With the advancement of technology and science the production of music has experienced a heap of changes. The modern form of music is composed using digital means. Digital music is also typically called electronic music. This music is composed of digital signals which undergo assorted digital processes to be reproduced in its original analog form. A digital signal is created up of two levels only-0 and one.
This signal is broadcast in the shape of bits with each bit either zero or 1.To convert an analog signal to a digital format analog-to-digital converters are used ;to convert a digital signal to analog form digital-to-analog converters are used. The digital music is noiseless, distortion free to a large extent and reconstructing it to its original analog form is a straightforward process. Digital music has become popular because of its advantages in recording, distribution and production.
The analogue music is first converted to a digital form and then sampled at a specific bit resolution. The bigger the sampling rate and bit resolution the more correct is the digital music obtained. This music is then the subject of digital signal processing techniques where various filtrations happen. In this step different effects can be added to the music signal. After the completion of this step, music is placed in various devices like CD, DVD, USB Flash Drive, Hard Disk ; etc .
Also info compacting systems are applied to reduce the dimensions of the music files. Some of the ordinarily applied methodologies are Vorbis or MP3.The last step is conversion of this digital media into analog form. The digital music is down sampled at a selected sampling rate and bit resolution to obtain the first music.
assorted sound effects can be applied to the digital form of music. An ordinarily used protocol for this purpose is MIDI ( Musical Instrument Digital Interface ) .A MIDI controller is a device which is used for the control over various musical instruments, programming effect modules and automating mixers. It could also capture live musical performances into electronic form and then transfer it to a synthesizer.
Synthesizers are devices which create electrical signals by mixing signals of different frequencies. There are various kinds of MIDI controllers-keyboard controllers, guitar controllers, wind controllers, percussion controllers and foot pedals. Stage lighting has gained momentum over the last few decades. Blinding light effects may also be made by the utilization of little MIDI controllers.
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In the past, when you wanted to share music with friends, it involved lending records and CDs. In these circumstances, there was always the very real possibility that you would either not get your disc back, or it would be damaged, scratched or broken. Digital music takes away this social awkwardness. No longer will anybody have to suffer the indignity of cracked cases, when all it takes is a URL link and the message is sent.
From the perspective of modern technology with it’s personal computers continually rising in processing power and an increasingly vast array of well-budgeted music software and hardware to choose from, it can be said that it has never been easier to make music.
Whether you are a professional with aspirations to climb dizzy heights and achieve multimillion sales with award winning projects, or just an amateur looking for a bit of fun, it cannot be denied that there is a lot of creative opportunity available using the desktop computer to handle you musical input. Long gone are the days when extensive multi-track recording was reserved for those connected to the industry with its strictly commercial
setup or for people well off enough to afford the expensive equipment.
Nowadays, in conjunction with your computer, a relatively cheap virtual recording studio software package like Steinberg’s Cubase or Pro Tools which has all the features of multi-track recording, a few instruments such as a midi controller keyboard, a guitar and a microphone and your all set up potentially to make some really good music: Basically, it’s all down to dogged-determination, enthusiasm and ability!
Who am I?
-Someone who has been making and recording rock and pop music for a hell of a long time! I have my own virtual recording studio set up and have written, performed on and produced some 16 CD’s to my name. I have also produced other artists in my long and varied repertoire. However, in the early days I never thought I would end up with having that much of an involvement with music in the recording studio.
Some twenty-odd years ago I had been in and out of bands. Then I decided to go solo. I had a head full of ideas and a handful of songs I wanted to record. The choice of doing it all on my own seemed quite practical to me at the time: It would save money employing other musicians and prevent endless rehearsal hours of trying to get across what I wanted and how to do it, when I could achieve this much quicker on my own.
…Well, so much for that nice little theory! Using the words of the immortal bard, what actually happened in practice was a comedy of errors! It took me over two years to finally come up with an album’s worth of my own material.
It had taken such a long time because I had made just about every mistake imaginable during the making (well, it felt like that!). I may tell you more about those mistakes later, with the hope that you don’t make them. It has to be remembered, in those days there was no such thing as computerised recording. It was not even a mere twinkle.
