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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130411

#AfterEffects:
Toolfarm.com :: In Depth: Troubleshooting After Effects and other Hosts and Plug-ins
#AfterEffects:
Download A #Free Tool for Making Animated Alphabet Blocks
#AfterEffects:
Building Stunning Style Frames in AE (#tutorial)

#Guitar:
Talkin' Blues: The Signature Up-Tempo Soloing Style of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (look how others do it)
#Guitar:
Should i teach myself the acoustic guitar? (why not?)
#Guitar:
Constructing Chords from Scales
#Guitar:
#Free Video Guitar Lessons (you need to join)
#Guitar:
How to Play Blues - Guitar Lessons (at first: feel bluesy)

#Musicproduction:
Industry Roundup: Hear an Instrument From the Future
#Musicproduction:
Extracting MIDI from Audio in Ableton Live 9 (sounds impossible)

#Photography:
Timelapse Photography Used to Document Construction of World’s Largest Ship
#Photography:
3 Ways to get Better Control of Autofocus
#Photoshop:
Creating Focus on the Photo (focus on the important things in life)

#Photoshop:
Photoshop's New Oil-Paint Filter and Skin-Tone Selection Tool
#Photoshop:
#Free download: 500 Vector Mega Icon Pack (pow! So many icons)
#Photoshop:
12 #Free High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes
#Photoshop:
Tutorial - Create a paper texture (or photograph a sheet of paper?)
#Photoshop:
How to Make a Beautiful Landing Page with Photoshop (make a soft landing if possible)
#Photoshop:
Learn How to Create a Super Creative Collage Effect
#Photoshop:
30 Quality Tutorials For Working With Textures In Photoshop (quality before quantity?)
#Photoshop:
3 Photo Effects for Wedding Photographers (a gothic effect is not included)
#Photoshop:
50 Photo Effect Tutorials with Photoshop (50? Man, take time)
#Photoshop:
Create a Web Photo Gallery With Photoshop (why not share with the world?)
#Photoshop:
Using Black and White Adjustment Layers
#Photoshop:
TrickyPhotoshop Changing Specific Color Using Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
how to reduce noise in your close-up photos (noise AND pimples please)
#Photoshop:
how to tag photos in photoshop. and make more money online (it's a hard business - so many photographers out there)
#Photoshop:
adding color to black and white photos (b&w looks so poor and old - but can be stylish)
#Photoshop:
3 Online Collage Tools for Creating Magazine-Style Layouts
#Photoshop:
How To Share High Resolution Photos On Google+ Using Google Drive
#Photoshop:
Define brush from selection in Ps and pse
#Photoshop:
#Tutorial: Stunning 3D effects in 30 minutes (imagine what you can do in 60 minutes!)
#Photoshop:
Portrait Of A Photographer: Beautiful Video Tells The Story Of Marty Knapp
#Photoshop:
Step by Step HDR Processing Tutorial (HDR is great)
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Photoshop Variations (a quite useful PS functionality)
#Photoshop:
Visually resize and change hardness of brushes
#Photoshop:
Top 10 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing (what to do to keep creative)
#Photoshop:
How to configure photoshop color settings (set the settings right, right?)
#Photoshop:
#Free Multipurpose Close-Up Mock-Up
#Photoshop:
Create a Cool Animation Effects
#Photoshop:
Digital Art of Andrew Kavanagh
#Photoshop:
Learn Shadow/Highlight Adjustment in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Tutorial: Make a Realistic Star Field
#Photoshop:
How to blur out a face or object in less than a minute – Video tutorial (a party crasher jumped into your view?)

#SocialMedia:
Ads That Speak the Language of Social Media -
#SocialMedia:
Which Social Media Marketing Tactics Work Best? -

#Writing:
5 More Dangling Modifiers
#Writing:
The Frustration of Writer's Block [COMIC]

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

Stand up, take a deep breath and say YEAH!

I would never call for a sheet anchor, because an anchor is made to sink. #contradiction

I officially declare myself confused for the next 172 minutes. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

San Francisco Cable Cars

Very famous public transport since August 2, 1873 (first cable car test).
I wanted to go California Street up to James C. Flood Mansion and Grace Cathedral. Puh, long way up. Suddenly I heard the Cablecar. I jumped on at Grant Avenue. I was standing near the gripman. It's a hard job.


