Getting the band back together

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Getting the band back together

Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:54 pm

One of the things I want to do is make another album. The other three guys in my band are in. I just need to write and record the songs.

I had a Roland EM-10 keyboard. I brought it out of storage, ordered a MIDI to USB cable, found the MIDI to USB cable I already owned, picked up the new MIDI to USB cable, found the power supply and plugged it in.

One of the keys died. I guess that is to be expected since I last played it 15 years ago. Oh boy.

So I dunno, I might be in the market for a new one. I paid $400 for the EM-10 in 1999 or 2000. It retailed for $300. I ordered it in a regular store in Fort Collins and the owner of the place charged what he thought he could get. It was one of the seminal experiences in my life when it came to trusting the Internet more than any brick and mortar store. At $400, I definitely wanted to get the one key that didn't work any longer fixed. I checked to see what they go for on eBay.

$85.

So I may just be getting another one. I am interested in modern synthesizers (which the EM-10 definitely is not - it is something to get the music into the computer as far as I am concerned) but I also think that I should make one song before spending crazy money on this hobby.

(The Reddit FAQ for musical keyboards is a riot. They suggest $500 as a minimum to get started and state you are only "serious" if you spend near $2000 on one. I really hate Redditors and sometimes I wonder if it's deserved. Then you see posts like that and you're like yes. Yes it is. What a bunch of fucking melvins.)
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Post by AArdvark » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:51 am

One of the coolest things I downloaded was the Korg legacy pack. It emulates a slew of keyboards that would be expensive to really own. You can use your Roland to play them and record straight into whatever DAW you want.
Just make sure you install ASIO for all to reduce latency to near zero

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Post by Jizaboz » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:41 am

Carolina Hurricanes are currently 6-3-1

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Post by Jizaboz » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:41 am

Haha whups wrong thread. I never knew you had an old band, ICJ.. cool you are getting back into this

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Post by pinback » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:00 pm

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Post by Billy Mays » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:09 am

Jizaboz wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:41 am
I never knew you had an old band, ICJ.
They're called "Beaver" and if you wait long enough you'll get to listen to at least one of their songs on my top 100 songs list.

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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:49 am

You have all inspired me to put some of our stuff on bandcamp. Amazingly, the domain for Beaver was still available. Only one track up, it SHOULD allow unlimited plays. Obviously disclaimer that this was made with early 90s technology on Tascam cassette recorders, we lived in 4 different states and I didn't get a chance to be a perfectionist.

https://beaver.bandcamp.com
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Post by AArdvark » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:59 pm

I did not know about this bandcamp thing. Ever since Tindeck died there has been no place for me to put music stuff.

Thank you RobB, for opening a Way.

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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:17 pm

De nada, Varkus.

I put three other songs up. Time to write some new ones.
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Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:49 am

This is a song that has some parts to it, keyboard, bass, piano and drums. There are some errors that I need to correct in MIDI form. If any of you give it a listen, I'm very open to feedback as to what sounds like ass, what doesn't work, etc. I want to hear what the bass guitar sample sounds like in my car before I make any permanent decisions. And the bass drum and crash cymbal need to be added. I think our vocalist / percussionist might play a cowbell live when that day happens.

It's called Carnival Baby.

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Re: Getting the band back together

Post by Flack » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:46 pm

That breakdown 2/3 the way through the song threw me off! MIDI has come a long way.
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Post by Tdarcos » Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:43 pm

I'm really surprised; I liked it. The only problem I had with it was the notes at the beginning -- say seconds 0:13 - 0:19 -- didn't sound like a "real" instrument but by something generated; the best I can define it is "organ processed by autotune" but that's not right. I think if it was done with a "real" instrument it would really be good.
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Post by Tdarcos » Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:45 pm

Damn, I missed a tie-in joke by not saying "It was a nice tune but it wasn't like you were on a mission from God."
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Post by Jizaboz » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:15 pm

Yeah good MIDI stuff going on with this one

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