It was a time when the boundary between musicians and non-musicians was a lot less grey: None of this copy, cut and paste sound sampling that you get today from software packages such as Rebirth and Fruity Loops where anyone can have a go. There was no such thing as a controller keyboard linked up to a personal computer where a knowledge or experience of having played is not essential, or midi programming with all its time and money saving implications.
For example, these days I find it a wonderful thing that by using the midi there is no need to have to tune or mic up drums or go through hours and hours of rehearsal and take after take with the drummer to get what is considered to be right for the production. Or even have to call the whole rhythm section back a few days after because a flaw was found in the timing of the whole thing (I’ve been there and done that!). Nowadays the right sound samples and the necessary clicks of the mouse or operations via the keyboard can get the whole software-editing job done relatively quickly to my liking.
Nor was it a time when digital multi-track processing was used where signal-to-noise-ratio was not a problem. No, it was a problem then with analogue reel-to-reel tape recorders. Especially when a high number of tracks, not to mention the cost incurred through having to use a suitable Dolby noise reduction system. If you ever get the chance, ask someone to take off the Dolby on a 24-track tape machine so that you can hear how much hiss nose it makes.
However, in spite of my shortcomings, I still carried on in the same determined way. Which leads me to one piece of advice I can give loud and clearly: Never give up. From a philosophical point of view, I have learnt those mistakes, incompetence, disappointments, shortcomings or anything suchlike are events that can be seen as opportunities!
Sometimes when we are in the morass related to these things, we fail to see the big picture: those undesirable circumstances are platforms for learning, growth and achievement in disguise. -This is how it has been many times for me in music and recording.
From those early days on I did progress, slowly but surely. In a way I was glad to have been around in that era, since I can appreciate the transition from the old analogue set up: reel to reel tape recorders, mixing desks, the multitude of effects racks, echo machines, harmonisers …to the digital technology of today, having gained a broader perspective on how to approach a production and have a greater instinct in knowing how to put music together.
For me, it is this intangible instinct that I treasure the most in all the things I have gained through learning.
I realise also, apart from there being a whole number of different and alternative ways to getting the same task done, that with music being the creative process it is, it may not be appropriate at times to be governed by rigid laws and dogma on how to go about things. For example, today’s offbeat may be tomorrow’s convention. So, from this point of view I realize that many things are not set in stone; take an open minded approach at all times.
Above all have lots of fun!
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There are a lot of recorders on the market and one of the models that a lot of individuals are trying to find is a digital music recorder which not only record but also plays music. This adds to the functionality of the device and entertainment for the user. The Olympus WS-321M Digital Voice Recorder is 1 of the most remarkable music recorders that you are able to find, as well as the following is a review of the device.
This device is designed to be totally compact, straightforward to use, and handy. It has the dimensions of 3.7″ x 1.5″ x 0.4″ along with a weight of 1.7 ounces. It is perfectly portable and you are able to keep it in your front pocket, pants pocket, purse, or bag with ease. It is also quite effortless to carry around even by hand. The white body with silver accents and buttons is really clean in appearance, but it can show a lot more damage, stains, and weathering as compared to other darker colored models. Even so, it might be very appealing along with a lot of men and women like white objects as their personal belongings.
The buttons of the device are minimal – only a couple of at the front and some at the sides – but every 1 of them are functional and have an crucial purpose for less difficult navigation and operation of the device. The unit is designed to operate solely on a single Triple-A battery which can either be alkaline or rechargeable. Depending on the recording mode, the device can have various lengths of battery life using an alkaline battery.
The LCD display is small but quite informative as it shows all of the important menus and info that you’ll want to optimally manipulate and navigate the device. It also has a dot matrix display along with a backlight which makes viewing the data even under numerous lighting conditions fairly easy.
Audio and Recording Features
This digital music recorder has a built-in memory of 1 GB and can only save audio files in WMA format. This is an problem for some users who prefer MP3 file formats, but it can often be manually converted making use of distinct software. There are six record modes which dictate how long your maximum recording can be based on the memory capacity of the device. The Stereo XQ mode can save up to approximately 17 hours and 40 minutes of recording. The Stereo HQ mode can record up to approximately 35 hours and 25 minutes of audio. The Stereo SP mode can store up to approximately 70 hours and 55 minutes of audio, as well as the HQ mode. The SP mode can save approximately 139 hours and 30 minutes of audio recording. And also the LP mode can save approximately 277 hours 35 minutes of recording.
