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  1. I would add that it depends on your hand size as well what will feel comfortable to you, I have smaller fingers and like narrower width necks. If your starting and you don't know what to do, I would get an experienced guitar player to help you out. If you have smaller hands, look at the size of the neck, then it is setup really, the action or distance from the strings to the fretboard. You need one that is reasonably well set up, an experienced guitarist will be able to assist you there, or send it in for a setup, generally, grinding down the bridge and doing the nut slots and neck relief. This is important because playability will determine if you stick with practice or dump it after two weeks. You don't need super high quality guitar, I find semi acoustic electrics/cutaways are fine, they can be fun to plug in sometimes. I also play the Tanglewoods, mainly because of their thin necks, they sound good for their price as well. They also seem to have a fairly good setup straight off the shelf mostly, a few bumpy frets here and there sometimes, best to run over the whole fretboard. I think they would make a great start for someone getting into guitar.
  2. Make sure when your singing into the mic that you have good headphones and a good monitoring level, reduce the instruments if you have to so you can hear your voice well, in addition, use a pop filter and set it about 4 - 6 inches from the mic. This should enable you to use microphone technique to control the volume of your voice well. Sing your loudest part and watch the clip levels so it doesn't clip, then do some test recordings. If you set it up right and practice, you won't need a front end compressor or limiter. The trick is getting away from your mic, that way you will record more consistent waveforms with less spiking, you can back off up to 10 inches or so if you need to, depends on your microphone and audio interface etc. Find the sweet spot. The closer you are to the mic the more clipping, dynamics and spiking of the waveform you will get. You will need to be using a condenser with phantom power to get this right. The worst situation is singing right on top of a dynamic mic and trying to go straight in. I had some compressors on the front end but I don't use them anymore because I've found the sweet spot for singing. There really shouldn't be much problem in recording straight in if you set it up right, should be a nice, full, even waveform. The further you go back though, the more the room reverberation will play a part, that may be desirable in your situation or not. You can hang a blanket behind you to cut some of this out. It depends on your set up but you should be able to find the sweet spot where it all comes together. One more thing, I've done quite a bit of testing with different microphone screens/reflectors, those things you can buy to put behind the microphone on a stand. My conclusion is they are worthless, they all impart an ugly coloring of the sound that is recorded because of what bounces off them back into the microphone, I don't use them and get a far more natural sound to my voice.
  3. LOL Is it beer though, looks like Stout.
  4. I am subscribed to it, I only get downloadable videos and don't subscribe to the net delivery videos all access pass stuff. For those interested, you can download the video to your computer in full to watch later, which is what I do. Shove the USB stick into the TV, get the video going and turn on your DAW and get going, that's a nice morning. I did Sonar Explained and Sonar Advanced and it got me up and running with Cakewalk quite quickly. There are some differences between Sonar and Cakewalk but you can get past those. I've also used them for other DAW's as well. They have specials on their videos quite regularly, might be good to sign up just to see when that happens. I find them quite good. I am also a member of my local library which entitles me to premium level membership of Lynda.com so I can also download videos for free from them, I don't know if you can do that where you are.
  5. Logged on the forum today and noticed Mark has the Staff insignia next to his name. Just wanted to congratulate Mark on his promotion! Well deserved if you ask me. Has certainly helped me in the past and his extensive knowledge, especially in areas of all things midi should be well known around here. Mark also always manages to keep a cool head on this forum, despite that pint in his hand all the time! Congratulations Mark!
  6. You are THE person that knows! Are they not aware of the infamous deals forum? You should probably be doing their job. Although I have Studio One V2 and V3 pro, I cannot upgrade for a number of reasons, the predominant one being I absolutely hate their GUI. So glad to get away from it actually. I know I am in the minority there though, just not a fan of flat dark GUI's.
