-stated some of my previous
comments about supply and demand issues over
various forms of advertising.
We do have several different forms of inline
graphic advertising including banners, buttons,
and display ads.
The problem with these types of ads is that
although music related businesses are buying them
on our network of sites, the broader market of
large online ad spenders are not buying them in
any big way.
Banners and buttons have average response rates
ranging between 0.2% to 1.0%. The big online ad
spenders however are buying pop-ups and pop-
unders because they generate 10 times the
response rate. You would probably be surprised to
learn how many of the banners you see on the net
are not being paid for.
So although we would prefer to sell inline graphic
ads, advertisers aren't buying them.
The same issues exist with inline audio and video
ads, we provide them but advertisers aren't buying
This is something we have investigated and we may
even implement them again at some point - we trialed them unsuccessfully on GuitarSite.com.
Generally speaking they don't tend to generate
significant revenue for narrowly targeted sites
like this, but they do perform well for
generalized sites such as search engines.
<b>Improving This Discussion Forum</b>
We are looking at several ways of doing this, but
it will take some time to implement because of the
costs involved. This forum is actually one of the
most important areas of this site and has been
responsible for much of the growth of this site
over the years. Remember that for every message
posted there are over 100 messages read and
discovered in external search engines.
Most of the solutions we have reviewed are very
good at improving the signal-to-noise ratio but
are difficult for search engines to index and give
good relevancy rankings to.
It appears we will have to develop an in-house
solution to get what we need, again that costs
money which is in short supply these days.
<b>Information Service v Downloads and Discussions</b>
We provide a limited amount of editorial content
such as product reviews both because there are a
number of difficulties with this form of content.
Firstly, reviews and editorials are extremely
labor intensive making them the most expensive
form of content to produce. Most editorial based
web sites have gone out of business, or cost their
owners millions of dollars in losses. Most of the
surviving information sites that are financially
viable are associated with larger media
organizations and get most of their content for
The nature of this medium is also very different
to print magazines. Large articles are not easily
read off a computer screen so we offer shorter
less intense news and information, and less of it
than print media do.
Also print is not interactive but the net is, so
we focus on the things the web is good at like
downloads and real-time discussions instead of
reviews and lengthy editorials.
We do however provide competitions - there are
usually a couple of new ones each week which you
will find on the front page of this site and in
our weekly email newsletter.
Polls are a great suggestion and this is something
we are looking at doing more of.
<b>Search Engine Visibility</b>
Actually Hitsquad out-performs most other musician
related sites in this area. This is how we were
able to rise from nothing to having one of the
biggest musician audiences in the world. In fact
we have bigger audiences than any of the print
publications for musicians and according to our
analysis of Trafficranking.com we have the largest
unique audience of any web site in the musician
<b>MP3 Consumer Culture</b>
We identified this problem some time ago which is
why we developed a site to focus on nothing but
MP3 (MP3machine.com). The idea for this site was
to redirect MP3 users to MP3machine.com to prevent
the 'dilution' of the musician audience here. We
are soon going to be making further changes to the
way MP3 related information is presented here to
improve the situation.
Thanks again for your input - although cost is a
major issue we will be able to deliver on some of
Pleas keep 'em coming!
testpost<a href=http://www.narkya1.com/><img src=http://www.narky.net/blink.gif border=0></a><a href=http://www.lick-a-lot.com/><img src=http://www.narky.net/blink.gif border=0></a><a href=http://www.narkya1.com/><img src=http://www.narky.net/blink.gif border=0></a>
Thank you very very much for responding so honestly and thoroughly.
I better understand your challenges and commitments.
As a consumer, I am much more willing to pay for services when
people respond like you have done. Maybe I will sign up as a
member in a few weeks after I get my new computer system running.
Thanks again, and thanks for tolerating big-mouths like me.
Actually it's the team here at Hitsquad that should
be thanking you.
If more people apply their brainpower to these
challenges then we are much more likely to arrive
at the best possible result for all participants.
: Thank you very very much for responding so honestly and thoroughly.
: I better understand your challenges and commitments.
: As a consumer, I am much more willing to pay for services when
: people respond like you have done. Maybe I will sign up as a
: member in a few weeks after I get my new computer system running.
: Thanks again, and thanks for tolerating big-mouths like me.
We have begun implementing the suggestions in this
Firstly we have made a change today so that when
someone comes to the <a href="http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/cat/MP3/">MP3</a> area of this site they
are being redirected to the 18 MP3 sub-categories
Also today Carly has began an intensive review of
MP3machine.com and will soon begin implementing
wide scale changes.
These steps are to address the issue of consumers
coming to this site when they should be elsewhere,
leaving SMM for people involved in the creation of
music - this is the first new step in improving
the signal-to-noise ratio here.
We we keep you informed - please everyone keep the
suggestions for improvement coming.
Jason Horton - CEO Hitsquad.
Awesome. I will help spread some positive words about this site
when I go to some chat rooms this weekend.
Is Cakewalk good in audio recording someone's voice? I'm a rapper working on my demo and I use Acid Pro 3.0 and I find that the more tracks I add when recording, the softer the track becomes. So is cakewalk the best to use?
My name is Guilherme Schroeter
I am composer and pianist
You are too?
The Encore sofwtare is very important
to all of us, composers.
