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Monday, February 18, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130218

#AfterEffects:
Trigger Sounds and Animations by Markers in After Effects

#Filmproduction:
#Free Light Leaks for Video Editors and Motion Designers
#Filmproduction:
How to Archive Projects in Final Cut Pro X

#Guitar:
How To Improve Your Rock Guitar Solos And Improvisations
#Guitar:
Can i connect my e-guitar to a pa system with effects only (no amp)? (i would say no, but…. read on)
#Guitar:
How to create and mix a convincing bass guitar part in software
#Guitar:
Suspended Chords (… for retired fingers?)

#Music production:
What’s This MIDI All About Then?
#Music production:
Jante's Law And What It Means For Your Music Career (ten rules and one unwritten)
#Music production:
How To Create Dubstep in FL Studio with Automation (Learn how to create dubstep in FL Studio using Sylenth. Also, free preset download available here)

#Photography:
Light Painting Photo Ideas
#Photography:
Understanding the Limits of Autofocus on Digital Cameras
#Photography:
Finding Your Way Around the Mode Dial
#Photography:
Looking Up Photography Tips
#Photography:
#Tip: Play Around With Focus Points
#Photography:
Travel photography tip: Introduction to the histogram

#Photoshop:
How to Replace a Woman's Lipstick With Artwork in Photoshop (usually remove lipstick with kissing)
#Photoshop:
How To Create a Retro Style Race Poster
#Photoshop:
Complete Guide to Photo Sharpening in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
20 Free High Quality Rust Textures
#Photoshop:
205 Killer Photoshop Actions from Mighty Deal
#Photoshop:
#Free Photoshop Tutorials

#SocialMedia:
Social Media Can't Replace Email (whatelse will it replace? ;-)

#Writing:
A Gerund Is a Verb and a Noun in One

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for)

How to Publish Mp3 on Blogspot  (short #tip)

Some dinosaurs really had the swag. Archeologists will prove that someday.

Pessimism is a waste of time

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130216

 #AfterEffects:
#Tutorial: Creating a Snow Mountain Title
#AfterEffects:
Apprentice #Free Video: Depth of Field Blur
#AfterEffects:
Lip Sync in After Effects (#tutorial collection - let a thing or animal speak)

#Filmproduction:
3 Tips for Leading A Successful Video Edit Session

#Guitar:
Mastering The Major Scale - Guitar Lesson - Beatles style scale pattern -
#Guitar:
Acoustic guitar lesson : Fingerstyle patterns 1 (+tablature)
#Guitar:
Advanced Guitar Lesson: Intervallic Pentatonic Licks 1 of 3
#Guitar:
What are Barre Chords? (the chords that make a thicker skin on your 2nd finger)

#Music production: Synthescience.com releases 18 #Free VST Effect Plug-ins for Windows [Win|VST]
#Music production: Vavdo releases Vavdo S - #Free Standalone Subtractive Modular Synth for Mac OS X [Mac]
#Music production: Pentacom releases Strum One Palm-Sized Ukulele Guitar for iOS (#Free) [iOS]
#Music production: AXP releases CharBooster 1.0.0 for Windows VST (#Free) [Win|VST]
#Music production: SPC Plugins updates Gater to v1.3 and releases Mac VST and AU versions (#Free) [Win|Mac|VST|AU]
#Music production: YummyBeats updates Massive Evolutions #Free - 15 new presets for Massive [Win|Mac]
#Music production: Xenobioz releases Kruud 1.0 - #Free Hybrid Synthesizer VSTi for Windows [Win|VST]
#Music production: Schema Factor releases FREE MIDIMapperX (v1.0.0.4) - MIDI mapping VST for Windows [Win|VST] (post process your outcoming MIDI data)
#Music production: Whitebox releases SAMPLEPLAYER 4.4 - #free Max for Ableton Live instrument [Mac]
#Music production:
Quick Tip: Creating a Controlled Stutter Effect in Ableton Live
#Music production:
Arcade Sounds Sample Pack – #Free Download Kit (retro as retro can be)
#Music production:
Gucci Mane Drum Kit: Trap Sounds #Free Download
#Music production:
20 Tips for Creating A Successful Demo Reel
#Music production:
Introduction to Digital Sound Design
#Music production:
How Can I Mix Music - Top 10 Tips

#Photography:
Sellebrity: Exploring the Relationship Between Paparazzi and Celebrities
#Photography:
What Type of Photographer Are You?
#Photography:
Perfecting and Playing with White Balance
#Photography:
Deciphering Photo Jargon – Learn to Speak “Photographer”

#Photoshop:
#Illustrator This! - Abstract Flower #Tutorial
#Photoshop:
20 Tutorials to Make You a Better Illustrator
#Photoshop:
Video - Photoshop #tutorial: Dramatic black & whites
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Create A Retro Cosmic Design in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
#Free Plugin For Dealing With Grids In Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Strong Focus for Killer Portraits
#Photoshop:
China’s Photoshop Experts Will Fix Your Bad Photos, But Be Careful What You Wish For (funny pics!)
#Photoshop:
Creating an iPhone Effect (a what?)