The built in 18mm diameter round dynamic speaker produces a total audio output of 70 mW and also the device also has a built-in stereo microphone. But it also has an earphone and microphone jack for additional function and accessibility.
Utilized as a music player, the total internal memory can save up to 250 songs. The device has 5 folders wherein you’ll be able to save your files, each able to store up to 200 messages. During recording, the LED turns red, and although playback, the LED turns green. The LED also turns green when the device is accessed to a PC making use of a USB cable. This also permits less difficult and faster transfer of files. The audio files of the device are completely accessible with Windows Media Player since they’re WMA file formats.
This digital music recorder is quite functional and it has lots of features which can be extremely beneficial to a user. I highly suggest the Olympus WS-321M Digital Voice Recorder for anybody who wants to locate an superb voice recorder that can play great music and perform its fundamental recording responsibilities inside the greatest and highest quality.
i grew up listening to music in it´s analog form: on vinyl records.
beeing zealous about music (and the often awesome artwork on the covers)
i kept most of my vinyl records when changing to digital.
this is the last vinyl longplayer i ever bought [ skinny puppy : rabies ]
Some believe that the best thing that happened to man kind most recently is the digital video recording ability. What exactly is a digital video recorder? It’s basically a device that can and may record digital video formats onto disks or other devices that could carry data.
The evolution of the digital video recorder came with devices like TiVo and Replay-TV. Microsoft also followed suit with devices of the sort. Studies show that TiVo was able to gain a lot of success with their digital video recorder.
The most commonly used digital video recorders in recent history come in software used on pc. All three major operating systems, Linux, Mac OS, and Microsoft windows support digital video recording programs. Windows media center is one good example.
A digital video recorder can vary from a portable music player to a hard disk based data collector. The new series of iPod Nano all carry digital video recording capabilities. Even the standard DVD R drive is a digital video recorder. This device is everywhere nowadays.
Also some illegal software is also freely available all over the internet. These usually stream videos or let people record videos onto their personal computers. But recent advancements in technology have brought it to a minimum.
Recent development has seen television sets being fitted with digital video recorder capabilities. LG brought this concept to the market in 2007. As a result of this feature, people are able to record their favorite television shows and store it for later use. The latest camcorders to hit the market have digital video recording facilities making recording and storing easier.
Although Digital video recording is used in PCs a lot, it is widely used in world as a satellite or cable TV tool. Recording shows or other video’s is a main theme brought forward by companies like TiVo or Dish Network. The concept of Digital video recorder has single handedly taken the Video cassette recorder which had a big following, completely out of the market.
The future is already here with the digital video recorder which is still relatively new to the world. But what most people don’t realize is that they are always in contact with one of these devices. When you’re using your computer or watching TiVo.
If you still don’t use a digital video recorder it is for the best that you get your hands on one right now. The possibilities are endless with this new technology. Enjoy your favorite videos over and over again, with the simple touch of a button.
Even while people knew this moment is almost certainly overdue, the announcement in November last year put the iTunes Store as the hot topic one more time: the Beatles Discography has exclusively really been added in the group of sounds purchaseable on iTunes. An afternoon immediately after Apple guaranteed “an appealing statement”, the awaited launching ultimately showed up: a complete set of The Beatles Songs popped up one soon after another within the iTunes archives, therefore was able to sell by the hundreds one hour immediately after its release.
Immediately after a great deal of negotiations, iTunes finally closed the deal with EMI, the master of a lot of the rock band’s records. Uploading the song catalogue over the internet really has not been an uncomplicated affair. The music band is acknowledged for their particular tracks’ exclusory nature – as an illustration, it is extremely infrequent for a Beatles tune to be utilized at a motion picture, or any other commercial venture. Exactly how much more just to take it to the Internet? Inevitably, nevertheless, the affection for music has taken precedence and tunes most notably “Twist and Shout”, “Yesterday” as well as complete compact disks are available in the Store for a quite inexpensive price tag.
