Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Cakewalk by BandLab Install Error Fix

If you're having problems installing or updating Cakewalk by BandLab this video is going to cover some of the most common issues I've seen and get you up and running with the best FREE DAW on the market.

This list it going to actually be in order of which steps you need to try first, the old process of elimination. This should keep you from downloading unneeded software and save some time. Likewise it is notable to mention that after each step is taken, it is in your best interest to do a full restart just to allow for any changes to take effect.

First on the list is to:

  1. Ensure that all of your drivers are up to date for any of the software or hardware that you're using. I've included a link in the description of this video to a free software that will run a systems check for any drivers that may need updated.
  2. Another common problem is that you're version of Windows is not currently up to date.
  3. Try opening the program in Administrator Mode as well. In fact, I am going to take you a step farther and show you how to set it up to ALWAYS open in Admin mode! 
  4. Make sure that your Windows Firewall Settings are allowing the program through the Firewall.
  5. Ensure that Windows Defender isn't hindering the program from running.
  6. Disable your Anti-Virus when updating or installing or you could even go a step farther and save yourself more time by creating an exception for the program.
  7.  In some cases you may see an error similar to this (Dia. 1) This is especially prevalent on Windows 7. The solution is to install Windows Updates. Go into the Windows Control Panel under Windows Updates, and make sure all of your Important updates are installed. I have includeda link below this video for the VS2013 redist and the  Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 update and although I am not saying its a fix all, it may help to install it.

Diagram 1
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Recording A Singer-Songwriter

Recording an acoustic guitar can be tricky. Add a vocalist to that equation that wants to sing and play at the same time and now you have a post apocalyptic situation. Well, it could be if you're not careful. I am gonna give some tips for this scenario that could be a lifesaver, and as usual there will be a video to go along with it. (I love audio/visual, it's how I learn best)

Comfort Is King

The very first thing we need to accomplish is to make the vocalist comfortable. This can make or break your recording session. An uptight singer will not deliver their best performance. Here are a few things you can do for the artist to make things go a little smoother.

• Set the vibe (i.e. Lighting, aroma, and temperatures to name a few)
• Ask the artist if their more comfortable without you in the room
• Make sure to have room temperature water on hand
• Singers are the most vulnerable to self esteem issues so tread lightly

The Obvious Is Often Overlooked

These things are blatantly obvious, and so for whatever reason, they seem to be overlooked more than  not. (I am guilty!)

• Place the artist in a chair that doesn't make noise, or have them stand
• Have them remove rings or any other jewelry that may cause noise while performing
• Tune up, tune often, & between every take
• Use a pop filter on your vocals
• Monitor on good headphones and record a few practice takes before ever committing to a real take

Mic Placement

One of my mentors conveyed to me a great tip for approaching mic placement. He said, "Think of the microphone as a flashlight. Wherever that beam is pointed, is the area that will be recorded." So a pencil condenser will give you a narrow "beam" and a large diaphragm will be more like a regular flashlight beam. The farther back you move it the wider the beam will get and vice versa.

It also should be duly noted  that depending on a microphones polar pattern it will have area of rejection, where sound will not be picked up as much. (That is unless it is an omni-directional mic)
These areas of rejection can be utilized to your advantage. For instance, with a cardioid pattern microphone you can aim one mic with the "beam" facing down and away from the vocalist toward the guitar, and the other pointing straight up just under the vocalists voice. This will accept and reject exactly what you want it to with minimal bleed.

We Got A Bleeder!

One of the biggest issues with recording a singer-songwriter is that horrible bleed. Unfortunately, there is no way to effectively remove all of it. Don't let this detour your session however. Some of the tips that have already been given will dramatically improve your recording. I am a realist though, and so I wanted to make sure you knew that this issue will not go away. It doesn't have to stop you either. In fact with just the right amount of bleed you can achieve a more natural sound. This is where making the vocalist comfortable really come into action, you can't tune vocals that have even the slightest amount of guitar bleed without them sounding awful.

Experiment With Everything

I love to get out a mic and move it all around a room will listening to a performance. I love to move the pencil condenser all around an acoustic guitar to get that time I am looking for. I even like to have more than one mic on an artist at times to get two of the same take with different mics to pick which one works best. In short, I love to experiment! It is through this avenue that you will learn more than what a video, a blog post, or a podcast could ever teach you. And I'm my opinion it's fun! I hope this article has helped, if it has let me know. If you have a tip or two that you'd like to add to this list, leave it in the comments section below. Have a blessed day. Later!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

15 Gift Ideas For Beginner Musicians

Whether your #musician is a guitarist, a drummer, a bassist, or a combination of all three, this gift guide has you covered. Why DIY when you can get #affordable options in less time? These #gifts will be perfect for Father's Day as well if you're hubby is already into music.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Polls Are Officially Open!

Listen to the songs and vote for your favorite below! The winner will win a FREE Mix/Master service!
Winner will be announced on the Live Stream this Thursday, May 28th!
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

How To Start A Podcast For Free

If you wan to start a podcast for free this video will help. Whether you're a beginner or you know your way around a DAW this video will get you up and running with a professional sounding podcast!

Here's my setup for the podcast: My Podcasting Setup