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February 15, 2011

Comping Vocals on the Lennon Bus with Pro Tools 9

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

Hey everybody! Ryan here, with a little Pro Tools Tip that I’d like to share with you. I often find myself working on the Lennon Bus in a situation when there is a point in the song that the artist is having a little trouble in a section or we want to try some different variations for a verse per say. So I use a technique called comping that allows the artist to do multiple takes of a section, try as many variations as they like so I can later pick the best take or pieces of the take to create the best “comp.”  Here’s how you set it up. The first thing you do is set up Pro Tools to Loop Record. This is done by right clicking or control clicking the Record button until it shows the loop record icon.   Next you record as many takes as need be to get the best performance out of the artist.   Once you have your takes recorded, right click on the region that you’ve been loop recording and select “matches> Expand to new playlists.”   Go to your Track View Selector and select playlist.   You will now see all your takes, you can select and solo each individual part and pick the best takes.   Next to the Comp Solo Button is an arrow that will allow you to copy the selection to the Main Playlist. This is where you rinse and repeat.  

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February 09, 2011

Who is John Lennon?

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Lennon may no longer be with us but his music is something that will never die. Like a sparklers glow passed from hand to hand on the 4th of July, Lennon’s music continues to put dazzles in the eyes of ears hearing it for the first time. 50 years ago Lennon himself could of never imagined the means available for music to spread it’s wings in the 21st century. Between tweets and email inboxes, from Facebook posts to iPod playlists, mixed CD’s and iTune’s Genius’, the means to share music with family, friends, and fans has become multifaceted. The Lennon Bus is one of those facets. We are not just dedicated to spreading the legacy of John Lennon through music and creation to students across the nation, but also to spreading that spark. That moment of light that burns so bright and true. The moment imagination first kisses reality moving from the shadows of your mind to the light of your fingers. The moment music is made. Lennon’s talents allowed him to make moments into music, music into bands, bands into Beatles, Beatles into culture, culture into movements, and movements back into moments, moments that make change. The Lennon Bus realizes though that many youngsters that come on board the bus do not know who John is. We relish in the opportunity to share the sparkle, to pass the light, and to dazzle the eye. In an effort to address this issue with the youth we look forward to sharing these …

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February 09, 2011

It’s a Grammy Double Whammy

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

You wanna know what I am excited for? Ok Ok, I’ll tell you.  It’s the Grammy’s. You know, the annual Gramophone Awards. Music. Awards. Glitz. Glamour. Gaga.  That’s right. Only happens once a year.  This year, it happens on February 13th. That’s this coming sunday, in case you didn’t want to have to check your Calendar. Wanna know why else I’m excited? Well, it’s because there happen to be some pretty talented acts that have been nominated this year. Ok, now I am going to break it down for you and tell you who is going to win. Actually, I’m not. BUT, what I can do is tell you is who I would choose as winners (in the first ten categories) based on the current pool of nominees. Here it be: RECORD OF THE YEAR “F*** You” Cee Lo Green Catchiest song of the year.  Done. *I wont post the song here, cuz it has the f-word in it, but go listen to it. You won’t be able to get it out of your head. ALBUM OF THE YEAR “The Suburbs” Arcade Fire It’s about time. SONG OF THE YEAR “F*** You” Cee Lo Green Again. Yup. BEST NEW ARTIST Bieber. Oh, come on. You think so, too. BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE “King Of Anything” Sara Bareilles I likes the video too. BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE “This is it” Michael Jackson Still the King of Pop BEST POP PERFORMANCE FROM A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS “Don’t Stop Believin’” …

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February 08, 2011

Fall into Love with Mobile Roadie

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

The Lennon Bus has been in and out of Las Vegas for various conventions and student projects but we still haven’t had the opportunity to catch a show. And if there was a show of shows for the Lennon Bus crew to catch of course it would have to be Love, the Cirque du Soleil musical spectacle that has received raving reviews near and far. While we intend to catch the show sooner than later, Mobile Roadie has released an app to allow us to dive into the show without even stepping a foot into Sin City. Fall into Love with the latest app from Mobile Roadie, Love. And of course if you haven’t downloaded our app yet you better get on it to stay in touch with the Lennon Bus while your on the move. Download the Lennon Bus App here.

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February 01, 2011

Learning Media Composer with Brian Castle and Avid Screencast

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

I think it’s official. We are rabid for Avid. This week has been knowledge filled!! We’ve been at training in Burbank, CA learning Avid Media Composer 5. Our teacher Brain Castle, I mean Brian Castle has been our amazing instructor leaving no question unanswered. We are excited to continue polishing our Media Composer chops for the rest of the week and then let the Lennon Bus hit the road ready to go get our Avid on. Brian also put us on to these cool video tutorials. If you’re trying to polish up your Media Composer skills too then check these out.

