• 2018-12-27

    ???We caught up with Alexis from emerging Canadian indie band, Blonde Diamond, in East Van last month and we had some great discussion about developing your personal style and brand. ??? ⚡️?Check out this fabulous woman and what she had to say in this three-part interview series, and find links to her music at the bottom of this post! ⚡️? 

     

    Blonde Diamond (Formerly Youngblood): 

    The creative outlet of Vancouver’s Alexis Young, the music of Blonde Diamond is dreamy but insistent, a feather-soft pillow of lush sound anchored by electronic grooves. Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”, and that’s as apt a description as any of songs that fuse timeless melodies with an aesthetic rooted firmly in the here and now. Both of Blonde Diamond's EPs, Feel Alright (As Youngblood) and Fantasy Love, feature sweet pop confections with hearts of darkness. In concert, the material takes on a powerful new dynamic, and Blonde Diamond becomes a killer five-piece band, with the fiery frontwoman a crackling live wire bewitching the audience. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry in equal measure—a bit Grace Jones, perhaps a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but always pure Blonde Diamond.

    WEBSITE: http://www.blondediamondmusic.com/

    LISTEN HERE: https://spoti.fi/2Fze7tf

    SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/2sybvDK

     

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  • 2018-12-27

    I M U R is here to teach the basics of home recording! They call their home setup The Floating Castle Studio, and with these tips and tricks, you can be prepared to set up your own dream-come-true recording space! In this course you'll learn: 

    • Part 1 || Introduction
    • Part 2 || First Steps
    • Part 3 || Challenges
    • Part 4 || Automated Mastering
    • Part 5 || Recording Advice

     

    About I M U R:

    Vancouver's I M U R has become synonymous with bass-heavy beats and sultry RnB vocals, and “is one of the raddest acts you’ll find out of Vancouver” (Earmilk). The electronic RnB trio's eclectic mix of instrumental melodies and "slick hip-hop production" (Georgia Straight) transcends genre and "induces true goosebumps" (All Things Go). Recently, I M U R performed on the Bumbershoot Festival main stage, playing alongside acts like Flume, Solange and Odesza, and was nominated for Electronic/Dance Artist of the year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. WEBSITE: https://www.imurmusic.com/

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  • 2018-12-27

    We had a somewhat outrageous and most certainly hilarious hangout with Canadian indie rock band, The Elwins in the TC HELICON Tent backstage at Rock the Shores. In this interview-based course, they have advice for gigging musicians on the creation process, performing, touring, and promoting! Checxk out the lessons below on the following four topics: 

    - The Social Media Plan

    - How to Stay Friends on Tour

    - Using Effects During the Creation Process

    - Swapping Live Gear Setups on Stage 

     

    More about The Elwins:

    If 2012’s 'And I Thank You' got The Elwins’ metaphorical foot in the door, then their latest long-player, 2015’s Play For Keeps, is the boys blasting it wide open. And then having a party.

    Even before dropping And I Thank You, their full-length debut, The Elwins – vocalist/guitarist Matthew Sweeney, drummer Travis Stokl, guitarist/keyboardist Feurd, and bassist Frankie Figliomeni – were one of Toronto’s much-hyped hopefuls to fly the upbeat indie pop flag forward.

    Since its release, they’ve done the rounds at the major festivals, performed alongside some of the world’s biggest bands like The National and St. Vincent, and been trumpeted by media and industry tastemakers as a (sometimes the) band to keep an eye on. To those that listened, Play For Keeps is what you were watching for.

    The 12-song collection builds atop the foundation of fun pop music they established with its predecessor. “We tried to take everything up to the next level, sonically speaking,” says Feurd. “We wanted to be really open and try a bunch of things we hadn’t done before.”

    Taking the best bits of pop and rock music from the past five decades (despite the guys having only been alive for a little over two), The Elwins have delivered a dose of dancy bliss that appeals to virtually anyone. “We definitely like making songs that make people want to move,” Sweeney says – and move they will.

    Cuts like “You Have Me” and opener “Bubble” are brilliantly endearing blasts of ‘60s-inspired pop not far removed from the band’s earlier efforts. But meanwhile, lead single “So Down Low” laces some ‘70s garage swagger and extra grit into their signature sound. “Bringing Out The Shoulders” borrows from the best of ‘80s synth pop, and “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over” could be a Katy Perry cover. It’s not, but it could be.