#SocialMedia:
Getting Social: The DOs and DON’Ts of Social Media Marketing
#SocialMedia:
26 Tips for Getting Started With Social Media Marketing
#SocialMedia:
Rise and Shine - Do You Have a Social Media Addiction?
#SocialMedia:
25 Essential Tips That Will Boost Your Facebook Page

#Writing:
How to Write a Memo (i do it short and simple!)
#Writing:
15 Names and Descriptions of Effects

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

If you do a mistake in your guitar solo when performing live, just keep cool. The audience will think, you are improvising.

Can sailors on a submarine order a pizza?

There are icecream vans in summer, but why no gluehwein truck in winter?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130215

#AfterEffects:
#Free Ink Footage
#AfterEffects:
#Tutorial: Subtle Ripple (expose your logo with this splaff effect)

#Filmproduction:
Video Tutorial: How to Create Subclips Using the Favorite Option in Final Cut Pro X
#Filmproduction:
8 #Free Font Resources! Add A Unique Text Look To Your Video Projects!
#Filmproduction:
VIDEO: FCP X and Alpha Channels (for Final Cut Pro)
#Filmproduction:
Filmmaking Tips From The Coen Brothers

#Guitar:
#Free Jazz Guitar Lessons
#Guitar:
#Free Sample Acoustic Guitar Lessons
#Guitar:
Drop 2 Chords

#Photography:
How Exposure Bracketing Works
#Photography:
6 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity
#Photography:
What Would Help Improve Your Photography?
#Photography:
Create a Miniature Scene Using Stock Photography

#Photoshop:
How to create a colorful typography poster in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Cut a photo into a mosaic or collage
#Photoshop:
Beautiful Facial Make Up Photoshop Retouching Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Reducing Wrinkles With The Healing Brush In Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Making a Composite Image That Is Larger Than Life
#Photoshop:
55 Photoshop Hearts Shapes (OMG! So much heart)
#Photoshop:
Digital Art of Andrew Kavanagh (need ideas?)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Quick tip – How to put Bold and italic styles for fonts that don't have (non existing mystery fonts?)
#Photoshop:
30 Photoshop Projects from the Mind of DJ Treats
#Photoshop:
Heat up your images using the Glass Filter in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Round-up Of 30 #Free PSD Web Elements For Designers
#Photoshop:
#tutorial - Light Effect On A Model
#Photoshop:
Top Non-Destructive PS Techniques (but what if i am in a destructive mood?)
#Photoshop:
Breathtaking Split Toning Effect (Pleeeeease let me breathe)
#Photoshop:
The Surreal Architecture Of Jim Kazanjian
#Photoshop:
17 Bird-Eye View Images You Have To See
#Photoshop:
Creating A Rainbow Daisy With PSE 5.0 (so nice for your love)

#Writing:
15 Names and Descriptions of Effects
#Writing:
The Right Prepositions for Geographical Designations

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Irre sind menschlich…

If 4 out of 5 people suffer from diarrhea does it mean that 1 enjoys it?

Sometimes good lighting is a good birth control

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130214

#AfterEffects:
Introduction to Creating the Superman 3D Logo Entirely in After Effects (superman 4ever)

#Filmproduction:
Time Remapping In Adobe Premiere Pro

#Guitar:
Basic Fingerpicking Patterns
#Guitar:
The Most Common Chord Progressions
#Guitar:
Wild Stringdom: Expand Your Chordal Vocabulary with Open-Voiced Triads
#Guitar:
How to Play E String Based Guitar Chords
#Guitar:
First Electric Guitar Lesson - Free For All Beginners - Amp Settings - Mark John Sternal
#Guitar:
Rhythmic Ties

#Music production:
Dubstep Drums – The Process of Processing!

