Category: Recording

Converting PDF to MusicXML

Spent a bit of time trying to figure out how to convert a PDF to MusicXML, so that I can import into Notion. I have some melody PDF from Berklee classes that I would like to pull into some composing software and lay down the final tune. There doesn’t seem to be a free way to do this. Hmmm….

August 11, 2016     0 Comments   , , , , , , ,

Rhythm in the Air…

Did a whole day focused on rhythms today again. Just went over about ten strumming patterns and really focused on strumming while keeping strict time. Guitar players tend to just strum to the beats around them in a band or with a play along, but don’t really discipline themselves to counting and tapping their foot. I am trying to distance myself from that crowd, so am going through a strict rhythm workshop this week before the Berklee classes start next Sunday.

January 7, 2016     0 Comments

Rounded Out My Home Studio Today

I woke this morning with the intent to sit down and learn a couple of Jazz songs and recording a couple takes this morning. I copied the Jazz-Blues play along track from iRealPro over to my DAW and started to record a guitar track onto that. I have been experimenting with rhythms and practicing beat a lot lately, so wanted to try some variations on swing and shuffle and record myself. I have a Kemper profiling amplifier, so get very good guitar sounds through the powered monitors, but after recording and while listening to playback, I was rather unsatisfied with the sound quality.

After a bit of research on Kemper forums, I realized that the best way to resolve this issue was to purchase a sound interface that would take an S/PDIF input from the Kemper digital output. This led me to realize I would need to purchase a better audio interface than my Audibox VSL44, so after a bit of looking around, I found a great deal at the local music store (I live in Tokyo) on Focusrite 18i20. I just tested it and it sounds much, much better. Now my recordings sound exactly like what I am getting through the monitors.

January 6, 2016     0 Comments