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STOP trying to please everyone! January 29, 2018

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Here is an interestingfable you may remeber or not. It was thought to be a part of  Aesop’s fable:, yet it is not sure who wrote it but it tells a good message. I am sharing this with you all today as a reminder that you cannot please everyone and if your trying to, you will BURN OUT or worse. Here it is,

A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking along by his side a countryman passed them and said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So the man put the boy on the donkey, and they went on their way.

But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said, “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”

So the man ordered his boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”

Well, the man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his boy up before him on the donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passersby began to jeer and point at them. The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at.

The men said, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours — you and your hulking son?”

The man and boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought and they thought, until at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders. They went along amid the laughter of all who met them until they came to a bridge, when the donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle the donkey fell over the bridge, and his forefeet being tied together, he was drowned.

The moral of the story is: Try to please everyone, and you will please no one.

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Songs climbing up various music charts January 6, 2015

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Hey there!!

I am just letting you all know that my songs are climbing the charts on several onl;ine radio and online websites. I am really thankful for the support and encouragment that many have showed over the past few years. It is YOU guys the people who listen that make the difference.

On reverbnation I am # 1 and also 356 on the National ranking . I am glad that you guys are listening, sharing and supporting the music ROCK on!!

Here are a few songs from MIXCLOUD and Reverbnation

More Mixing Tips: How to Use Reverb to Create Depth April 30, 2014

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While reading around the web to educate myself and learning more tricks of the trade I came upon this and a few other blogs that to me showed a person how to make better mixes and how to correctly tweak a jam to sound awesome.

There are a lot of engineers and producers out and about who have great ideas and there is no excuse for anyone who is in this feild , to try to become better at it. So I felt I would share a bit of an excerpt from this great lesson over at Cakewalk BLOG   I hope it helps you or at least sparks an interest into learning more on how to make better recordings.

READ ON…….,

Mix engineers that have had their time behind a board can pick out the misuse of Reverb when they hear it. Just like with anything, applying the proper Reverb requires more time than just scrolling through the presets of the basic Hall, Room, and Plate algorithms.

Music tends to have a significant three-dimensional experience to it. This concept requires the understanding of width, height, and depth. The best way to understand this is to find a pair of large studio headphones and listen to some billboard topping hits that have dense and complex instrumentation. Grab a sheet of paper and draw two lines intersecting as well as one diagonally through the middle. Label them “Width”, “Height”, and “Depth”. Make a few copies of this sheet and as you listen to the music observe where the instruments sit in the mix. Mark the Toms, Snare, Kick, Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Backing Vocals, Bass, Strings etc. in their respective places on this XYZ plane. Once finished compare and contrast the different songs you listened to and you may notice how different each song turns out. Take one of your own mixes and do the same. You may learn something about your own techniques.

What does this little art project have to do with Reverb? Well, creating space is where the struggle begins.

In Use

The company Overloud has released a wonderful new version of their product “BREVERB SONAR”. The company asks customers to think of their ideal studio. In short they suggest that BREVERB SONAR could replace the “classic white 80′s unit” found in most major recording studios. That device is the Lexicon 480L which was and still is an iconic unit in many studios. BREVERB SONAR picks up right where that Lexicon unit left off as far as sound and use is concerned. Without realizing it I began to operate BREVERB SONAR with ease from my former understanding of how it’s predecessor worked. The whole fader-soft key interface is much friendlier than an attempt to understand how and why some other companies include a real time diagram of how reverb interacts with incoming sound. This unit is the perfect candidate for understanding how to apply reverb to enhance your mix.

General Mixing

Before applying any time based effects to a mix I typically will gather the stems in a simple levels and panning mix. This helps set some relatively even levels before applying and EQ, Compression, or Reverb.

I started the mix by raising the Kick Drum signal to an optimum decibel level. The rest of the Drumset was easy to place because of the minimal microphone usage. Afterwards, I bumped up the High Hat in the drum mix a tad because without it the song felt sluggish and choppy. After this I added the Bass signals to the track. Stylistically this song is of the Dub/Reggae/Pop genre so the Bass’ tone is quite heavy in the low end with less clarity in the high end.

After setting the rhythm section to my liking I added the Vocal track. The voice is the most important aspect of this style so getting it even with the rhythm section was my priority. Afterwards I gently brought in the acoustic guitar under the vocal and panned it to my liking. There are three signals for the Acoustic Guitar: The direct signal from the Acoustic Guitar’s pickup and a tightly placed 57 and 421 configuration directly over the sound hole. This allowed for narrow panning scheme between the three different signals without feeling too unnatural.