There have been a handful of occasions wherein the Beatles’ records had been repackaged in modern yrs: an excellent release had been the The Beatles’ Anthology, 1, a compilation concept album that contains all their number one songs, which reached # 1 in thirty five places when it was basically revealed on Nov. of year 2000. Through this decade, 40 years following their known separation, the band continues to be reselling up to 30 million cds, which is really fantastic. Their travails on the digital world, nevertheless, are a lot more rare: just this ’09, EMI released special edition USB devices that housed pretty much all fourteen of the beatles’ recording studio cds. If you may have ever experienced Rock Band, you most likely have ever heard that the band per se was in fact featured at the video game, sold as “The Beatles: Rock Band”.
Having said that, lots of industry experts and critics consent where the music group’s entrance straight into digital format is right now a tad too late when compared with several other famous acts, particularly Elvis Presley as well as the Bee Gees. A few bloggers have listed that the Beatles’ launch wasn’t what newer fans are trying to find and is just not what the digital music market will need to bolster product sales. The delays in agreement are to a certain extent to be held accountable for this: it is often reported that Apple handled a really slow-moving procedure where the two remaining members, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and also the close family of the deceased legends George Harrison and John Lennon, in addition to the EMI company too, should be capable to get to a comprehensive agreement.
Even so, the introduction of the rock group’s records at iTunes is very thrilling headlines for all music addicts and for the World-wide-web age. This clearly is the better way to revisit the fab four’s records over and over, and to share this type of records into the newer generation of people, all of these are part of the digital age. It may have been a “long and winding road” for the world to get here, but it is official: The Beatles music are now purchaseable on the Internet.
Everytime someone listens to the might The Beatles songs , one can’t help but check the Beatles discography over again. TheBeatlesSongs.org has that list.
music was my first love
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Manche lieben immer noch diesen haptisch HARTEN Datenträger für ihren Eskapismusausflug. Ist digital besser? Ich sag ja, auch als Musikliebhaber.
Als in der Sonic Youth Ausstellung der Museumswärter sagte, man dürfte diesen Raum betreten, hab ich erstmal ganz schön schlucken müssen.
Voice data recorders are items that can be used to recorde Sound audio files or music. These Voice messages are taking down in a small memory chip. Digital Voice recorders are applied to record any event such as press meetings, group discussions and music concerts. Digital Sound recorders are popular among business people who wish to record data without any disturbance or interruption.
Digital Sound recorders are also capable of transforming information to a computer. Thye are alittle above a normal tape recorder in many ways, for the most part it gives nice size of storage space that is avaiable on microchip as before was on a cassette or mini cassette.
You can find digital recorders with mp 3 player, professional voice dictation recorders, and also cassette recorders. The features also include
Digital Sound recorders come with various characteristics including the 60-hr digital Voice recorder, 130-hr digital Voice recorder and 282-hr Voice recorder. By using a simple link, the 60-hour digital Sound recording equipment is able to register phone conversations.
The 130 hour digital Sound recording equipment can hold 88files. This producthas recovery support. The most important characteristic of a 282-hour Voice recorder is its tiny size with higher capacity.
The top five brand names of Digital Sound recorders are Olympus DS-330 Digital Voice recorder, Olympus WE-300S Digital Voice recording equipment, Sony ICDSX25VTP Digital Sound recorder, Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice recording equipment, and Panasonic ERUS450 Digital Voice recorder.
features and capabilities of these vary by product. It is best that the user insure their actual characteristics before buying the product. By having one of these sound recorders you can do many things with them as you can see. Also you may have notice that have many different types of brand names which give you many to choice from. You can see that they are very key to have if you are a business person.
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Lazarus played violin with both the Chicago and Oakland (CA) Symphony Orchestras during the 1920s. After his professional playing career ended, he opened a violin repair shop in downtown St. Paul.