    It’s a broad range of influence, but effortlessly blended and easily identifiable as The Elwins. The guys credit producer Derek Hoffmann with putting a welcome modern pop sheen on the record. Meanwhile, mixing came courtesy of the dynamic duo that is Gus van Go and Werner F (Hollerado, Said The Whale).

    “In a way, we didn’t want to feel like we had to tie anything to the last record,” Sweeney says of their progression. “We wanted to do whatever we were feeling good about.”

    One could say “feeling good” is at the very core of what The Elwins are all about, and nowhere is that more apparent than a live show, where the electric exchange of energy blurs the line between band and audience – sometimes sweaty, usually lively, always fun. With a packed 2015 touring schedule set to take them across the continent and over to Asia and Europe, where they’ve had major success on three separate tours supporting And I Thank You, fans will have plenty of opportunity to join the party.

    But while the music and performances never take themselves too seriously, the same can’t be said for the band itself. “We’re very passionate about this, and we have lofty goals for this album” Sweeney says. “For us, this is our job. We’re about pushing ourselves as hard as we can to reach our goals.”

    As of now, that goal is to have Play For Keeps reach as many ears as possible; fortunately, the music is so magnetic, so immediately inviting, that it won’t be much of a challenge. The work gets done by day, but come quitting time, The Elwins send out an open invitation to let loose and have fun.

    Take them up on it.

    WEBSITE: http://www.theelwins.com/

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  • 2018-12-27

    We caught up with Fox Glove backstage at Rock The Shores to discuss the best way to achieve great sounding vocal harmonies, and how to train your ear when singing with others. Check out the lessons below to learn their tips and tricks to a great group vocal performance!

     

    Here's some more about Fox Glove: 

    Ethereal harmonies floating amidst cinematic soundscapes, Fox Glove falls somewhere in the realm of inky alt folk with hints of dream rock. Hailing from Victoria, BC, this collective are known for their diverse voices and range in sound, and offer everything from sensuous melancholic ballads to spellbindingly strident anthems. A crowd-favourite in the BC music scene, Fox Glove recently headlined the famed Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria, selling out the 800 seat theatre. With performances at the Juno Host Committee’s “Let’s Hear it Live” Festival in March, an Ontario and Quebec tour in May, and a much anticipated full length album set for release, 2018 is guaranteed to be a catalyst year for this charming group. Often drawing comparisons to Joseph and The Staves, Fox Glove delivers passion, potency, and an immersive live performance that will leave you forever changed.

    WEBSITE: www.foxglovemusic.ca

    LISTEN HERE: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6sMSSidPo0LKg5xvnKLdx5

    SUBSCRIBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/foxglovevictoria/feed

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      Morgan Hillis

       


      We caught up with Fox Glove backstage at Rock The Shores to discuss the best way to achieve great sounding vocal harmonies.







       

      • January 4, 2019
    • Morgan Hillis
      Morgan Hillis

      We caught up with Fox Glove backstage at Rock The Shores to discuss the best way to train your ear when singing with others






      • January 4, 2019
  • 2018-12-21

    I realise this would not necessarily be a popular product, but last night, I was exploring the possibility of creating a "fly rig" type pedalboard that can go DI with a cab simulator either to a PA system or to a recording system, and since I like to use compression *before* my signal hits the deck, I thought it would be great if tc electronic came out with a stereo SpectraComp or Hypergravity, because running two compressors in mono can sometimes alter the stereo image. Here's what I have in mind:

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    The signal chain here would go: DI (for an uneffected safety track directly from my instrument), tuner, compressor, pre-OD boost, overdrive, post-OD boost, feedback generator, looper (for practice), amp simulator, reverb, cab sim. The concept for this board is DI performance and recording, practicing, and writing on the road.

    From the cab sim, I can take an XLR out to the PA, or I can take the 1/4" out to the SpectraComp, then into the DI box off to the side, to send to my recording interface. If I was doing this in stereo, I'd add an Arena reverb before the cab sims (my favorite of the tc electronic reverbs), then into the stereo compressor. The mono reverb would stay in the chain. Please pardon the One Control effects pictured. I actually have an HOF mini, and tc electronic pedals make up the majority of my current guitar board, which at the moment looks like this:

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      Last night, I was thinking what would be even better is if it also included a 4-band parametric EQ with shelving LPF and HPF. With the new ability to actually edit toneprints from a mobile phone, this could be a really useful pedal even without a huge number of knobs. You could call it "The Master", because it would be sort of like a mastering pedal, a stereo multiband compressor with HPF, LPF, and 4 bands of parametric EQ—and with the signal chain order swappable from comp->eq to eq->comp.

