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 81 
 on: February 06, 2010, 10:12:47 PM 
Started by karpatisz - Last post by Cecilia
yeah, that was over in Rockefeller center. I felt like I'd seen bigger trees there.

 82 
 on: February 05, 2010, 10:38:31 AM 
Started by karpatisz - Last post by JLadino
Damn that Christmas tree is HUGE! Shocked

 83 
 on: February 04, 2010, 12:03:45 PM 
Started by karpatisz - Last post by Cecilia
Merry belated Christmas!!!

here was my tree:


Okay, this was really my tree!

 84 
 on: February 01, 2010, 11:25:53 AM 
Started by JLadino - Last post by JLadino
Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it a lot. Smiley

 85 
 on: January 30, 2010, 11:55:51 AM 
Started by JLadino - Last post by veronica
This is a year. And I'm going to live in it for...hmmm, about a year. and yeah.

I couldn't have articulated it better myself

But yeah, we all have dreams and wishes that we will want to aspire to this year, but the smaller, more trivial wishes that aren't worthy of mention herein will be the more successful onces this year I bet. But so long as you know your goals and yourself as a person (which is more complicated than it sounds), just apply yourself as necessary and see what happens. 

  I like that. I feel this will be a good year.

 86 
 on: January 30, 2010, 11:40:49 AM 
Started by JLadino - Last post by Matt Gillis
This is a year. And I'm going to live in it for...hmmm, about a year. and yeah.

I couldn't have articulated it better myself

But yeah, we all have dreams and wishes that we will want to aspire to this year, but the smaller, more trivial wishes that aren't worthy of mention herein will be the more successful onces this year I bet. But so long as you know your goals and yourself as a person (which is more complicated than it sounds), just apply yourself as necessary and see what happens. 

Okay, so there might be more to it than that, but things are pretty barren around here lately, so you might not get many replies!

 87 
 on: January 30, 2010, 11:33:17 AM 
Started by charliedominici - Last post by Matt Gillis
Cool idea, Charlie! You see guitar players giving skype lessons all over the place these days, but I haven't seen many vocalists doing the same. Hopefully it'll go well; it certainly seems like a lucrative market for a talented (and well informed!) singer such as yourself. 

 88 
 on: January 30, 2010, 11:28:25 AM 
Started by karpatisz - Last post by Matt Gillis
Uh, happy belated holiday season? 

  Cheers guys, and I wish you all the best for the coming year!

 89 
 on: January 30, 2010, 11:26:28 AM 
Started by JLadino - Last post by Matt Gillis
Hey J,

         Unfortunately, you joined the forums at a pretty inopportune time--not much goes on around here anymore. So I'm sorry for the late reply, but even as the dedicated fan that I am, I rarely frequent these forums myself anymore! It's a shame because it was once such an awesome place. Maybe a new CD will revitalize the place, Charlie?  Wink

          That being said, this is a pretty broad topic. I go to college for music (performance more precisely), but part of the outcomes for the program are related to the recording technologies field. I'm very fortunate to go to a school that has, not one, but 2 multi-million dollar recording studios that I've gotten to use for free on occasion. We also have labs set up that are more likely what you'd find at home, so that's a more realistic perspective on recording I guess. So with that out there, just let me say that after having taken a few courses on the subject, I'm STILL no expert, nor do I recommend inquiring about how to go about recording on a forum like this one. With progressive metal being such a virtuosic genre, you'll find that plenty of the fans here will be musicians (just like on many other band forums), but the prime demographic isn't as concentrated as it could be for a forum aimed at a specific topic in particular. The topic here is Mr. Dominici (the man himself!) so we are all fans of Charlie, but any knowledge regarding recording or music in general is purely coincidental--I'd go ask at a recording forum, or even a forum of a particular company (such as an effects company like Eventide), since they have TONNES of tech gurus around.

But I'd like to help somewhat, so here is a set-up that seems to be pretty popular. In order to record music on you're computer, you need a program that will record. There might be one that came stock with your computer (such as garageband if you're on a mac), or you can buy one. There are also free ones such as Audacity, but if you want the best quality stuff I'd recommend the more expensive stuff like Protools, Cubase, etc.

You also need an interface though, so an mBox is something you'll require. If you buy an mBox, they are bundled with protools (LE to be exact, but I'd say 90% of people don't need more than the LE edition, including myself), and that should cost you roughly $500, depending on where you live. I live in Canada, so that is where my perspective is coming from. The interface you buy will have a limited number of inputs though, so if you're a drummer you might want to look into getting a mixing board so that you have more channels to record into before going to the mBox. Just as an example, drums usually have 4 or more mics to record them (if you want a decent sound), so that is why a mixing board is useful. If you are using four (the minimum I'd recommend) than you are typically using 2 overheads (one left and one right, an overhead is just a mic that is suspended about the whole drumkit to pick up ALL the sounds but mostly the symbols), a mic for the snare, and one for the bass drum. Anything after that is just icing on the cake, but 4 mics should give you enough "material" to work with while you're mixing.

By the look of you picture though, I'd say you play bass, which means things are less complicated. You can either run your bass direct into the interface and use the plug-ins in the program you have to get the sound you want, or you can mic your bass amp/cab and run the mic through the interface to capture the tone. Now, there have been books written on micing techniques, so I won't get into how many different ways you can do it. Educate yourself on it though, because micing an amp properly can make or break a recording.

And that is the basics for now I guess. The options out there are pretty daunting, and I get intimidated as well, particularly since (like I said) I am no expert. But I suggest saving up for the various things you need (mics, recording programs, etc) and then scouring the internet for tutorials once you get them. Learning the ins and outs of protools can take months in itself and it is REALLY complicated at times (at least for me), and so the likelihood that you'll get a good recording just by sheer probability of chance is pretty slim. So yeah, the internet is the holy grail of information, so get reading! Hope that helped somewhat, good to have you here 

 90 
 on: January 26, 2010, 02:33:06 AM 
Started by JLadino - Last post by veronica
This is a year. And I'm going to live in it for...hmmm, about a year. and yeah.

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