I got clearance today to set up a mini-studio downstairs by/in our bedroom. w00t! I like it. Nothing like walking past the gear to and from the bed to tempt the soul. Yummy-yums. I’m looking forward to getting back on the saddle again.
OMG, I’m truly a bedroom musician now. How horrifically trite.
You know, I still need a microphone setup. Maybe I can get comfy enough downstairs that I’ll be able to belt out some vox from time to time. I can hack it. An industry friend also promised to send me something cool I can use.
I still have a couple of projects sitting on my desktop just waiting for my contribution.
I wrote a while back about wanting to sample / bring in more real-world audio into my music, but didn’t know where to find good quality samples. I tried YouTube, but the audio quality of the content up there is terrible. I think Hulu is where it’s at. With Hulu, you can get access to a ginormous library of production / broadcast quality content – score!
So, tonight I used Hulu as my sample source, Maschine as my sampler, and Soundflower to route audio from my browser into Maschine.
Sampling on Maschine was as easy as could be. Built-in trimming and normalization made it an absolute joy. Again, I never even looked at the Maschine UI on the screen – instead I watched and browsed content in my web browser, while using the hardware Maschine controller as a full-featured desktop sampler.
I searched Hulu on the word “electricity”, as well as some related terms that I forget now, and sampled some stuff into Maschine. Here’s an example of the source material I came out with after about an hour+ of sampling:
I’m liking the Hulu / Maschine combo for source material!
I was searching last night to see if sampling audio bits from YouTube videos could be a source of new organic audio material, without me having to wander around outside my house (EEK!) and record cool shit.
Does anybody out there know / give a shit about recording high quality audio to go with their videos? Seems not. Funny thing is I can handle bad quality video any day, but unlistenable audio is unbearable.
Exhausted / wiped out, pushing through some work tonight. Looking back on what I’ve been able to cobble together in just a few hours a week over the past several months, I’m feeling pretty good about what I’ve accomplished so far – 11 tracks and 46 minutes – not bad!
Slammed and tired, no music tonight, but just a thought I’ve been thinking about using Maschine as my sampler (see earlier post). Very excited about this, but heading out on the road & will return to the music in a couple of weeks…
I was listening to Sleigh Bells “Treats” today, thinking about the palette of sounds they use on that album to keep it together.
A#1, I love that they have a palette. It reminds me of something I read about Depeche Mode, where they would choose their gear ahead of time, and define the sounds that would be used to create every track in the album.
B#2, there seems to be a nice touch of sampling of real world sounds in “Treats” that makes it fresh, and live - not staid and electronic.
C#3, I was also listening recently to a pre-release track from power electronics artist The Vomit Arsonist – the cut was nothing but live and raw, dense and engaging.
The punch line is that I want to do more (with) sampling. So, how to do it on the cheap, both time-wise and money-wise?
I’m not going down the path of expensive mics and field recorders, nor do I have the time & patience.
What about the old industrial music trick of sampling horror movies? A little more appealing. YouTube = sample library?