Quiktraks (60 sec audio) – Day 2

Hey crew….

Here’s a lil sumthin’ I was messin’ around with this evening. No loops this time. This track was originally composed in an old Mac sequencer called Master Tracks Pro. I programmed the drums using my Yamaha RY30 drum machine. I also used a Yamaha TX-81Z for the bass synth, and Yamaha TG-55 for the synth pad. I took the MIDI sequence and imported it in to Logic Express 7.2 and used all EXS24P sampler voices. The track name, No Need For Clocks, was for an artist I was working on a demo for (this is what I came up with, though she eventually did something different with the song).

I seem to be into producing chilled beats lately… I wonder why… šŸ˜‰

The bounce audio came out real rough, and I dont know why. There are no plugins at all on the tracks, but I did say I will post whatever I come up with, good and not so good. Note to self: find out why the bounce is bad.

Background Notes:

-Recorded with: Logic Express 7.2.2
-Computer: Mac Powerbook G4 Aluminum
-Drums: EXS24P Sampler Hip Hop Kit
-Bass Synth: EXS24P Sampler Analog Bass
-Synth Pad: EXS24P Sampler Filtered Dark Analog Pad

My personal tracks are on my Myspace page
The Lab is here.

Thanks!
F!

Quiktraks (60 sec audio) Day 1

Greetings crew…

Hope all is well. For those of you who know me, you know I am not only a podcaster, but a musician as well. I own a home studio, play in a band, and I’m currently in the works of finishing up a CD with my recording partner.

I’ve been playing and recording (even as in the beginning just to cassette tape) since I was 14. The technology has come a lonnng way and my choice of digital audio workstation is Logic Studio. I’m the kind of person that loves to make use of the many resources out on the internet, especially recording tutorials that reflect not only the kind of equipment I use, but the kind of music I like to record. On YouTube alone, I have collected over 4GB of tutorials on Logic Pro 7 and 8 alone, as well as great user tutorials on the MPC 1000. With that being said, I have found that I have been doing more watching than actual putting to use what I have watched and learned.

Enter Quiktraks (60 sec audio). This lil project simply is an attempt to record and upload daily, no more than 60 secs of anything I feel like recording or have recorded: ideas, throwaway tracks, experiments, etc. The tracks are more so to help me use what I have and learn more then simple watching excellent users teach it. In the end, I feel I’ll eventually learn the ins and outs of the tools I use to make music, especially an extremely power digital audio workstation like Logic Studio.

With that being said, here’s the Day 1 track – Midnite Vibe

Background Notes:

– Recorded with Logic 7.2 Express, no keyboard controller, just the keyboard keys
– Computer: Mac Powerbook G4 Aluminum
– Loops used: Piano, hip-hop drums
– Track processing plugins: Goldverb, Chorus, Parametric and Channel EQ
– My guitar: Takamine EG-544SC-4C Acoustic.

All and any constructive criticism from my recording studio heads are more than welcome! I’d to hear all the technical comments about the mix.

My personal tracks are on my Myspace page
The Lab is here.

Thanks!
F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 26 Apr 09

Hello Listeners….

Glad to be back with another edition of the Sunday Soundtrack. Thanks for coming by to get a lil bit of smoothness during your day, night, or in between.

I had a nice weekend last weekend and this weekend has offiicially started. Today was representative of a true spring day, in every sense of the word. Lots of sun, blue sky and very seasonable temps, even into the 7pm hour. It should be in the 80’s all weekend, so that’s a plus in my book. It’s a little after 9pm and I decided to get a little jump on the production of this podcast. I’ve got a few favorite tracks of mine on the playlist this time around, from Rae and Christian, Jazzanova, etc. I think the musical palette your about to sense is pretty good, if I may say so…(I guess I just did…:-P)

I’ve a number of new tracks in store for you over the coming weeks. I was recently contacted by AstorBell Records, a new net label out of Sweden that has graciously given me access to all their artists tracks to feature on the Sunday Soundtrack at my leisure. it’s nice when u can forge global relationships such that the music can be put forth!. Since I am one for brevity…the playlist follows…

1. Not Just Anybody (At Jazz Flugelhorn Remix) – Rae & Christian/Nocturnal Activity (Sleepwalking Remixed)
2. Sudden Moments – Sunyata Project/Obsession_Lounge
3. Konspiration V1 – Konferenz/Obsession_Lounge
4. Didjital Vibrations – Jamiroquai/Travelling Without Moving
5. Sound Burger – Akotcha/Sounds Like Inertia, Vol. 2
6. Make It So (2008) – Chevalier/Balance
7. Cross That Line – Sine/Cross That Line
8. L.O.V.E. And You & I (Dr. Ghe Mix – Jazzanova/Jazzanova Remixed [Disc 1]
9. Acre of Sun – Darshan Ambient/Autumn’s Apple
10. Shelter – Rory Hoy/Cosmic Child

That’s it…It’s my wish that u enjoy this podcast, it’s always a pleasure to bring it. Be sure to check out my fellow podcast massive in my blogroll. I’m certain you will enjoy what they have to offer.