I later visited the interesting Cable Car Museum at 1201 Mason Street with huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. yes, it is not only a museum, it is the powerhouse too.

Links:
http://www.sfcablecar.com/
http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Recording Vocals - Experiences

Voice is the most important instrument. Vocals make or break a recording. People listen to it, follow the lyrics and remember hook lines.

I saw many groups with great instrumentalists, but singing is something on the sideline. Usually the songwriter takes over the job as a singer, because noone else wants to do it - and this besides his instrument. And that's what it sounds like: a great backing group with an incidental job on the microphone.

What First?

I usually record the playback first to get a feeling of the result. It is easy to change the sounds of instruments, specially synthesizer. But you cannot change the sound of your voice. Recording vocals again will be more time-consuming.

Preparation

Warm Up

For vocals are very important I spent special time to prepare for recording vocals. I try to be in a good mood. To achieve this I take a guitar and just sing one or two of my songs. Later I start singing playback to the computer the song I want to record. I try to find special accentuation and maybe variations of the notes. These rehearsals are important for getting in the right mood and warm up the voice.

Feel Alright

I try not being tired or out of breath or with full stomach after a big dining. No matter what time, midday or 2am, if I feel alright why not record. Microphone should be away from reflective surfaces.

Recording Process

I usually record the vocals by repeating the vocal part as long I am pleased with the result. When I feel I have the best done I take this recording. Some recording engineers cut out pieces of different recordings and glue it together for the song. But that is too much work.
The more it may happen that the feeling is not right. You may have a version sung full of power but a little out of key and another version sung correctly but too boring. If you combine parts of these recordings it may not fit.
So better singing one time until all is ok. And the often you sing the more you get familiar with the song.

I usually listen to a pre-mix before recording, but while recording I used to hear only
  1. chords
    and
  2. the vocal notes played by an organ
    and
  3. a clock (simple drums or tick)
for my orientation. So I can concentrate on vocals without being disturbed by instruments.

Some recording engineers do a rough mixdown for the singer's headphones. That can work too.

No Effects

I record without effects. No reverb, no delay, no compression. I can add that later if needed. If you record with effects you sing different, you get turned out from singing. If it does not sound ok without effects, it will not sound better with effects.

No Stress

Never feel under pressure. If I need a break I simply take a break. If I need a glass of water I take it. And if I just want to continue I continue recording. But if I get the feeling "OMG, when is this shit done" then I stop working immediately.

Hard- & Software

I use a AKG C414 - sure AKG, I am from Vienna. It is a legendary microphone. Good equipment is a key factor of good recording. I record and cut with Wavelab, finally mix with Fruity Loops Studio. You don't need a golden microphone, the best of the best. I am no microphone specialist. I simply purchased a good one and that's alright for me.

Mixing

The keyfrequencies are usually at 750Hz to give the vocals body. 2.1kHz - 2.4kHz will make the vocals shine. But for my voice I found out that around 3kHz is the best frequency to make the voice shiny. I did not follow experts blindly, I just try out the best for my sound. Other instruments should not compete in this frequency range with the vocals.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130408

