Archive for January, 2011

Playback Volume Consistency

Posted in Creative Tools with tags , , on January 22, 2011 by The Buddha Rats

The web is a funny thing. Sometimes I’m just surfing around and then I hit paydirt…

MP3Gain is a program that will analyze and adjust your mp3 volume so that it all has the same consistency in volume. No more reaching for your volume knob every time your mp3 player changes to a new song!

According to the website:

MP3Gain does not just do peak normalization, as many normalizers do. Instead, it does some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear.
Also, the changes MP3Gain makes are completely lossless. There is no quality lost in the change because the program adjusts the mp3 file directly, without decoding and re-encoding.

Get your FREE copy here: http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/index.php

Beatles and Beats Per Minute

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 16, 2011 by The Buddha Rats

A few years ago I was importing various Beatles songs into Acid Pro to find out what tempo range The Lads liked to work in (as a drummer, I’m interested in details like this). I  had the beat-mapper function work it all out. I don’t know if Acid was dead on accurate, but I think it provided a good ballpark figure for each song listed.

In any case here is the BPM information for 32 of their finest songs:

  1. Taxman 135.109
  2. The Word 121.545
  3. Getting Better 115.038
  4. Lovely Rita 92.158
  5. Dear Prudence 74.367
  6. Glass Onion 119.966
  7. Blackbird 93.750
  8. Birthday 138.899
  9. Mother Nature’s Son 84.930
  10. Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey 118.584
  11. Sexy Sadie 78.790
  12. Savoy Truffle 121.315
  13. Cry Baby Cry 77.400
  14. Real Love 86.754
  15. Strawberry Fields 100
  16. Sgt. Pepper 90.928
  17. WLHFMF 105.914
  18. Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds 112.942
  19. A Day in a Life 75.146
  20. All You Need is Love 93.896
  21. I Am the Walrus 84.043
  22. Hello Goodbye 96.775
  23. Fool On the Hill 68.805
  24. Lady Madonna 108.731
  25. Hey Jude 72.482
  26. Revolution 120.056
  27. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 114.244
  28. Across the Universe 75.477
  29. Here Comes The Sun 127.961
  30. Free as a Bird 72.870
  31. Rain 113.317 or 115.922
  32. She Said 102.483

Chord Progressions

Posted in Creative Tools with tags , , on January 14, 2011 by The Buddha Rats

Unfortunately this is an XP-only app, so you Mac people are S.O.L., but it’s a great writing tool.

I’ve been using this for quite some time to help me through times of writers block, etc.. You simply choose the key of your song, tell KoZong how many chords you want and it spits out a verse, chorus and bridge for you.

If you couple this program with something like Harmony Navigator LE you will be able to hear how the progression sounds.

Additionally, Harmony Navigator lets you swap out the KoZong chords for cooler ones which you can export as a MIDI file to be used in your DAW with a proper sampleset in Kontakt, or whatever it is you are using.

You can find KoZong here.

Check out Harmony Navigator here.

Fender Super Champ XD

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 4, 2011 by The Buddha Rats

This amp rules. Not too loud: Great for practice and you can track with it too!

EDIT: I got this amp delivered last night from Musicians Friend. I had a coupon for 20% off, so it was ridiculously cheap. It sounds badass, and there are tons of sounds you can coax out of this little thing. Plus, everything is routed through the tube pre-amp (even the solid state modeled amps) so it all sounds warm, fuzzy and sweet.

By Don Anderson

The Buddha Rats® Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Drumkit Presets

Posted in Addictive Drums Weekly Presets with tags , , , on January 2, 2011 by The Buddha Rats

Here they are, as promised: The Buddha Rats® Addictive Drums Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Presets! The Buddha Rats® are kicking off the new year with a set of 24 excellent Hard Rock and Metal drum presets for Addictive Drums. No trap kits in sight, just big thumping loud f’ing drums for real men and women who worship at the Altar of Rock.

All of the presets were made using a combination of the existing AD kits available , but not the Electronic Ad Pak, or Jazz Paks. Some of you might think there are limitations to what can be done preset-wise since the XLN samples were not specifically mic’d or recorded for Metal. I personally think the issue goes away with simple EQ and compression.

AD presets are still FREE, so all you have to do is click the link below to get your hands on the following kits:

  • Aggressive Click
  • All I Wanted Was A Pepsi
  • Ball Buster Hall kit
  • Blood Sugar
  • Boot to the Head
  • Garage Slop Kit
  • God of Thunder
  • Heavy Box
  • Heavy Copper Kit
  • Heavy Rock
  • Lefty Woofer
  • Ludwig Thrash Kit
  • Metal Kit 1
  • Metal Kit 2
  • Metal Kit 2 B
  • Metal Kit 3
  • Metal Madness
  • Metalhead Kit
  • Metalicious Deep
  • RockBox
  • Smacked Yo Face
  • Sonor Metal Kit
  • Vistalite Bomb Squad
  • Warehouse Stomp

Get your presets here.

If you like and use the presets, please consider giving a donation (anything is appreciated no matter how small or large). It will all go back into my  blog and FTP site to keep them up and running, and keep the content coming.

Enjoy!

These presets are 100% FREE. Use them for your music, but do NOT sell, bundle, or repackage them with software, magazines, Cd’s, DVDs, or post them to your own blogs or websites, etc. without my written permission.

The Buddha Rats ® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

Magnetic

Posted in Gear, VST Instruments and EQ's with tags , on January 1, 2011 by The Buddha Rats

I’ve been searching for a quality tape sim for years now. I started using Cakewalk’s Tape Sim (still an excellent freebie), then I moved onto Ferox’s plug, and now I believe I’ve finally found the sound.

Magnetic is another offering by Nomad Factory. They bill it as a “Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape Warmer”.  I’ve never owned a reel to reel, so I can’t speak to whether or not it sounds anything like a vintage tape machine, but when placed on my master buss it makes every track sound warmer and fuller. The sound is kind of like combining PSP’s Vintage Warmer or Old Timer with Ferox’s tape plug.  Here’s what NF’s website says about it:

MAGNETIC can be used in many different musical ways. Try using it on individual tracks to add subtle warmth and tape color to your drums or use it to create a filtered cassette AM-radio effect on a vocal. But that’s not all… when used on the master bus, MAGNETIC can warm your entire mix and “boost” it up to broadcast level. It’s just like having a 30+ year old reel-to-reel tape machine at your fingertips, without all the maintenance costs.

You can’t get it for $49 anymore, but you can still get it here.