Notes and Stuff

April 15, 2014

Morton Subotnick

Filed under: Tech & Music Ed, Sp 2014, Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 12:30 pm

If you’d like to find out more about Morton Subotnick, the creator of, here’s his official website and a Wikipedia article on him.

His work is discussed in Chapter 10 of our textbook.

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!!

March 3, 2014

Alternate MIDI Controller Videos

In the world of synthesizers keyboards were at first the least expensive and in many ways the easiest way to implement a full-featured MIDI controller. But, technology progresses and things change.

Here are some videos of alternate MIDI controllers:

  1. Wind
  2. Strings (a bluetooth bow!)
  3. Guitar (Stanley Jordan)
  4. Percussion
  5. Unusual
  6. Beatjazz
  7. EWI Wind Controller (Michael Brecker)
  8. MIDI Bass Interface (Richard Bona)
  9. Orchestrion (Pat Metheny)

Imagine what the future will bring!

(The last four links were submitted by Charles Jourdan. Thank you!)

January 28, 2014

So what are File Extensions?

Filed under: Tech & Music Ed, Sp 2014 — jmeschi @ 10:57 am

Here’s a detailed answer (The first paragraph explains all you need to know.)

Always include the proper file extension when saving a file, especially if it’s a multimedia file. (Note: most applications will add the extension automatically.)

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