In memory of Suze Rotolo, immortalized on the cover of The Freewheelin Bob Dylan and in many of his early songs like Don’t Think Twice
Suze Rotolo, one of Bob Dylan’s most famous girlfriends, has died after a long illness at 67. “Village Voice critic Jim Hoberman wrote that she died in her New York apartment “and the arms of her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli”. BBC Continue reading
Despite the glowing reports in the audio and recording trade press, Cakewalk Sonar X1 is not ready for use in production recording of music
Update - after a 6-month debacle of trials and tribulation with Sonar, the misery has ended. Sonar X1c is the flashy new DAW Cakewalk should have waited to ship.
X1Cakewalk’s Sonar X1 digital audio recording software (DAW) was released in December to initial enthusiasm amongst Cakewalk’s customers and then bitter disappointment as the program literally would not work as advertised. Continue reading
The great, the bad and down-right ugly of Sonar’s X1 release in December 2010
I probably wasted 2-3 weeks of time in the process and didn’t learn anything other than an old lesson: don’t believe software developers that a first release isn’t beta and don’t install beta software when you need to get work done.
Update – Sonar X1b now ready for prime time
The diary is edited from my comments on the Cakewalk Sonar User Forum and old include my words to avoid copyright issues or breach of confidentiality. It tracks day-to-day comments up to version X1A with the ASIO patch.
Cakewalk announced they hope to fix most of the bugs by March 2010 in release X1b.
December 08, 2010 What is your overall thought of Sonar x1 so far?
I am having a great time with X1. The first download didn’t work so I did it again. Big deal. The install was smoother than 8 and the authorization process a breeze. Continue reading
Lanois and his long-time engineer Mark Howard avoid the industry standard DAW Pro Tools
Daniel Lanois has won three Grammy Awards as producer for album of the year. He also likes to avoid Pro Tools and other software based audio recording software.
“I don’t like the sound of Pro Tools, and I also don’t think it’s a reliable platform: it crashes too often,” Lanois’ engineer Mark Howard told Sound on Sound (Feb 2011).
That statement is heresy in the world of music recording where Pro Tools is the creme de la creme of digital audio workstation software.
Lanois has been known for unconventional thinking in music production. His last two albums were Neil Young’s LeNoise and Black Dub.
New single going viral
Radiohead’s new CD with the video was released just before Friday. The video is going viral while critics pan it.
King of Lambs can be purchased online from http://www.kingoflimbs.com/ but not surprisingly on iTunes.
Pricing is from $53 for WAV plus a vinyl release in May to $9 for mp3 download.
The all digital distribution has some holes in it says WebConnoisseur. We found it more or less straight forward except they take your $53 now and ship the vinyl 3 months later – nasty way to finance your business with our money.
“The King of Limbs, the new Radiohead album, balances beautifully the band’s gift for melodic rock, energetic electronic rhythms and crafty musical experimentation . . . The King of Limbs leaves us yearning for more from these sessions.” Wall Street Journal
“With eight tracks spanning 37 minutes, The King of Limbs is surprisingly short – but it’s also typically rich with electronic texture.” Rolling Stone
Fire and Rain singer songwriter has free guitar lessons on his website
If you’re a fan of folk-style finger-picking or James Taylor, he is giving free lessons on his website James Taylor.
He said he’s wanted to do this for a long time.
He is actually showing us his style.
So far he has posted three and plans to add more.
You can sign up for more, all free.
If you want to buy some great James Taylor music try these.
Where to buy in USA
I love this DVD.
The original great album that introduced James Taylor
Where to buy in Canada
Cakewalk steps you through drum production using X1
There are seven videos in the Master Class.
Session Drummer is included with Sonar X1.
Pretty awesome, especially when X1 starts working reliably.
Rebounding from his motorcycle accident last year, Daniel Lanois is everywhere with Black Dub
Daniel Lanois’ accident last June has been a springboard of recovery for Daniel Lanois.
He is touring the US currently with his new new band, Black Dub.
Last night he appeared on the popular Jimmy Kimmel show.
With Lanois was singer Trixie Whitley, Brian Blade on drums and Daryl Johnson on bass.
For more information on Lanois and Black Dub check out their site.
Investigation by ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity has found that the process of discharging the loans of disabled borrowers is broken.
This article is a collaboration among ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity, which are independent nonprofit investigative newsrooms; and the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, at Columbia University.
It was co-published with the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Tina Brooks can’t sit or stand for more than half an hour before the pain in her lower back becomes intolerable. She suffers severe headaches and memory loss, and she has lost most of the vision in her left eye. Five doctors and a judge from the Social Security Administration have all determined that she is fully disabled and unable to work.
A former police officer and mother of two, Brooks fractured a vertebra in her back, damaged three others in her neck, and suffered a concussion when she fell 15 feet down a steep rock quarry while training for bicycle patrol.