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    Great and Lame album titles

    Great and terrible album covers have been discussed for decades.....but what about those album titles that are brilliant, 'meh' or total crap ? This morning I was listening to "Liege and Lief" by Fairport Convention, which I've always thought was such a lame title. The look of the words has long...
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    Long term musical memory

    Have you ever had the experience where you heard a song or piece or tune just the once and then didn't hear it for years/decades but remembered it throughout that time......and then heard it again ? That's happened to me a few times. Sometimes, the song was almost nothing like I had remembered...
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    Does anyone here write instrumentals or have you written instrumentals ? Did they start off deliberately as instrumentals ? What was/is your approach to them ~ is there any particular way you go about them ?
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    The sound of the piano

    When you hear a piano in a song {any song of any era} can you tell whether the piano part is played on a grand, baby grand or upright piano ? And have you ever heard piano sounds so authentic {on modules, VSTis, synths or stage pianos} that you couldn't tell that it wasn't an acoustic piano ?
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    Dynamic, condenser or even ribbon: can you tell ?

    When listening to music, be it home recordings or otherwise, can you tell whether a dynamic, condenser or ribbon mic was used on any particular sound source ? What are the essential differences between the different kinds of mic ? Is there anything intrinsic to each one that makes them better...
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    How consistent are your mixes across different media ?

    Going right back to the mid 70s when I was a kid, I noticed that a song or songs on an album, although being the same song or set of songs, sounded slightly different depending on whether they were being played on radio, a turntable or cassette deck. The changes weren't to do with quality, just...
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    Drum Recycling

    Between 2009 and 2012 I was fortunate enough to record with three guys that played drums. In that period, we must have recorded close to 100 songs, possibly even more than that. Whenever there was an opportunity, we'd record. We'd get through different numbers of songs in a session. A long piece...
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    Whatever happened to the martintea thread on songwriting ?

    Whatever happened to the thread ? I thought it was developing along some interesting lines that would've been useful, both for the OP and any future punters looking into the subject.
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    The thinking person's drummer

    Neil Peart was one of those that came under the heading of ''the thinking person's drummer." There have been a few drummers like that in rock {you'd expect that in jazz}, musical drummers that not only provided the time and driving beat, but also played in such a way that to call them...
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    How did you develop as a songwriter ?

    What got you writing songs in the first place and where along the line did you decide that your efforts were worth carrying on with ? At what point did you realize that it wasn't some mystical art reserved for a privileged and super talented few ?
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    Xmas Eve

    .. There probably aren't too many men that could get away with a song on the topic of shopping !:(
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    Star Wars ~ The Rise Of Skywalker

    Well, I didn't want to see it. I only saw it because my older son wanted to and I'd said I'd go with him if he didn't see the midnight showing on Thursday....and he didn't. So I had to. And I found it awful. What a crock. A 3 legged dog of a movie. Happy new shirt !
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    Ralph & Louisa

    Here's a little something that's, for me, quite straightforward. Be warned, you may feel :cursing:, :yawn: or :wtf:but hopefully not :facepalm: !
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    Lo~fi or just poorly recorded ?

    Is lo~fi, presented as a deliberately artistic choice, merely covering up for poorly recorded music ?
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    Industry professional reckons headphones are the future in mixing.'ve never been one for following trends or doing things just because a professional says so. On the other hand, I've long taken the view that if someone in a particular industry advocates something, I won't dismiss it out of hand just...
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    Which parts of the process do you like or dislike and why ?

    As home recorders, we do end up being a combination of pretty much everything for a lot of the time ~ songwriter, arranger, player/singer, maybe multi~instrumentalist, engineer/"tape op" {capturing the sounds}, mixer, producer and some even go the whole hog and master too. That's a lot of hats...
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    For any Akai DPS users

    Last month, it came to the attention of those of us on the Akai DPS forum that Yahoo were basically closing down the group space and so some members with great knowledge of the DPS 12, 12i, 16 and 24 have set up another forum space. It's a place worth bookmarking, just in case. For me...
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    Can there be too much headroom in a mix before mastering ?

    Pretty much everything I've read about mastering indicates that the mix should have good headroom before being sent to be mastered. But is it possible to leave too much headroom ? Can the final mix level be so low that nothing can be done with it ?
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    Where have all the acoustic drums gone ?

    I notice that there's been no activity in the drum forum since August and thus far this year there's only been 5 threads, one of which garnered no replies. Notwithstanding the difficulties in terms of recording drums {space, volume considerations, miking, room quality} are acoustic drums on the...
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    Films or programmes you liked as a kid.......and can still watch now

    So which are those shows or movies that you liked as a kid or teenager that you find you can still get into now ? It's been interesting watching episodes of Doctor Who that I actually remember watching in the late 60s and early 70s. I used to love them and now, they seem so, well, dated and...