#Photography:
Portraits with Colored Powder
#Photography:
Quick Tips on Landscape Photography
#Photography:
Studio Portraits – Getting Started With One Light

#Photoshop:
Stylish Pencil Design in Photoshop - [Tutorial]
#Photoshop:
Design a Hot Golden Text with Disintegration Effect in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Hdr Photo Enhancer Photoshop Action (Photo-Effects)
#Photoshop:
Create a Cool Grunge Wallpaper with Photoshop
#Photoshop:
30 Top Notch Photoshop Actions Which Will Save You A Lot Of Time (nice effects)
#Photoshop:
How to turn your photo into movie-like effect using Photoshop?
#Photoshop:
30 Sets Of Free Photoshop Brushes For Valentine’s Day
#Photoshop:
Easy To Create Simple Collage In Adobe Photoshop
#Photoshop:
40 Superb Photoshop Light Effects Tutorials
#Photoshop:
Create a Photo-Realistic Realistic Hourglass (time runs out)
#Photoshop:
Make Your Photos Look Awesome With Photoshop Actions
#Photoshop:
Changing the Color of Quick Mask and Refine Edge in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Distorting Lettering in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Tutorials - Age Progression (how will you look as a rentier?)
#Photoshop:
Antique Paper Textures
#Photoshop:
10 Inspiring TED Talks for Creative Professionals
#Photoshop:
Step Ahead in Photoshop using Splatter Paint Brushes
#Photoshop:
Hard Restoration, Easy Fix in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Large Stringy Paint Splatter Photoshop Brush Set
#Photoshop:
Removing Distractions From Your Photographs
#Photoshop:
20 Creative “Big Head” Photo Manipulations (i feel a big head after drinking all night)

#SocialMedia:
9 Consumer Social Media Habits You Need to Know, Research
#SocialMedia:
8 Ways to Discover Valuable Social Media Content

#Writing:
5 Cases of Premature Reference

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Life is all about decisions, so choose wisely.

Smile. Laugh. Cry. Be weird. Be crazy. Live. You only live once! (only James Bond lives twice)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Before You Record in a Studio

Here my tips and experiences:

  • Check the sound of your instruments. Do you have all soundbanks for the synthesizer with you? Did you remove the rusty strings from last gig from your guitar? Is the guitar well tuned?
  • Do you want to record all instruments at once or every single instrument?
    • Recording the rhythm group at once can be good for bands where the musicians interact and need the feeling of a band. A blues band with improvisations will only work with a "live" recording. You may overdub the vocals and the solo instruments and additional instruments like blues harp, brass or tambourine.
    • Recording instruments seperated makes sense when the song structure is given and the job is to play straight like in dance music productions.

  • If recording more than one instrument in one recording session, check crosstalk. Too much crosstalk causes a smudgy sound. On the other hand that can be stylish for your sound.
  • Are the microphones placed right? Not too close (causes deep sound, less body, more noises like hand moves on the instrument's body) and not too far (too much room sound, thin sound, far-away sound).
  • Check the sound - specially of acoustic instruments - in the control room. Does it sound as it should sound?
  • Recording a instrument with more than one microphone can cause phase problems.
  • Has every musician a good sound in the earphone to feel good?
  • Start relaxed and record minimum 3 times. Then take the best cut, but don't delete the dropped out - maybe you will change your mind. And don't be astonished if the rehearsal is the best. Musicians play cool and relaxed when they play (or sing) for a soundcheck or levelcheck, but sometimes get nervous  and uptight at the moment they hear from the engineer "take 1".
  • Do you know what you want? Please no discussion in the recording studio. Make a plan BEFORE you go to a recording studio.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130112


#Photoshop:
Use Coloring Techniques to Add Depth to Your Artwork
#Photoshop:
Masking out Difficult Images in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
Recreating Instagram’s Retro Filter Effects
#Photoshop:
20 Beautiful Wood Fonts for your Inspiration (woody woodpecker included?)
#Photoshop:
41 Nicest Photoshop Photo Effects [Photoshop Tutorials]
#Photoshop:
40 Useful #Free PSD Files For Your Next Design
#Photoshop:
Panorama and Content Aware Fill for Photoshop Elements 9
#Photoshop:
60+ Useful Photoshop Actions, Brushes and PSDs to Download
#Photoshop:
Ambient Colour in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
20 Wonderful Abstract Backgrounds Tutorials 
#Photoshop:
45 free Photoshop actions to create stunning effects
#Photoshop:
25 Awesome Photo Manipulation Works and Digital Art Works by Mike Campau
#Photoshop:
3 #Free PSD Website Templates

#SocialMedia:
Copywriting Cheat Sheet: Email vs. Social vs. Web
#SocialMedia:
Forget about Social Media for a moment. What’s your mobile strategy? - Brian Solis

#Writing:
How to Style Profanity

WoW (Words of wisdom the world is waiting for):

Don't tattoo without spellcheck! http://dailypix.me/comedy/tattoo-spelling-fails

We need a Valentine's day for men to get presents like crates of beer, percussion drilling machines or football tickets.

Living alone is not so bad. You can burp whenever you want (or should I say "need to"?)