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February 01, 2009

Erik and the Anycast

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Last week at the SVSE expo, I took some time off the busy convention floor to give a quick demonstration on how the Sony Anycast system works.

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January 31, 2009

Motion Tip w/ Mark Spencer

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

While at Macworld I met up with Motion guru Mark Spencer.  Mark teaches at DMA, is a Bay Area editor, and has written several books on Motion.  Mark’s website is an amazing resource for tips and inspiration in using Final Cut Studio.  I asked Mark to share a new tip with us on the Lennon Bus and he graciously agreed.  Thanks, Mark!

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January 31, 2009

How To: Record MIDI in Apple Logic WITHOUT a MIDI Controller

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Hey, it’s D Lar here again.  So I just posted a video about me and the guys eating pancakes at iHop.  One thing you might have noticed is that there was music in the background.  That was actually recorded on the fly in Logic by myself after I put the video together.  In a normal situation, I would sit down with a Edirol PCR500 MIDI Controller plugged into my laptop and lay down all of my tracks.  In this situation, however, I forgot to bring the controller with me to the hotel where we are staying at, so it’s just me, my macbook pro and logic.  To record all the musical ideas I come up with, I use the ‘Caps Lock Keyboard’ in these situations.  Here is a little ‘Behind the Scenes’ Tutorial on recording in Logic without a MIDI Controller or external instrument.

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January 31, 2009

When the Bus needs a Doctor…

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Good Evening from Sacramento! While living on the road, one must always prepared for anything.  For example, I was sleeping soundly this early am, all bundled in my bunk, the faint sounds of the Whigs new record still resonating in my brain from my iPod, when I woke up and realized that we weren’t moving anymore, and the bus wasn’t even running.  When I went to sleep a few hours prior, we were beginning our trek to Ogden, Utah for the Battle of the Bands to be held at the Ogden’s Historic Union Station.  Anyway, I roused myself out of my bunk to learn that the bus needed some pre-emptive maintenance, and we needed to depart the bus so the good people at Detroit Diesel could fix our beloved bus.  Nothing too serious, think of it more as a flu shot. So what do we do when these things happen?  The first thing I did when we got to our hotel go to IHOP with the guys for some breakfast deliciousness, apparently D-Lar thought it was a pancake off. (check out his latest Doug’s Blogto learn more!)  After my tasty breakfast of 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, and 4 pancakes (all you can eat)  I treated myself to a nap!  Some say that napping is what attribute some of Thomas Edisongreatest achievements. So I woke up and embarked on my great achievement for the day,  entering all the data in from last week’s inventory!  Good thing I have a shiny …

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January 30, 2009

iHop All You Can Eat Pancake-A-Thon

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Hey everybody, it’s Doug checking in from sunny Sacramento, CA.  Just had breakfast with my Lennon Bus crew of Seamush and Mil-rock-ee, and we had a little eating competition at ihop.  We thought you should see the competitive edge each member of the crew brings to every aspect of their day, and life even.  So please sit back and enjoy this presentation of our breakfast! -Fresh  

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January 30, 2009

Gettin’ Learned with the Quickness - DMA Style

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Lots of the time when I’m out and about on the streets of these United States curious folks come up to me and ask, “Hey Seamus, remember this past December when you stayed at a bed and breakfast in San Francisco and trained with DMA instructors for 3 weeks to get your certifications up to date with all the Apple Pro Applications you use on board the Lennon Bus?”, and I say, “Yes! How could I forget the best month of my life!!” and they say “Yes, how could you!!” and I say, “I don’t know, that’s what I just said” and they say “Right!!”, and then they go on with, “so I was wondering…How did you possibly manage to stuff all that information in your head in such a short period of time?” so that is when I tell them this… I used gFlash Pro. gFlash Pro is an iPhone Application that allows you to create and review digital flash cards so you can study and quiz yourself wherever you are. It’s rockin’ a stellar 4 star rating on the iTunes App Store. It allows you to create a Google Spreadsheet using Google Documents and then access that information on your iPhone through gFlash Pro in the format of a flash card. So this is how I personally put that process to work. I created separate Google Spreadsheets for each of the courses we took during the 3 week period: Read full post...

January 29, 2009

Lights, camera, action

Written by Jaime Walden

 

Here’s an interview I did for MacvoicesTV about what goes on behind the scenes of the Lennon Bus.  I’ve always wanted to be the story behind the story!  ;)  The ambiance in the background provided by Liyana and Digital Media Academy. x mama On Mama’s Jukebox - Kings of Leon - “Molly’s Chambers”

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January 29, 2009

“America For Real” - Liyana

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So just before the members of Liyana jumped to the east coast and traded in there surfboards for snowballs they hopped on the Lennon Bus to record one more track for the road. Prudence kept a watchful eye on the american culture as she and her bandmates completed there first U.S. tour and she was anxious to get into the studio and sing her perspective. The musical microwave the Lennon Bus has come to be known for had no trouble pumping out this tune while Liyana was in between sets at NAMM. They were excited to venture off the beaten path of their more native instrumentation and explore all the Lennon Bus had to offer. Farai was quick to jump on the Roland RD-700GX and play with all of the stock sounds, that is of course while he wasn’t assistant engineering and learning the in’s and out’s of Logic Pro. Honest was more than happy to get the feel for the Roland TD-20 V-Drums, quite a different animal from his usual marimba. Of course, Prudence and Marvelous added their graceful voices and endless ideas and both loved the ease of searching for loops and sound FX in Logic Pro’s Loop Browser. This is where they found the airplane taking off and landing, a sound effect they were happy to use as bookends on not only their latest track, but their first adventure across these United States. Check out the track here:

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January 26, 2009

Intro to Songwriting

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Hello everybody, Doug here. So I’m gonna start working in some educational blogs into my rotation, covering basics in songwriting and audio recording/production.  Seeing as the Lennon Bus was just visited by the amazing writer/producer Lamont Dozier, I figured it fitting to start off with a little on songwriting.  Just to let you guys know how this is gonna go, in the future I’ll try to mostly mix in videos so you don’t have to just read on forever.  So let’s get to it! Songwriting.  So when it comes down to extreme basics, songwriting is split into two sections - music and lyrics.  Let’s start with the music.  The first aspect of music in songwriting is what song form you write your song in.  There are tons of different song forms, ranging from ‘classical’ forms such as sonata, concerto, rondo, minuet, etc… but we’re talking about what are known as ‘pop song forms’. The pieces that make up pop song forms are the verse, chorus, bridge, refrain, intro and outro.  In my next blog/vlog, I will get into song forms more specifcally and talk about each of these pieces.  But until next time, I will leave you with some reference materials that I recommend looking into if you’re serious about songwriting. Sheila Davis - “The Craft of Lyric Writing”, “The Songwriters Idea Book”, and “Successful Lyric Writing” take it easy and check back in soon for my next, highly more interesting segment. Fresh

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January 26, 2009

Welcome Aboard

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

Hey, this is Jeff.  I’m the Chief Engineer of the Lennon Bus.  I’ll be popping in from time to time to share tips, tricks, rants, and ramblings regarding audio/video production, studio setup/design, life and llamas. But first, let me take you on a quick tour of the Lennon Bus, courtesy of MacVoicesTV:

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