Date: 1918? Source: 20.4 cm x 14.5 cm Format: Sepia-toned original photo Subject: Arts and architecture; Portraits; Lazarus, Robert; Music Coverage: St. Paul; Ramsey; Minnesota; United States Local Identifier: P-13 Link to our record:http://reflections.mndigital.org/u?/jhs,403
Digital voice recorder devices are mainly used in recording any music, voice clips and messages that are retained in a memory card to digital files. The main purpose of digital recorder is to record important or even simple events like press gatherings, symposiums and music concert and recitals. This device has become recognized and popular and well liked by most business individuals who like to have a recorded data and information without the fear of having any disturbances or interruptions.
These voice recorders also have the ability to transfer information to the computer. This has been a great innovation for the modern technology because of its high memory capable of storing large amount of information on a particular microprocessor as matched up with a cassette or mini-cassette.
There are lots of Digital recorders available in the market today. The recorders come with professional dictation recorder, music player, as well as micro-cassette recorder. The digital voice recorders features attractive styles, the sense of reliability and fast transmitting of documents to the mainframe, it is also easy to do editing and finally it is very handy.
Following are some well known brands for producing digital voice recorder; Olympus DS-330 Digital voice recorder, Olympus WS-200S Digital voice recorder, Olympus DM-10 Digital voice recorder, Sony ICDSX25VTP Digital voice recorder, and Panasonic RRUS380 Digital voice recorder.
All of the recorder’s features vary depending on the model and features. Though there are several brands to choose from there are two brands that stand out among the rest, the Sony Digital Voice Recorder and Olympus Digital Voice Recorder. Let us compare the two digital voice-recording devices and you are the judge which one can be considered the best and would suit your every need.
The Olympus DM-20 is one of the most popular models of Olympus. It has a large memory capacity of 128MB, has a built-in flash and best of all is, it gives 45 hours of voice recording time. Moreover, the Olympus recorder can hold 120 minutes of excellent quality mp3 music. It is Mac or PC compatible and you can easily upload and download songs or voice clips.
On the other hand, Sony’s most renowned recorder to match and even go beyond the DM-20 is the ICD-MS515 digital voice recorder. This unique device makes use of memory stick media. It is similar to the smart flash cards used in digital cameras. It has 8mb memory stick that can hold about 170 minutes of recording.
The memory is a bit smaller than the Olympus but you can just simply upgrade it to a larger memory sticks. The Sony ICD-MS515 has a built-in microphone, and has the ability to work with voice-to-print-software. It has also a USB and a voice e-mail system. This recorder is very light with a weight of less than 3 oz.
This nice little tune is called Sally written and performed by a band called The Punch And Judy Show. I just played the harmonica tracks in the studio……and well OK it was not recorded with this cheesy little amp! As far as I remember I used a Fender Twin and a Hughes & Kettner Tubeman….
I shot this in the 90s when I used to play the Blues-Harp a lot and did B&W Photography almost exclusively…. If I only had such a good and affordable scanner these days I think I never went digital !!
BTW I still have that B&W-Blues but I decided to leave my film-tank on stand-by. When If not yet is the time to shot colour film……..colour-films and good labs are fading away……….
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For many people, having a digital music player isn’t just a handy solution, it’s a lifestyle choice. A lot of people depend on quality digital music players that offer the best of all worlds, on a budget in a tight economy. When you are looking for a digital music player, you want something that is jam packed with features, and offers you all of the benefits you need to meet the demands of your lifestyle. All on a budget as well of course. When you are looking for a digital music player, the bottom line is you want one that is going to solve your problems, not create new ones. Here is how you should look for the best digital or free music player for you.
Digital music comes in a variety of formats today, and not every format is compatible with every music player on the market. So, you need something where you can download all of your favorite music, and not worry about what format you are getting it in, or have to worry about checking for compatibility. There is nothing more frustrating that downloading your favorite song only to find out it is not compatible with your music player. Who wants to spend the time converting all of their favorite audio files when you’ve just spent the time downloading them? Nobody. You want a digital music player that offers compatibility with at least fifteen different audio formats, from MP1 to MP3, WAV, WMA, and all of the others that you love to download.
If you plan on using your audio files, like for the long awaited recording of your child’s first words, and playing with them to create exceptional audio clips to share with the entire family here and overseas, then you also want a digital audio player that offers you a graphics equalizer with built in sound effects. For those in the entertainment business or music industry, having an 18-band equalizer is essential in mastering the perfect clip. In other words, if you are using your audio player for more than playing music, you want something with an equalizer that offers you built in sound effects that you can play with to create the audio files that will turn people’s heads when they hear them. In addition to that, you want good quality sound. So a high bit audio processing feature such as a 32-bit audio processing is going to be a must have for you.