  7. I had a midi latency problem, it set in after I had been using the computer for about 1 hour and it only affected the midi keyboard, not the audio. Really annoying, couldn't pin it down, thought it might have something to do with updating the audio interface drivers. I stumbled across a M-Audio Keystation 61 mk3 keyboard and really liked it, so I deinstalled my Nektar Impact GX61, plugged in the new Keystation and latency is back to excellent. Weird!
  8. I would use the 500gig ssd for your operating system, the 1tb ssd for your samples and the 1tb HDD for your recording audio files/projects. That's similar to what I had but I think I upgraded my HDD for recording to an SSD. I've also been a 3 hard drive person, however, I would think that 2 SSD's might be acceptable as well on a home computer, the advantage being that you can just install your samples and applications all on the same disk and use the other one for recording. I don't know if others are doing this but it is something I might consider in the next build since I don't intend to change my current DAW/applications/samples much. Komplete sometimes gets muddled up when I first install it and then have to rebuild the databases which I think is due to my samples being on a separate drive.
  9. Out of the box, a lot of lead sounds won't fit, the equalization might be way off you might have to tweak it a bit to get it to fit. It also helps if you know at least the ADSR stuff. I would also stick to analog sounds to start with since they are likely to fit better over both analog and digital sounding backing. I sometimes put a track down as lead that I will convert to vocals later, I don't find it easy and it pollutes what you are creating as lead synth is so different from vocals, Although you won't have that problem if it is going to permanently be part of the music. I ended up using something called bosendorf or something like that, it's in Massive. If I am to lazy to sing it or I am not set up to do that then I just use bosendorf to record the lead vocal line and any harmony ideas.
  10. If you have fans on the top of the case, that will generate noise, shouldn't really need those for music production. Although it sounds as though you have very heavy needs with 4+ SSD drives. 4+ SATA HDD bays and 6+ PCI card external outs. I cannot begin to imagine what you would need all these for. If your looking to put 4 CD bays in there for mass production, I would see that as a separate computer from your DAW. DAW's run best with fewer components to worry about. It would probably help to know what you want the computer to do exactly. What your needs are.
  11. I'd be interested in sound forge pro, still don't understand how this all works, You have to subscribe for $12.00, then pay $1.00 for the edm stuff, then you have to also pay $16.54 or more and then also pay $25.00 "or more" to get sound forge, is that right. Has anyone actually bought, downloaded and installed sound forge from this deal yet?
  12. Angel number 417 has been stalking you. Your neighbor in the train is reading page 417 of a book. You are walking in the street and its 4.17 pm on the city clock. Cakewalk keeps timing out at 4.17. The guardian angels are talking to you. Here is the message. 417 is rich in meaning. Number 4 means transparency. It is an open door to the truth. Number one is a progressive number. It means continuity of natural occurrences. The number 7 is a symbol of mystery. This number is spiritual. Determination is the word from the angel number 417. You have been in school for way too long. You feel like your life has passed by. Your friends and peers have jobs. Do not give up. The universe will pay your dues. Stay and start believing in the system. Prosperity is key according to angel number 417. It is your time to shine. You will seal that deal that you were nervous about. You will pass that test, for which you have been staying up late for. She will say yes to that proposal. The angels say this is your moment. Self-esteem is signified by angel number 417 meaning. You have the power to be important in society. Your heart is very beautiful. You have to open your eyes to see how precious you are. Your existence is the will of a higher being. The angels celebrate your life. Thanksgiving is the angel’s message to you. 417 is a sign of gratitude. You have been so blessed. You have a good job and infinite pension. Your family is finally coming together. Your kids have graduated. Everything is just great. Why do you forget to give back to the community? It is time to devote yourself Discernment is a gift from a higher being. Angel number 417 symbol is a sign of good judgment. The angels have noticed that you have not been exploiting your inner wisdom. You have not been voicing your opinions in meetings. Your wisdom is needed by the people around you. You have the ability to change people’s lives. Spirituality is a big component of angel number 417. Purity is the message from the angles. You need to create time to feed your soul. The hunger is too much to endure. Listen to the angels. It is time to sit down and reflect. Start to look forward to a brighter future.
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