“A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or whispers, blocks of concrete or blades of grass, all depending on changes of pressure so subtle that we would hardly notice them in any other context. (The difference in force between a bold line and nothing at all would hardly tip a domino.) And while a pencil is sophisticated enough to track every gradation of the human hand, it is also simple enough for a toddler to use.”
As a musician, I’ve used countless pencils to mark up music. To take notes. To write music. It’s basically part of your musicians toolbox.
Spotify has been hit with a huge copyright lawsuit that alleges the music streaming company “failed to pay songwriter royalties to a publishing company approximately 21 percent of the time,” according to the complaint. Wixen Music Publishing filed the $1.6 billion lawsuit against Spotify on December 29th. The music licensing company says it represents Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, Missy Elliott, Neil Young, Weezer, and the Beach Boys, among other artists.
Honestly, ABOUT TIME. These companies make TONS of money off of things they do not make. Artists would be better off just putting stuff on Youtube with Ads than on Spotify.
The study found “a slight superiority of musicians over non-musicians” in long-term memory tasks, and a larger one in both short-term and working-memory tasks. Musicians performed best on working-memory tasks involving “tonal stimuli,” as you would expect, but their “advantage extended to verbal stimuli, too.” And on short-term memory tasks, musicians showed superior skills whether the item they were asked to recall was a musical tone, a verbal instruction, or a visual image.
This is a dual input, one output rig. Basically, I wanted a rig where I could do both Saxophone and EWI and run it through effects. Lets look at the signal flow.
EWI – The input starts by going into the MX Micro Amp. Then goes into the volume pedal. Why? In live performance, sound guys tend sometime not to pay attention. That lead to performances with the EWI not being heard. Having the Amp and the Volume pedal lets me control the volume. I can boost it, or lower it. The signal then goes into the Eventide MixingLink. The mixing link then can send it to the effects loop.
Sax – The input starts by going into the Eventide MixingLink. Great little box that has nice preamps, and allows you to send things to an effects loop, or not, or send things to the effects loop and mix in some of the sax (or EWI) sound. It’s pretty flexible.
Effects Loop Signal flow
First stop is the KLIQ Tuner. Hey, you have to check the pitch every now and then.
Electro-Harmonix Nano POG. This is a great little pedal that one thing, alters pitch an octave above or below. It tracks really well.
Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron. This the model Jeff Coffin uses, with pretty much his settings. In pedal board 1.0, it was having issues, now it’s back. It’s fun to also put the Nano POG on as well through the Q-Tron.
Last but not least is the Eventide H9. This is an awesome pedal that does everything. It can do reverb, harmonizing, effects, distortions, etc. Again, its fun to have the Nano POG go through the pitch stuff on the H9, then I can sound like a horn section(ish).
Then everything comes back to the Eventide Missing link. I have the Missing Link set in DI mode (not line level).
And that is the pedal board as of today. It’s been working well.