To every person, their experience with music is, well, personal. So you want to have a music player that you can customize. You may want to addin additional plug ins such as DSP from WinAmp, Input, or Gen. Or you may simply want an intuitive interface that is easy for you to work with. Maybe you even just want to listen to your music through your computer while you fall asleep, but need to customize it to turn off at a certain time. Features that allow you to make your music player your own are also a must have for anyone that wants a music player.
When it comes to your music, you need a digital music player that is well organized and can offer you multiple play list storage, bookmarks, a playback queue, and an audio library. You also want something that is customizable to you, can work with a variety of formats, and is easy to use. There is the right audio player for everyone, if you spend the time researching the music player that is as personal as your tastes in music.
There was a time when music stores ruled the airwaves. You could not go one mile in a city and not come across one, and the parking lot was always full. Then came online digital music. Now you can not find hardly a single music store that exists solely on the back of CDs and music sales. They have to sell other things to even survive. Why is this? Is digital music and online music really that much better? Here are several reasons why online digital music has overtaken the music stores of the world.
One easy reason that online music is superior to music stores is cost. You can download a great deal of music online at very little cost, and that is impossible to compete against. Even with iTunes and other MP3 downloads, you are still paying a pittance in comparison to CD prices. Downloading music is much cheaper than buying an entire CD.
Selection is another reason online digital music is superior. You can literally pick and choose among the songs you like, and only buy what you like. It used to be you had to buy the entire CD, and usually only liked one or two songs. With MP3 downloads, you can make your own mixed CD of sorts digitally, and have only the best of your music in a snap. Selection is awesome with digital music.
Portability is another huge thing with digital music. Remember when you got your first Walkman? How can that possibly compare with MP3 players and iPods? It can not. For example, you would have to carry not only the bulky CD player, but you would also have to carry 300 CDs around with you as well to match what your iPod can carry in most cases. Who would choose to do that?
Finally, sound is another factor. CDs always skipped it seemed, regardless of how you were listening. You would make one wrong move in the car or in your bedroom, and your CDs were skipping and getting scratched. With MP3 players and iPods, you need not worry about such things. Your music will be crystal clear regardless of how many Kevin Bacon “Footloose” dance steps you might make while listening. You need not ever worry about a scratched CD, as the music is digitally recorded. That same digital recording will also ensure that the music is reproduced in a perfect way. There is no better sound on Earth than digital music.
Online digital music is so vastly superior to CDs that it is likely the CD will go the way of the 8-track. There is simply no good reason to have CD around except to keep copies of your music as backups. Even that can be done more economically by putting them on your computer. Digital music is the wave of the future, and every person that listens to music will benefit from it over time. What is so exciting about online digital music is that we have only scratched the surface of what is possible. I remember when CDs were the latest craze and look at them now. What will be on the market in 2020? I can’t wait to find out.
Jason Bacot – I get it now, looks like you’re still searching online for that one of a kind Music and those awesome mp3 downloads, well, you don’t have to look much further because Big Pond Music has it all.
Windmill Lane is covered in graffiti from fans who have paid pilgrimage from all over the world, many attracted by the studio’s historical connection with U2. Initially the graffiti was interesting but is now a terrible mess and the quality of the art is not as good as it was.
Windmill Lane Studios, also known as the "U2 studio", is a three-storey music recording studio located in Dublin, Ireland. It is located on Windmill Lane, a small street just south of City Quay and the River Liffey and a little north of Pearse Station. It was opened in 1978 by Brian Masterson who is a company director and head engineer. It was originally used to record traditional Irish music until U2 came along and began to record there. Prior to this, Irish rock bands such as Thin Lizzy or The Boomtown Rats carried out their recordings outside Ireland.
It is now boarded up, with the actual studios having moved elsewhere. Nevertheless, the studios are still a popular cult symbol and are regularly visited by tourists, particularly those originally from the United States.
