Many might view recording as unrelated to the musical experience, and some might even say that recording detracts from the musical experience - that all music should be produced acoustically and live. I would agree that live performance is a necessary aspect of musicianship and it is good to be able to rely on things that need no external power besides your own kinetic force and passion. However, many do not realize the benefits of recording.
"That's what I sound like?"
When a person hears their own voice on a tape recorder for the first time, the sound of their voice might frighten or disgust them. At the very least, it confuses them - what they hear inside their head is completely different than the sound proceeding from their mouth.
Although the timbre of the human voice does indeed differ from what we hear to what ...
In case you didn't know, Microsoft is offering an excellent upgrade price to Windows 8 pro from Windows 7. It's 40 dollars, you can pay via PayPal and get a 2GB downloadable file which you can burn to a bootable USB drive, or a DVD, and then install from there. Ultra convenient.
One amazing thing about the upgrade is the ability for Windows 8 to retain your PROGRAMS from your Windows 7 installation. This is basically unheard of for a Windows major upgrade. That was the deal maker for me. Before that, I saw a better file transfer dialog (with multiple threads and pause buttons!), a revamped and bigger "start" experience (where it basically takes over the entire screen and with more info), a snappier interface, and some other interesting bells and whistles. It certainly seemed painless and worth it.
I downloaded the update, on my ...
Why do you play your music? Do you do it just for fun, for the enjoyment of others?
Personally, I do it for a couple of reasons. I love to write my own music for myself, and if anyone else likes it, that is an added bonus. There is something calming about hearing myself scream and express personal statements and feelings.
When I play covers or "party" music, I love watching people dance, and appreciate real, live music happening right in front of them. I love being able to take old songs in new directions, and extend solos into jams (still cringe when I write that word... haha). I am not a "bar" type of person, as many know. I am also not really into dancing. However, when I am playing, I am being social in a bar, whilst "kinda" dancing with my guitar. As lame ...
...after an extremely difficult week at school, I have a new perspective, and a new plan. And a new video recording setup!
A couple of tests recently... one is my use of the Canon T2i Rebel as a video camcorder:
I was primarily concerned with the video quality in low lighting - I used the Canon software which allows for remote shooting via the PC. The playing, singing, and audio are somewhat substandard, but again, I was just trying to get the video part down. Expect to see more examples in the future with some actual playing!
Also, I recently compared two different microphones, the Avantone CV-12 and the Studio Projects T3 tube mics. See my tests here: http://jasonbrianmerrill.com/t3_vs__cv12.html