#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Easily Create Seamless Photo Textures You can Tile
#Photoshop:
Create a Heroic Firefighter Painting in Photoshop (the world needs heros)
#Photoshop:
Step Into You Image with Photoshop and After Effects
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip – Use Smart Objects with Non Destructive Filters
#Photoshop:
150+ Epic #Free Photoshop Brushes (epic free? What's that?)
#Photoshop:
Quick Tip: Easily Create Seamless Photo Textures You can Tile
#Photoshop:
Photoshop add-ons you should be using
#Photoshop:
12 Free High Res Dry Brush Stroke Photoshop Brushes
#Photoshop:
20+ Photoshop CS6 Tutorials To Create Amazing 3D Effects
#Photoshop:
A Beginners Guide to Photo-Manipulation and Ani-Morphing
#Photoshop:
8 New Ways to Avoid Poor Photoshop Etiquette
#Photoshop:
Learn How to Create a Super Creative Collage Effect (super hyper bombastic - or more?)
#Photoshop:
Twitter Header Image Photoshop Template (#Free Download)
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Basics for Photographers – Video Tutorial Series
#Photoshop:
Digital Paint: The tomb of a vampire (you like gothic?)
#Photoshop:
Removing a white background to create a transparent PNG
#Photoshop:
Create a Fantasy Floating Green Planet Scene
#Photoshop:
Create your own lighting diagrams with this nifty, free online tool -
#Photoshop:
#Free Grunge Brushes for Photoshop
#Photoshop:
#Free Download: 40 Exclusive Photoshop Patterns (are you a man without background?)
#Photoshop:
How to add Polaroid Style Photo Frame in Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Nature is Powerful - Amazing Non-Photoshopped Images
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Tutorial Teeth Whiten Effect (no dentist needed)
#Photoshop:
Dove's Photoshop Action Hoax on Photo Retouchers
#Photoshop:
Photoshop Tutorial Motion Blur Effect
#Photoshop:
How to fix Chromatic Aberration
#Photoshop:
How to remove colorcast(tint) in Photoshop »
#Photoshop:
Magazine Surgery Series Pokes Fun at Retouching
#Photoshop:
Giger Style Photoshop Tutorial (for Sci-Fi fans)
#Photoshop:
40 Matte Paintings To Push You To Real Photoshop Artistry
#Photoshop:
Learn How To Create A Photoshop Style Pen Tool Icon
#Photoshop:
Tutorial: Techniques for Painting an Excellent Portrait (here with a pirate's photo)
#Photoshop:
How to Create a Little Planet Panorama

#SocialMedia:
How to Stand Out on Social Media
#SocialMedia:
Five Ways Social Media Has Forever Changed the Way We Work

#Writing:
“Like” Serves Nouns and Pronouns, Not Verbs (and is a keyword on facebook servers)

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

Secrets of a winner? Never give up!

I'll never change my music only because a guru doesn't like it. I have my style, I go my way.

Most people like summer more than winter. Me not. I like snow. I only don't like a loooooong cold weather.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130407

#AfterEffects:
3D Tracking in After Effects!
#AfterEffects:
Download A #Free Tool for Making Animated Alphabet Blocks (turn bla bla into a video)
#AfterEffects:
Step Into You Image with Photoshop and After Effects

#Guitar:
Improve Accuracy and Speed Part 1
#Guitar:
Composing With a Drone String
#Guitar:
Howlin' Wolf: 'I do everything the old way' – a classic interview from the vaults (old blues hero)
#Guitar:
Creative Edge Music: Guitar Lessons - Guitar Basic Chord Progressions (Em C G D)

#Musicproduction: How to connect a turntable to a mixing console
#Musicproduction: Torn sub releases Behemoth - Free Additive Bass Synth for Win VST [Win|VST] (it's #free)
#Musicproduction: Ignite Amps releases Free TSB-1 Tyrant Screamer Overdrive [Win|Mac|VST|AU] (it's #free)
#Musicproduction:
3 Ways Learning to Record Yourself Will Make You a Better Guitarist
#Musicproduction:
Songwriting Techniques Pt. 2: Lyrics
#Musicproduction:
5 Ways To Get People Into Your Studio - Pro Tools Tips, Tricks & More...

#Photography:
Sonya Kanelstrand's Surreal Photography
#Photography:
Tips for Better Dance and Studio Photography (learn, learn, learn)
#Photography:
Group Risks Jail Time to Photograph the Great Pyramids from an Illegal Perspective
#Photography:
The Rise of Photographers at Fashion Shows and How it is Affecting the Industry
#Photography:
10 Tips for Improving Your Flower Photos
#Photography:
Quick Tip: Use Stock Photos to Reduce Photography Cost
#Photography:
Photography Tip Number 25 - Don't Be Lazy
#Photography:
Why You Should Own an External Flash by Digital Photo Secrets
#Photography:
Chicago Lights: Flash Street Photography by Satoki Nagata
#Photography:
Useful Photography Tip #16: Keep a Polarizer Filter Handy
#Photography:
Quick Tip: Making a DIY Star Filter
#Photography:
A tip for connecting your viewer with your photo
#Photography:
Photography tip: The rule of thirds!