Pulse Recording College recently took ownership of the studios. The college has previously sent students to work at Windmill Lane straight after graduation and these students have collaborated with 50 Cent, Bryan Adams, Moya Brennan, Donovan, Jon Bon Jovi and New Order.
The studio is no longer located on Windmill Lane, although it retains the name. Windmill Lane Studios has not been located on Windmill Lane for quite some time and the current facility was originally Ringsend Studios in Ringsend, Dublin 4. Plans to construct a six-storey office block on the old site led to criticism from local resident groups in early September 2008.
The studio remained empty from 2006 onwards, although reports circulated which linked Van Morrison with purchasing the studio for his own personal use that August. Morrison had previously recorded several albums there, including Back on Top, Magic Time and Pay the Devil. In January 2008, the studio was used to record "The Ballad of Ronnie Drew". In 2009, Pulse College took over Windmill Lane painstakingly renovating the studios which are internationally perceived as being at the heart of the Irish recording industry. The renowned multimedia college has now transformed the facilities with state-of-the-art equipment which encompasses not only 3 fully equipped recording studios, but also a creative hub for Digital Media Training in areas of Music Production, Film Production and Game Analysis and Design.
Which would be a better buy? An acoustic or a digital piano?
Before anything else, let me give you my definition of what a digital piano really is. Although some electronic musical instruments can also reproduce the sound of a piano (examples are music workstations, sound modules, sample-based synthesizers, software and hardware samplers), this article refers to a digital piano as an instrument that integrates a keyboard controller with a sample playback device that specializes in piano sounds. Digital pianos vary in shapes and sizes. Some (like the ones designed for home use) may resemble the look of an upright acoustic piano. But others may resemble the look of modern synthesizers or music workstations. These are called stages pianos. They are generally lighter since they don’t usually include internal loudspeakers and amplification.
Should you had been to ask me the above question 20 years ago (when our residence piano was still brand new and digital pianos sounded crappy), I could had answered acoustic piano. But right now, with the advent of modern and state-of-the-art sampling technologies I could have changed my mind. Particularly now that our property piano started to show some signs of wear, like broken strings, worn out keys, and detuning (my brother somehow got tired of continuously performing tuning jobs). Furthermore, the modern digital piano has grow to be increasingly more comparable to its acoustic counterpart both in sound and feel. Most of them utilize multi-sampled piano sounds. This means that samples are recorded from a real piano at unique levels of loudness, to ensure that in the event you lightly press a key in a digital piano, the soft recording is sounded. When you pound on the keys, the loud sample is utilized instead. This is needed due to the fact in a real piano, the timbre and not just the loudness changes with the pressure applied to the keys. Some newer models even have distinctive sets of samples for every key inside the piano. And still other people produce even the most intricate sounds of the piano’s internal machinery like a hint of a hammer striking the string, the delicate sound produce by the keys as you release them, and even the discrete sound of the damper pedal being depressed or released. All these combine to produce an amazingly realistic piano sound. Most models may well also likely to incorporate graded hammer action. This merely means that the keys progressively grow to be heavier as you go down the lower pitched keys – a lot like within the real acoustic piano – for additional expressive playing.
Some specialists may well argue that acoustic pianos sound much better than their digital counterpart. But for the untrained ear (and admit it, most of us are) the distinction isn’t at all noticeable, specially in recorded music. Some newer and far more high priced models of digital piano for instance Roland’s KR series even went to the extent of sampling string harmonics, and even consist of an actual soundboard to faithfully capture the vibrance of a real concert grand. With these recent developments, a question arises: What set these two types of pianos apart? This article tries to point out the benefits and downsides of utilizing every kind of model which might guide newbie piano buyers what model to pick.
