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  1. Lol. ''Twas great to see you. My beardy disguise serves me well when navigating the teeming masses of fans. Kinda through Steve for a minute! I should have mentioned English is my second language lmao
  2. Can you try again and let me know? I just uploaded a fix
  3. Strange! I will investigate.
  4. Say © Copyright 2003 John Moxey, all rights reserved (Original Version) © Copyright 2016 John Moxey, all rights reserved (Reworked Version) Verse It seems extraordinary we should have no fear Of the sun and rising tides Or that the world we live in and all its' glory Could turn to dust and die Chorus You don't want to believe me Don't want it to be that way I don't want to deceive you When I say Verse Like convenience junkies, pain of withdrawal Seems too high a price The pill is sugar coated, so it goes down easy To hide the bitterness inside Chorus You don't want to believe me Don't want it to be that way I don't want to deceive you When I say Bridge Why, oh why must we All toe the line Each want and need fulfilled for All to see, for all to see sometimes Verse In pathetic ritual we act out lives Numbed by our senseless greed Forever standing, our hands outreaching Always, always wanting more Chorus You don't want to believe me Don't want it to be that way I don't want to deceive you When I say…
  5. Hi T Laziness, really lol. Both very different songs too. The only thing in common is the title. Really "crazy" should be called "(I am going) crazy", and "Always on my mind" should be "On my mind". Both were draft titles that I never got around to changing. I am re-recording both songs soon, with some changes to each song, so I may change the title then. i really should add some of my other songs here! Cheers John
  6. Hey thought this might be an interesting exercise: 1. Do you sing, play an instrument or instruments? What instruments? When did you start playing? Did you teach yourself? 2. Are you in a band or bands? What is the name of the band? What do you play? What other instruments are in the band? Do you have a band website? 3. Do you write songs? Do you write lyrics, music or both? Do you have a writing partner? 4. Do you record your music? Do you use a home studio? If so what gear do you use? Do you use a recording studio? Do you have music available on the web? if so where? 5. What other roles do you perform in the music business? Management? Label owner? Publishing? Promotion? Other? 6. Are you a tech head? 7. What country do you live in? 8. What are your ambitions? 9. Do you draw/paint/write stories/computer art/dance or other creative pursuit? What are your pastimes? 10. What would you like to get out of Songstuff? I think that covers the main musical things!
  7. Hi and welcome to Songstuff Juin. Are you a lyricist? musician? both?
  8. Ok I updated the links in the first post and removed the quotes of the first post as they embedded the broken link
  9. Hey Almost Everything I Know About Copyright Part 1 Almost Everything I Know About Copyright Part 2 Almost Everything I Know About Copyright Part 3 by Colin Lazzerini. An excellent series, make sure you read it!
  10. The 3 parts are listed on this page:
  11. The article still exists but thus is a very old topic... 2005!
  12. Hey Mike I know several guitarists who offer lessons, Erik Mongraine and Jon Gomm, Ally McErlaine (Texas guitarist). They make less money than they used to and it's simple economics if you want to have professional musicians these days. Especially if they do not want to be pertually touring. From everyone else's perspective I think it is great. Those guys all offer 1 to 1 lessons via Skype. Then there are sites that offer tuition on video. For example 3.5 hours of video lessons by Christine Aguilera for singers. Exposure to techniques directly from people you admire... ideal. Cheers John
  13. Lol. The joys of photoshop... that's the same hat taken in two photos. He did pretty well!
  14. Hey Mike, good to meet you! Welcome to Songstuff!
  15. I am not that much of an Ed Sheeran fan in musical terms, but I can't help but admire his drive and work effort. I do also like that his music is very diverse now
  16. hi gang I saw this and thought that some of you might find this inspiring. You would never know he had a stutter, or that Eminem was a part of the cure... or that he had one ear drum! it just shows what is possible, and that we ourselves create our limitations.
  17. Hey Mike, good to meet you. Welcome to Songstuff! When you say you used to make music, did you play any instruments or other skills like recording or production?
  18. Looks good... and sooooo much more tidy than my studio! Your mug is in the photo. Love it Every decent studio has one!