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Until next time, keep it chilled.

The Sunday Soundtrack Pt. 2 – 12 Apr 2009

(Thx to AK for the photo “donation” [wink])

Welcome back (smile). This is a first…two podcasts in one day. I was going to save this one for next week, but I’m in the mood to bring it from both ends today. I like the tracks I found this week and wanted to bring them forth. One, of course, as mentioned is your’s truly, with a track I featured before, Cham’s Groove. This track is one I wrote while on business travel in Guam. Inspired by the people there, the city, the etc. I composed it and recorded it right there in my hotel room…ahhh technology (wink).

On the playlist this week is the hip-hop influenced chill out of none other than the world renowned DJ Cam and independent artist, Skipless, of the indie label Dusted Wax, the smooth downtempo of pearlcoder out of Germany, and two new artists I just discovered week, via XM Radio, Rory Hoy and Bluemind. Presenting…the playlist:

1. Kalimba Groove – DJ Cam/Liquid Hip Hop
2. Alter – Skipless/Rooftops
3. Cham’s Groove – Groove 7/SFTF – Barrigada Sky
4. jazzilanvon – pearlcoder/moving pattern session 1
5. Marrakech (Specek Main Mix) – Incognito/Future Remixed
6. Hypnotease – Rory Hoy/Cosmic Child
7. Really – Bluemind/Om Chilled, Vol. 2

Seven tracks….a complete number. Enough to whet your musical appetite? I hope so. As always, u know I like to keep it short, sweet, and to the point…..the point being…chilled beats.

Lazy with the links today, folks, grrr. All the artists above can be found on iTunes (with the exception of Skipless, and…..me). For more information, check Discogs.com as well.

Two shout outs today. First, big up to my boy Donny Shelton. Donny and I go back to middle school. Thanks for the call about the Sunday Soundtrack enjoyment, both from a listening and audiophile standpoint…I appreciate the comment…let me know when you can listen to it on that high end system of yours!. Second one to Regina in NYC…hey you! Thanks for the e-mail comments on the podcast….glad it can get your through your work day and complaining co-workers (wink).

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Enjoy your day!

peace,

F!

The Sunday Soundtrack Pt. 1 (Easter 2009) – 12 Apr 09

Hello Listeners….

Welcome to this special edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. For those who listened last week, it was my intention to take the day off, but I decided to forgo that, and bring to you this edition in honor of the celebration of Easter, Resurrection Day 2009.

The mix features gospel jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard, and gospel jazz group The Brentwood Jazz Quartet…culminating in a nice mix of smooth contemporary and more classic jazz renderings of Christian hymns. The playlist is as follows:

The Sunday Soundtrack (Easter Edition 2009)

1. For God So Love The World – Ben Tankard/Keynote Speaker
2. Christ The Lord Has Risen Today – Brentwood Jazz Quartet/Living In The Here And Now
3. What A Friend – Ben Tankard/Keynote Speaker
4. Holy, Holy, Holy – Brentwood Jazz Quartet
5. Let Us Break Bread Together – Sam Levine (of the BJQ)/Something To Believe
6. A Mighty Fortress – Brentwood Jazz Quartet/Living In The Here And Now
7. Kum-Bi-Yah – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours
8. No Words Necessary – Ben Tankard/Song of Solomon

Ben Tankard Official Website

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Hope you’ve enjoyed yet another special edition of the podcast and that your Easter Day is blessed. It’s definitely a time to celebrate!

Stay tuned for your normally scheduled Sunday Soundtrack later today! Yes, a two-fer!!

Have a great day…

peace!
F!

Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 05 Apr 09

Photo Credit: Mr Fresh. All Rights Reserved 2009

Welcome back again, friends/listeners. Ok, this is technically still the Sunday Soundtrack since it was uploaded before 12am PST (my rules…lol) I trust all is well. This particular SSP returns to the essence of downtempo and chill. It’s sorta off the cuff in that nothing particularly new came across my radar…but in the quick choosing of tracks, I like the end result. I hope u will as well. There are two tracks from your’s truly, Groove 7, as well as a childhood friend, Erasto.

Been a long week, was in training Monday through Friday and had a very busy weekend, so this Sunday evening is the first I had a chance to wind down. With some documentation work ahead of me, I may just re-listen to this in The Lab…candles lit and all.

Minimal commentary on this one folks….it’s back to grind tomorrow, and I hope to wind down as quickly as I can tonite. Your tracklisting is below:

1. blue beach – boot cut rockers/moving pattern session 1
2. Typewriter Lesson – Cornelius
3. X Facto – Erasto/Man Of Peace
4. Y-Factor – Groove 7/SFTF – Barrigada Sky
5. Guidance – Headphonism Ft. Anna Meta
6. Good Morning London – Kaya Project/Elixir
7. Third Sky – Groove 7/SFTF Vol. 1

A small plate of chilled beats for you this evening… Wishing u great times ahead….

peace,
F!