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January 18, 2004
(This post is from my old, old, super old site. My views have changed over the years, hopefully my writing has improved, and there is now more than a handful of folks reading my site. Enjoy.)

Sunday, January 18th, 2004

And then of course, there is this particular Strong Bad Email that seems to describe it all.

-- posted 4:09 pm

So up until Friday afternoon I've never owned a keyboard. So if you listen to this next recording, keep that in mind.

Anyway, I've never really played with a metronome before (the little clicky thing that helps you keep time).. and as it turns out I've got horrible timing. Ooops. What this means is, it's kinda hard for me to play along with any loops because I keep on getting out of sync, and they sure as hell aren't going to change their beat half a millisecond to make up for my mistakes... So I had to sit down and just play rhythm and listen to the metronome go and tap my feet and such for about 10 minutes to get the hang of it.

So I did that, found an opening riff I liked and laid down the rhythm from that. Then I found some drums that sounded good against it, and I played a sort of background bass over that with my strat. After that I figured.. oh what the hell- I'll try the keyboards set to "Jazz Organ". I would have been totally lost if the keys didn't have what note they were in printed right above it...

So here you go:

OrganJam (3.2M mp3)

-- posted 3:45 pm

Some GarageBand guitar notes:

So after playing with gb a bit more, I'm able to get my guitar sound quite a bit better than it did when I just plugged it in. The amp simulation presets that gb comes with aren't really to my liking- I was really hoping the 70's amp that was demoed would be there, but I guess I'll have to pick up the Jam Pack for that. Which also makes me wonder a bit... does the Jam Pack just offer more presets, or does it add more effects?

Anyway- you can modify the existing presets to create your own amps. I haven't been able to get it to sound as good as my real amp (a fender blues deluxe, with tweed!) but I've gotten it to sound pretty decent...

Anyway, here are two samples- the first one is "unfiltered", meaning that it's just how my guitar sounds plugged in without any effects added to it. The second one is an amp I created that seems to sound alright. The reverb sounds too digital though. I think getting that one nailed down is going to be just as hard as nailing down real ai.

Unfiltered: Blues in E 726k Filtered: Blues in E (again) 1.2M

-- posted 11:23 am

I was talking to Kirstin the other night on the phone, I think she's bored stiff down there. (For those who don't know, she's in Chattanooga, Tennessee for 8 weeks at a clinical for her Doctor of Physical Therapy). Anyway, she was telling me how she's had two patients ask her if it's ok to spray wd-40 on their joints. She even had one person do it before they came to the clinic. Apparently it's a pretty common thing as she's found out by mentioning it to some of the doctors down there.

And that just goes to show you that Missouri isn't the most backwoods place on earth.

-- posted 10:53 am