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January 27, 2011

Hans + Philosophy = British Accents

Written by Hans Tanner

 

Here’s an equation/recipe to ponder: take one part inspiration, add three creative individuals, throw in a driver, multiply by the square root of education, supply an exponent of legacy, divide by an awesome support team of tour managing and senior staff, and subtract a substantial quantity of boredom…what does it equal?  Well, it’s supposed to be the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, but I feel that may be open to interpretation at this point.  Moving forward into the new year with the bus has been an enlightening experience, as I begin to further grasp just what it is the bus stands for, the way it operates, and how the individuals who’s passions have aligned to make this crazy thing run do what they do. As we wrap up the first recording session of the year with the awesome students of the Orange County High School for the arts, countless smiles, numerous laughs, and 8 hours of recording fun reaffirm why we’re doing this, to change lives baby! (Insert Austin Powers accent).  Not to mention the fact that mid-day we were honored by a visit from world class piano virtuoso, Lang Lang.  To say that the students eyes were the size of dinner plates would be an understatement, as Lang Lang took part in a student run interview, played some keys, and spoke with the kids about music, education, and inspiration.  A day they’ll never forget? Absolutely.  Lives positively affected?  Check.  Lennon’s message carried on?  Oh I think so.  Just another day …

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January 26, 2011

Imagine That! Magic in Costa Mesa

Written by Ryan L'Esperance

 

Magic is the claimed art of altering things either by supernatural means or through knowledge of occult natural laws unknown to science. Every now and then John Lennon himself stops by the bus to dust of his wand and make a little magic happen for us. Yesterday was one of those days. While on breaking from the Lennon Bus studio session, students stepped outside to have some fun with a piano that looks like it fell out of the record slip of Sgt. Peppers. Using their iPhone’s they looked up the chord progression and lyrics to John Lennon’s Imagine and started to play. Quickly following suit I took out my iPhone and started to record. It wasn’t until the magic was over that I realized this brief moment captured the defining spirit of the Lennon Bus. Students coming together to make music while using technology to explore the Lennon Legacy and their own imaginations. Check out my iPhone video here.

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January 21, 2011

Learning to Edit on the Fly with Avid Media Composer 5

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

In less than 10 days my bottom is going to be glued to a chair and my eyeballs will be locked on a computer screen. These details alone don’t do much differentiation between most of my days, but this detail does, the Lennon Bus crew will be in Burbank training on Avid’s Media Composer 5. When you’re working with the Lennon Bus, one of the biggest perks is the training provided by our many sponsors. It won’t be the first time we’ve trained with Avid and it certainly won’t be the last. As we prepare for our week of knowledge farming I wanted to share with you some new features I’m excited to learn. One of the new features added since we last trained on Media Composer is the Smart Tool. The Smart Tool allows the user to have an active cursor in the timeline. In previous editions you had to select one tool and once you were done using it you had to manually select the next tool. Now the cursor will contextual change itself to make your editing workflow faster than ever. Check out this video to learn more The Smart Tool

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January 11, 2011

Take It To 11

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

We are currently driving from North Hollywood to Anaheim for the NAMM Show . It’s a short drive relative to what the year has in store but it’s enough to shake the dust off the butterflies in our bellies and get us ready to Take It To 11. On the books NAMM is a trade-show that allows manufactures, vendors, buyers, musicians, and fans to come together to see what the New Year has brought in terms of Music Technology. But let us remember what those tools are used for. Some have knobs. Some have switches. Some have levers. Others are faders. Some are touch screen. Some have cables. Some are wireless. Some are loud. And others silent. There will be many different. tools, tech, and toys we will immerse ourselves in for the few days, but they all serve one goal - capturing dreams. Maybe you prefer to let your ideas come out with just an acoustic guitar or maybe a bumping sub in a club, either way you will find it this week at NAMM. And maybe you won’t be able to make it to NAMM this week but that doesn’t mean you can’t join us in Taking It To 11. So this year whether you are in a band or a solo act, a beginner or a veteran, classically trained or garage rocked, whatever it is you do that makes you you take it one step further this year. Take It To 11. Nigel says Take It To 11. …

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January 08, 2011

The Definition of Inventory

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

According to Merriam-Webster the definition of Inventory is: 1. an itemized list of current assets: as (1) : a catalog of the property of an individual or estate (2) : a list of goods on hand The beginning of every Lennon Bus tour begins with this itemizing of assets, catalogs of property, and lists of goods. It is important we have all of our eggs in a basket and ducks in a row before we go roaring across the country in a fury of media production. This year we have added quite a few extra assets to our itemized lists I’d like to point out. The Mbox Pro The Lennon Bus has been using Pro Tools systems to produce music with students and artist for quite some time now. We are certainly proud of the amazing Pro Tools HD systems we have within in the bus but now you can experience the same world-class results in our tents with the Pro Tools Mbox Pro. The Mbox Pro has made a change that you can see, feel, and most importantly hear and all brought to you by the same engineering team responsible for the high-end Pro Tools HD systems we keep rockin’ in the inside of the bus. I’m excited to explore the power of the new Mbox Pro’s and I’m even more excited they will be in our tents available for visitors to experiment with. MC Color No it’s not the name of the latest rapper signed to Crayola Records, but …

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