VLOBLIVE’s Tips for Sending & Receiving Big Files

Broadband is almost ubiquitous, so sending draft renders or completed video projects to remote clients and collaborators electronically is becoming more viable. That they have the bandwidth to receive your file doesn’t mean they have the technical knowledge to connect to an FTP server though. VLOBLIVE (Very LOw Budget LIve Video for Events) has some useful tips and links to get that file delivered easily: Often you will be in a situation before a VLOBLIVE gig where you want someone to send you a powerpoint file, or a movie clip or a graphic file in advance of the gig so …

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VLOBLIVE's Tips for Sending & Receiving Big Files

Broadband is almost ubiquitous, so sending draft renders or completed video projects to remote clients and collaborators electronically is becoming more viable. That they have the bandwidth to receive your file doesn’t mean they have the technical knowledge to connect to an FTP server though. VLOBLIVE (Very LOw Budget LIve Video for Events) has some useful tips and links to get that file delivered easily: Often you will be in a situation before a VLOBLIVE gig where you want someone to send you a powerpoint file, or a movie clip or a graphic file in advance of the gig so …

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Pre-produce on Paper: DIY Planner includes storyboard and script-nerd templates

What are you going to do when the revolution comes and power goes out? You won’t be able to fire up your small form factor visuals bomb and knock out storyboard cells for that zombie/nature documentary that’s been orbiting your head all day. Don’t worry though, the GTD nerds have visualists covered too. D*I*Y Planner have been producing great CC licenced productivity tools for a while now. I’ve been using their Hipster PDA format To-do, Actions, and Grid templates, but somehow I’d forgotten that they also include: A series of cards to unleash your creative side — Story Idea, Plot …

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A New Way of Learning Orchestration: Online, Free, Interactive

Talk about digital technology and music, and people are often skeptical: doesn’t technology get in the way of making music? But technology and music have always been interwined, and even for advanced composers, better understanding the technology of how acoustic instruments work is fundamental to realizing musical ideas. Unfortunately, orchestration books, despite their best intentions, can be disastrous for composers trying to understand instruments. Books by definition can’t include musical examples, and the texts themselves are often divorced from real practical information. Now the good news: the Web could offer an antidote.

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Free Online Lessons in Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Theory

When the Web isn’t sucking away your time with utter silliness, it could be helping you brush up your musical chops. Here’s a roundup of useful resources, all of them completely free, for a variety of skill levels, whether you’re trying to learn to play with half-diminished chords or build yourself a DIY drum trigger for controlling software. And I’d love to assemble more of these if you’ve got some tips.

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Digital Wind Controller Discussion Group and FAQ

“MIDI is just for keyboardists.” Hearing generalizations like that must send shivers down the spines of the 1400+ members of the Yahoo Wind Controllers Group. They have enough to talk about to generate around 500 messages a month, chatting exclusively about MIDI and other digital wind instruments. If that kind of traffic sounds overwhelming, and you’re still asking questions like “why would you want to do this, anyway?”, check out the related Wind Controller FAQ. In answer to the “why” question, here’s one good reason from the FAQ: “A wind controller can be used for alternative sounds that a musician …

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Cycling ’74 Relaunches Site, Forum; Max/MSP Knowledge Thrives

Looking for new wisdom and expertise on tools like the insanely deep Max/MSP/Jitter? (If you’re using Max, signs point to yes.) Cycling ’74 relaunched their site a couple of weeks ago, incorporating a variety of features that make this an indispensible resource for users of Max and other products. Since late last month, the new site has gotten rolling fast. Collective intelligence, meet Max.

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Max/MSP Resource Roundup: Computer Music Special [Updated]

Welcome, Computer Music readers — feel free to drop me a line. Here’s a roundup of Max/MSP resources, as a companion to the feature story on Max I wrote for Computer Music Magazine. Max is a deep, deep program, but to get you started, I’ve lined up: Unusual controllers for performance (tablets to game controllers) Cool Max projects (flaming sound organs to musical punching bags) Essential Max tools (my favorite add-ons and upgrades) It’s everything you need to start making weird, futuristic music and art. Well, not quite everything, but enough to blow my mind, anyway. I’m planning more online …

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Guide to Free VST Instruments and Effects: Rocketloop

While we’re on the subject of free, here’s a massive collection of free VST plugins for Mac and Windows: Rocketloop It’s really great to see everything in one place; makes it much easier to navigate to what you need. Unlike some other sites, Rocketloop is perfect for window browsing. You’ll stumble across imaginative synths like the GTG Synths JP 7A shown below. (The author says it’s not an emulation, just something new.) Found a favorite plugin on Rocketloop (or elsewhere)? Let us know!

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Live Visuals / VJing Resources Mega-Roundup

Welcome, Keyboard Laptops Live and Computer Music Readers! Feel free to say hi and check out the rest of the site. Photo: Vello Virkhaus with Red Hot Chili Peppers in London (thanks, Vello!) Live visuals for keyboardists? Absolutely: if you’ve got MIDI chops, slick new tools can help you tickle projected imagery while you tickle the ivories. There’s just too much to say about VJing to fit into one story, so when I wrote up an introduction to live visuals for Keyboard Magazine‘s Laptops Live special, I ran out of space fast. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the …

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