Let me point out that the extreme digital piano features explained above may possibly only be present in newer and additional costly models. If you’re an amateur digital piano buyer and trying to find an entry level model (or a utilized 1), chances are, these may possibly fall short of the genuine article. Nevertheless, most digital pianos have particular benefits over the real 1. These contain the following:
* Digital pianos are normally less pricey. So if your on a spending budget, a digital piano could be the correct 1 for you. * They’re typically lighter and far more compact. If room space is your concern, then you may possibly decide on to have a digital piano. Also, if you’re a gigging musician, it’s simpler to transport a digital stage piano. It fits nicely at the backseat or even the trunk of most cars. * They don’t need tuning. As with most string instruments, an acoustic piano lacks the capacity to stay in tune. Tuning the piano your self is really a painstaking procedure and hiring somebody to do it means extra expense for you. On this aspect, a digital piano is really a greater option. * They might contain several extra instrument sounds. You’re not limited with only 1 piano sound. These may well contain unique types of piano sounds like modern pianos, electric pianos including Rhodes, also as organ, guitar, and string sounds. It may well also be feasible to layer two or extra sounds together to produce some fascinating effects. Some newer models even consist of hundreds far more sounds and act as music workstations. * They may perhaps incorporate a MIDI implementation. MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, a technology that was produced inside the 1980’s that offers different digital musical instruments and computers a standard method to communicate with every other. What this does is that it permits you to expand the capabilities of your digital piano by connecting it to external sound modules, sequencers, and computers. It also lets you playback standard MIDI files – readily available from several locations – on your piano making it act as a pianolla with out the bulky and ungainly roll of punched paper. * They may well offer a approach to record and store your performances. Most models of digital pianos have built in sequencers with a minimum of two tracks. To ensure that in case you have a sudden surge of inspiration, you’ll be able to instantly record your music and store it (on disk, smart media, or to your personal computer) and play it back at a later time. * They may possibly consist of a interactive learning assist feature. This is helpful for those beginning to discover the best way to play piano. Eliminating the require for a piano teacher. (Poor news for them.) If you’re a beginner, try asking your piano dealer what models have this feature. * They commonly contain headphone output. Should you suddenly feel a surge of inspiration within the middle of the night, you need to have not worry that you may well wake up other members of your household or even your neighbors. * They frequently have a transposition feature. Now this is what I like about digital musical instruments for the reason that I normally hated having to manually transpose a tune. With this feature, you could play a tune in a convenient key but truly heard in an additional. * They nearly constantly contain an audio output. This eliminates the use of microphones when recording your music plus the problems associated with them like feedbacks and noises. This significantly simplifies the recording procedure.
Some of the features may or may not be included in some models. Just ask your music dealer about them.
I can not say much about acoustic pianos. But this does not mean that I am bias about digital pianos. Acoustic pianos also have advantages over the digital piano. Foremost of them is the sound quality. Experts will definitely argue that the acoustic piano sounds infinitely better than its digital counterpart. The reason for this is that there are crucial physical and mathematical aspects of an acoustic piano that are difficult if not impossible to accurately duplicate in digital format.
An example is when the damper pedals are depressed, the keys which are not struck vibrate sympathetically when other keys are struck. This have the effect of having a fuller additional resonant sound in acoustic pianos. (Even though, as mentioned earlier in this article, progress is being made in digital music to emulate sympathetic vibrations and string harmonics.)
An additional aspect where acoustic pianos are greater than digital ones is its unlimited polyphony. Polyphony refers to the number of notes that will sound simultaneously. Digital pianos have limited polyphony which tend to grow to be a trouble when executing complex and thick passages specially if the damper pedals are depressed. (Digital piano polyphony ranges from 32 to 120 notes. But needless to say, progress is also being made to extend this limit.
Furthermore, acoustic pianos does not will need electric power to function. So you may still take pleasure in playing your instrument even when there’s no readily available electrical power. In our village within the Philippines where power outages usually happen, this aspect proved to be a excellent benefit.
Lastly, acoustic pianos typically last longer. (Even though some may possibly argue otherwise.) I once came across a hundred-year-old piano and it really is still playable. The reason is that even old and worn out pianos may be reconditioned by replacing several parts, and may well be made to sound as excellent as new pianos. Even though older pianos tend to sound warmer. I do not know if the exact same might be said about digital pianos. Technology progresses at a quick pace and this occasionally becomes a disadvantage. To accommodate the manufacture of newer chips, they may possibly stop making the older models. As an example, should you bought a synth 20 years ago, chances are it would be tough for you to locate spare parts now, or even a technician who knows the technology. You end up purchasing a newer model.