Saturday, July 31, 2010

Facebook Bad For Music Industry, Creativity.

The shift to Facebook as the prime source of social networking is a disaster for music, art, and culture. Myspace, while a corporate goon of a website filled with advertisements, at least allows for a canvas of creativity and open networking, and even (mp3) media uploads. Despite a nasty front page it was decent. The freedom to control your own profile and content was a source of individuality. Facebook, with its privacy concerns and violations replaced individuality with conformity. Conformity is no place for art and music cultures to thrive and evolve their style.

Another setback for artists is that only people within your social network will find and "LIKE" your music. The system itself makes it harder to find friends with similiar interests, which could have grown your fanbase. Every artist becomes an indie artist. Google will not index your facebook profile very well because the friends added are only internal links and not highly valued external links. Facebook is no way to promote art and culture. Nothing new will evolve from it.

Do you want a boring, closed, elitist, harvard born social net weaving itself into the fabric of your individuality and music? Its the formula for stale culture with no change. Thats not the essence of art and music. Mark Zuckerburg is a sociopath. During a recent televised interview, he hardly blinked. He's definitely not concerned with the growth of music and art culture.
Its too bad the masses have settled on closed circuit convenience and conformity. The first website to offer both convenience and cultural evolution will prevail over Facebook and usher in a new era of musical connection.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Delays as Cabinet & Room Emulation


Here is a quick tip: Add several short delays to your sound to fake a mic'ed guitar cabinet sound. The delays must be very tight to emulate small room and speaker reflections (1-110ms). Try two short delays (nearby objects), and one long (back wall). Also you could look at impulse responses, and guess the time and amplitude (amount) and set your delays time and amplitude to each spike to fake a sound. Also don't forget that filters are basically EQ control and can be adjusted to fake different sound responses. Tuned feedback and Resonance can fake the natural resonance of a speaker, room or mic. The more you listen the better and fatter your results will be. These techniques will make your bass patch less boring. You will also use less CPU power.