Bussing

Understanding how Reverb can be used to enhance the spatial tone of a mix first requires some setup within your respective DAW. I started by adding as many Buses as I felt necessary for the instruments that needed work. In this particular mix I set up five buses and labelled them: Snare Bus, Drum Bus, Vocal Bus, Guitar Bus, and Distance Effect. Each one had an instance of BREVERB SONAR loaded with all of the faders pulled downward. (By habit I never start with my faders up before I listen to them) The instrumentation of this track is somewhat simple by design so setting up these five buses was more than plenty for my purposes.

Acoustic Guitars

BREVERB SONAR’s power is reflected in the parameters it displays for the different algorithms of Hall, Plate, Room, and Inverse. Given the nature of the song I decided that using the Plate and Room algorithms were best suited for this style.

Routing
ll three Acoustic Guitar tracks were sent to the Guitar Bus and panned accordingly to match the way they sat in the mix.

SONAR adds a Stereo Bus by default. This automatically gives you the option for panning any sends that are added to the “Sends” section of your tracks in the Console View.The concept is the same in every DAW but the setup and routing may vary.

On first listen everything seemed too up close. The Drums, Bass, Vocals, and Acoustic Guitars are competing for the same space. BREVERB SONAR can be used multiple ways to alleviate this problem.

To rectify the clashing of all these instruments within this space I added some ambience to the Acoustic Guitars to set it below the Vocals. This provides a small level of separation from the Vocal track so that it sits under it and not directly in the way of it.

Using BREVERB SONAR’s Parameters

I was relying on the Size, Predelay, and Decay parameters within BREVERB SONAR to create this sensation of depth. The outcome is subtle but effective. By nature, the Room reverb is somewhat shorter than say a Hall or Cathedral reverb algorithm. According to Overloud the Size parameter at 100% emulates the sound of a large studio room. In setting the Size to 14% the “Room” that I created sounded like a smaller isolation booth. I don’t want to this instrument to be drowning in Reverb so picking the Room is the ideal setting.

I will be including examples of the Reverb parameters at their final levels and then a comparison of what that parameter would sound like if applied overzealously.

If you are interested in hearing more about this and other recorded examples why note CLICK HERE

If you follow the link over to CAKEWALK’s BLOG you will hear samples of the acoustic guitar, snar drum, whole drum kit and vocals. I found this article to be very helpful and insightful. It has pleanty of examples and a few ideas where with you can bring to your own mixing experience.

I am going to be placing MORE info on mixing and recording , social media marketing, how to license your music and all that stuff you need to start making more money and better recordings. I feel there is NO end to education but you need to focus on what you will use, in my humble opinion.

 

Rock Music Sampler 2 January 23, 2014

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I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year!! It has been to long before I wrote before but things have been awesome and moving along great!! I have been very blessed by creating a lot of new music for a variety of shows on cable and the web. A lot of this music you will hear on this players has been and is being made available for licensing on several outlets.

A lot of this music is very hard, heavy and just intense but I think if you dig that sort of vibe you will dig this. I would ask that you please feel free to comment, and share with the world what you think about it, and please share your thoughts with me as well. I am also looking for vocalist who think they can sing to this kind of music I would like to work with you on several projects.

For more info and licensing please visit markallanwolfe.com

 

 

A little reminder July 19, 2013

Posted by markallanwolfe in branding, markallanwolfe.com, music business, Music Law & Copyright, music licensing, personal, silly things, Uncategorized.
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I would like to remind everyone out there that if your looking for ways to get your music into FIlm, TV and the Wev or trying to educate yourself , perhaps your just wanting to network and connect with like minded people? Then I would encourage you to visit both these blogs and websites that have been created to help everyone out.

There is a lot of info over at markallanwolfe.com and wolfiesmusicpublishing.com including their respective blogs. So while your doing your thing be sure to bookmark and revisit these sites and catch up on some new music, or writings and do not forget to reach out with an email or two with your questions, thoughts and encouragement.

For starters if you need some pointers or sharpen your music terms then visit,
http://markallanwolfe.com/Music%20Licensing%20Terms.html

perhaps your looking for some one to give you a hand with all the things that come with trying to DIY in this crazy world of music, then check out ,
http://markallanwolfe.com/music%20consulting.html I will be soon adding a new portion here that maybe an encouragement to you as an artist or producer.

I cannot forget to include
http://markallanwolfe.com/music.html &
http://markallanwolfe.com/More%20Music.html

 

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Music Stew of Mark Allan Wolfe May 1, 2013

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From the music catalog of composer Mark Allan Wolfe (markallanwolfe.com) is a collection of songs in a variety of ROCK , Electronic, POP and this and that. If you are looking for a vairety of new music than I would ask you to sample some of these songs and share this with your friends and other groups. I would also ask you to visit the website markallanwolfe.com there is a player with over a 100 songs for you to rock out to while at work or where ever.

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