Notes and Stuff

March 19, 2014

How to Avoid Clipping in ACID

In ACID (and most other digital audio programs) if the numbers above the meters turn red your mix is too loud. Clipping is occurring.

Follow these instructions to avoid clipping:

Figure 1 - Avoiding Clipping

Figure 2 - Avoiding Clipping

Figure 3 - Avoiding Clipping

Remember - although you might not hear the sound being distorted, the clipping indicators tell you it’s occurring. Pay attention to them!!

April 22, 2011

Say What?! Musicians Hear Better

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11 — jmeschi @ 7:15 am

Yes we hear better… but we still have to make sure we’re really paying attention. :-)

April 21, 2011

Trumpet-Playing Robot

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11 — jmeschi @ 5:23 pm

A thanks to Kyle for sharing this video link in class today.

Sometimes technology can be very scary :-)

Another tune by the robot.

Hmmm I wonder if my ears light up like that when I play?

April 20, 2011

More PowerPoint Basics

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11 — jmeschi @ 12:57 pm is a site where you can find guides to all varieties of topics.

One topic covered there is Presentation Software. It you want to continue learning about how to create better presentations, especially in PowerPoint visit the site.

There is also a weekly About Presentation Software newsletter which you might find informative and very useful as you better your technology skills.

April 18, 2011

PowerPoint Basics - Free IPhone/IPad App

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11 — jmeschi @ 7:58 pm

If you’d like to work more on your PowerPoint skills, I found a free IPhone/IPad app that covers some basic and intermediate level techniques that will make your presentations even better.

It’s called PowerPoint Basics :-)

April 15, 2011

Creating Music in the Cloud

Filed under: General, Tech in Music Ed, Sp11 — jmeschi @ 4:33 am

A good example of what is coming as we move more applications into the cloud - Burnstudios Audiotool. Look for the Launch App button in the top right hand corner.

The app requires Flash so it won’t run on an IPad :-(

April 7, 2011

After Class » Graphics Editing Program

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11, Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 2:41 pm

As promised, here’s a link to the graphics editing program I mentioned in class - GIMP.

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and it’s a freely distributed application.

It’s not as powerful as Photoshop but it’s still very useful.

March 30, 2011


Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11, Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 10:18 pm

You read about NETS in our textbook and we’ll be discussing them throughout the remainder of the semester. Here’s more:

March 29, 2011

After Class » Connecting You Keyboard to Your Computer at Home

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11 — jmeschi @ 7:38 am

There are several ways to connect your keyboard to your computer at home:

  1. In most cases you’ll need a MIDI interface. For most computers (except very old ones) a MIDI to USB cable will be the solution. Here’s the one we use in the Tech Lab - Uno - 1-In/1-Out USB Bus-Powered MIDI Interface. You can find it at most music stores, some computer stores, and online at stores like
  2. If your keyboard is fairly new it may have a USB connector. In this case a typical USB cable will do.

If you e-mail me the make and model of your keyboard and your computer I will help you determine which solution you should use.

March 24, 2011

After Class » Getting Sound Effects

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp11 — jmeschi @ 5:23 am

Here’s a good site to get sound effects for your projects

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