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Mark Bastable

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  1. ...the next link has to be 'very enthusiatic tambourine guy'.... But please not that deeply unfunny 'more cowbell' bit with Will Whateverhisnameis from Saturday Night Live....
  2. So is the connection there Reid > Ride?
  3. Thanks for this. The IOS one.....the link seems to suggest it's for iPads. Can one use it on an iPhone? Also, it doesn't seem to be on the App Store, but I can't see how it can be downloaded from the linked site. What am I missing?
  4. EDIT Entire post cut because it wasn't as funny over cornflakes as it had been on the far side of two bottles of wine....
  5. I just want to stick my hand up here and say something encouraging... Six months ago, I was where you are now. I was new to DAWs and nothing - nothing - would work like it was supposed to. Every single step was painful. Every solution I tried seemed to balls up two other things it had taken me a week to get right. It was very, very frustrating and discouraging. It's hard, and I still don't understand why it has to be. No, I do. It was a combination of lack of knowledge and understandable impatience. But it passes. And here's the good news. You're in the right place. I spent a small fortune on a Cubase licence, and could not get my head around it. Looking for help, I went to various Cubase forums, and I didn't feel at all supported or understood. I felt stupid, is what I felt. I switched to Cakewalk because I discovered the brilliant videos of Creative Sauce, and they made sense to me. Having made that switch, I joined up here - and I was not made to feel stupid, even when my questions and struggles were quite....well...basic. So, this is a little aside to express my own gratitude for this forum, and to assure you that what you're going through is not that unusual, and that everyone here understands that. ...okay, that's the end of the sloppy bit. I shall go back to being my usual acerbic and unpleasant self.
  6. Like you, I arrived at midi as a guitarist. No. Actually it's worse than that. As a singer who played some guitar. Thing about midi, I think, is that it's really easy, once you've figured out the mechanics, to make something that sounds, y'know, pretty good. By which I mean, competent, acceptable, crafted, musical. The next bit, which is much more difficult, is to make something that sounds original, emotive, compelling, unique. And to achieve that, you have to do a whole lot of stuff that requires the sort of hands-on, inventive, self-critical hard work that - wouldn't you know it? - all creativity demands. And that's what I Iike about using midi. It's like having painted for forty years using the colours of the traditional spectrum, and then a new colour's invented. Your first instinct is to use it all over the place, splash it across every canvas, just because it's so cool and arresting. But, in the end, you realise that it's just another element in what you do, and so you have to figure out what to do with it - and that's work. Some artists you know will create whole exhibitions using that colour as the main theme. Others won't think it needs to be there at all, because Michelangelo managed without it. You have to figure out how it can help you make the pictures you want to make, or provoke you to make something you wouldn't have made at all had that colour not been invented. ....I can spin pretentious metaphors like this all day. But you see the point....
  7. There are threads on this, but no recent ones that I can see, and the tech changes fast. Can anyone recommend an iOS app to control transport from the other side of the room when you’re hemmed in by mikes on your Martin? That’s all I need it to do - start recording and stop recording. Thank you…
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