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Inspired Music

A few months ago I learned I was going to be getting an iPad and I started researching synth apps that I could use with my keyboard. There are several great apps out there that do everything from analog modeling to full mobile recording solutions. I took a look at the description for Apple’s Garageband as I am familiar with that application on my laptop already. It looked pretty good. I also learned that there is an iPhone version of Garageband! I most definitely installed it on my iPhone immediately. It is a huge install, I think close to 700 megabytes. Took a good while to get it all downloaded, but once it was installed and I fired it up I was immensely pleased. The built in piano sound is pretty gorgeous, and the organ sound blows away many of the electronic organs I have used, both software based and dedicated hardware (still nowhere close to the Nord sounds though!). That huge sound coming out of my phone got me really excited for the possibilities of showing up to a gig with just my 61 note M-Audio keyboard and my iPhone.

iPhone’s Garageband also comes with a ton of built in loops that can be dropped into a song. While fiddling with the app I compiled this song together. I think it is pretty impressive for something built on a phone!

Inspired

The two main issues I had with the app were moving the cursor around and the lack of undo. Moving the cursor is more of an annoyance, but the lack of undo caused me to inadvertently lose large chunks of the song a couple times. Boo!  I have not yet been able to sit down and play with the iPad version, but it sure looks cool. I hope the issues have been fixed for the iPad, but either way, I am excited to try it out on a live gig 🙂

How to find your Reason 5 license key with the Record 1.5 upgrade

Recently I tried to install the Record 1.5 upgrade for Reason owners. When i ran the Reason 5 installer I was asked for a license key, which I could not find in the box. As it turns out Propellerhead does not supply you with a Reason 5 license in the Record 1.5 for Reason owners box. There is however a license for Record. Here is what you do to get your Reason 5 license.

– Visit the Propellerhead website and logn to your account or create a new account if you do not have one
– Find the card containing your Record license and registration key
– Navigate to “Your Products” and enter a new Record product
– After you have successfully registered Record, return to your products page and you will see a license for Reason 5

I am not sure about the thought process that went into this weirdness, but I am glad to finally be rocking Record 1.5 and Reason 5!

Current Keyboard (Musical) Setup

Took a snapshot of the current keyboard setup I am playing with.  On the top of the dual keyboard stand is an M-Audio Axiom 66 which produces no sound itself, instead it interfaces with the Macbook Pro laptop I run Propellerhead Reason 4 on (Hoping to do the Reason/Record 5 upgrade soon!). The bottom keyboard is a Korg Triton Extreme 88, a versatile kick butt powerhouse. The Macbook Pro and Triton Extreme are hooked into a 16 channel Behringer mixer which sits behind where I stand. Sitting on the Triton, to the right of the screen, is a small box which has independently control input levels, one from the house monitor and the other from my mixer. A line then runs down behind where I stand into a headphone extension which plugs into a set of in ear headphones so I can hear what is going on. This setup is rockin’! Of course I am hoping to continue making it better. I want to upgrade my mixer to a good brand, build a nice cabinet to mount all my sound modules in at a good height, and an additional Macbook Pro or a custom rack computer to add more Reason power!

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September 2010 Keyboard Setup

Roland V-Drums in my Room!

I found out last week the church I am currently attending had two full drum kits in the attic in addition to the set on stage. I went to take a look and what do my eyes behold but a set of Roland V-Drums. I do lots of MIDI stuff with Reason 4 and I have been thinking for a few months that it would be nice to get a set of electric drums to use instead of my keyboard, and what would I want other than a set of V-Drums. Well happy day! I am borrowing the set from the church currently and hope to get some fat tracks laid here in the near future, or at least bone up on my drumming skillz. It has been quite a while……



Beginnings of a song idea

I was practicing piano today and I suddenly had a possible idea for a song. I started messing around a bit and I did not want to forget, so I fired up Reason 4 and recorded some of my ideas. This is a loop that has a bunch of instruments thrown together all at once. Obviously it is highly unfinished. Hopefully I will have some time to flesh it out a bunch more and turn it into a real song. Take a listen

Old Timin

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