In part 1 I discussed:
What can be customized: pretty much everything, down to the look & feel. Like its creator’s first successful software, Winamp, REAPER supports themes. Suffice to say, there are plenty of excellent (and awful) skins out there, though it’s not my main interest.
This is a huge one for me. REAPER has a scripting engine. It’s a DAW that can be manipulated through programming, whether it’s Python, Lua, or its own open source language (EEL).
Even without being a coder, a lot can still be achieved. Plenty can be done with…
In this series of 3 posts, I describe the 8 major benefits that REAPER brought to my music production workflow, and how they pushed me toward a full switch from Pro Tools.
This article reflects my own personal opinions, which are related to how I use a DAW. It’s not meant to judge any of these software. As a matter of fact, I still own and like both Logic and Pro Tools, for their own peculiarities. This is not a tutorial.
Working remotely has become an accessible and relatively easy way to collaborate for musicians. In this article, I expose my process for producing effective bass tracks for clients based in a different city or country.
The post is based on my work for Antiquity, and their recent single The Far Side Of The Sun. I’ve been collaborating with Gerald Duchene on his amazing music for more than a year now: a perfect example.
Regardless if I have an established working relationship with the client, I start with a proper assessment of the material. I listen to the song and have…
I’ve always known about my maternal grandfather: he deserted the Army during World War II because of his refusal to support the fascist policies of the Italian totalitarian government. He ran with his wife and two toddlers (my mother and my uncle). For several years, they stayed in hiding in the countryside marsh. I couldn’t imagine how harsh a time that was, but these tales made me proud, even when, as a child, I couldn’t fully grasp the context.
What I didn’t know was the ordeal my paternal grandfather went through at the same time. He was never keen to…
I’m redirecting my attention and time to something more productive and fulfilling. I believe the term social media is an oxymoron. To me, its toxicity has got to a point of no return-not to mention the deliberate addictive mechanisms, their self-declared aim to hog our time as much as they can, and the massive problem with personal data. I don’t even want to go down that rabbit hole.
The thought process was all about: how do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible? …
‘How we’re supposed to make an historically-accurate game about WW2 horrors without Nazis? We don’t know.’
Brilliant article by Gamasutra about the release of the videogame Attentat 1942. Despite the developer’s effort, Google refused to publish the game on their Play Store in Germany, France, Austria and Russia.
I wholeheartedly agree with their quote:
“We firmly believe that videogames are art and can be an important part of public conversations. When we ban everything with any controversial keywords no matter the content, everybody loses.”
Check out the trailer for the game:
Read the full article: Despite gov’t approval, Google rejects Attentat 1942 from Google Play Store in Germany
Originally published at http://blog.minutestomidnight.co.uk on July 21, 2020.
Back in 2009, I was the bassist for a trio in the Milan area. The band was about to present, in the form of live concerts, a CD that we published a few months earlier. Several songs featured sketchy electric guitars on their own, with neither structure nor rhythm. I revamped one of those by adding bass, a reference drum track, a few keyboard parts. It became a full-fledged song.
The experiment was a success, so we decided to repeat the same process for some of the new compositions. The first one was a…
After 1989: A Trip To Freedom is Minutes to Midnight’s debut solo album. A thoroughly crafted concept, it’s the result of a personal journey through a painful family legacy during World War II and the tumultuous decades that followed.
The most publicised feature for this free update is the compatibility with the upcoming Mac Pro, along with the increased number of tracks and channels as shown at the recent WWDC:
I might enjoy the 12 sends per channel strip; however, I’ve no intention of upgrading my current machine anytime soon (surely not to a Mac Pro).
1968. A few hours after Martin Luther King was shot dead by a white man, Robert Kennedy gave a remarkable eulogy in Indianapolis. He acknowledged the pain, but also anger and disbelief, inviting everybody to overcome hatred and violence and seek love and compassion instead.
Although all major cities had riots that night, Indianapolis remained calm. Two months later, Bobby Kennedy was also assassinated.
When I walked in, Mrs King was sitting before the television set, weeping copiously—remembers Stanley Levison, a key adviser to Martin Luther King, who met Coretta King a few hours after Robert Kennedy had been shot.