I use Encore 4.01 since 1995,
and I have now, 200 works.
I use Encore/Cakewalk and one Yamaha PSR 510 conected in my Pentium III, to make music.
I have Cakewalk 3.0 (1991-1994), Encore 4.01
And Cakewalk 4.0
ABOUT YOUR CONCERN, I work with cake 4.0
and your audio capabilies is very good!
I HAVE SINCRONIZED MY VOICE SINGING WITH MIDI
AND VERY GOOD.
Alternatively, you can use Sndrec32.exe
to extract from Cakewalk the *.wav file
(Cakewalk 4.0 export easy), convert to more good quality (44.100 HZ, 48.000, 16 bits stereo, or use Sound forge, Cool edit, etc.
I use my freeware Audacity
Them you can re-insert the file
in the Cakewalk. Cool!
I can send to you, if you help me to test the MIDI capabilies of
Midivianet program(session between you and me of interactive and real time hearing and playing music togheter)
Help me and I can send the install or the Cakewalk files(Cakewalk run without need install).
Also I have Encore software 4.01 (Fantastic score professional program!)
I can send ALL to you to, if please go to Mirc
Only run Mirc in irc.NwNet.Com.Br (6667)
THE TIME AND DAY YOU PREFER.
I want talk wit other musicians and I have
one musician channel registered in Mirc
I give free virtual Encore lessons(and send
Encore and Cakewalk files)there.
My nick is AAMOZART
You help me and I help you!!!
Write to me in return
Graduate in music
Visit my page in
For recording vocals, I'd have thought a dedicated audio recording package (Cool Edit and so on) would be better. Sequencer packages aren't really designed to sample, it always seems to be more of an afterthought.
I have a Casio CT 700 keyboard and I wanted to hook it up to my computer. It has a midi output but I do not have the wire(s) to hook it up. I was wondering what wires or connections do I need to hook it up to my computer. My computer is a Pentium 233, an old model (I'm getting a new model in the summer).
You want a cable which connects to the 9-pin socket on the sound card (where the joystick normally goes). You should be able to find one somewhere without too much trouble.
i need help decoding ram music files to where i can burn it
I got qbase vst 32 5.0 but i don't know how it works I don't have book to look at it.So can you tell me how to operate and make mix out of it.
Where can I get an ugrade for a really old version of
Encore or Rhapsody.(From 1995) They
("98 ME or XP)
Be advised. I am having some trouble getting this software to work properly! A number of bugs or something.
: Be advised. I am having some trouble getting this software to work properly! A number of bugs or something.
: Where can I get an upgrade for a really old version of
: Encore or Rhapsody.(From 1995) They don't seem to work with the newer windows versions ("98, ME or XP)
Do you mean a versionthat will work with newer windows programs?
How do i convert my wav files to AU files. Does anyone know of a free download. im a bit stumped right now and have used search engines with little luck. Would really appreciate any help.
Thanks a lot 4 any direction.
Goldwave supports .au format, so should be able to handle the conversion.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR STUDIOS DOING THESE DAYS,DO THEY STILL USE REEEL TO REEL?WHAT MEDIUMS ARE THE BIG ALBUMS BEING RECORDED AND MASTERED ON??
Many many studios still record on Quantegy (or other) 2 inch reels.
It has been measured that their fidelity is ast least equal to 20bit
resolution when configured properly. What you will most likely also find
in such a studio is a computer-based system for special edits and processing.
Other than that, you'll find any variety of multitrack recorders, but the
older hardware based systems are still very popular because they don't crash
like computers. DA-88 and aDAT tapes can still be seen around a lot of places.
In terms of digital inputs, some high-end studios are using really advanced
converters running at really high sampling rates and high bit resolutions. Many
of these are the same kinds of converters used for HDCD and DVD mastering.
Back in 2000, it was 192kHz HDCD encoders running at 20-32bits.
Many of these nicer converters feature 96kHz and 88.2kHz settings.
The main thing about these converters is their XLR connections and
their advanced dithering options. UV22 was popular for a while.
Major studios also tend to mix through a large console when they can.
This increases signal routing options for custom processing, and also
allows for amplitude headroom to be managed a bit better. Sure, they
may add a bit of noise, but NEVE (and Focusrite) still have a pro niche.
For mastering, big studios are also likely to have special acoustically
treated rooms usefully for times when the audio signal must be airborn.
It sounds crazy, but sometimes the best thing to do is to play the audio
back out into the world, and rerecord it again with a pair of expensive microphones.
A computer would take years to do this kind of analog processing.
I am blind and consequently using a screenreader, not using a mouse. As I tried out different types of programs to produce music or sound, I came to the following conclusions:
1) If you want to compose/write music, you have two possibilities:
then isn't it more easy to use hardware than software ?
but i dont know...its hard to image for me...
(i hope the screenreader does not read all the ads and popups while you surf.... hehe)
Are you therefore prepared to pay to come here?? Where do you think the money comes from??
There is a membership here. Glad to hear you want to join up...
Get your free pop up remover called "POW" here:
can anyone tell me where to download a patch editor/librarian software for the ensoniq sq1 plus sybth,i have looked everwhere.....
also does anyone have a manual for it.....
Does F.A.Soft compressor plug in work with Emagic's Audio logic 3.5
They don't have a homepage or what ?
They answer all your questions there.....
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