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

Interesting how language is changing. Lol, omg, imho are common used. Some day we will talk like Neandertals: ugh, mpf

Some people have cold heart. But when there is a tragedy in a tv-soap they cry.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Today's Top Links 20130406

#Photoshop:
Create Photoshop Actions (rusty old car…)
#Photoshop:
How to fix an underexposed photo in Photoshop CS6 without disturbing the other area
#Photoshop:
How to Create This Mystical Scene and Add Makeup to a Girl in Photoshop (it's a mystery)
#Photoshop:
Create Ghostly Blurred Text with Photoshop CS6 (huh, ghost approaching)
#Photoshop:
Free And Professional Photoshop Patterns Collection
#Photoshop:
What is Channels in Photoshop and how to use it
#Photoshop:
Top 10 Photo Fixing and Image Editing Tricks
#Photoshop:
Freebies: 40 #free Photoshop Brush Sets
#Photoshop:
50 Insanely Weird but Awesome Photoshop Brushes
#Photoshop:
Comic Text in PS (#tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Selecting Skin Tones Using Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
5 Easy Ways to Convert an Image to B&W using Photoshop CS6
#Photoshop:
Light Effect On A Model (#tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Super Cool Retro Poster in 10 Steps in Photoshop (mega super hyper cool)
#Photoshop:
Breathtaking Split Toning Effect
#Photoshop:
Reflective Forms with the Glass Filter (#tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Underwater 3D Text Effect
#Photoshop:
How to create Caramel Text Effect on Photoshop (no calories!)
#Photoshop:
Create an Electrifying Music Poster (#tutorial)
#Photoshop:
Creating Focus on the Photo by Using Blur Map
#Photoshop:
How to Photoshop a Person Into a Picture [In-Depth]
#Photoshop:
Creating a Smoke Shaped Image in Photoshop
#Photoshop:
45 Free Cracked Mud Textures For Your Designs
#Photoshop:
Beauty Retouching by Retoucher Manfred Werner
#Photoshop:
20 Supremely Creative Photoshop Tutorials
#Photoshop:
50 Free Photoshop PSD Files of 2013 You Must Download (really must?)
#Photoshop:
Grunge in 8 Simple Steps (Photoshop Tutorial) (make the old man older)
#Photoshop:
Top 5 Free Online Photo Editing Tools
#Photoshop:
#Free Watercolor Brushes
#Photoshop:
Hand Lettered Typographic Illustrations By Sean McCabe
#Photoshop:
Creating Northern Sky (don't wait for aurora borealis)
#Photoshop:
Vintage Style Photoshop Brushes
#Photoshop:
Calvin and Hobbes Photoshopped Into Photographs of Real (the mystery of woods)
#Photoshop:
Tricks For Beginners
#Photoshop:
Spectacular Grass Effect (… the green green grass of home …)
#Photoshop:
Swirl in Photoshop Tips
#Photoshop:
#Free Lines Brushes For Photoshop Users
#Photoshop:
Amazing effects with Creative Curves
#Photoshop:
Removing a head from an image for a great effect
#Photoshop:
Adding Reflections To Sunglasses - Photoshop Tutorial
#Photoshop:
Dazzling Dance Photo Manipulation
#Photoshop:
Tutorial: Drawing a Cute Cartoon Character

#SocialMedia:
Will more people share your content if you place the social media buttons in the right order? (for specialists)
#SocialMedia:
The 5 Worst Stereotypes About Social Media Managers (what not to be)
#SocialMedia:
The Social Media Guide to Ruining Your Relationship (so destructive!)
#SocialMedia:
Will Social Media As We Know It Be Enough? (do we know it?)
#SocialMedia:
Top 9 Stats Analyzing the ROI of Social Media Marketing

#Writing:
Grammar-Checking Software Is Soft on Grammar Errors
#Writing:
8 Sneering Synonyms for “Obvious”

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

Don't talk, just act. Don't say, just show. Don't promise, just prove. Don't hesitate!  

Shit happens, but life goes on. Errare humanum est. But I try to learn from it. To learn to do a different shit, not the same anymore.

Do it simply simple. Life is so complex. That's why I like radios. I don't understand that, it simply plays music.