  19. Hi Ken When I was young I just experimented with little foundation in knowledge, and emulated the approach and techniques of other mix engineers. It wasn't until I was older that I reapproached mixing based upon an understanding of what I was doing to sound. In fact, when I reapproached mixing I had a far, far better understanding of what sound was, and what is looked like. It made a world of difference. I found that training my ears was, of course, very important. But the big difference for me was in visualising sound, and visualising what I was doing to sound, with every tweak and every effect. Effects and processors can do quite complex things to sound across 3 aspects: amplitude, in the time domain and amplitude in the frequency domain. Use DAW tool spectrum analysis to help with understanding frequency domain, and use a wave editor to understand the time domain. I found using 4 test wave forms helped with time domain effects and processing, including EQ. I used sine, square, triangle and saw. To help with getting what was going on in the frequency domain I tried both known wave forms at mixed frequencies mixed together and white/pink noise. Each had different benefits. On top of that I learned and understood the maths involved... but that was because I was learning about designing digital and analogue effects! So I don't recommend most people fo this!. I also learned what theoretically Each effect and treatment should do in the digital and analogue domain and the limitations of electronic circuitry. All that did improve my understanding. It helped me visualise what is going on, whether that is cutting an EQ hole in a pad to allow other instruments to cut through, or applying a chorus effect etc. One of the reasons I love Isotope tools is their visualisation. My point here (yes there is one) is that anything that improves understanding is good. Experimentation using your ears is necessary, an absolute minimum... trial and error. But you can greatly improve the speed and accuracy if your understanding of what is going on is developed in parallel.... and as part of the experimentation. Simple waves like sine, square, triangle and saw make visual change pretty obvious. Different waves also let you see the effect that quicker transitions can have. I realise few would go to the lengths I did, but it doesn't mean doing some of what I did wouldn't be very useful. This at least allows you to experiment with more focus, and with the ability to improve your learning. On mixing itself, times have changed (and with recent development come full circle). When I started mixing there was no automation. Ok perhaps on very high end Neve desks. Mixes had to be rehearsed. Group faders were essential, as were trainee engineers to manage sections of faders. You learned your mix much like playing a musical instrument. It introduced another performance element and level of variation mix to mix. Latest mixing control systems seem to be reintroducing this as a feature. I always enjoyed that, it has to be said. These days you can control and automate your mix to a fine level if detail. All the more reason to understand your console knobs, faders and switches, and the effects and processors you use from VSTs to console EQ. Testing is best done using test signals (many consoles can generate them) and by using reference recordings. Reference recordings are essential for getting to know your system, especially when getting to know the effects of amplifier and monitors on a recording. You know how your reference recordings will sound on different systems, so you can work out how your new mix sould sound (ball park) in order to achieve a similar balance on other systems... Moore of an issue when you do your own mastering. I hope this rambling is of some use! Lol Cheers John
  20. Exactly so! Lol there speaks a voice of experience!
  21. Hi gang If you post up your best, most excellent song recording, video or lyrics, the Site Crew will regularly select their favourites to feature on Songstuff, it's portals and newsletters. Free publicity? You can't knock it! Artists and Songwriters please reply, attaching a link to a specific song recording or video you believe is good enough to be featured, please also include any copyright ownership details, your artist name and a link to your main artist page, plus a copy of the lyrics. If you have an online EPK please also include a link to that. Lyricists, please reply including the lyrics of a specific song that you feel is good enough to be featured. Please include your name, any copyright ownership details and a link to your lyricist's page / blog. Without a link we will only promote your member page on Songstuff Only one song or video can be submitted, per member, per week. Posting is not a guarantee that you will be featured, only that we will consider it. This is STRICTLY FOR MEMBERS AND THEIR BANDS, ONLY. TO QUALIFY, YOU MUST HAVE MADE MORE THAN 10 "REASONABLE" POSTS ON OUR FORUMS THAT WEEK ie not glib one liners. One thing... If you don't post it, we can't feature it! Cheers John
  22. Yep, it's 10. We we're getting a lot of drive by promo posters who would make one post and never be seen again.
  23. You can only post there after you pass a post threshold. I can't remember exactly how many posts, but it's not that many. 10 or so? I can check and post back...
  24. Welcome to Songstuff!
  25. Actually hold fire... I know what is up. It's a bug. I have a patch to upload.