      If you gave it the standard 4-knob treatment with double throw switch, then you could map functions to your heart's content. I'd make the toggle switch the signal chain order (comp first, eq first). One knob could be a Compressor Blend knob, one knob could be an EQ Blend knob, one knob could be an Output Level (makeup gain) knob, and the last knob could be left assignable as the user wishes.

      • December 26, 2018
  • 2018-12-20

    Breaking out of the Box is a Music Tribe Academy video series designed to expand the musical

    horizons of the intermediate guitarist. From Open String Six playing Technique to Two-Hand Tapping and everything

    in between, this video course aims to take the intermediate guitarist to the next level.

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      Frank Sacramento

       





      (view in My Videos)


      In this video course, guitar Instructor, composer and guitarist for TV & Film, Mike Fonte shows Julie Tan the Open String Six technique. 


      (Part 1 of 4)

      • December 20, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento




      (view in My Videos)


      Mike Fonte delves deeper into Open String Six technique by illustrating how to play it as a Harmonized Scale across the fretboard.


      (Part 2 of 4).

      • December 20, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento




      (view in My Videos)


      In Part 3 of the Open String Six technique, Mike Fonte discusses and illustrates the many variations that can be utilized while using the technique.


      (Part 3 of 4)

      • December 20, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento

       


       





      (view in My Videos)


      Mike Fonte illustrates the Open String Six technique with the use of a Capo.


      (Part 4 of 4)

      • December 20, 2018
  • 2018-12-19

    A comprehensive How To video series on Behringer's range of  X Air Digital Mixers.

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      Frank Sacramento






      In this video from our X AIR How To Series, we show you how easy it is to connect your iPad to an X AIR mixer.

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento




      A short video on the Channel Strip on the X Air digital mixer (iPad).

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      A short how to video on Custom Fader Layers on the X Air (Android).

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      A short how to video on Channel EQ on the X Air (X Air Edit).

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Serenety Balthazar
      • February 1, 2019
  • 2018-12-19

    In this 3 part video series Drew Brashler of dBBaudio.com stops by Music Tribe Studios to demonstrate how to lower your stage volume by setting up stage monitor mixes with the P16-M with your House of Worship. 

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      Frank Sacramento






      In this segment, Drew talks more about using the P16-M for setting up your individual monitor mix (Part 3 of 3).

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      Drew Brashler of dBBaudio.com stops by MUSIC Group Studios to demonstrate how to lower your stage volume by setting up stage monitor mixes with the P16-M with your House of Worship. This section covers setting up a mix on the P16-M (Part 2 of 3).

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






       


      Drew Brashler of dBBaudio.com stops by MUSIC Group Studios to demonstrate how to lower your stage volume by setting up stage monitor mixes with the P16-M with your House of Worship. This section covers signal routing. (Part 1 of 3)

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Serenety Balthazar
      • February 1, 2019
  • 2018-12-19

    Drew Brashler of dBBaudio.com stops by MUSIC Studios to show us how to setup the X32 with TURBOSOUND iQ speakers, a great setup for portable churches in this 2 part video series.

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      Frank Sacramento






      Drew Brashler of dBBaudio.com stops by MUSIC Studios to show us how to setup the X32 with TURBOSOUND iQ speakers, a great setup for portable churches. This portion covers setup on the iQ Speaker (Part 2 of 2).

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      Drew Brashler of dBBaudio.com stops by MUSIC Studios to show us how to setup the X32 with TURBOSOUND iQ speakers, a great setup for portable churches. This portion covers routing on the console. (Part 1 of 2)

      • December 19, 2018
  • 2018-12-19

    Tom Lang shares with us the amazing DeepMind 12 Synthesizer in this 6 part video series.

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      Frank Sacramento






      In our first installment of the DeepMind 12 video series, Tom Lang discusses an overview of this amazing analog synthesizer, with audio examples.

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      Tom Lang dives into the foundation of DeepMind 12’s sound – its analog oscillators, with audio examples.

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      Tom Lang demonstrates the use of the modulation matrix to create more dynamic sounds in DeepMind 12, with audio examples.


       

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      In this installment of the DeepMind 12 video series Tom Lang digs in and shows us the exciting arpeggiator, chord and poly-chord modes, and the control sequencer, with audio examples.

      • December 19, 2018
    • Frank Sacramento
      Frank Sacramento






      Tom Lang demonstrates the many available effects and how to arrange them in the DeepMind 12, with audio examples.

      • December 19, 2018
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